March 15, 1978
Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||259 lb (117 kg; 18.5 st)|
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Rochester, Minnesota, United States|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Travis Wiuff (born March 15, 1978) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 2001 and a longtime veteran of the sport, Wiuff has competed for the UFC, PRIDE, Bellator, World Victory Road, the Quad Cities Silverbacks and San Jose Razorclaws of the IFL, Jungle Fight, King of the Cage, the Aggression Fighting Championship, and YAMMA Pit Fighting.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Wiuff is from Owatonna, Minnesota, and is of Danish and Irish descent. Wiuff began wrestling when he was only five years old, and continued through high school and college. While at Owatonna High School, he also played football and had to face adversity with wrestling as he was injured during his senior year and had to miss out on the state championship tournament despite being ranked number one in the state of Minnesota. Wiuff continued to wrestle and also continued to play football for two years in junior college, at Rochester Technical Community College, finishing second in the national championship in 1999.
Mixed martial arts career
Wiuff made his professional debut in September 2001. Over the next year, he amassed a record of 12-2 before making his debut for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Wiuff made his UFC debut in November 2002 as he faced Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 40. He lost the fight via submission due to punches late in the first round. Wiuff was subsequently released from the promotion following the loss.
Following his release from the company, Wiuff maintained an incredibly busy fighting schedule on the independent MMA circuit. He fought 24 times over the next three years, and went 22-2 during that time period.
Return to UFC
Wiuff was invited back to the UFC in April 2005 when he faced Renato Sobral at UFC 52. He lost the fight via armbar submission in the opening minute of the second round. He was again released from the promotion.
Wiuff continued his fast-paced fight schedule after his second UFC release fighting in more independent promotions. Before joining Bellator, he fought 39 times in the ensuing six years. He added an additional 29-9 with one no contest to his record during this period.
Wiuff won the YAMMA Eight-Man Heavyweight Tournament as well as the IFO Light Heavyweight Championship twice, IFC Americas Cruiserweight Championship and IFC United States Light Heavyweight Championship once.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Wiuff is currently signed to a contract with Bellator. He debuted in October 2011 where he defeated reigning Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Christian M'Pumbu in a non-title superfight at Bellator 55, marking the first time a reigning Bellator Champion had lost to someone not under an ongoing contract with the promotion. Bellator managed to officially sign Wiuff to a contract that December, and he returned to the promotion in March 2012 where he defeated Anthony Gomez via unanimous decision at Bellator 60.
In the summer of 2012, Wiuff entered Bellator's Light Heavyweight Tournament. In the opening round at Bellator 71, he faced Chris Davis and won via KO in the first round. Wiuff faced Tim Carpenter in the semifinals at Bellator 72. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Wiuff faced Brett Murphy at VCF: Countdown to War on December 31, 2013. He won the fight via unanimous decision, snapping his four fight losing streak.
Wiuff signed with the Driller Promotions organization in March of 2014, and made his debut against Terry Davinney at DP: O-Town Throwdown 1 on April 12, 2014. He won the fight via first round TKO.
He then faced Brian Heden at Driller Promotions: No Mercy 11 on May 24, 2014, for the DP Heavyweight Championship. He won the fight via first round TKO, and won his first championship since 2009. He then made a quick turnaround and faced Dallas Mitchell at Dakota FC: Beatdown 11 on June 7, 2014. He won via unanimous decision.
Wiuff then faced Chris Barnett at Inoki Genome Fight 2 on August 23, 2014. Wiuff lost the bout via TKO after being rocked by a right hand from Barnett.
Wiuff faced Timothy Johnson at Dakota FC 19: Fall Brawl on October 25, 2014 for the DFC Heavyweight Championship. He was defeated via TKO due to punches in the first round.
Wiuff is expected to face Kevin Asplund at Driller Promotions: O-Town Throwdown 2 on April 18, 2015.
