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Denis Kang
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / Boxing
Name
Denis Kang
Nick Name
Record
35 - 15 - 2 (Win - Loss - Draw) (2 NC)
Wins
13 KO/TKO (37%) 16 Submissions (46%) 6 Decisions (17%)
Losses
5 KO/TKO (33%) 8 Submissions (53%) 2 Decisions (13%)
Height
5'11
Weight
185lbs (84 kg)
Style
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / Boxing
Birth Date
1977-09-17
City
Vancouver
Country
Canada
Biography / Career Highlights
Denis Kang's MMA career began in 1998 at the Ultimate Warrior Challenge in Vancouver, Canada. Kang was successful in his debut fight, winning by submission (rear naked choke) over Eric Harcrow. Kang would go on to win his next 2 fights before going 2–5 over his next 8 with one no contest against Dennis Hallman. He would go 7–7 with one no contest in his first 15 fights, with a few convincing defeats.

After winning 5 of his next 6 fights, Kang signed a contract with Spirit MC, a South Korea MMA organization. Denis went 5–0 while fighting in Korea and was crowned the Spirit MC Heavyweight Champion. Following this, Denis relocated to Florida and joined American Top Team.

It was at this time that Kang caught the attention of the PRIDE Fighting Championships. Kang signed a contract with PRIDE and made his debut at PRIDE Bushido 6, where he defeated Japanese opponent Takahiro Oba via armbar at 4:24 of round one. Under the Korean banner, Denis went on to win his next two fights in PRIDE, with a victory coming over Englishman Mark Weir at PRIDE Bushido 10. In between fights for Pride, Denis fought American Albert Basconcelles and knocked him out within 12 seconds of the opening bell. At Bushido 11, Denis Kang continued his winning streak by knocking out Chute Boxe member Murilo "Ninja" Rua in 15 seconds in the first round of the PRIDE Bushido Welterweight (183 lb) Grand Prix. At Bushido 12, Denis submitted Armenian Amar Suloev via rear naked choke to advance to the semi-final round of the Welterweight Grand Prix. With this win, Kang was then 18–0–1 in his last 19 contests. However, after advancing through the semi-final round of the Bushido tournament and beating Akihiro Gono on November 5, 2006 he was defeated by Kazuo Misaki in the final at Bushido 13. Kang had torn his right biceps muscle earlier that night in his win over Gono.

Kang had only one match in 2007 after breaking his hand (an injury that will reappear over and over again) in a match against Jungkyu Choi for the Spirit MC Heavyweight Championship on March 11. Kang won via unanimous decision but was unable to compete for several months.

After the contract termination of PRIDE, Kang moved to K-1 Hero's maintaining the championship of Spirit MC. Kang made his K-1 Hero's debut on October 28, 2007, in "K-1 Hero's in Seoul". His opponent was Yoshihiro Akiyama who was returning to MMA after a 10 month suspension. Kang lost via TKO.

Kang next fight was on April 29, 2008, in the opening round of the DREAM Middleweight Granx Prix, losing to Gegard Mousasi via triangle choke.

On August 30, 2008, Kang defended his Spirit MC Heavyweight Championship by defeating Kim Jae Young by TKO due to strikes at 1:31 of the first round.

Kang defeated UFC veteran Marvin Eastman by TKO on October 25, 2008, at “Raw Combat: Redemption” in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The fight lasted 48 seconds.

Denis Kang made his UFC debut on January 17, 2009 against Alan Belcher despite suffering from ankle injury. Although Kang controlled the fight, he lost by guillotine choke at the end of round two after a takedown attempt.

Kang redeemed himself with a victory over Xavier Foupa-Pokam at UFC 97 by unanimous decision.

