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Max Humphrey will be making his Bellator debut on the big stage of Madison Square Garden against a high-profile – and outspoken – opponent in Dillon Danis, the controversial training partner of Conor McGregor.
Humphrey arrived at the Bellator 222 press conference on Tuesday wearing a shirt with the words “silence if golden” on his chest. The message was appropriate, since Humphrey admitted he is not one to talk much leading up to a fight. Instead, he’d rather let his skills do the talking with his opponent when the cage door closes.
That is the complete opposite of Danis, who has been calling out fighters before he even made his MMA debut approximately one year ago.
“I’m not a talking guy,” Humphrey admitted. “I think fighters should just show up and fight and keep their mouth shut.
“With all the cancelations and all the time that’s gone by, I’m just more excited to pick a Saturday and stick with it. Moving it to Madison Square Garden, that definitely kicks it up. But at the end of the day when that door shuts, all you guys [media] disappear. None of that matters anymore.”
Danis has a well-known Brazilian jiu-jitsu background, which just adds to the game plan for Humphrey, who believes he is good enough in all aspects of mixed martial arts to give Danis some real problems come June 14.
“I’m well-rounded,” he said. “I’m not a state champion wrestler, I’m not a Golden Gloves boxer, but I’m above average in just about every category in MMA. That’s how I’ve gotten to this point.”
Meanwhile, Humphrey thinks Danis is more of a one-dimensional fighter, although that skill (grappling) can be pretty formidable.
“He’s great at one aspect of the game. It’s kind of like having Floyd Mayweather come in. In boxing, he’s great. If you can kick him, he’s not,” Humphrey said. “Being so singular that way, we have a pretty strict game plan. [Jackson-Wink MMA trainer] Greg Jackson came up with it and gave it to me, so I know exactly what’s expected of me and what I’m supposed to do. I’m gonna do it and execute. That’s it.”