Vernon White (fighter)

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Vernon White
Born (1971-12-03) December 3, 1971 (age 42)
Sparks, Nevada United States
Other names Tiger
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Fighting out of Palo Alto, California
Team Lion's Den[1]
Years active 1993-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 61
Wins 26
By knockout 10
By submission 8
By decision 7
By disqualification 1
Losses 33
By knockout 7
By submission 14
By decision 12
Draws 2
No contests 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Vernon Verdell White (born December 3, 1971) is an American professional mixed martial arts fighter who has fought for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Pride Fighting Championships, Strikeforce, King of the Cage, Pancrase, and the Nevada Lions of the IFL. He lives in California, and belongs to the fighting team The Lion's Den.

White is also a former MMA champion, winning the King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Championship, and King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Superfight Championship.

MMA career[edit]

White debuted at 23 years of age in the Pancrase organization in Japan after being recruited by Ken Shamrock. Thrown right into the fire from the beginning, a very inexperienced White would go 8-17-1 in Pancrase to start his career.

However, White would turn his career around in a big way towards the latter part of the decade. He turned in an impressive showing against MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba at PRIDE 2, landing a hard punch in the opening seconds to stagger Sakuraba and fighting very competitively, showcasing excellent submission defense and escapes throughout the fight until he was finally caught in an armbar late in round 3.

From 1998 to 2002, White found great success in mixed martial arts competition, compiling a record of 9-1 and winning the King of the Cage Middleweight Championship. White defended the title four times before losing a decision to MMA pioneer Jeremy Horn. This was especially impressive because at the time, King of the Cage was an upper echelon MMA promotion. He evolved into one of the more talented and well known mixed martial arts fighters in the world and developed excellent striking to go along with a solid submission wrestling base.

White also had impressive showings in the UFC, fighting to a draw with Ian Freeman in a fight that he took on short notice, and also turning in a competitive, hard fought loss to former UFC Light Heavyweight ChampionChuck Liddell at UFC 49 in 2004.

Pro Wrestling[edit]

