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Dan Quinn (fighter)

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Daniel Matthew Quinn
Born (1967-06-23) June 23, 1967 (age 49)
San Diego, California
Other names Saint of Stevia, Maitreya
Residence Roseville, California
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Sacramento, California
Team Team Quinn
The Arena
Team Carnage (former)
Years active 1998-2002, 2004-2012, 2015-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 13
Wins 5
By knockout 3
By submission 1
By decision 1
Losses 7
By knockout 4
By submission 2
By decision 1
Draws 1
Other information
Children Kyle Quinn
Ryan Quinn
Notable relatives Joan Quinn (Mother)
Fred Reva (Uncle)
Doris Reva (Aunt)
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Dan Quinn is an American professional mixed martial arts fighter currently associated with the Gladiator Challenge promotion, and former amateur and professional boxer, also collegiate American Football player. Quinn is notable for his advocacy of Stevia as a performance-enhancing substance and fat burner.


Dan graduated from San Dieguito High School in 1985. Quinn attended the University of Notre Dame from 1986 to 1987 as a recruit and would be a student at San Diego State University numerous times in the transpiring years.


Quinn played football at Notre Dame.[1] While attending the school, he was involved in a bitter feud with Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz and starter Frank Stams. Quinn alleged that Holtz assaulted players and engaged in illegal point shaving by not allowing him more time on the field to make "spectacular fucking plays".[2]


On November 27, 1991 Quinn was charged on two counts of battery. He was later dismissed in court on both counts.[3]

On February 17, 1993 Dan Quinn was charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance and on one misdemeanor count of concealable weapon possession.

On March 16, 1993 Quinn plead guilty to the misdemeanor count and was sentenced to a 1-year informal probation, and served 15 days in custody.

On November 3, 1993 Quinn's felony charge was later dismissed after time served.

On February 25, 1997 Dan Quinn was charged with marijuana possession (less than 2 grams), and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamines), he later plead guilty to possession of a controlled substance, and was sentenced to 3 years of supervised probation under the Sheriff's Work Program in Sacramento. He also spent 2 months in custody.

On June 2, 1998 Dan was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault (an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability to commit a violent injury on another person). He later spent 10 days in custody for violating his parole and the charges were dismissed.

On February 16, 1999 Dan Quinn was charged with two felony counts. One for concealable weapons charge and another for evading a police officer. A month later Quinn was sentenced to a 5-year formal probation in a Work Furlough program, which was downgraded to Sheriff's Work Program on June 4, 1999; and spent 5 months in state jail.

On March 2, 2000 Dan was charged with domestic violence/spousal abuse. The charge was later dismissed.

On March 23, 2004 Dan Quinn was again charged with one felony count of domestic violence/spousal abuse and one count for willfully threatening to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury of an immediate family member. He was later was sentenced to 3 years probation and served 79 days in a minimum security prison that held inmates under different work programs within Southern California.

Dan was arrested on August 9, 2012 on the charges of Possession of a firearm by a felon and of making death threats. After numerous postponements, Dan was ultimately found "incompetent" to stand trial.[4] On January 3, 2014 Dan was "committed to a state hospital".[5] On March 12, 2014, Dan was returned to the Sacramento County Jail.[4] Dan "retained counsel" on June 12, 2014.[5] His case will go to jury trial on August 5, 2014.[4] Dan was released from jail on August 7, 2014.

Mixed martial arts career

After three years away from fighting sports, Quinn decided to try his hand in mixed martial arts. In his second fight, he lost to future UFC World Heavyweight champion Frank Mir.

Other notable bouts Quinn had was his fight against UFC star Jason Lambert, in which Lambert avoided engagement and won via decision, and a fight against K-1 striker Carter Williams, who controversially defeated Quinn by TKO via illegal low kick.[6] Although he was locked deep in a keylock, Quinn refused to submit against Dan Molina, ultimately forcing the referee to end the fight in favor of Molina.[7] Quinn then went on hiatus from MMA for four years.

In his return fight, Quinn KO'd Muay Thai/X-Arm fighter Bond Lapua, who outweighed him by fifty pounds. Quinn next fought Harry Gopaul, questionably losing via KO when the second round went 15 seconds over the scheduled duration.[8] Quinn next fought Aaron Brink who won via TKO to strikes, after this fight Quinn and Brink became close friends, and even invited Dan to occasionally train at The Arena MMA gym, host to many current and former UFC fighters including Diego Sanchez and Brink himself. Quinn most recently suffered a loss at the hands of Rick Vardell.


After leaving Notre Dame, Dan turned to boxing before transitioning to mixed martial arts. Quinn was a multi time champion in the annual Bengal Bouts and also traveled to Florida in 1998 to win a Golden Gloves Heavyweight 8-man single night tournament.

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round, Time Notes
zDraw United States Joe Gray Draw Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, United States 1998-08-20 4 – 3:00

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 5-7-1 United States Rick Vardell TKO (strikes) Gladiator Challenge: Impulse November 13, 2010 2 1:43 Placerville, California, United States
Loss 5-6-1 United States Aaron Brink TKO (doctor stoppage) Gladiator Challenge: Fahrenheit August 20, 2010 2 0:22 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 5-5-1 United States Harry Gopaul TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge: Chain Reaction December 12, 2009 2 2:25 Placerville, California, United States
Win 5-4-1 Tonga Bond Lapua TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge: First Strike October 10, 2009 1 1:49 Placerville, California, United States
Loss 4-4-1 United States Dan Molina TKO (corner stoppage) Gladiator Challenge 34: Legends Collide January 27, 2005 1 4:39 Colusa, California, United States
Win 4-3-1 United States Mike Macgregor TKO (cut) Gladiator Challenge 27: Fightfest 2 June 3, 2004 1 4:08 Colusa, California, United States
Win 3-3-1 Mexico Adrian Perez Submission (guillotine choke) Gladiator Challenge 22 February 12, 2004 1 2:18 Colusa, California, United States
Loss 2-2-1 United States Jason Lambert Decision (unanimous) Gladiator Challenge 12 September 8, 2002 3 5:00 Colusa, California, United States
Win 2-1-1 United States Rick Vardell TKO (strikes) Gladiator Challenge 9 February 10, 2002 1 4:57 Colusa, California, United States
Draw 1-1-1 United States Kevin Tolai Draw Gladiator Challenge 7: Casualties of War November 4, 2001 2 5:00 Colusa, California, United States
Loss 1–1 United States Frank Mir Submission (triangle choke) IFC: Warriors Challenge 15 August 31, 2001 1 2:15 Oroville, California, United States
Win 1-0 United States Tosh Cook Decision IFC: Warriors Challenge 13 June 15, 2001 3 5:00 Oroville, California, United States


  1. ^ Cobb, Chris (May 12, 1986). "His Irish Is Up Quinn Is Often Arrogant and Mean, and About as Tough as They Come". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Quinn, Dan. "Dan Quinn shows the play that got him fired from Notre Dame's football team" [1]
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c "Sacramento County Inmate Information". 
  5. ^ a b "Sacramento Superior Court". 
  6. ^ Discussion of Carter Williams's groin kick and disputed outcome of fight with Dan Quinn.[2]
  7. ^ Official fight results of GC 34 - Legends Collide
  8. ^ Quinn, Dan. "Facts about the Gopaul fight."

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