Dennis Hallman

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Dennis Hallman
Born (1975-12-02) December 2, 1975 (age 38)
Olympia, Washington, United States
Other names Superman
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 163 lb (74 kg; 11.6 st)
Division Welterweight
Middleweight
Lightweight
Reach 72.0 in (183 cm)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 70
Wins 53
By knockout 4
By submission 41
By decision 7
By disqualification 1
Losses 14
By knockout 6
By decision 8
Draws 2
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: May 14, 2011

Dennis Lloyd Hallman (born December 2, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist from the U.S. state of Washington. A former state champion wrestler, Hallman is known best for his expertise as a grappler. He has appeared in many fight organizations, including the UFC, Strikeforce, IFL, Shooto, and King of the Cage.

Background[edit]

Hallman was born in Olympia, Washington, and began wrestling when he was eight years old. He was on the wrestling team at Yelm High School and won the 135-pound state championship in his senior year. Hallman had planned to continue his career at a community college, but broke his leg during the pre-season training, and had to be sidelined for the entire season. A former high school classmate was sending in video tapes to Battlecade and invited Hallman to fight him because Hallman was a well-known wrestler. Hallman won the fight by a guillotine choke, and his opponent's praise of Hallman's potential encouraged Hallman to pursue a career in MMA. Hallman had an exhibition match three weeks later against a Japanese fighter who was training with Matt Hume, which Hallman also won. [1]

MMA career[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Two of Hallman's biggest achievements are his wins (both by submission in a combined 38 seconds) over UFC Hall of Famer and former welterweight champion Matt Hughes. Their first fight was in 1998 at Extreme Challenge 21, the second in December 2000 at UFC 29: Defense of the Belts.

Title shot[edit]

After his second victory over Matt Hughes, Hallman moved down in weight and fought Hughes' teammate Jens Pulver for the lightweight UFC championship in September 2001. Both Hallman and Pulver wrestled at the high school level in Washington. Hallman claimed to know Pulver since high school and expressed dislike toward the fighter. Although Pulver denied knowing Hallman personally, he knew of Hallman through their state champion wrestling careers (at different weight classes).

During the fight Hallman attempted an armbar on Pulver (the same move he used to defeat Hughes in their second meeting), but Pulver countered the technique and followed with a left hook that landed flush on Hallman's chin, staggering him. Hallman was not able to recover completely from the blow, fighting very passively for the remainder of the bout (which eventually resulted in a unanimous decision loss). Hallman later stated in interviews that he simply wanted to survive the fight after receiving the blow.

Return to the UFC[edit]

Hallman made his return to the UFC against John Howard on December 5, 2009, at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale.[2] After controlling Howard on the ground for most of the bout, Hallman lost via KO at 4:55 of the third round.

Hallman then announced that he would try and move down to lightweight.[3]

Hallman then signed to face Ben Saunders in a welterweight bout on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117.[4] Hallman defeated Saunders via unanimous decision.

Hallman faced returning UFC veteran Karo Parisyan on November 20, 2010 at UFC 123.[5] Hallman defeated Parisyan via TKO due to strikes in the first round after he dropped Parisyan with a stiff right, then finished with hammerfists.

Hallman was expected to face TJ Waldburger on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24.[6] However, Hallman was forced out of the bout with a knee injury and replaced by Johny Hendricks.[7]

On January 15, 2011, it was announced that Hallman has extended his UFC contract for four additional UFC fights.[8]

Hallman faced Brian Ebersole on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133.[9] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round. Wearing particularly skimpy blue shorts during the fight, in a ground battle Hallman's left testicle was briefly exposed, eliciting chants of "Put some clothes on" from the crowd and call for regulation of fighter shorts from UFC President Dana White. Hallman has since stated that he wore the shorts as a result of losing a bet.[10]

Hallman next faced John Makdessi on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140.[11] In the lead up to the bout, Hallman missed the 156 pound weight limit by weighing in at 158.5, resulting in a fine and the fight being changed to a catchweight bout. Hallman defeated Makdessi via submission in the first round.

