August 5, 1987 |
|Other names||The Disciple|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||136 lb (62 kg; 9.7 st)|
|Reach||74.5 in (189 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Centreville, Virginia,
Albuquerque, New Mexico
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Dustin William Pague (born August 5, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing as a Bantamweight in the UFC. He was a competitor on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller, and has formerly competed as a Lightweight and Featherweight.
Pague began boxing when he was 15 years old and graduated from Central Dauphin East High School, then attended Harrisburg Area Community College but transferred before eventually earning a degree. Six months after viewing a video of a UFC event, Pague began his amateur career.
Mixed martial arts career
In late 2008, Pague made the decision to turn pro after a successful 7-4 amateur career. Pague's pro debut took place on October 11, 2008 against Jon Owens. The fight was contested at featherweight instead of lightweight, where Pague spent the entirety of his amateur career. Pague lost the fight via KO in only 18 seconds. Two months after the loss, Pague returned against John Myers. He won the fight via kimura submission a few seconds after the first minute in round one.
He built up another winning streak that earned him a title shot for the vacant Ring of Combat Bantamweight Championship. The fight marked the first time Pague fought at Bantamweight. He fought Steve De Angelis, defeating him via knockout in the second round.
The Ultimate Fighter
In 2011, Pague had signed with the UFC to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. In the first episode, Pague fought Tateki Matsuda and won via majority decision (19-19, 20-18, 20-18) after two close rounds. The win gained Pague entry into the Ultimate Fighter house. He was selected as a part of Team Mayhem.
Pague next fought against Team Bisping's top bantamweight pick, Louis Gaudinot. Pague won the fight in the second round via submission (rear-naked choke) to get into the semi-finals. The fight also won Pague and Gaudinot an additional $25,000 for the fan voted "Fight of the Season".
In the semi-finals Pague fought and lost to T.J. Dillashaw. Dillashaw controlled Pague on the ground throughout three rounds while landing heavy ground and pound en route to a unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Pague officially made his UFC debut on December 3, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale losing to John Albert via TKO in the first round. Pague was dropped by a combination from Albert in the opening moments, and then was put in the giftwrap position while getting hit with heavy ground and pound causing the referee to intervene.
Two weeks after his win over Papazian and with six days notice, Pague fought Ken Stone at UFC on FX 4 on June 22, 2012, replacing an injured Francisco Rivera. Pague was defeated via split decision.
Championships & accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
Pague is a devoted Christian and has the word "Forgiven" tattooed across his chest.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||11 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||11–9||Kyoji Horiguchi||TKO (punches)||UFC 166||October 19, 2013||2||3:51||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||11–8||Yves Jabouin||Decision (split)||UFC 161||June 15, 2013||3||5:00||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Loss||11–7||Chico Camus||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 150||August 11, 2012||3||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||11–6||Ken Stone||Decision (split)||UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida||June 22, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11–5||Jared Papazian||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall||June 8, 2012||1||3:21||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Loss||10–5||John Albert||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale||December 3, 2011||1||1:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–4||Steve De Angelis||KO (punch)||Ring of Combat 34||February 4, 2011||2||0:25||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||9–4||Bret Thomas||Submission (punches)||Shogun Fights 3||November 13, 2010||1||2:52||Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
|Win||8–4||Dustin Caplinger||TKO (punches)||Fight Night in the Cage 1||September 10, 2010||1||2:19||Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||7–4||Scott Heckman||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Xtreme Caged Combat 2||July 16, 2010||3||0:42||Feasterville, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||6–4||Justin Hickey||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 8||May 22, 2010||1||0:54||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||5–4||Din Thomas||TKO (doctor stoppage)||World Extreme Fighting 41||January 8, 2010||2||2:14||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Anthony Leone||Submission (choke)||PA Fighting Championships 1||November 6, 2009||2||4:58||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Jeff Lentz||Decision (unanimous)||The Arena Assault 1||August 21, 2009||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||5–1||Joel Roberts||TKO (punches)||Inkosi Promotions 1||July 11, 2009||3||3:14||Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||4–1||Will Childs||Submission (armbar)||The Smoky Mountain Brawl||May 9, 2009||1||1:47||Asheville, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||3–1||Biff Walizer||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Respect Is Earned 2||April 30, 2009||3||3:03||Oaks, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||2–1||Charles Cooper||Submission (ankle lock)||Southern Fight League 2||March 28, 2009||1||0:45||Greenville, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||1–1||John Myers||Submission (triangle choke)||Southern Fight League 1||December 7, 2008||1||1:05||Greenville, North Carolina, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Jon Owens||KO (punch)||The Carolina Crown||October 11, 2008||1||0:18||Raleigh, North Carolina, United States|
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