Daniel Ghiță

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Daniel Ghiță
Daniel Ghita.jpg
Ghiță in 2011
BornDaniel Florin Ghiță
(1981-04-22) 22 April 1981 (age 38)
Bucharest, Romania
Nickname(s)The Savage Samurai
ResidenceBucharest, Romania
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight255 lb (116 kg; 18 st 3 lb)
Reach77 in (196 cm)
StyleMuay Thai, Wushu
TrainerAnil Dubar (head)[1]
Horia Rădulescu (part-time)
Vasile Oșean, MD (nutrition)
Years active1999–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout42
By knockout3
last updated on: March 29, 2019

Daniel Florin Ghiță (Romanian pronunciation: [daniˈel ˈɡit͡sə], born April 22, 1981) is a Romanian professional kickboxer. He is the former It's Showtime heavyweight champion. He formerly competed in Glory, and is the former runner up of the Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam. He has also competed for the Japanese K-1 promotion, where he made his name in their 2009 and 2010 World Grand Prix seasons.

Ghiță has remained one of the biggest stars in kickboxing history known for throwing deadly leg kicks. He is also known for his enormous left hook. Daniel Ghiță is often referred to as the “Savage Samurai”. He is widely considered one of the greatest active kickboxers.

He was ranked world's No. 1 heavyweight in 2014.[2][3] Between 2012 and 2015, he was at least a Top 2 heavyweight in the world. In January 2016, he was dropped from the rankings due to his unofficial retirement.[4][5][6][7][8] Ghiță returned to the ring in October 2018 at Colosseum Tournament IX, when he defeated Dževad Poturak by technical knockout.[9]


Ghiţă was born on April 22, 1981. Aside from kickboxing, from 2001 to 2008, Ghiță worked as a (SPP) agent assigned to protect the Romanian President.[10]

Kickboxing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

"The Savage Samurai" made his debut in the World Muay Thai Championships in 1999 in Bangkok, Thailand. Daniel won all his matches by knockout before the semifinal, where he lost against Alexey Ignashov by one round (the only match the Belarusian won by decision and not KO).

Ghiță's career continued with outstanding performances: European Muay Thai champion in Germany in 2000, bronze medal at the World Muay Thai Championships in Thailand in 2001 and European Muay Thai runner-up in Portugal in 2002. In 2003, he recorded the fastest KO at the World Muay Thai Championships in Thailand, 30 seconds against an Australian fighter.

K-1 debut[edit]

In 2004, Ghiță entered the Local Kombat fighting circuit in Romania. His good record there gave him the opportunity to fight also in the K-1 fighting circuit. His K-1 debut was in 2007 at K-1 Fighting Network Romania 2007 against Nobu Hayashi.[11]

On August 11, 2009, Ghiță broke Peter Aerts' record of fastest K-1 tournament win by defeating all three of his opponents in a total of 5 minutes and 15 seconds. Peter Aerts' record at that time was 6:43 and stood for 10 years before Ghiță's milestone, however, Aerts' record was set at a K-1 Grand Prix Final Round, whereas Ghiță's record was set in a qualifying GP.[12]

In October 2010, Daniel Ghiță became the first Romanian fighter to qualify for the K-1 World Grand Prix Final in Tokyo, defeating Errol Zimmerman by KO in the last qualifying tournament in Seoul. At the tournament he fought Gokhan Saki in the quarterfinals. He however turned up to the fight with an injury to his leg and it showed in the fight as he was unable to dictate the pace of the fight at all. He managed to get an extra round after it seemed Saki had already won. He started to get more tired in the round and lost by decision.

First world title shot[edit]

On March 6, 2011, Daniel Ghiță faced the Chakuriki fighter Hesdy Gerges and the current It's Showtime Heavyweight champion in Amsterdam. Ghiță was a slight underdog as Gerges almost beat Semmy Schilt the previous year and gave Badr Hari trouble in their fight. Though from the first round Ghiță scored more effective shots, until the second round where a knee that skimmed his groin was ruled an 8 count. Ghiță dominated the third round throughout but lost by unanimous decision. However it was only because of the wrong 8 count which, if it had not been counted, then an extra round would have been held, where many people thought Ghiță would have won.

Ghiță was scheduled to face Polish-Australian fighter Paul Slowinski at the It's Showtime 2011 Lyon, but his opponent pulled out and was replaced by Fikri Ameziane. As expected the fight was one-sided for one round, with Ghiță beating his opponent with ease in the first round.