Kang faced Michael Bisping on November 14, 2009 at UFC 105. In an interview about his fight with Bisping, Kang revealed he wanted a title fight with Anderson Silva. Bisping TKO'd Kang in the 2nd round. Even though Bisping was the crowd favourite in his home town Manchester and Kang was being booed on, Kang dropped Bisping with a right hand in the first round which rocked Bisping. Kang followed Bisping to the floor and attempted submissions, but Bisping defended well and neutralised Kang's attacks despite Kang briefly having full mount. In the 2nd round Bisping secured a single-leg takedown and the momentum of the fight shifted : he unleashed a vicious ground and pound attack on the Canadian, which Kang failed to recover from. The fight was awarded Fight of the Night honours, giving both Kang and Bisping a $40,000 bonus check.

Denis Kang was cut from the UFC on Dec. 9 2009, along with Brock Larson, Rolando Delgado and Jason Dent. Kang recently announced he has signed with W1 MMA and will fight for their vacant middleweight title on December 18, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec.

Denis defeated Dae Won Kim at W-1: Judgment day. Kang faced off against former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho on July 18, 2010 at an Impact Fighting Championships event. The fight was declared a split draw.

Denis joined the Korean MMA promotion Road FC by signing a multi-fight non-exclusive deal.
Fight STATS
Result Opponent Method Fight Title Date RouND Time
Win Eric Harcrow Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) UWC - Ultimate Warrior Challenge Aug / 2 / 1998 1 0:15
Win Fadi Habib TKO (Punches) UWC 2 - Ultimate Warrior Challenge 2 Nov / 1 / 1998 1 0:53
Win Tom Bolger Submission (Triangle Choke) BRI 2 - Bas Rutten Invitational 2 Apr / 24 / 1999 1 1:55
Loss Jacen Flynn Submission (Guillotine Choke) BRI 2 - Bas Rutten Invitational 2 Apr / 24 / 1999 1 4:07
Loss Joe Slick Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) EC 24 - Extreme Challenge 24 May / 15 / 1999 1 5:53
Win Lonnie Canida TKO (Punches) WCT - Western Canada's Toughest Mar / 18 / 2000 1 4:06
Win Minoru Suzuki Submission (Back Injury) Pancrase - 2000 Anniversary Show Sep / 24 / 2000 1 3:43
Loss Keiichiro Yamamiya Decision (Majority) Pancrase - Trans 7 Dec / 4 / 2000 2 3:00
Loss Osami Shibuya Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Pancrase - Proof 3 May / 13 / 2001 3 3:45
Loss Marty Armendarez TKO (Punches) IFC WC 15 - Warriors Challenge 15 Aug / 31 / 2001 1 3:52
NC Dennis Hallman No Contest WFF 1 - World Freestyle Fighting 1 Apr / 13 / 2002 2 3:15
Win Shane Biever Submission (Armbar) WFF 2 - World Freestyle Fighting 2 Jun / 22 / 2002 1 3:03
Win Pat Healy Submission (Guillotine Choke) RITR 7 - Rumble in the Ring 7 Jul / 20 / 2002 1 3:42
Loss Joe Doerksen Submission (Triangle Choke) UCC 11 - The Next Level Oct / 11 / 2002 1 4:49
Loss Jason Miller Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) EC 50 - Extreme Challenge 50 Feb / 23 / 2003 2 1:41
Win Chris Peak Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) WFF 4 - Civil War Apr / 4 / 2003 1 0:57
Win Keith Rockel KO (Punch) USMMA 3 - Ring of Fury May / 3 / 2003 2 2:59
Win Brendan Seguin Submission (Armbar) SB 30 - Collision Course Jun / 13 / 2003 1 2:24
