Dave Menne

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Dave Menne
Born (1974-07-29) July 29, 1974 (age 40)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Other names The Warrior
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Welterweight
Middleweight (current)
Fighting out of Forest Lake, Minnesota
Team Menne Combat Academy
Minnesota Martial Arts Academy
Years active 1997-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 64
Wins 45
By knockout 5
By submission 19
By decision 20
Unknown 1
Losses 17
By knockout 7
By submission 1
By decision 9
Draws 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: October 17, 2012

David Jeremy Menne (born July 29, 1974) is an American mixed martial artist. He was the first ever UFC Middleweight Champion and has also competed for Cage Rage, Bellator, Shooto, and RINGS.[1]

Background[edit]

Menne was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in Forest Lake, Minnesota, attending Forest Lake Area High School where he excelled in wrestling. Menne continued wrestling at the collegiate level and found Muay Thai while in Santa Fe, New Mexico before returning to Minnesota to train at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy in submission grappling.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Menne made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 1997 and compiled a record of 23-5-1 with notable wins over Dennis Hallman, Jutaro Nakao, Chris Lytle, and also fought to a draw against Shonie Carter. After Menne lost to Kiyoshi Tamura at the 1999 Rings: King of Kings tournament, he signed with the UFC.

UFC[edit]

Menne made his UFC debut at UFC 24 against Fabiano Iha on March 10, 2000 and won via decision. In his next fight, outside of the UFC, he defeated Jose Landi-Jons via majority decision to become the World Extreme Fighting Cruiserweight Superfight Champion. Menne then re-signed with the RINGS organization in Japan.

RINGS[edit]

Menne made his RINGS debut against Ryuki Ueyama and fought to a draw. He fought again at an event in Hawaii, a decision loss, before winning his next two fights for the organization against Wataru Sakata and Roberto Travern, respectively. On February 8, 2001 Menne competed in the Shidokan Jitsu - Warriors 1 Tournament and defeated future UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Newton in the opening round, before later going on to win the tournament. In his last appearance for RINGS, Menne was defeated by Hiromitsu Kanehara via TKO.

Return to UFC[edit]

Menne returned to the UFC at UFC 33 to face Gil Castillo for the first UFC Middleweight Championship and won via unanimous decision. In his first title defense at UFC 35, Menne was defeated by Murilo Bustamante via TKO. In his next fight for the UFC, Menne faced Phil Baroni at UFC 39 and was knocked out in only 18 seconds.

After UFC 39, Menne went 9-4 in his next 13 fights before returning to the UFC at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 on June 28, 2006 against Josh Koscheck and lost via unanimous decision. Menne then fought at UFC Fight Night 7 on December 13, 2006 against Luigi Fioravanti and lost via TKO.

Bellator[edit]

Two years after his last UFC appearance, Menne picked up a win before being signed by Bellator Fighting Championships.[3] He made his debut for the organization at Bellator IV against Norman Paraisy in the quarterfinals of the Bellator Season One Welterweight Tournament on April 17, 2009. Though the underdog coming into the fight, Menne won via third round submission.[4] Less than a month later, Menne faced Omar de la Cruz at Bellator 7 on May 15, 2009. Menne lost via TKO. He left the organization in late 2009.

Post-Bellator[edit]

