Dillon Danis extended a rare compliment to Logan Paul by commending his ‘smart’ use of Vaseline in his chaotic defeat to the WWE star last weekend.
The MMA fighter suffered a loss by disqualification in Manchester, only for a mass brawl to break out after the fight was called in the YouTuber’s favour.
Throughout the bout, Danis fell well short of his billing – and pre-match taunting – and landed with just nine punches in the course of the whole contest.
But Danis, who – in one of the contest’s most farcical moments – threw himself at Paul’s legs having already attempted a jiu-jitsu move by going for his opponent’s neck, insisted he was happy with his performance.
And he put forward a curious reason why his unorthodox late-round manoeuvre proved unsuccessful.
‘I wasn’t actually trying to but he was smart and he Vaselined his head up.’ He said on Piers Morgan Uncensored. ‘So I guess he knew I was going for his neck but at that moment I actually wasn’t.
‘I was grabbing his head and he just kind of shrugged me and with the Vaseline and then he threw that punch and I up-kicked him.’
Danis, who is embroiled in a legal battle with Paul’s fiancee Nina Agdal, also addressed the incident where he dived at the legs of the social media star, adding: ‘Oh yes that one time, yeah, I was just messing around a little bit, letting him know what a real fight is.
‘Boxing is not a real fight, it’s a half a fight. I want to fight him in a real fight, [he] shook my hand and said he was going to fight me in MMA… he shook my hand, if he’s a real man, he should.
‘He didn’t defend his fiancée in my opinion. If a man talks about his fiancée the way I did about his fiancée, he should have knocked me out.’