Hallman was expected to face Tony Ferguson on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3.[12] However, Hallman was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Thiago Tavares.[13]

Hallman was expected to face Thiago Tavares on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.[14] However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, Hallman/Tavares was rescheduled to take place on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[15] After the weigh-ins of UFC on FX 5 Hallman was 7 lbs. over the 156 lb. weight limit and Tavares said if Hallman could make 3 lbs. over the weight limit he would agree to fight him but Hallman could not and the bout was scrapped from the card. Hallman said he missed weight because of personal issues at home and both him and Tavares were paid their show money. Hallman has been released from the UFC for missing weight twice in a row.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Hallman has three sons, Ryley, Richie, and Jayden and a daughter named Kylar, who was born in December 2008.[17]

He has Coeliac Disease, an autoimmune digestive reaction to wheat gluten, which hindered his ability to recover properly from physical activities such as training and fighting.[18]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 53–14–2 (1) Aleksey Shapovalov Submission (rear-naked choke) Union of Veterans of Sport: Cup of Champions December 21, 2013 2 1:07 Novosibirsk, Russia
Win 52–14–2 (1) Dan Hornbuckle Decision (majority) Titan FC 26 August 30, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 51–14–2 (1) John Makdessi Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 140 December 10, 2011 1 2:58 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Catchweight (158.5 lbs) bout
Loss 50–14–2 (1) Brian Ebersole TKO (elbows) UFC 133 August 6, 2011 1 4:28 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 50–13–2 (1) Karo Parisyan TKO (punches) UFC 123 November 20, 2010 1 1:47 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 49–13–2 (1) Ben Saunders Decision (unanimous) UFC 117 August 7, 2010 3 5:00 Oakland, California, United States
Loss 48–13–2 (1) John Howard KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale December 5, 2009 3 4:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Welterweight bout
Win 48–12–2 (1) Justin Davis Submission (rear naked choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg June 19, 2009 1 0:20 Kent, Washington, United States Catchweight (195 lbs) bout
Win 47–12–2 (1) Danny Ruiz Submission (rear naked choke) SRP - March Badness March 21, 2009 1 1:50 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 46–12–2 (1) Jeremiah Metcalf Submission (heel hook) Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives November 16, 2007 1 1:39 San Jose, California, United States Middleweight bout, tested positive for banned substance
Win 45–12–2 (1) Dave Knight Submission (rear naked choke) USA MMA - Rumble on the River 4 July 27, 2007 1 N/A Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Win 44–12–2 (1) Jeff Quinlan Decision (majority) IFL - Gracie vs. Miletich September 23, 2006 3 4:00 Moline, Illinois, United States
Loss 43–12–2 (1) Ryan McGivern Decision (unanimous) IFL - Championship 2006 June 3, 2006 3 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 43–11–2 (1) Delson Heleno DQ (illegal kick) IFL - Legends Championship 2006 April 29, 2006 1 3:59 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Hallman unable to continue after illegal soccer kick.
Win 42–11–2 (1) Ray Perales Submission (rear naked choke) Valor Fighting - Showdown at Cache Creek February 3, 2006 1 0:33 Brooks, California, United States
Loss 41–11–2 (1) Jorge Rivera Decision (unanimous) UFC 55 October 7, 2005 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Middleweight bout
