Dan Cramer

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Dan Cramer
Born Daniel John Cramer
(1985-10-31) October 31, 1985 (age 30)
Danbury, Connecticut, United States
Other names Pretty Boy
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Team American Top Team
Years active 2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 11
By knockout 2
By decision 9
Losses 4
By knockout 2
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Daniel John Cramer (born October 31, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Cramer made a name for himself by making his professional debut for the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), as well as being a competitor on SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest. Cramer currently fights for Bellator Fighting Championships in their middleweight division, holding a record of 8-2 for the promotion.


Cramer graduated from Bethel High School, in his hometown of Bethel, Connecticut, in 2003. Cramer then attended the University of Connecticut, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. While attending college, he played on the rugby team and was captain of the hockey team. After graduating, Cramer was employed as a manager for a local country club.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Cramer began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of sixteen. He later started his mixed martial arts training with the American Top Team of Connecticut and Best Way Brazilian Jiu Jitsu led by Luigi Mondelli, a five time Pan Am Jiu Jitsu champion.[3]

Before being on The Ultimate Fighter, Cramer held a 3-0 amateur record. After the filming of The Ultimate Fighter, Cramer moved to Coconut Creek, Florida to train with the main American Top Team academy.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Cramer was a contestant on the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. In order for the fighters to make it on the show, they had to win an elimination fight. Cramer won his elimination round fight against Jeremiah Riggs via unanimous decision. Cramer was selected to be a part of Team Rampage.

Cramer then defeated Luke Zachrich by technical knockout in the second round. In the semi-final matchup, Cramer was paired off against Team Forrest's first pick, Tim Credeur. Credeur submitted Cramer with a heel hook to end Cramer's run in the tournament. After the fight, Cramer said he made a rookie mistake and he should have won the fight.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Cramer was set to make his debut at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest Finale against former cast mate Cale Yarbrough. Cramer broke his collar bone and was forced to withdraw from the fight.

In Cramer's professional MMA and UFC debut, he defeated Matt Arroyo at UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn 2, and won the fight by split decision. The judges scored the fight (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).[4]

Cramer next fought his former Ultimate Fighter cast mate Matthew Riddle at UFC 101.[5][6] He lost the bout by unanimous decision. The judges scored the bout 29-27, 30-26 and 30-27.[7][8] Cramer was cut from the UFC after his loss to Riddle.[9]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

After leaving the UFC, Cramer recorded a pair of wins before he signed to fight Dennis Olson in a middleweight contest that took place at Bellator 15. Cramer dominated the bout, and won via unanimous decision with all three judges giving him a 30-27 win.

Cramer fought fellow TUF alumni, Dante Rivera, for a one-off show from Bellator at Great Adventure in New Jersey. After three very close rounds, the fight went to the judges and Rivera was awarded the win via split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29). Judge Doug Crosby was the only dissenting voice on the cards, scoring the fight 29-28 to Cramer. Many spectators believed Cramer won, even booing the hometown favorite Rivera.[10]

He returned to Bellator for its last season three event, Bellator 34, against Igor Almeida. Cramer defeated Almeida via TKO (cut) at 2:36 of round one. That was Cramer's first professional win via stoppage.

At Bellator 39, Cramer fought Greg Rebello at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. He won via unanimous decision.

Cramer made his fourth Bellator appearance at Bellator 46 against Josh Samman.[11] Cramer controlled the entirety of the fight, and won the fight via unanimous decision. Cramer brought his undefeated Bellator record to 4-0.

Cramer was expected to fight John Clarke on August 20, 2011 in Uncasville, Connecticut at Bellator 48. This was Cramer's fifth Bellator appearance. Clarke, however, withdrew due to an injury and Cramer faced newcomer Jeff "The Wolfman" Nader. Cramer dominated the fight throughout two rounds before losing via TKO in the third round.

At Bellator 63, Cramer rematched Jeff "The Wolfman" Nader on the preliminary portion of the card. The event took place March 30, 2012 in Uncasville, Connecticut. He won the fight via split decision.

Cramer defeated Joe Lamoureux at Bellator 81 on November 16, 2012 via KO in round one.

Bellator MMA announced Cramer as a competitor in the Season Eight Middleweight tournament, at Bellator 89 Cramer defeated Brian Rogers via unanimous decision in the Quarterfinal bout. He faced Brett Cooper in the semifinals on March 7, 2013 at Bellator 92. Despite winning the first two rounds, Cramer lost via TKO in the third round.

Cramer was then expected to face Perry Filkins at Bellator 98 on September 7, 2013 in the quarterfinals of Bellator's Season 9 Middleweight Tournament. Cramer, however, withdrew from the bout and was replaced with Jeremy Kimball. Cramer was expected to face Doug Marshall at Bellator 115 on April 4, 2014 in Bellator's Season Ten Middleweight Tournament. Marshall pulled out due to a current suspension and was replaced by Jeremy Kimball.[12] However, Kimball missed weight prior to the bout and the fight was cancelled.[13]

Cramer faced Perry Filkins at Bellator 123 on September 5, 2014.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–4 Perry Filkins Decision (unanimous) Bellator 123 September 5, 2014 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 10–4 Brett Cooper TKO (punches) Bellator 92 March 7, 2013 3 3:19 Temecula, California, United States Bellator Season 8 Middleweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 10–3 Brian Rogers Decision (unanimous) Bellator 89 February 14, 2013 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Bellator Season 8 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 9–3 Joe Lamoureux KO (punches) Bellator 81 November 16, 2012 1 3:26 Kingston, Rhode Island, United States
Win 8–3 Jeff Nader Decision (split) Bellator 63 March 30, 2012 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 7–3 Jeff Nader TKO (punches) Bellator 48 August 20, 2011 3 1:04 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 7–2 Josh Samman Decision (unanimous) Bellator 46 June 25, 2011 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 6–2 Greg Rebello Decision (unanimous) Bellator 39 April 2, 2011 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 5–2 Igor Almeida TKO (doctor stoppage) Bellator 34 October 28, 2010 1 2:36 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss 4–2 Dante Rivera Decision (split) Elite MMA Mayhem 1 June 19, 2010 3 5:00 Jackson, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–1 Dennis Olson Decision (unanimous) Bellator 15 April 22, 2010 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator Debut
Win 3–1 Ever Nunez Decision (unanimous) AFL 2 March 5, 2010 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 2–1 Ron Jackson Decision (unanimous) C3 Fights 18 December 11, 2009 3 5:00 Red Rock, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 1–1 Matthew Riddle Decision (unanimous) UFC 101 August 8, 2009 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1–0 Matt Arroyo Decision (split) UFC 94 January 31, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States MMA Debut


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