Denis Kang at weigh-ins, pictured right
September 17, 1977 |
Saint-Pierre, Saint Pierre and Miquelon
|Other names||The Super Korean|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||77.0 in (196 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Team||American Top Team,
|Rank||3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Revised Romanization||Denis Gang|
Denis Kang (born September 17, 1977) is a Canadian mixed martial artist of Korean and French descent. He was the PRIDE FC welterweight grand prix finalist in which he lost to Kazuo Misaki. Kang is a 2nd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, originally trained and mentored by Marcus Soares. He holds notable victories over Minoru Suzuki, Pat Healy, Andrei Semenov, Mark Weir, Murilo Rua, Amar Suloev, Akihiro Gono, Marvin Eastman, and Xavier Foupa-Pokam.
Denis Kang was born in the French overseas collectivity of Saint Pierre & Miquelon to a Korean father and French mother. He and his family relocated to the Canary Islands and finally North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 1988 when he was 11 years old. Kang speaks fluent French and English, and is also said to be fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, which he learned via constant relocation.. He has two younger brothers, the youngest of which, Julien Kang, is an actor in South Korea.
On September 23, 2006, Kang's fiancée, Shelby Walker, who was also a professional fighter, was found dead after an apparent overdose of pain medication. Kang had a 23 fight unbeaten streak prior to his fiancée's death, but has since won only 7 of 16 bouts.
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.
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.
Denis lost to Melvin Manhoef by KO due to a knee to the body early in the first round of their DREAM 18 New Year's Eve fight at the end of 2012.
Denis currently teaches MMA and Brazilian Jiujitsu at the Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness Academy ( an American Top Team Affiliate) In Kanata, Ontario, Canada.
On September 21st, 2013, Denis earned his 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Professor Marcus Soares.
Championships and Accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- PRIDE Fighting Championships
- Spirit MC
- Spirit MC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time)
- ROAD FC
- Fight of the Night (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|55 matches||35 wins||16 losses|
|Loss||35–16–2 (2)||Melvin Manhoef||TKO (knee to the body)||Dream 18||December 31, 2012||1||0:50||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||35–15–2 (2)||Hae Suk Son||KO (punches)||Road FC 8: Bitter Rivals||June 16, 2012||1||N/A||Wonju, South Korea|
|Loss||34–15–2 (2)||Shungo Oyama||TKO (knees)||Road FC 5: Night of Champions||December 3, 2011||1||4:30||Seoul, South Korea|
|Loss||34–14–2 (2)||Seung Bae Whi||TKO (knees)||Road FC 3: Explosion||July 24, 2011||2||3:58||Seoul, South Korea|
|Loss||34–13–2 (2)||Jesse Taylor||Submission (rear naked choke)||Battlefield Fight League 8: Island Beatdown||May 28, 2011||1||1:57||Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||34–12–2 (2)||Eun Soo Lee||Decision (unanimous)||Road FC 2: Alive||April 16, 2011||3||5:00||Seoul, South Korea||Light Heavyweight bout|
|Draw||33–12–2 (2)||Paulo Filho||Draw (split)||Impact FC 2||July 18, 2010||3||5:00||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||33–12–1 (2)||Dae Won Kim||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||W-1: Judgment day||June 19, 2010||1||1:49||Laval, Quebec|
|Loss||32–12–1 (2)||Michael Bisping||TKO (knees to the body & punches)||UFC 105||November 14, 2009||2||4:24||Manchester, England||Fight of the Night|
|Win||32–11–1 (2)||Xavier Foupa-Pokam||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 97||April 18, 2009||3||5:00||Montreal, Canada|
|Loss||31–11–1 (2)||Alan Belcher||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson||January 17, 2009||2||4:36||Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||31–10–1 (2)||Marvin Eastman||KO (punches)||Raw Combat: Redemption||October 25, 2008||1||0:48||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||30–10–1 (2)||Kim Jae Young||KO (punches and stomp)||Spirit MC||August 30, 2008||1||1:13||Seoul, South Korea||Defended the Spirit MC Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||29–10–1 (2)||Gegard Mousasi||Submission (triangle choke)||DREAM.2||April 29, 2008||1||3:10||Saitama, Japan||DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix Opening Round|
|Loss||29–9–1 (2)||Yoshihiro Akiyama||KO (punches)||[Hero's 2007 in Korea||October 27, 2007||1||4:45||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||29–8–1 (2)||Jung Gyu Choi||Decision (majority)||Spirit MC||March 11, 2007||3||5:00||Seoul, South Korea||Won the Spirit MC Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||28–8–1 (2)||Kazuo Misaki||Decision (split)||PRIDE Bushido 13||November 5, 2006||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan||PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Final|
|Win||28–7–1 (2)||Akihiro Gono||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 13||November 5, 2006||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan||PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal|
|Win||27–7–1 (2)||Amar Suloev||Submission (one-arm strangle)||PRIDE Bushido 12||August 26, 2006||1||4:10||Nagoya, Japan||PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal|