In his first fight since being released from Bellator, Menne fought and defeated Adrian Miles at XKL Evolution 2 on April 24, 2010.[5][6] He then defeated Eric Davila via guillotine choke at UWF 1 on November 26, 2011.[7] Menne's most recent fight is a loss to mixed martial arts legend Murilo Bustamante by unanimous decision.[8]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 45–17–2 Murilo Bustamante Decision (unanimous) Amazon Forest Combat 2 March 31, 2012 3 5:00 Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Win 45–16–2 Eric Davila Submission (guillotine choke) UWF 1 - Huerta vs. War Machine November 26, 2011 1 1:35 Pharr, Texas, United States
Win 44–16–2 Adrian Miles Decision (unanimous) XKL Evolution 2 April 24, 2010 3 5:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss 43–16–2 Omar de la Cruz TKO (punches) Bellator 7 May 15, 2009 1 3:19 Chicago, Illinois, United States Welterweight Semifinal Tournament Bout
Win 43–15–2 Norman Paraisy Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator IV April 17, 2009 3 2:39 Norman, Oklahoma, United States Welterweight Quarterfinal Tournament Bout
Win 42–15–2 Travis McCollough TKO (punches) Brutaal – Fight Club May 2, 2008 1 2:34 Maplewood, Minnesota, United States
Loss 41–15–2 Luigi Fioravanti TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night 7 December 13, 2006 1 4:44 San Diego, California, United States
Loss 41–14–2 Josh Koscheck Decision (unanimous) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 June 28, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 41–13–2 Alex Reid Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 16 April 22, 2006 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 40–13–2 Jake Shields Decision (unanimous) Rumble on the Rock 8 January 20, 2006 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Welterweight Tournament Opening Round
Loss 40–12–2 Ed Herman TKO (corner stoppage) EC 63 – Extreme Challenge 63 July 23, 2005 1 5:00 Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Win 40–11–2 Jerry Spiegel Submission (guillotine choke) EC 62 – Extreme Challenge 62 June 18, 2005 1 3:17 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win 39–11–2 Trevor Garrett Decision (split) EC 60 – Extreme Challenge 60 November 12, 2004 3 5:00 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win 38–11–2 Eddie Sanchez Submission (rear naked choke) EC 59 – Extreme Challenge 59 September 24, 2004 1 0:53 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win 37–11–2 Todd Carney Decision (unanimous) EC 58 – Extreme Challenge 58 June 11, 2004 3 5:00 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win 36–11–2 Leo Sylvest Submission (toe hold) EC 56 – Extreme Challenge 56 March 26, 2004 1 2:06 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Loss 35–11–2 Falaniko Vitale Decision (unanimous) SB 33 – SuperBrawl 33 February 7, 2004 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 35–10–2 Sam Cleveland TKO (punches) EC – Best of the Best 2 – Day Event August 2, 2003 1 N/A Anoka, Minnesota, United States
Loss 34–10–2 Hayato Sakurai TKO (cut) Deep - 10th Impact June 25, 2003 2 2:02 Tokyo, Japan
Win 34–9–2 Dennis Reed TKO EC – Extreme Combat June 14, 2003 1 N/A Ramsey, Minnesota, United States
Win 33–9–2 Todd Carney Submission (guillotine choke) ICC 2 – Rebellion April 18, 2003 1 1:05 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss 32–9–2 Phil Baroni KO (strikes) UFC 39 September 27, 2002 1 0:18 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 32–8–2 Robert Ferguson TKO (retirement) UAGF 2 – Ultimate Cage Fighting 2 July 30, 2002 2 5:00 Hollywood, California, United States
Loss 31–8–2 Murilo Bustamante TKO (punches) UFC 35 January 11, 2002 2 0:44 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Lost UFC Middleweight Championship
Win 31–7–2 Gil Castillo Decision (unanimous) UFC 33 September 28, 2001 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the inaugural UFC Middleweight Championship
Loss 30–7–2 Hiromitsu Kanehara TKO (punches) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Final February 24, 2001 3 3:24 Tokyo, Japan
Win 30–6–2 Karimula Barkalaev Decision (unanimous) Shidokan Jitsu – Warriors War 1 February 8, 2001 1 10:00 Kuwait Won Shidokan Jitsu Warriors War 1 Tournament
Win 29–6–2 Shamir Maromegob Decision (unanimous) Shidokan Jitsu – Warriors War 1 February 8, 2001 1 10:00 Kuwait
Win 28–6–2 Carlos Newton Decision (unanimous) Shidokan Jitsu – Warriors War 1 February 8, 2001 1 10:00 Kuwait
Win 27–6–2 Roberto Traven Decision (unanimous) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block A October 9, 2000 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 26–6–2 Wataru Sakata Decision (unanimous) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block A October 9, 2000 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 25–6–2 Chris Munsen Decision Rings USA: Rising Stars Block B July 22, 2000 2 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Draw 25–5–2 Ryuki Ueyama Draw Rings: Millennium Combine 2 June 15, 2000 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 25–5–1 José Landi-Jons Decision (majority) WEF 9 – World Class May 13, 2000 3 5:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States Won WEF Cruiserweight Superfight Championship
