Conor McGregor’s Jiu-Jitsu Coach Suspended From Home Gym

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Dillon Danis may be gaining a bunch of headlines in the mixed martial arts world, but apparently that’s come at the cost of his longtime head coach Marcelo Garcia.

In a surprising move, Garcia revealed on Thursday that Danis and fellow student Mansher Khera had been indefinitely suspended from his New York home gym. The famed Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach also released a statement on his official Youtube page yesterday, noting that his students had become too focused on fame and social media:

“I realize people was focused just on social media, was focused on other stuff that everyone is aware about — fame, stuff like that. And that really forced me to take a decision.”

Garcia elaborated on the decision further, focusing on his beliefs that some of his top students had forced him to make a tough decision when they didn’t echo the same values he tried to convey in training:

“I wish my black belts were doing the best they can to follow the examples that take people to a better place. That didn’t happen, and I felt even got worst each time I take a week off, something happen. I take a weekend off, something else happened.

“It’s really hard for me to come home — because this [the gym] is my home — and to see they don’t appreciate the same values that I have, they’re not being the example I want people here to have.”

Danis has recently made a ton of headlines with his largely outlandish trash talk, highlighted by him saying he’s already the ‘highest paid fighter in Bellator‘ and that the upcoming Bellator 180 pay-per-view (PPV) ‘is not going to sell without him’ despite the fact that has no professional MMA bouts to his name.

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Garcelo is obviously a much more old-school, warrior code-focused teacher, and trash talk like that clearly doesn’t fly in his highly honored jiu jitsu school.

But with MMA on the horizon and stacks of cash to make, something seems like Danis might not be all that concerned with the indefinite suspension. Should he be?