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Conor McGregor, Dillon Danis Visited Hamptons Jiu Jitsu On June 20

Conor McGregor and Dillon Danis going at it on the mats at Hamptons Jiu Jitsu. GINGER BEARD PHOTOS
Jun 25, 2018 12:53 PM

It’s not every day a former mixed martial arts champion walks through the doors of an East End jiu jitsu school, but that’s exactly what happened on June 20.

“The Notorious” Conor McGregor—the Irish MMA fighter who at one time held both of Ultimate Fighting Championship’s featherweight and lightweight championship belts—walked into Hamptons Jiu Jitsu on County Road 39 in Southampton with his training partner, Dillon Danis. The two of them took to the mats for a while, thanked owner Greg Melita for hosting them, then headed to East Hampton, where they’ll be staying for an unknown period of time.

Melita said Danis messaged him through Instagram earlier in the week and asked if he and McGregor could stop by on their way out east to get some training time in. After some coordinating, Melita said by late Tuesday it was set that they’d be gracing his mats with their presence.

“The best part was, they pull up in two Escalades and Conor was the first one out of the car and the first one in the building,” he explained. “He didn’t send anyone in ahead of himself or a bodyguard, he walked right in. He was totally nice, laid back, really an awesome guy. He loved the space, I gave him a tour, and he decided he liked the spot and decided to stay and train.”

McGregor’s last big fight actually happened in a boxing ring, when he went toe-to-toe with Floyd Mayweather Jr. for 10 rounds before falling by technical knockout last August. A rematch hasn’t been confirmed yet, but rumors have been flying that the two will go at it again, this time in McGregor’s MMA specialty.

McGregor, who is the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously, hasn’t set up his next fight yet, mainly due to pending legal issues, but all signs are pointing to him squaring off against current UFC lightweight champion, Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“He did say, ‘Whenever I’m going to be in New York, I’m definitely going to be back,” Melita said of McGregor. “I just thought it was really cool how he came from nothing and you can really see how he’s just a regular guy and laid back, even with all the fame.”

It’s been quite the first year for Melita and Hamptons Jiu Jitsu. Having just celebrated a grand re-opening a year to the date of its grand opening on June 3, the only Brazilian jiu jitsu school on the East End needed to move into a bigger space, just two doors down to the west of its original location, due to an influx of students and activity. During its grand reopening, the school was visited by a number of well-known figures in the Brazilian jiu jitsu world, including Rich Byrne and Grandmaster Francisco Mansor. Byrne, the chief executive of Deutsche Bank Securities, practices BJJ himself and owns Mushin Mixed Martial Arts in New York City and last year helped launch the KASAI Elite Grappling Championships, a competitive tournament in the city. Mansor is a red belt BJJ professor—the highest one can achieve in the sport—and passed down his Kioto Brazilian jiu jitsu lineage to Melita.

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