Win 41–10–2 (1) Nick Tyree Submission (guillotine choke) Valor Fighting - Medford Mayhem July 16, 2005 1 2:27 Medford, Oregon, United States
Loss 40–10–2 (1) Ansar Chalangov TKO (corner stoppage) Euphoria - USA vs. Russia May 14, 2005 2 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bout ended after second round due to Hallman's fatigue.[19]
Win 40–9–2 (1) Cedric Marks Submission (triangle choke) XFC - Dome of Destruction 2 April 30, 2005 1 2:48 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 39–9–2 (1) Rory Singer Submission (rear naked choke) AFC 11 - Absolute Fighting Championships 11 February 12, 2005 1 1:19 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 38–9–2 (1) Ross Ebañez Submission (rear naked choke) ROTR 6 - Rumble on the Rock 6 November 20, 2004 1 1:13 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 37–9–2 (1) Landon Showalter Submission (triangle choke) SF 7 - Frightnight October 23, 2004 1 2:04 Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 36–9–2 (1) Mike Seal Submission (rear naked choke) SF 6 - Battleground in Reno September 23, 2004 1 0:50 Reno, Nevada, United States
Loss 35–9–2 (1) Frank Trigg TKO (punches) UFC 48 June 19, 2004 1 4:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 35–8–2 (1) Rob Mendez Submission (rear naked choke) USA MMA - Extreme Cage Combat March 6, 2004 1 0:56 Shelton, Washington, United States
Win 34–8–2 (1) Jason Stumpf Submission (triangle choke) URC 7 - Ultimate Ring Challenge 7 February 14, 2004 1 2:43 Yelm, Washington, United States
Draw 33–8–2 (1) J.T. Taylor Draw DB 9 - DesertBrawl 9 November 8, 2003 3 5:00 Bend, Oregon, United States
Win 33–8–1 (1) Ray Cooper Submission (guillotine choke) Rumble on the Rock 4 October 10, 2003 1 0:43 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 32–8–1 (1) Drew Fickett Decision (split) King of the Cage 28 - More Punishment August 16, 2003 3 5:00 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 32–7–1 (1) Brandon Olsen Submission (armbar) AOW - Art of War 2 June 21, 2003 1 N/A Kalispell, Montana, United States
Win 31–7–1 (1) Chris Irvine Submission (rear naked choke) URC 5 - Ultimate Ring Challenge 5 May 24, 2003 1 1:43 Lacey, Washington, United States
Win 30–7–1 (1) Lee Henderson TKO (punches) XRW - Xtreme Ring Wars 2 May 10, 2003 1 0:37 Pasco, Washington, United States
Win 29–7–1 (1) Vince Guzman Submission (rear naked choke) XRW - Xtreme Ring Wars 1 March 15, 2003 1 3:28 Wenatchee, Washington, United States
Draw 28–7–1 (1) Ronald Jhun Draw KOTC 19: Street Fighter December 7, 2002 2 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 28–7 (1) Frank Trigg TKO (punches) WFA 3: Level 3 November 23, 2002 1 3:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For WFA Welterweight Championship.
Win 28–6 (1) Betiss Mansouri Submission (triangle choke) KOTC 18: Sudden Impact November 1, 2002 1 3:39 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 27–6 (1) Adam Oliver Submission (rear naked choke) UFCF - Rumble in Rochester August 24, 2002 1 2:59 Rochester, Washington, United States
Win 26–6 (1) Gary Dobbins Submission (rear naked choke) PPKA - Road to Victory May 25, 2002 1 0:20 Longview, Washington, United States
Win 25–6 (1) Chris Silva Submission (armbar) URC 2 - Ultimate Ring Challenge 2 April 27, 2002 1 2:00 Olympia, Washington, United States
NC 24–6 (1) Denis Kang No Contest WFF 1 - World Freestyle Fighting 1 April 13, 2002 2 3:15 Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Hallman unable to continue after illegal up-kick.
Win 24–6 Buck Greer Decision (split) UA 2 - The Gathering March 16, 2002 3 5:00 Cabazon, California, United States
Win 23–6 Mathias Hughes Submission (rear naked choke) MFC 3: Canadian Pride March 3, 2002 1 1:05 Grande Prairie, Alberta