Win Kaipo Kalama Decision (Majority) SB 30 - Collision Course Jun / 13 / 2003 3 3:00
Win Stephan Potvin TKO (Punches) TKO 13 - Ultimate Rush Sep / 6 / 2003 3 2:22
Draw Andrei Semenov Draw M-1 MFC - Russia vs. The World 7 Dec / 5 / 2003 1 10:00
Win Jae Young Kim TKO (Punches) Spirit MC - Interleague 1 Feb / 7 / 2004 1 0:38
Win Hyung Jun Kim TKO (Punches) Spirit MC - Interleague 1 Feb / 7 / 2004 1 1:13
Win Hyun Chul Cho Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Spirit MC 3 - I Will Be Back!!! Apr / 10 / 2004 1 2:06
Win Kobus Huisamen TKO (Punches) Spirit MC 4 - Revolution Jun / 12 / 2004 1 1:06
Win Junpei Hamada Submission (Armbar) Spirit MC 5 - 2004 GP Unlimited Sep / 11 / 2004 1 2:35
Win Jae Young Kim Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) Spirit MC 5 - 2004 GP Unlimited Sep / 11 / 2004 1 1:38
Win Jin Ho Yang TKO (Punches) Spirit MC 5 - 2004 GP Unlimited Sep / 11 / 2004 1 0:49
Win Alexei Veselovzorov Submission (Anaconda Choke) M-1 MFC - Heavyweight GP Dec / 4 / 2004 1 1:17
Win Takahiro Oba Submission (Armbar) Pride - Bushido 6 Apr / 3 / 2005 1 4:24
Win Andrei Semenov Decision (Unanimous) Pride - Bushido 8 Jul / 17 / 2005 2 5:00
NC Robert Villegas No Contest Spirit MC 7 - Middleweight GP Final Oct / 29 / 2005 1 4:25
Win Ron Fields Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) AFC - Absolute Fighting Championships 14 Dec / 10 / 2005 1 2:46
Win Mark Weir Submission (Knees) Pride - Bushido 10 Apr / 2 / 2006 1 4:55
Win Albert Basconcelles TKO (Punches) Spirit MC 8 - Only One Apr / 22 / 2006 1 0:12
Win Murilo Rua KO (Punches) Pride - Bushido 11 Jun / 4 / 2006 1 0:15
Win Amar Suloev Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Pride - Bushido 12 Aug / 26 / 2006 1 4:10
Win Akihiro Gono Decision (Unanimous) Pride - Bushido 13 Nov / 5 / 2006 2 5:00
Loss Kazuo Misaki Decision (Split) Pride - Bushido 13 Nov / 5 / 2006 2 5:00
Win Jung Gyu Choi Decision (Unanimous) Spirit MC - Interleague 5 Mar / 11 / 2007 3 5:00
Loss Yoshihiro Akiyama KO (Punch) K-1 HERO's - HERO's 2007 in Korea Oct / 28 / 2007 1 4:45
Loss Gegard Mousasi Submission (Triangle Choke) Dream 2 - Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Opening Round Apr / 29 / 2008 1 3:10
Win Jae Young Kim KO (Punches) Spirit MC 18 - The Champion Aug / 31 / 2008 1 1:31
Win Marvin Eastman TKO (Punches) Raw Combat - Redemption Oct / 25 / 2008 1 0:48
Loss Alan Belcher Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 93 - Franklin vs. Henderson Jan / 17 / 2009 2 4:36
Win Xavier Foupa-Pokam Decision (Unanimous) UFC 97 - Redemption Apr / 18 / 2009 3 5:00
Loss Michael Bisping TKO (Punches) UFC 105 - Couture vs. Vera Nov / 14 / 2009 2 4:24
Win Dae Won Kim Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) W-1 MMA 5 - Judgment Day Jun / 19 / 2010 1 1:49
Draw Paulo Filho Draw Impact FC 2 - The Uprising: Sydney Jul / 18 / 2010 3 5:00
Win Eun Soo Lee Decision (Unanimous) Road FC 2 - Alive Apr / 16 / 2011 3 5:00
Loss Jesse Taylor Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) BFL 8 - Island Beatdown May / 28 / 2011 1 1:57
Loss Seung Bae Whi TKO (Knees) Road FC 3 - Explosion Jul / 24 / 2011 2 3:18
Loss Shungo Oyama TKO (Knees) Road FC 5 - Night of Champions Dec / 3 / 2011 1 4:30
Win Hae Suk Son KO (Punches) Road FC 8 - Bitter Rivals Jun / 16 / 2012 1 N/A
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