Championships and accomplishments
- Driller Promotions
- DP Heavyweight Championship (One time, current)
- YAMMA Pit Fighting
- YAMMA 8 Man Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- International Fighting Organization
- IFO Light Heavyweight Championship (Two time)
- International Fighting Championships
- IFC Americas Cruiserweight Championship (One time)
- IFC United States Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|95 matches||74 wins||20 losses|
|Win||74–20 (1)||Kevin Asplund||Submission (north-south choke)||Driller Promotions: O-Town Throwdown 2||April 18, 2015||3||2:26||Owatonna, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||73–20 (1)||Timothy Johnson||TKO (punches)||Dakota FC 19: Fall Brawl||October 25, 2014||1||3:46||Fargo, North Dakota, United States||For the DFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||73–19 (1)||Chris Barnett||TKO (punches)||Inoki Genome Fight 2||August 23, 2014||2||0:27||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||73–18 (1)||Danyelle Williams||Decision (unanimous)||Driller Promotions: A-Town Throwdown III||June 27, 2014||3||5:00||Austin, Minnesota, United States||Defended the DP Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||72–18 (1)||Dallas Mitchell||Decision (unanimous)||EB - Beatdown at 4 Bears 11||June 7, 2014||3||5:00||New Town, North Dakota, United States||Catchweight (215lb)|
|Win||71–18 (1)||Brian Heden||TKO (punches)||Driller Promotions: No Mercy 11||May 24, 2014||1||4:17||Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, United States||Won the Driller Promotions Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||70–18 (1)||Terry Davinney||TKO (punches)||Driller Promotions: O-Town Throwdown 1||April 12, 2014||1||3:42||Owatonna, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||69–18 (1)||Brett Murphy||Decision (unanimous)||Valhalla Cage Fighting: Countdown to War||December 31, 2013||3||5:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||68–18 (1)||Mike Kyle||KO (punch)||CFA 11: Kyle vs. Wiuff 2||May 24, 2013||1||0:21||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Loss||68–17 (1)||Ryan Martinez||KO (punches)||Bellator 93||March 21, 2013||1||0:18||Lewiston, Maine, United States||Heavyweight bout.|
|Loss||68–16 (1)||Maro Perak||Decision (split)||Abu Dhabi Warriors 1||November 2, 2012||3||3:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||68–15 (1)||Attila Vegh||KO (punches)||Bellator 73||August 24, 2012||1||0:25||Tunica, Mississippi, United States||Bellator 2012 Light Heavyweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||68–14 (1)||Tim Carpenter||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 72||July 20, 2012||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States||Bellator 2012 Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||67–14 (1)||Chris Davis||KO (punches)||Bellator 71||June 22, 2012||1||4:12||Chester, West Virginia, United States||Bellator 2012 Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||66–14 (1)||Anthony Gomez||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 60||March 9, 2012||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||65–14 (1)||Christian M'Pumbu||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 55||October 22, 2011||3||5:00||Yuma, Arizona, United States|
|Win||64–14 (1)||Nick Baker||TKO (punches)||Extreme Challenge 183||May 14, 2011||1||2:11||Black River Falls, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||63–14 (1)||Richard White||Submission (punches)||CFX - Extreme Challenge on Target||December 12, 2010||1||3:20||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||62–14 (1)||Tim Hague||KO (punch)||AMMA 5: Uprising||October 1, 2010||1||1:50||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||62–13 (1)||Josh Barnes||TKO (punches)||Moosin: God of Martial Arts||May 21, 2010||1||0:34||Worcester, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||61–13 (1)||Jeff Monson||Decision (split)||CFX / XKL: Mayhem in Minneapolis||April 24, 2010||3||5:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||60–13 (1)||Chuck Hoskins||Decision (unanimous)||Combat USA: 18||March 26, 2010||3||5:00||Onalaska, Wisconsin, United States|
|NC||59–13 (1)||Mike Kyle||NC (punch after the bell)||KOTC: Vengeance||February 12, 2010||2||5:00||Mescalero, New Mexico, United States||Originally a win for Kyle by KO, later changed to No Contest.|
