The consensus is that if Tony Ferguson gets Conor McGregor to the floor, if and when they fight, the latter could be in some serious trouble. But, according to one of McGregor’s teammates, Dillon Danis, that theory’s way off base…
Since Ferguson has an arsenal of dangerous chokes, a nasty guard, and is a Black Belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu , many believe his clearest path to victory against McGregor, would be on the ground. The argument being that McGregor is a brown belt in BJJ, and that his last loss came via submission (to Nate Diaz).
Well, over the last year or so, one of the men who has been helping McGregor out with his ground game is the aforementioned Danis. Recently the BJJ black belt was a guest on Submission Radio, and Danis had this to say about a ground battle between McGregor and Ferguson (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“I don’t know what people judge that of off. I don’t know why they would say he has a superior advantage on the ground or stuff like that. People don’t even know what Conor’s Jiu Jitsu is like,” Danis said.
“So, with me training with Conor so much in his Jiu Jitsu, I feel like he’ll be fine on the ground or even better (than Ferguson).”
Now, it is true that we haven’t seen a lot of McGregor’s ground game in the Octagon, since most of his bouts have remained on the feet. It should also be noted that getting your brown belt in BJJ is no small accomplishment, and before McGregor’s rematch with Diaz last August, it was reported he spent a lot of time working on his grappling.
Ground skills aside, Danis also relayed that he believes Ferguson is going to be next for McGregor, because:
“…Conor is gonna defend the belt and stuff like that. And me knowing Conor, Tony Ferguson is talking a lot of sh-t and I know Conor is gonna wanna shut him up. So I can see that happening.”
Here’s hoping Danis is correct on this, and that the fight gets booked for early 2018.