In a highly anticipated return to the boxing ring, YouTuber-turned-WWE superstar Logan Paul secured a dominant victory over MMA fighter Dillon Danis in a six-round bout held in Manchester. The match, Paul’s first since his exhibition with Floyd Mayweather two years ago, showcased the social media sensation’s prowess as he outclassed Danis throughout the first five rounds.
Paul’s performance was undeniable, landing 82 punches compared to Danis’ meager nine. Despite Danis incorporating unconventional and seemingly theatrical moves, such as backhanded punches and lying down in the ring, Paul maintained control. However, the bout took a bizarre turn in the sixth round when Danis attempted an MMA-style grapple targeting Paul’s legs, prompting security guards to nearly intervene.
As the final seconds of the match unfolded, Danis tried to execute a guillotine chokehold on Paul, who managed to escape. In response, Paul threw a punch while Danis was on the mat. Chaos ensued as Danis, refusing to accept defeat, went on the offensive. The referee struggled to maintain order, with security guards and even Paul’s younger brother, Jake, entering the ring.
The tension between Paul and Danis had escalated in the weeks leading up to the fight, with the MMA fighter taking shots at Paul’s fiancée. At a press conference, Danis threw a microphone at Paul, resulting in a black eye. Despite the bad blood, Paul expressed forgiveness before the match, emphasizing the need to face Danis without emotion.
In a post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani, Paul criticized Danis, calling him a “coward” and a “dirty, dirty human being.” Despite his victory, Paul appeared visibly bothered by Danis’ antics and questioned the MMA fighter’s skills in jiujutsu.
Looking ahead, Paul hinted at a potential return to the ring and specifically called out Conor McGregor, referring to him as “that little leprechaun.” While Paul has expressed interest in the WWE, targeting Rey Mysterio for the U.S. title, it was evident that Danis, despite his MMA background, struggled to find his place in the boxing ring.
“He threw more punches at the security guards than he did in this fight” 😭 pic.twitter.com/XQmKlAlUg1
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) October 14, 2023