|Win||59–13||Justin Newcomb||TKO (punches)||IFC: Wiuff vs. Newcomb||January 8, 2010||1||1:01||Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||58–13||Waylon Goldsmith||Submission (armbar)||Fight Nation||October 3, 2009||1||0:20||Rochester, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||57–13||Tracy Willis||Submission (punches)||IFC: Caged Combat||August 15, 2009||2||1:46||Penticton, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||56–13||Chris Barden||Submission (punches)||Extreme Challenge 128||May 30, 2009||1||0:41||Rochester, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||55–13||Stanislav Nedkov||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8||May 2, 2009||3||0:42||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||55–12||Steve Pilkington||TKO (punches)||Extreme Challenge 119||January 31, 2009||1||4:48||Rochester, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||54–12||Muhammed Lawal||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 5||September 28, 2008||1||2:11||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||54–11||Kazuyuki Fujita||KO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3||June 8, 2008||1||1:24||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||53–11||Chris Tuchscherer||Decision (unanimous)||YAMMA Pit Fighting 1||April 11, 2008||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won YAMMA Heavyweight Tournament.|
|Win||52–11||Ricco Rodriguez||Decision (unanimous)||YAMMA Pit Fighting 1||April 11, 2008||1||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||51–11||Marcelo Donald Pereira||Decision (unanimous)||YAMMA Pit Fighting 1||April 11, 2008||1||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||50–11||Jesse Veium||TKO (punches)||IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV||December 28, 2007||1||3:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||49–11||Travis Fulton||TKO (punches)||Smash: MMA||November 30, 2007||2||3:27||Virginia, United States|
|Win||48–11||Wade Hamilton||TKO (punches)||WFC: Downtown Throwdown||September 14, 2007||1||0:50||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||47–11||Sean Salmon||Submission (guillotine choke)||IFO: Wiuff vs. Salmon||September 1, 2007||1||3:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||46–11||Ralph Kelly||Submission (punches)||CCCF: Red River Riot 2||August 11, 2007||3||0:45||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||45–11||Jared Hamman||KO (punches)||IFC: Global Domination 2||July 14, 2007||2||N/A||Marksville, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||45–10||Josh Bennett||KO (punches)||IFC: Global Domination 2||July 14, 2007||1||N/A||Marksville, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||44–10||Arthur Cesar||Submission||IFC: Caged Combat||April 13, 2007||2||3:09||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Loss||43–10||James Lee||Submission (guillotine choke)||PRIDE 33||February 24, 2007||1||0:39||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||43–9||Jason Guida||Decision (unanimous)||Xtreme Fighting Organization 14||December 9, 2006||3||5:00||Mokena, Illinois, United States|
|Win||42–9||Wojtek Kaszowski||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: Gracie vs. Miletich||September 23, 2006||3||4:00||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||41–9||Devin Cole||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: Championship 2006||June 3, 2006||3||4:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||41–8||Alex Schoenauer||Submission (heel hook)||IFL: Legends Championship 2006||April 29, 2006||2||3:23||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||41–7||Marvin Eastman||Decision (majority)||Elite Fighting 1: Supremacy||March 18, 2006||4||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||41–6||Fabiano Capoani||KO (punches)||Battle at the Boardwalk (Day 1)||February 17, 2006||3||4:54||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||40–6||Ron Fields||Submission (elbows)||Coliseum 2||December 28, 2005||2||2:50||Rochester, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||39–6||Jimmy Westfall||Submission (armbar)||Extreme Challenge 65||October 21, 2005||1||2:56||Medina, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||38–6||Jason Lambert||KO (punches)||Freestyle FC 15: Fiesta Las Vegas||September 14, 2005||1||3:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||38–5||William Hill||TKO (doctor stoppage)||IFC: Rock N' Rumble||July 30, 2005||1||5:00||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||37–5||Matt Horwich||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Challenge 62||June 18, 2005||3||5:00||Medina, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||36–5||Ramazan Akhadullaev||Decision (unanimous)||Euphoria: USA vs. Russia||May 14, 2005||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||35–5||Renato Sobral||Submission (armbar)||UFC 52||April 16, 2005||2||0:24||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||35–4||Antoine Jaoude||Decision (unanimous)||Euphoria: USA vs World||February 26, 2005||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||34–4||Ibragim Magomedov||Decision (unanimous)||Euphoria: Road to the Titles||October 15, 2004||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||33–4||Josh Hendricks||Submission (punches)||Extreme Challenge 59||September 24, 2004||1||4:22||Medina, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||32–4||Ruben Villareal||Submission (keylock)||Xtreme Kage Kombat: Eastc Side Rumble||July 24, 2004||2||N/A||St. Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||31–4||John Dixon||TKO (cut)||Extreme Challenge 58||June 11, 2004||1||2:33||Medina, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||30–4||Leopoldo Montenegro||KO (slam and punches)||Jungle Fight 2||May 15, 2004||1||4:33||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||29–4||Demian Decorah||TKO (punches)||Extreme Challenge 56||March 26, 2004||1||2:20||Medina, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||28–4||Roman Zentsov||TKO (cut)||Euphoria: Russia vs USA||March 13, 2004||2||2:46||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||27–4||Carlos Barreto||Decision (unanimous)||Heat FC 2: Evolution||December 18, 2003||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||26–4||Nate Sauer||KO (slam)||Red Wing Rumble||November 30, 2003||1||N/A||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||25–4||Travis Fulton||Decision (split)||Iowa Challenge 11||October 18, 2003||3||3:00||Iowa, United States|
|Win||24–4||Mark Tullius||Decision (unanimous)||CFM: Octogono Extremo||September 27, 2003||3||4:00||Monterrey, Mexico|
|Win||23–4||Royce Louck||TKO (punches)||IFA: Summer Bash||August 30, 2003||2||1:49||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||22–4||Greg Wikan||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Fire 9: Eruption||August 9, 2003||3||5:00||Baraboo, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||21–4||Tony Mendoza||Submission (forearm choke)||Victory Fighting 5||July 12, 2003||2||1:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||20–4||DR Williams||Submission (punches)||IFA: Explosion||July 5, 2003||3||0:43||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||19–4||Chad Rafdel||Submission (punches)||IFA: Clash of the Champions||May 24, 2003||2||0:27||Owatonna, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||18–4||Royce Louck||Submission (punches)||Bar Room Brawl 10||April 30, 2003||1||1:11||United States|
|Win||17–4||DR Williams||TKO (punches)||Bar Room Brawl 5||March 26, 2003||1||3:48||United States|
|Loss||16–4||Kauai Kupihea||KO (punch)||Rumble on the Rock 2||March 15, 2003||1||4:21||Hilo, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||16–3||Andy Montana||Decision (unanimous)||Rage in the Cage 45: Finally||March 1, 2003||3||3:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||15–3||Royce Louck||Submission (punches)||Bar Room Brawl 1||February 26, 2003||1||1:49||United States|
|Win||14–3||Buddy Lewis||Submission (punches)||Tennessee Shooto: Conquest||January 17, 2003||2||2:55||Clarksville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||13–3||Brian Shepard||Submission (punches)||International Cage Combat 1: Retribution||January 12, 2003||1||4:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||12–3||Vladimir Matyushenko||Submission (punches)||UFC 40||November 22, 2002||1||4:10||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–2||Jason Godsey||Decision||Ultimate Wrestling: Godsey vs Wiuff||October 19, 2002||4||5:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||11–2||Johnathan Ivey||Decision||Ultimate Wrestling: Minnesota||August 24, 2002||3||5:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||10–2||Travis Fulton||Decision (unanimous)||Iowa Challenge 5||July 13, 2002||3||5:00||Iowa, United States|
|Win||9–2||Kevin Jordan||Decision (unanimous)||Ultimate Wrestling||June 29, 2002||3||5:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||8–2||Tom McCloud||TKO (punches)||Victory Fighting Championships 1||June 16, 2002||1||0:35||Iowa, United States|
|Loss||7–2||Wesley Correira||TKO (knees)||SB 24: Return of the Heavyweights 2||April 27, 2002||3||1:40||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||7–1||Chad Rafdel||Submission (keylock)||Ultimate Wrestling: St. Cloud 2||March 16, 2002||1||1:40||St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||6–1||Josh Mueller||Submission (punches)||Ultimate Wrestling: St. Cloud 2||March 16, 2002||1||0:32||St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||5–1||Chad Rafdel||Submission (keylock)||Ultimate Wrestling: Rumble at the Jungle||March 8, 2002||1||1:00||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||4–1||Chad Brady||TKO (punches)||Ultimate Wrestling: Rumble at the Jungle||March 8, 2002||1||0:22||Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Mike Radnov||TKO (cut)||Extreme Challenge 46||February 16, 2002||1||5:00||Clive, Iowa, United States|
|Win||3–0||Keith Jardine||KO (punch)||Extreme Challenge 46||February 16, 2002||1||0:06||Clive, Iowa, United States|
|Win||2–0||Lenn Walker||Submission (punches)||Ultimate Wrestling: New Blood||February 1, 2002||1||1:15||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jeff Greer||Submission (punches)||Ultimate Wrestling: Rumble in Ramsey 1||September 7, 2001||1||N/A||Ramsey, Minnesota, United States|
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