Travis Wiuff

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Travis Wiuff
Born Travis Wiuff
(1978-03-15) March 15, 1978 (age 36)
Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
Other names Diesel
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 259 lb (117 kg; 18.5 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Super Heavyweight
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Team Elite Performance
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2001–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 94
Wins 73
By knockout 24
By submission 23
By decision 26
Losses 20
By knockout 13
By submission 4
By decision 3
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Travis-Wiuff

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.[2]

Background[edit]

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[edit]

Early career[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Post-UFC release[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Independent Promotions[edit]

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.

Wiuff fought Mike Kyle on May 24, 2013 at CFA 11, Wiuff lost via knockout in 21 seconds of the first round.[3]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

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.[4][5] Bellator managed to officially sign Wiuff to a contract that December,[6] and he returned to the promotion in March 2012 where he defeated Anthony Gomez via unanimous decision at Bellator 60.[7]

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.[8] Wiuff faced Tim Carpenter in the semifinals at Bellator 72.[9] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

On August 24, 2012, Wiuff faced Attila Vegh in the tournament finals at Bellator 73 and lost via KO in 25 seconds of round one.[10]

On March 21, 2013, Wiuff faced Ryan Martinez at Bellator 93 in a Heavyweight bout, He lost via KO in 18 seconds of round one.[11]

Independent promotions[edit]

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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14] He then made a quick turnaround and faced Dallas Mitchell at Dakota FC: Beatdown 11 on June 7, 2014. He won via unanimous decision.[15]

Wiuff made his first title defense on June 27, 2014, when he faced Danyelle Williams at Driller Promotions: A-Town Throwdown III.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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) Dakota FC: Beatdown 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.[20]
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) Extreme Challenge 170 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) EF 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) FFC 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) XKK: 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) ROF 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) RITC 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) ICC 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 UW: Godsey vs Wiuff October 19, 2002 4 5:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 11–2 Johnathan Ivey Decision UW: 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) UW: St. Cloud 2 March 16, 2002 1 1:40 St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States
Win 6–1 Josh Mueller Submission (punches) UW: St. Cloud 2 March 16, 2002 1 0:32 St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States
Win 5–1 Chad Rafdel Submission (keylock) UW: Rumble at the Jungle March 8, 2002 1 1:00 Minnesota, United States
Win 4–1 Chad Brady TKO (punches) UW: 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) UW: New Blood February 1, 2002 1 1:15 Minnesota, United States
Win 1–0 Jeff Greer Submission (punches) UW: Rumble in Ramsey 1 September 7, 2001 1 N/A Ramsey, Minnesota, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Travis "Diesel" Wiuff MMA Stats". tapology.com. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  2. ^ http://news.theopenmat.com/2014/04/owatonna-native-travis-wiuff-ready-for-fight-in-his-backyard/
  3. ^ "CFA 11 Results: Mike Kyle Destroys Travis Wiuff With First-Round KO". fansided.com. May 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hemminger, Brian (June 20, 2012). "Bellator 71 preview and predictions for 'Wiuff vs Davis' on June 22 in Chester". MMAMania.com. 
  5. ^ Falvo, Seth. "CagePotato Ban: Having Your Champion Fight in Non-Title Fights". CagePotato.com. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ Staff (December 11, 2011). "Travis Wiuff signs with Bellator, likely to join future light-heavyweight tournament". MMAJunkie.com. 
  7. ^ Staff (March 9, 2012). "Bellator 60 results: Curran claims belt; Straus, Corey, Sandro, Bezerra advance". MMAJunkie.com. 
  8. ^ "Bellator 71". Bellator.com. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  9. ^ "Bellator 72". bellator.com. 2012-06-26. 
  10. ^ "Bellator 73 video: Attila Vegh quickly TKOs Travis Wiuff to win tourney". mmajunkie.com. August 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bellator 93 Fight Results: Travis Wiuff Vs. Ryan Martinez". fightline.com. March 21, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Travis Wiuff vs. Brett Murphy". tapology.com. December 31, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Driller Promotions: O-Town Throwdown 1 Results". sherdog.com. April 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Travis Wiuff vs. Brian Heden for the DP Heavyweight Championship". tapology.com. May 24, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Beatdown 11 Official Results". mixedmartialarts.com. June 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ "A-Town Throwdown III Fight Card and Results". tapology.com. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  17. ^ "DP Champion Travis Wiuff vs. Danyelle Williams". tapology.com. June 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Travis Wiuff vs. Chris Barnett". sherdog.com. August 23, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Timothy Johnson vs. Travis Wiuff". Tapology.com. 
  20. ^ "Driller Promotions: No Mercy 11 Results". Tapology.com. May 24, 2014. 

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