Darren Uyenoyama

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Darren Uyenoyama
Born (1979-10-15) October 15, 1979 (age 35)
San Francisco, California
Other names BC
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
Division Flyweight (125 lb)
Bantamweight (135 lb)
Featherweight (145 lb)
Reach 65 in (165 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Team Faito Tamashii Combat Club
Years active 2002 – present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 13
Wins 8
By knockout 1
By submission 4
By decision 3
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 2011

Darren Uyenoyama (born October 15, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist, who formerly fought in the Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a third-generation Japanese-American and a well regarded grappling specialist.

Background[edit]

Uyenoyama was born and raised in San Francisco/South San Francisco area. He attended El Camino High School where participated in wrestling. He then began training at Ralph Gracie's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy and had a successful career in BJJ, winning tournaments, and eventually transitioned his skills to mixed martial arts. [1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Uyenoyama had his first mixed martial arts fight in 2002 against Rambaa Somdet, and although he did win his debut, he took a five year hiatus before returning with another win.

Dream[edit]

Uyenoyama made his DREAM debut against Hideo Tokoro and lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Strikeforce[edit]

Uyenoyama made his Strikeforce debut defeating Andrew Valladerez via a 59 second rear naked choke at Strikeforce: Young Guns.

Uyenoyama moved his Strikeforce record to 2-0 with another first round submission win with a guillotine choke over Anthony Figueroa.

Uyenoyama's third and final Strikeforce appearance took place at Strikeforce: Destruction. He defeated Brad Royster via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Uyenoyama signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2011.

Uyenoyama made his bantamweight debut against Japanese superstar Norifumi Yamamoto at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos.[2] He defeated heavy favorite Yamamoto via unanimous decision.

Uyenoyama was expected to make his flyweight debut at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012 against John Dodson. However, Uyenoyama was forced out of the bout and replaced by promotional newcomer Tim Elliott.[1]

Uyenoyama was expected to face Louis Gaudinot on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[3] However, Gaudinot was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Phil Harris.[4] Uyenoyama submitted Harris in the second round with a rear naked choke.

Uyenoyama faced Joseph Benavidez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[5] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

Uyenoyama was expected to face John Moraga on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9.[6] However, Moraga pulled out of the bout with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Alptekin Özkiliç.[7] He lost the fight via split decision, and was subsequently released from the promotion shortly after.

Post-UFC career[edit]

Following his release from the UFC, Uyenoyama signed with Pacific Xtreme Combat in September 2014. He is expected to face Shane Alvarez at PXC 45 on October 24, 2014.[8]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–5 Shane Alvarez TKO (punches) PXC: Pacific Xtreme Combat 45 October 24, 2014 1 N/A Mangilao, Guam
Loss 8–5 Alptekin Özkılıç Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 December 14, 2013 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 8–4 Joseph Benavidez TKO (body kick & punches) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez April 20, 2013 2 4:50 San Jose, California, United States
Win 8–3 Phil Harris Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot October 5, 2012 2 3:38 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States Flyweight debut
Win 7–3 Norifumi Yamamoto Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos November 12, 2011 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 6–3 Shuichiro Katsumura TKO (punches) Shooto - The Way of Shooto 5: Like a Tiger, Like a Dragon September 3, 2010 2 3:53 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 5–3 Tomoya Miyashita Submission (guillotine choke) Deep - 47 Impact April 17, 2010 2 1:10 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–2 Brad Royster Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Destruction November 8, 2008 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 4–2 Hideo Tokoro Decision (unanimous) Dream 4 June 15, 2008 2 5:00 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 4–1 Anthony Figueroa Submission (guillotine choke) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le March 28, 2008 1 1:27 San Jose, California, United States
Win 3–1 Andrew Valladerez Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce: Young Guns II February 1, 2008 1 0:59 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 2–1 Rolando Velasco Decision (unanimous) CCFC - Undefeated October 6, 2007 3 5:00 San Mateo, California, United States
Win 2–0 Will Nerbonne Submission (rear-naked choke) CCFC - Judgement Day February 17, 2007 1 2:30 Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 1–0 Rambaa Somdet Decision (unanimous) Deep - 5th Impact September 6, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tim Elliott replaces Darren Uyenoyama, meets John Dodson at UFC on FOX 3". mmajunkie.com. April 17, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Yamamoto vs. Uyenoyama official for UFC on FOX 1". September 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Uyenoyama-Gaudinot added to UFC on FX 5". mmajunkie.com. August 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "UFC confirms fights for UFC on FX 5, Uyenoyama vs. Harris now on tap". mmajunkie.com. August 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ Matt Molgaard (March 6, 2013). "Joseph Benavidez Will Return Against Darren Uyenoyama at UFC on FOX 7". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ Luke Thomas (September 29, 2013). "Darren Uyenoyama vs. John Moraga set for UFC on FOX 9 fight card". mmafighting.com. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ Dave Doyle. "Injury forces John Moraga out of UFC on FOX 9 bout with Darren Uyenoyama". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  8. ^ Pacific Daily News. "Aguon and Dy will fight for bantamweight title at PXC 45". guampdn.com. Retrieved 2014-09-13. 

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