Win 24–5–1 Fabiano Iha Decision (unanimous) UFC 24 March 10, 2000 3 5:00 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Loss 23–5–1 Kiyoshi Tamura Decision (unanimous) Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block B December 22, 1999 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 23–4–1 Laverne Clark Submission (guillotine choke) EC 29 – Extreme Challenge 29 November 13, 1999 2 3:18 Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Win 22–4–1 Chris Lytle Decision (unanimous) EC 29 – Extreme Challenge 29 November 13, 1999 2 5:00 Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Win 21–4–1 Jutaro Nakao Decision (unanimous) SB 13 – SuperBrawl 13 September 7, 1999 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 20–4–1 Mark Walker Submission (rear naked choke) UW – Ultimate Wrestling August 13, 1999 1 1:15 Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Win 19–4–1 Joe Geromiller Submission (knee bar) SFC – Submission Fighting Championships 7 July 4, 1999 1 3:10 Carbondale, Illinois, United States
Win 18–4–1 CJ Fernandes Submission (armbar) Dangerzone – Mahnomen June 19, 1999 1 0:58 Mahnomen, Minnesota, United States
Win 17–4–1 Jesse Jones Decision (unanimous) EC 25 – Extreme Challenge 25 June 11, 1999 1 20:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 16–4–1 Brent Medley TKO (guillotine choke) EC 25 – Extreme Challenge 25 June 11, 1999 1 0:21 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 15–4–1 Dennis Hallman Decision (unanimous) Shooto - 10th Anniversary Event May 29, 1999 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 14–4–1 Jim Czajkowski Submission (kneebar) SFC – Submission Fighting Championships 6 April 30, 1999 1 0:00 O'Fallon, Illinois, United States
Win 13–4–1 Mike McClure Submission (punches) EC 23 – Extreme Challenge 23 April 2, 1999 1 4:47 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 12–4–1 Ken Parham Decision (unanimous) EC 23 – Extreme Challenge 23 April 2, 1999 1 15:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 11–4–1 Vernon Yates Submission (rear-naked choke) Gladiators 2 – Gladiators 2 March 18, 1999 1 0:18 Sioux City, Iowa, United States
Win 10–4–1 Brett Jones Submission (rear-naked choke) Gladiators 2 – Gladiators 2 March 18, 1999 1 0:14 Sioux City, Iowa, United States
Loss 9–4–1 Matt Hughes Decision (unanimous) EC 21 – Extreme Challenge 21 October 17, 1998 1 15:00 Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Win 9–3–1 Adam Johnson TKO (guillotine choke) EC 21 – Extreme Challenge 21 October 17, 1998 1 0:51 Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Draw 8–3–1 Shonie Carter Draw EC 20 – Extreme Challenge 20 August 22, 1998 1 20:00 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 8–3 Phil Johns Decision EC 19 – Extreme Challenge 19 June 20, 1998 1 15:00 Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Win 7–3 Andy Sanders Decision EC 19 – Extreme Challenge 19 June 20, 1998 1 15:00 Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Win 6–3 Henry Matamoros Decision WVT – Wisconsin Vale Tudo May 30, 1998 1 10:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 5–3 Adrian Serrano Decision (split) WVT – Wisconsin Vale Tudo April 4, 1998 1 12:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 5–2 Jesse Jones Submission (armbar) EC 15 – Extreme Challenge 15 February 27, 1998 1 5:45 Muncie, Indiana, United States
Loss 5–1 Shonie Carter Decision EC 5 – Extreme Challenge 5 April 18, 1997 1 15:00 Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Win 5–0 Laverne Clark Submission (triangle choke) EC 5 – Extreme Challenge 5 April 18, 1997 1 5:51 Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Win 4–0 Tim Wills Submission (bad position) HOOKnSHOOT – Absolute Fighting Championship 1 April 5, 1997 1 1:06 Evansville, Indiana, United States Became First HOOKnSHOOT Lightweight Champion
Win 3–0 Sean Coultas TKO (towel thrown from armbar) HOOKnSHOOT – Lightweight Championship April 4, 1997 1 3:29 Evansville, Indiana, United States Won HOOKnSHOOT Lightweight Tournament
Win 2–0 Adam Fisher Submission (rear naked choke) HOOKnSHOOT – Lightweight Championship April 4, 1997 1 3:39 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 1–0 Duane Bressinger Submission (armbar) HOOKnSHOOT – Lightweight Championship April 4, 1997 1 2:37 Evansville, Indiana, United States

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New championship 1st UFC Middleweight Champion
September 28, 2001 – January 11, 2002
Succeeded by
Murilo Bustamante