Loss 22–6 Amaury Bitetti Decision (split) Shogun 1 - Shogun 1 December 15, 2001 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 22–5 Jens Pulver Decision (unanimous) UFC 33 September 28, 2001 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For UFC Lightweight Championship
Win 22–4 Earl Thompson Submission (rear naked choke) PPKA - Muckelshoot August 15, 2001 1 0:12 Auburn, Washington, United States
Win 21–4 Dan Shenk Submission (rear naked choke) AMC - Revenge of the Warriors July 21, 2001 1 N/A Rochester, Washington, United States
Win 20–4 Eric Dahlberg KO (punch) RITR 2 - Rumble in the Ring 2 April 28, 2001 1 0:12 Auburn, Washington, United States
Win 19–4 Brent Russell Submission (keylock) AMC - Return of the Gladiators 3 March 3, 2001 1 N/A Rochester, Washington, United States
Win 18–4 Matt Hughes Submission (armbar) UFC 29 December 16, 2000 1 0:20 Tokyo, Japan
Win 17–4 Jordon Klimp Decision (unanimous) UFCF - Tornado Challenge September 16, 2000 3 3:00 Yelm, Washington, United States
Win 16–4 Jeff Sears Submission (rear naked choke) PPKA - Wenatchee Rumble August 1, 2000 1 2:15 Wenatchee, Washington, United States
Win 15–4 Murrey Sholtey TKO (punches) AMC - Return of the Gladiators 1 July 29, 2000 1 3:30 Rochester, Washington, United States
Loss 14–4 Paul Rodriguez KO (punch) HOOKnSHOOT - Meltdown June 10, 2000 3 0:18 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Loss 14–3 Caol Uno Decision (unanimous) Shooto - R.E.A.D. 3 April 2, 2000 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 14–2 Danny Bennett Technical Submission (armbar) UFCF - Battle in Bellevue 2 December 4, 1999 1 3:16 Bellevue, Washington, United States
Loss 13–2 Dave Menne Decision (unanimous) Shooto - 10th Anniversary Event May 29, 1999 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 13–1 Danny Bennett Submission (keylock) UFCF - Battle in Bellevue 1 April 24, 1999 1 N/A Bellevue, Washington, United States
Loss 12–1 Mike McClure Decision (unanimous) EC 23 - Extreme Challenge 23 April 2, 1999 1 15:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 12–0 Gerrald Ballinger Submission (armbar) URC 1 - Ultimate Ring Challenge 1 March 1, 1999 1 1:11 Wenatchee, Washington, United States
Win 11–0 Matt Hughes Technical Submission (guillotine choke) EC 21 - Extreme Challenge 21 October 17, 1998 1 0:17 Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Win 10–0 Shannon Ritch Submission (punches) EC 21 - Extreme Challenge 21 October 17, 1998 1 0:44 Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Win 9–0 Allan Mollring Submission (armbar) EC 21 - Extreme Challenge 21 October 17, 1998 1 2:52 Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Win 8–0 Phil Johns Submission (guillotine choke) EC 20 - Extreme Challenge 20 August 22, 1998 1 3:47 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 7–0 Leigh Remedios Submission (kimura) UWC - Ultimate Warrior Challenge August 2, 1998 1 9:45 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 6–0 Ulan Moore Submission (rear naked choke) UFCF - Night of Champions March 14, 1998 1 1:21 Washington No location given.
Win 5–0 Sean Haley Submission (bulldog choke) EC 21 - Extreme Challenge 21 November 21, 1997 1 1:05 Washington No location given.
Win 4–0 Jose De La Cruz Submission (keylock) TS - Tae Sho September 12, 1997 1 3:28 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 3–0 Zack Gross Decision (unanimous) UFCF - Clash of the Titans January 11, 1997 1 5:00 Washington No location given.
Win 2–0 Hiroki Noritsugi Decision (unanimous) UFCF - Ultimate Fighting 2 May 18, 1996 1 5:00 Kirkland, Washington, United States
Win 1–0 Hiroki Noritsugi Submission (guillotine choke) UFCF - Ultimate Fighting 2 May 18, 1996 1 0:20 Kirkland, Washington, United States

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