|Born||Kristopher Lee Cope
March 17, 1977
Williams, Arizona, United States
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||70.0 kg (154.3 lb; 11.02 st)|
|Reach||72.5 in (184 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
Wand Fight Team
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
Kristopher Lee "Kit" Cope (born March 17, 1977) is an American Muay Thai kickboxer and mixed martial artist who competes in the FeatherweightLightweight and Welterweight divisions. A four-time professional Muay Thai World Champion, Cope also fought in the K-1, Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting promotions.
Kit Cope was born on Williams Air Force Base in Williams, Arizona and later relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. He began his fighting career as a Muay Thai kickboxer after having only one amateur bout, becoming professional, going 15-0 and winning, among other titles, the IKKC International Welterweight title, the WMTF World Welterweight title, the WMTA World Welterweight title, the ITBF World Light Welterweight title and the highly-regarded IPMTO World Light Heavyweight Championship, which would later be renamed as the WPMF. Cope suffered the first loss of his career on November 22, 1999 when he was knocked out by Akeomi Nitta in the All Japan Kickboxing Federation in Tokyo, Japan. Cope was leading on the scorecards heading into the third round, but was slowing due to an onslaught of low kicks from Nitta, who scored a knockdown at the end of round three. Cope was able to beat the referee's count but Nitta switched to a high kick which left Cope unable to again beat the referee's count at the 2:21 mark of round three.
On March 17, 2000, accepting the bout on 1 week notice, Cope defeated reigning ISKA World Super Welterweight (-69.5 kg/153.2 lb) Muay Thai Champion Alex Gong by unanimous decision in a non-title bout in Las Vegas. He also fought in shoot boxing that year, losing a unanimous decision to Kenichi Ogata in Tokyo on May 21, 2000. Cope made his American K-1 debut on August 17, 2002 and stopped Heath Harris with a low kick, breaking Harris' femur in the opening round on the K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 in Las Vegas undercard.
He was featured in an episode of True Life entitled "I'm a Muay Thai Fighter", which chronicled his training and journey to Thailand where he knocked out Burmese fighter Mojo Mawadee in a bare-knuckle lethwei match at the Songkran Festival in Mae Sot on April 13, 2004. Then again in 2008 Cope was featured in another True Life episode entitled "I'm a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter" whereupon he defeated Dave Cochran in a very bloody fight that ended with Kit Cope forcing Cochran to submit to a triangle choke. Cope was cornered by UFC title contender Nate Diaz.
Having begun his mixed martial arts career in 1998, Cope debuted in the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale in his hometown of Las Vegas on November 5, 2005. He was caught in an armbar at the end of round one and actually tapped out after the bell signaling the end of the round had already rung, however, and he continued in round two with his arm noticeably injured. He submitted to a rear-naked choke soon after. During the broadcast, commentator Mike Goldberg made a number of dubious and complimentary comments on Cope's Muay Thai accomplishments, calling him "the cream of the crop in Muay Thai" and "one of the best" strikers in the world.
On January 20, 2007, he fought fellow Muay Thai stylist Rob McCullough for the vacant WEC Lightweight Championship at WEC 25 and lost via submission due to an injury. Following the bout, he tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone which is on the banned substances list of all the major athletic commissions and sports leagues.
He was expected to make his return to Muay Thai against Jose Palacios for the WBC Muaythai United States welterweight (-66.678 kg/147 lb) title at Lion Fight: Battle in the Desert 4 on November 19, 2011. However, he was not cleared to fight by the Nevada Athletic Commission for unknown reasons and was replaced by Malaipet Sasiprapa. The fight was rescheduled for Lion Fight: Battle in the Desert 5 on February 25, 2012 but he again withdrew.
Cope returned to K-1 ten years after his first appearance in the promotion, facing Chaz Mulkey at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 in Los Angeles on September 8, 2012. He injured himself while attempting a spinning kick in round two, and Mulkey was able to knock him down three time by attacking his injured leg, which caused referee Vichai "Rex" Supkitpol to stop the bout and announce Mulkey as the winner by TKO.
He was a contestant on a March 15, 2004 episode of Fear Factor, a reality television game show, and also featured twice on MTV's True Life in the episodes "I'm a Muay Thai Fighter" and "I'm a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter". In 2007, he was one of three hosts on Wild World of Spike, a television series featuring amateur sports footage and the hosts' attempts at recreating them.
Championships and awards
- Nevada State Wrestling
- Nevada State Freestyle Wrestling Champion (Two times)
- International Professional Muay Thai Organization
- IPMTO World Light Heavyweight Championship
- International Thai Boxing Federation
- ITBF World Light Welterweight Championship
- World Muay Thai Association
- WMTA World Welterweight Championship
- World Muay Thai Federation
- WMTF World Welterweight Championship
- International Karate Kickboxing Council
- IKKC International Welterweight Championship
1 win (1 KO), 1 loss, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
23 wins (9 KOs), 3 losses, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||6 wins||7 losses|
|Win||6–7||Daniel Smyrk||TKO (punches)||Kings of Kombat 7||June 23, 2012||2||Keysborough, Victoria, Australia|
|Win||5–7||Jeff Harrison||Submission (armbar)||Wreck MMA: Road to Glory||April 20, 2012||1||2:12||Gatineau, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||4–7||Freddy Assuncao||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Fight Night Entertainment: Round 13 – Impact||March 11, 2011||2||3:47||Bellingham, Washington, United States|
|Loss||4–6||Corey Hill||Submission (triangle choke)||Raging Wolf VIII: Cage Supremacy||July 17, 2010||1||2:30||Salamanca, New York, United States|
|Loss||4–5||Cameron Dollar||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ring of Fire 36||December 5, 2009||1||4:38||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||4–4||Zach Skinner||TKO (punches)||Fight Night Events||May 31, 2008||2||3:27||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||3–4||Dave Cochran||Submission (triangle choke)||World Fighting Championships 7: Lockdown||May 31, 2008||1||4:32||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||2–4||Rob McCullough||Submission (injury)||WEC 25||January 20, 2007||1||2:53||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the WEC Lightweight Championship.|
|Loss||2–3||Kenny Florian||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale||November 5, 2005||2||0:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||2–2||Mike Lucero||TKO (strikes)||Valor Fighting: Home of the Brave||July 2, 2005||1||2:50||Susanville, California, United States|
|Win||1–2||Emmett Olvera||Submission (guillotine choke)||Venom: First Strike||September 18, 2004||1||2:37||Huntington Beach, California, United States|
|Loss||0–2||Tiki Ghosn||TKO (retirement)||WFA 2: Level 2||July 5, 2002||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||0–1||William Sriyapai||Submission (rear-naked choke)||King of the Cage 1||October 30, 1999||1||3:18||San Jacinto, California, United States|
- Official site
- Official K-1 profile
- K-1Sport profile
- Professional MMA record for Kit Cope from Sherdog
- Professional boxing record for Kit Cope from BoxRec
- 99･11･22 全日本キックボクシング連盟 "WAVE-XIII" 後楽園ホール
- K-1 USA Semi Finals
- Kit Cope rumored to be returning to Muay Thai against Jose Palacios at Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 4"
- Updated Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 4" fight card; Palacios, Cope, Richardson, Maxwell, Leung and Otterbein confirmed
- BREAKING NEWS: Malaipet replaces Kit Cope at Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 4"
- Coke, Embree, Leffler, Palacios and more expected to be in action at Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5"
- Shane Oblonsky expected to replace Kit Cope against Jose Palacios at Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5"
- Results and Recap: K-1 Los Angeles MAX Tourney fights