White appeared on the April 7, 1997 airing of the World Wrestling Entertainment program Raw is War, losing a worked 'shoot fight' to Ken Shamrock.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Vernon and his wife Melissa Kline were married on April 30, 2007.[3] The couple had their first child, a son, on May 31, 2008.[4]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 26–33–2 Jason MacDonald Submission (triangle choke) W1 Bad Blood March 20, 2010 3 2:12 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 26–32–2 Lew Polley Decision (unanimous) WarGods 5 May 30, 2009 3 5:00 Alpine, California, United States
Win 26–31–2 Jeremiah Constant DQ XCC 6 – Western Threat April 5, 2008 1 N/A Reno, Nevada, United States
Loss 25–31–2 Marcelo Tigre TKO (injury - broken hand) X-1- Grand Prix 2007 August 4, 2007 1 3:26 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 25–30–2 Mike Whitehead TKO (punches) IFL - Las Vegas June 16, 2007 2 0:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 25–29–2 Sam Hoger Submission (rear naked choke) IFL - Moline April 7, 2007 2 3:25 Moline, Illinois, United States
Loss 24–29–2 Bobby Southworth Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Triple Threat December 8, 2006 5 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 24–28–2 Victor Valimaki Decision (unanimous) EF 2 – The Ultimate Decision September 29, 2006 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 24–27–2 Lyoto Machida Decision (unanimous) WFA: King of the Streets September 29, 2006 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 24–26–2 Jason Guida TKO (doctor stoppage) WEC 18 January 13, 2006 1 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 23–26–2 Alex Stiebling KO (punch) WEC 17 October 14, 2005 2 0:09 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 22–26–2 Matt Horwich Submission (rear-naked choke) SF 12 – Breakout September 16, 2005 2 2:38 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 22–25–2 Justin Burgin Decision (unanimous) Valor Fighting – Medford Mayhem July 16, 2005 3 5:00 Medford, Oregon, United States
Win 21–25–2 Chris Peak TKO Valor Fighting – Home of the Brave July 2, 2005 1 N/A Susanville, California, United States
Loss 20–25–2 Chuck Liddell KO (punch) UFC 49 August 21, 2004 1 4:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 20–24–2 Marvin Eastman Decision (unanimous) KOTC 32 January 24, 2004 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Draw 20–23–2 Ian Freeman Draw UFC 43 June 6, 2003 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 20–23–1 Jeremy Horn Decision (unanimous) KOTC 23 May 16, 2003 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 20–22–1 Mike Rogers Decision (split) KOTC 16 - Double Cross August 2, 2002 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States Defended King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 19–22–1 James Lee Submission (heel hook) KOTC 11 - Domination September 29, 2001 3 1:00 San Jacinto, California, United States Defended King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 18–22–1 Joe Priole TKO (punches) WMMAA 1 – MegaFights August 10, 2001 2 N/A Atlantic City, New Jersey, UnitedStates
Win 17–22–1 Marvin Eastman Decision (split) KOTC 8 - Bombs Away April 29, 2001 3 5:00 Williams, California, United States Defended King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 16–22–1 David Dodd KO (flying knee) KOTC 6 - Road Warriors November 29, 2000 2 3:43 Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, United States Defended King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 15–22–1 Marcos da Silva Submission IFC- Battleground 2 September 30, 2000 1 N/A Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 14–22–1 Allan Goes Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 9 June 4, 2000 2 10:00 Nagoya, Japan
Win 14–21–1 Todd Medina KO (punch) KOTC 3 - Knockout Nightmare April 15, 2000 1 0:09 San Jacinto, California, United States Won King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 13–21–1 Vladimir Matyushenko Decision (split) IFC – Montreal Cage Combat October 9, 1999 1 25:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 12–21–1 David Terrell Decision (unanimous) IFC WC 4 – Warriors Challenge 4 August 7, 1999 3 5:00 Jackson, California, United States
Loss 11–21–1 Kazushi Sakuraba Submission (armbar) PRIDE 2 March 15, 1998 3 6:53 Yokohama, Japan
Win 11–20–1 Brian Gassaway Submission (ankle lock) WPC – World Pankration Championships 1 October 26, 1997 1 1:26 Texas, United States
Loss 10–20–1 Vladimir Matyushenko Submission (neck crank) IFC 5 – Battle in the Bayou September 5, 1997 1 5:44 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Loss 10–19–1 Mario Sperry Decision (unanimous) Caged Combat 1 – Australian Ultimate Fighting March 22, 1997 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia
Loss 10–18–1 Pedro Rizzo KO (kick) WVC 2 – World Vale Tudo Championship 2 November 10, 1996 1 6:30 Brazil
Win 10–17–1 Iouri Oulianitski KO (kick) WVC 2 – World Vale Tudo Championship 2 November 10, 1996 1 1:21 Brazil
Win 9–17–1 Cees Bezems Submission (heel hook) WVC 2 – World Vale Tudo Championship 2 November 10, 1996 1 2:10 Brazil
Loss 8–17–1 Osami Shibuya Decision (lost points) Pancrase - Truth 7 October 8, 1996 1 20:00 Nagoya, Japan
Win 8–16–1 Kazuo Takahashi KO (head kick) Pancrase - 1996 Anniversary Show September 7, 1996 1 19:43 Urayasu, Japan
Win 7–16–1 Minoru Suzuki Decision (majority) Pancrase - 1996 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 2 July 23, 1996 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 6–16–1 Masakatsu Funaki Submission (ankle lock) Pancrase - Truth 6 June 25, 1996 1 2:34 Fukuoka, Japan
Draw 6–15–1 Takaku Fuke Draw (unanimous) Pancrase - Truth 5 May 16, 1996 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 6–15 Ryushi Yanagisawa Submission (ankle lock) Pancrase - Truth 3 April 7, 1996 1 12:47 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–14 Kazuo Takahashi Decision (lost points) Pancrase - Truth 3 April 7, 1996 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 5–14 Frank Shamrock Submission (achilles hold) Pancrase - Eyes Of Beast 7 December 14, 1995 1 5:23 Hokkaido, Japan
Loss 5–13 Katsuomi Inagaki Decision (majority) Pancrase - Eyes Of Beast 6 November 4, 1995 1 10:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 5–12 Gregory Smit Decision (1–0) Pancrase - 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round July 22, 1995 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 5–11 Manabu Yamada Submission (heel hook) Pancrase - Eyes Of Beast 5 June 13, 1995 1 10:26 Sapporo, Japan
Win 5–10 Larry Papadopoulos Submission (heel hook) Pancrase - Eyes Of Beast 3 April 8, 1995 1 9:54 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 4–10 Takafumi Ito Submission (armbar) Pancrase - Eyes Of Beast 2 March 10, 1995 1 7:26 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 4–9 Masakatsu Funaki Submission (armlock) Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament Opening Round December 16, 1994 1 5:37 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–8 Leon van Dijk Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament Opening Round December 16, 1994 1 3:45 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 3–8 Todd Bjornethun Decision (lost points) Pancrase - Road To The Championship 5 October 15, 1994 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–7 Richard Saar KO (palm strikes) Pancrase - Road To The Championship 4 September 1, 1994 1 3:25 Osaka, Japan
Win 2–7 Katsuomi Inagaki Submission (heel hook) Pancrase - Road To The Championship 3 July 26, 1994 1 4:15 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–7 Remco Pardoel TKO (lost points) Pancrase - Road To The Championship 2 July 6, 1994 1 14:24 Amagasaki, Japan
Loss 1–6 Bas Rutten Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase - Pancrash! 3 April 21, 1994 1 1:16 Osaka, Japan
Loss 1–5 Masakatsu Funaki KO (palm strike) Pancrase - Pancrash! 2 March 12, 1994 1 1:13 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 1–4 Andre Van Den Oetelaar Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase - Pancrash! 1 January 19, 1994 1 6:22 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 1–3 Ryushi Yanagisawa TKO (lost points) Pancrase – Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 4 December 8, 1993 1 8:55 Hakata, Japan
Win 1–2 Katsuomi Inagaki TKO (doctor stopage) Pancrase – Yes, We are Hybrid Wrestlers 3 November 8, 1993 1 22:04 Kobe, Japan
Loss 0–2 Minoru Suzuki Submission (leg scissor choke) Pancrase – Yes, We are Hybrid Wrestlers 2 October 14, 1993 1 2:36 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 0–1 Takaku Fuke Submission (armbar) Pancrase – Yes, We are Hybrid Wrestlers 1 September 21, 1993 1 1:19 Urayasu, Japan

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