Yang Dongi

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Yang Dongi
Born (1984-12-07) December 7, 1984 (age 30)
Other names The Ox
Nationality South Korean
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Fighting out of South Korea
Team Korean Top Team
Rank 3rd degree black belt in Judo
2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo
4th degree black belt in Yong Moo Do
1st degree Vzrosliy Razryad in Sambo
Years active 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 11
By knockout 10
By submission 1
Losses 3
By decision 3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Yang Dongi (born December 7, 1984), often anglicised to Dongi Yang or Dong-Yi Yang, is a South Korean mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, Yang mostly fought in Asia before signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Yang began his professional career in South Korea in a tournament. Yang won three successive fights (the first via triangle choke submission and the next two via TKO to punches).

Yang followed this up with a win at the Super Sambo Festival, again via TKO (punches).

Rise to prominence in Asia[edit]

Yang then joined the larger DEEP promotion. Here, Yang won two successive bouts, both via TKO (punches).

Yang then joined Sengoku and competed in their Sengoku Fourth Battle event. His opponent was Polish judoka Pawel Nastula. After 2:15 of the second round, Yang was victorious via TKO (exhaustion)[1] The fight was slightly controversial due to Yang landing a knee in the clinch that earned him a yellow card. After this, Nastula was noticeably sluggish and would later complain of a groin problem. For "inexplicable reasons" the referee stopped the fight and gave a TKO verdict.[2]

Yang then defeated two opponents; one in Japan and one in the Northern Mariana Islands. As was becoming a pattern in his career, Yang won both fights via TKO (punches).

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In June 2010, Yang signed with the UFC, joining Chan Sung Jung as the members of Korean Top Team competing in Zuffa organizations.[3]

Yang's UFC debut was at UFC 121 against The Ultimate Fighter competitor Chris Camozzi.[4] Yang began the fight with a successful takedown, followed by ground-and-pound. After standing up, Camozzi was able to keep Yang at bay with kicks, before engaging in the clinch. However, Yang's thick neck and shoulders prevented effective attacks. Later, Camozzi was able to effectively time the advance of Yang. In the third, Yang began to swing wildly, to no avail. Camozzi was declared the winner via split decision (29–28, 28–29, 29–28).[5]

Yang next fight was against Rob Kimmons on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[6] Yang won the fight by TKO near the end of the second round, giving him his first UFC win.

Yang faced Court McGee on September 17, 2011 in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 25.[7] The match was a pure back and forth kickboxing match. Yang was able to have some success and connected with some punches that wobbled McGee, in the end it was not enough to get the victory. Joe Rogan Commented on how Yang did not employ his strong ground and pound skills that proved successful his last fight.

Yang faced Brad Tavares on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[8] Yang was defeated by Tavares via unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.[9]


On June 29, Yang defeated ROAD FC veteran Jae Young Kim by TKO in the second round at Top FC 1 in South Korea.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–3 Jae Young Kim TKO (body kicks & punches) Top FC 1: Original June 29, 2013 2 4:06 Seoul, South Korea
Loss 10–3 Brad Tavares Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier May 15, 2012 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Loss 10–2 Court McGee Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger September 17, 2011 3 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 10–1 Rob Kimmons TKO (punches) UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann March 3, 2011 2 4:47 Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Loss 9–1 Chris Camozzi Decision (split) UFC 121 October 23, 2010 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 9–0 Bill Saures TKO (punches) Trench Warz 12: Battle Brawl May 21, 2010 1 1:07 Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands Middleweight debut
Win 8–0 Ryuta Noji TKO (punches) Heat 8 December 14, 2008 2 3:17 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–0 Paweł Nastula TKO (exhaustion) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4 August 24, 2008 2 2:15 Saitama, Japan
Win 6–0 Keigo Takamori TKO (punches) Deep: 31 Impact August 5, 2007 1 1:57 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–0 Junpei Hamada TKO (punches) Deep: CMA Festival 2 July 23, 2007 1 3:56 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–0 Chang Seob Lee TKO (punches) Super Sambo Festival June 24, 2007 3 4:56 Gyeongju, South Korea
Win 3–0 Yun Seob Kwak TKO (punches) WXF: North Jeolla MMA Championships June 2, 2007 2 2:35 North Jeolla, South Korea
Win 2–0 Dool Hee Lee TKO (punches) WXF: North Jeolla MMA Championships June 2, 2007 1 1:36 North Jeolla, South Korea
Win 1–0 Hyung Kyo Lee Submission (triangle choke) WXF: North Jeolla MMA Championships June 2, 2007 1 1:40 North Jeolla, South Korea


  1. ^ "Takanori Gomi wins at Sengoku Fourth Battle". mmajunkie.com. August 24, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Gomi, Trigg get wins; Schultz knocked out". sherdog.com. August 24, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Undefeated Korean middleweight Dong Yi Yang inks deal with UFC". mmajunkie.com. June 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Dongi Yang vs. Chris Camozzi added to UFC 121". cagepotato.com. July 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ "UFC 121 Preliminary card recap: McGee taps Jensen, Lawlor smothers Cote". mmajunkie.com. October 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Rob Kimmons vs. Dongi Yang Latest Addition to UFC on Versus 3 Card". mmaweekly.com. January 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Yang vs. McGee added to UFC Fight Night 25". mmajunkie.com. May 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ "UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier". ufc.com. March 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ Anton Tabuena (June 4, 2012). "UFC Releases Several Fighters From Their Roster". bloodyelbow.com. 

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