Tom DeBlass

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Tom DeBlass
Born (1982-05-14) May 14, 1982 (age 32)
Bayville, New Jersey, USA
Residence Forked River, New Jersey
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 204.5 lb (92.8 kg; 14.61 st)
Division Middleweight (2012-present)
Light Heavyweight (2010-2012)
Reach 73.0 in (185 cm)
Fighting out of Forked River, New Jersey
Team Ricardo Almeida Jiu Jitsu
Ocean County Jiu-Jitsu
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Years active 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 9
By knockout 4
By submission 3
By decision 2
Losses 2
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Tom DeBlass (born May 14, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Tom is currently competing in the middleweight division for Bellator, He has also competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Background[edit]

Tom was a County Champion Long Jumper in High School graduating from Central Regional High School in 2000. He went on to Graduate Monmouth University in 2004 with a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. Tom DeBlass was known primarily as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor winning such titles as Pan American and World Championships. He then fought Professionally in Ring Of Combat. In only a year and a half DeBlass captured two titles and got called up to fight in the UFC. DeBlass opened his own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, in 2006, Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His Academy host's 300 students.[1] He has produced his own World Champion students, such as Garry Tonon, Tom's first student to compete in ADCC, October 20, taking place in China.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

After winning seven straight fights DeBlass was signed by the UFC and made his debut against Cyrille Diabate on one weeks notice at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva[2] and lost by Majority Decision.

In his second UFC fight DeBlass dropped down to the Middleweight division to fight against Riki Fukuda at UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le [3] He lost by Unanimous Decision.

DeBlass announced his retirement from MMA after the bout with Fukuda stating “After a lot of talk with my family and coaches, “I have decided to retire from fighting and focus on my family, my academy and helping my students to achieve their goals”, At this time, I feel it's best for me to give my time to others and spend more time with my family”, “The drive to keep fighting is not there any longer. I have an amazing academy and feel my students need my full attention.”[4]

Bellator MMA[edit]

DeBlass returned from his short-lived retirement and made his Bellator debut against Carlos Brooks at Bellator 95 and won by TKO at the end of the second round after the doctor decided that Brooks could not continue.

DeBlass was scheduled to face former IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko at Bellator 108 on November 15, 2013.[5] However Matyushenko was forced out of the bout due to a broken hand. DeBlass instead fought fellow UFC veteran Jason Lambert at the event.[6] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.

Tom DeBlass was scheduled to fight Muhammed Lawal on September 5, 2014 at Bellator 123; however, Tom DeBlass suffered a knee injury and was forced off the card. [7] The bout with Lawal was rescheduled for Bellator 131 on November 15, 2014.[8] However, on November 1, it was announced that DeBlass had suffered a cut during training and had to withdraw from the bout.[9]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Ring of Combat
    • ROC Heavyweight Championship (one time)
    • ROC Light Heavyweight Championship (one time)

Jiu Jitsu[edit]

  • First person in NJ to win an Adult Black Belt Pan American title
  • Second person in NJ history to win ADCC North American Trials
  • 2007 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion
  • 2007 World Championships Mundials 3rd place Brown Belt[10]
  • 2007 No Gi World Champion Brown Belt[11]
  • 2008 Pan American Champion Brown Belt[12]
  • 2009 Abu Dhabi North American Trial Champion
  • 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Veteran
  • 2009 Bronze Medalist No Gi World Champion Black Belt[13]
  • 2013 Grapplers Quest National Champ
  • 2013 No Gi Pan American Black Belt Ultra Heavy Champion[14]
  • 2013 No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Bronze medal Super Heavy Black Belt Adult[15]
  • 2013 Grapplers Quest Worlds Expert Division Ultra heavy Champion
  • 2014 Professional Grappling League Super Fight Champion (defeated 370 lb Mark Tarmann)[16]
  • 2014 ADCC NY super fight Champion (defeats Babalu Sobral)[17]
  • 2014 ADCC North American Qualifier 99 Kg [18]

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Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–2 Jason Lambert KO (punch) Bellator 108 November 15, 2013 1 1:45 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Light Heavyweight bout
Win 8–2 Carlos Brooks TKO (doctor stoppage) Bellator 95 April 4, 2013 2 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Catchweight (188 lbs)
Loss 7–2 Riki Fukuda Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le November 10, 2012 3 5:00 Macau, SAR, China Middleweight debut
Loss 7–1 Cyrille Diabate Decision (majority) UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva April 14, 2012 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 7–0 Randy Smith Submission (heel hook) Ring of Combat 39 February 10, 2012 1 0:41 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–0 David Tkeshelashvili Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 38 November 18, 2011 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–0 Mike Stewart TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 37 September 9, 2011 1 3:07 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 Sean Salmon Submission (achilles lock) Ring of Combat 35 April 8, 2011 1 0:57 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Mitch Whitesel Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 33 December 3, 2010 3 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Tom Velasquez TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 31 September 24, 2010 2 0:50 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 J.A. Dudley Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 30 June 11, 2010 2 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ocean County BJJ Instructors". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tom DeBlass Steps In to Face Cyrille Diabate at UFC on Fuel 2 in Sweden". mmaweekly.com. April 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tom DeBlass meets middleweight Riki Fukuda at UFC on FUEL TV 6". mmajunkie.com. August 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "UFC Middleweight Tom Deblass Announces Retirement From MMA After Loss To Riki Fukuda". sherdog.com. November 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Vladimir Matyushenko, already booked for Bellator 99, reportedly fights Tom DeBlass at Bellator 108". bloodyelbow.com. August 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "With Matyushenko injured, DeBlass and Lambert verbally agree to meet at Bellator 108". mmadiehards.com. September 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "‘King Mo’ now expected to fight replacement Marcus Sursa at Bellator 123". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  8. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2014-09-22). "'King Mo' Lawal vs. Tom DeBlass added to Bellator 131 in San Diego". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-22. 
  9. ^ Staff (2014-11-02). "Nasty cut forces Tom DeBlass out of 'King Mo' fight at Bellator 131". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-01. 
  10. ^ "WORLD JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP 2007 – RESULTS". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "WORLD JIU-JITSU NO-GI CHAMPIONSHIP 2007 – RESULTS". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "PAN JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP 2008 – RESULTS". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "WORLD JIU-JITSU NO-GI CHAMPIONSHIP 2009 – RESULTS". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship 2013". 
  15. ^ "World Jiu-Jitsu No Gi Championship 2013". Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "PGL VI • Tom DeBlass vs Mark Tarmann • Professional Grappling League". 
  17. ^ "Tom DeBlass Wins Superfight, Cedric Smith Takes Absolute Pro Finals, at ADCC in New York at MMA World Expo". 
  18. ^ "1st ADCC North American Qualifier 2014 – Results". 
  19. ^ "Tom DeBlass Profile". brlsports.com. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 

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