|Win||26–7–1 (2)||Murilo Rua||KO (punches)||PRIDE Bushido 11||June 4, 2006||1||0:15||Saitama, Japan||PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round|
|Win||25–7–1 (2)||Albert Basconcelles||TKO (punches)||Spirit MC||April 22, 2006||1||0:12||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||24–7–1 (2)||Mark Weir||Submission (knees)||PRIDE Bushido 10||April 2, 2006||1||4:55||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||23–7–1 (2)||Ron Fields||Submission (rear-naked choke)||AFC 14 – Absolute Fighting Championships 14||December 10, 2005||1||2:46||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|NC||22–7–1 (2)||Robert Villegas||No Contest||Spirit MC||October 29, 2005||1||0:00||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||22–7–1 (1)||Andrei Semenov||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 8||July 17, 2005||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||21–7–1 (1)||Takahiro Oba||Submission (armbar)||PRIDE Bushido 6||April 3, 2005||1||4:24||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||20–7–1 (1)||Alexei Vezelozorov||Submission (choke)||M-1 Global||December 4, 2004||1||1:17||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||19–7–1 (1)||Jin Ho Yang||TKO (punches)||Spirit MC||September 11, 2004||1||0:49||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||18–7–1 (1)||Kim Jae Young||Submission (arm triangle choke)||Spirit MC||September 11, 2004||1||1:38||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||17–7–1 (1)||Junpei Hamada||Submission (armbar)||Spirit MC||September 11, 2004||1||2:35||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||16–7–1 (1)||Kobus Huisamen||TKO (punches)||Spirit MC||June 12, 2004||1||1:06||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||15–7–1 (1)||Hyun Chul Cho||Submission (rear naked choke)||Spirit MC||April 10, 2004||1||2:06||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||14–7–1 (1)||Hyung Jun Kim||TKO (punches)||Spirit MC||February 7, 2004||1||1:13||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||13–7–1 (1)||Kim Jae Young||TKO (punches)||Spirit MC||February 7, 2004||1||0:38||Seoul, South Korea|
|Draw||12–7–1 (1)||Andrei Semenov||Draw||M-1 Global||December 5, 2003||1||10:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||12–7 (1)||Stephan Potvin||TKO (punches)||TKO Major League MMA||September 6, 2003||3||2:22||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||11–7 (1)||Kaipo Kalama||Decision (majority)||SB 30 – Collision Course||June 13, 2003||3||3:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||10–7 (1)||Brendan Seguin||Submission (armbar)||SB 30 – Collision Course||June 13, 2003||1||2:24||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||9–7 (1)||Keith Rockel||KO (punch)||USMMA 3 – Ring of Fury||May 3, 2003||2||2:59||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||8–7 (1)||Chris Peak||Submission (rear naked choke)||WFF 4 – Civil War||April 4, 2003||1||0:57||Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada|
|Loss||7–7 (1)||Jason Miller||Submission (rear naked choke)||EC 50 – Extreme Challenge 50||February 23, 2003||2||1:41||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Loss||7–6 (1)||Joe Doerksen||Submission (triangle choke)||UCC 11 – The Next Level||October 11, 2002||1||4:49||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||7–5 (1)||Pat Healy||Submission (guillotine choke)||RITR 7 – Rumble in the Ring 7||July 20, 2002||1||3:42||Auburn, Washington, United States|
|Win||6–5 (1)||Shane Biever||Submission (armlock)||WFF 2 – World Freestyle Fighting 2||July 20, 2002||1||3:03||Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada|
|NC||5–5 (1)||Dennis Hallman||No Contest||WFF 1 – World Freestyle Fighting 1||April 13, 2002||2||3:15||Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada||Hallman accidentally headbutted Kang & opened a cut above the eye|
|Loss||5–5||Marty Armendarez||TKO (punches)||Pancrase - Proof 3||May 13, 2001||3||3:45||Oroville, California, United States|
|Loss||5–4||Osami Shibuya||Submission (rear naked choke)||IFC WC 15 – Warriors Challenge 15||August 31, 2001||1||3:52||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||5–3||Keiichiro Yamamiya||Decision (majority)||Pancrase - Trans 7||December 4, 2000||2||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–2||Minoru Suzuki||Submission (back injury)||Pancrase - 2000 Anniversary Show||September 24, 2000||1||3:43||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||4–2||Lonnie Canida||TKO (punches)||WCT – Western Canada's Toughest||March 18, 2000||1||4:06||Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada|
|Loss||3–2||Joe Slick||Submission (arm triangle choke)||EC 24 – Extreme Challenge 24||May 15, 1999||1||5:53||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Jacen Flynn||Submission (guillotine choke)||BRI 2 – Bas Rutten Invitational 2||April 24, 1999||1||4:07||Littleton, Colorado, USA|
|Win||3–0||Tom Bolger||Submission (triangle choke)||BRI 2 – Bas Rutten Invitational 2||April 24, 1999||1||1:55||Littleton, Colorado, USA|
|Win||2–0||Fadi Habib||TKO (punches)||UWC 2 – Ultimate Warrior Challenge 2||November 1, 1998||1||0:53||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||1–0||Eric Harcrow||Submission (rear naked choke)||UWC – Ultimate Warrior Challenge||August 2, 1998||1||0:15||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
0 wins, 1 loss
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest
Submission grappling record
|Loss||Andy Reese||Points||(Under 87.9 KG)|
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