It's Showtime World title win[edit]

On January 28, 2012 at It's Showtime in Leeuwarden, Ghiță rematched Hesdy Gerges for the It's Showtime Heavyweight World title. After backing up Gerges to the neutral corner in the first round he knocked Hesdy out with a left hook and won his biggest world title to date in the process.[13]

On 10 March 2012, it was Sergei Lascenko's turn to lose to the Savage Samurai via third round TKO (head kick) at Mirko Filipović's Final Fight in Zagreb, Croatia.[14]

On May 12, the Romanian beat Brian Douwes at It's Showtime 56 in the second round (2:16) by KO with a single counter left hook. His strong punch sent the Dutchman to the canvas thus adding another highlight reel KO win to his record.[15]

At the It's Showtime 2012 Brussels, he scored his 7th straight win by KO with a 2nd round liver kick of his Bosnian opponent on Dževad Poturak.[16] In his previous fight at the K-1 World Grand Prix in Madrid, Ghiță battered a brave Wendell Roche until his corner threw in the towel in round two.[17]

Although he was expected to fight in the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix, Daniel was shockingly left out of the tournament.

Glory World Series[edit]

Ghiță then signed with rival promotion Glory and currently the biggest kickboxing organisation in the world in October 2012.[18][19]

He was set to face Fabiano Cyclone in the first round of the 2012 Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam at Glory 4: Tokyo - 2012 Heavyweight Grand Slam in Saitama, Japan on December 31, 2012.[20] However, Cyclone pulled out of the bout and was replaced by fellow countryman Jhonata Diniz.[21] He defeated Diniz by unanimous decision after two, two-minute rounds due to the tournament's "best of three" format and advanced to the quarter-finals to face Mourad Bouzidi. After a close opening round, Ghiță stopped Bouzidi with a kick which injured his arm in the second. In the semis, he came upainst the surprise package of the tournament, Jamal Ben Saddik, and dispatched of him within seconds, sending the big Moroccan with a single kick to the body. A highly anticipated rematch with the legendary Semmy Schilt awaited him in the final and, after a slow start to the three-minute first round, the giant Dutchman sent Ghiță to the canvas with a left high kick. Despite seemingly recovering from the blow, referee Joop Ubeda controversially called a halt to the contest, giving Schilt the TKO win.[20][22][23] He received a $100,000 check as the runner up on the tournament.[24][24]

Ghiță rematched Gökhan Saki at Glory 6: Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey on April 6, 2013 in a #1 contender's bout for the Glory Heavyweight Championship held by Semmy Schilt.[25] The fight started out a little rough, as Saki caught a kick from the Romanian. He then backed Ghiță up and threw him to the mat with a sweep. Ghiță landed hard, looking to have suffered an arm injury. According to Glory's official rules, leg sweeps and trips are illegal moves and should thusly be counted as such. Instead, referee Joop Ubeda counted it as a down as Ghiță took a while to get to his feet.[26] Even though injured, round two saw again Ghiță being more consistent but midway through the round, the Turk began landing heavy punches on him and simply did not let up, dropping the Romanian thrice to take a win via TKO after the referee stepped in, calling the fight.[27][28]

He halted his two-fight losing streak with a first round knockout of Brice Guidon at Glory 9: New York - 2013 95kg Slam in New York City, New York, USA on June 22, 2013.[29] He hurt Guidon with kicks and punches to the body, forcing him into the corner. As the Frenchman covered up, Ghiță waited for his opportunity and ended the fight with a crushing left hook when Guidon tried to punch his way out.[30][31][32][33]

In the semi-finals of Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States in October 2013,[34][35][36] Ghiță stopped Anderson "Braddock" Silva with a first round body kick. Meeting Rico Verhoeven in the final, he suffered an upset loss as he slumped to a unanimous decision defeat.[37][38]

He rematched Errol Zimmerman at Glory 13: Tokyo - Welterweight World Championship Tournament in Tokyo, Japan on December 21, 2013 and knocked Zimmerman out for the second time, hurting him just seconds into the match and keeping up the pressure before putting him away with his patented left hook at the 0:35 mark of round one.[39][40][41][42]

He rematched Rico Verhoeven in a bout for the vacant Glory Heavyweight (+95 kg/209 lb) Championship at Glory 17: Los Angeles in Inglewood, California, US on June 21, 2014, losing a unanimous decision.[43][44][45]


Ghiță returned to the ring at 2017 World Wushu Championships winning the bronze medal after semifinal's defeat on points to the 5-time world champion Hamid Reza Gholipour of Iran.[46]

On 29 October 2018, he will make his kickboxing return at Colosseum Tournament IX at the BT Arena in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. As reported on several Romanian television stations, Daniel Ghiță wants Rico Verhoeven title fight in Glory before retiring against Badr Hari in the same year 2019.[47]


Ghiță vs. Moroșanu[edit]

Daniel Ghiță and Cătălin Moroșanu will fight at Arena Națională in Bucharest, Romania, in a suggested Dynamite Fighting Show / Colosseum Tournament mixed event or in a neutral (Romanian) promotion event.[48][49][50]


Ghiță appeared in B.U.G. Mafia video. Bucharest Underground Mafia's 'Cât poți tu de tare' music video came out in December 2010.[51]

Personal life[edit]

He supports UNICEF charities.[52]


Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Daniel Ghiță câștigă prin TKO din prima rundă, cu Anil Dubar întors în colțul său" (in Romanian). gds.ro. 31 March 2019.
  2. ^ "GLORY 17 adds Verhoeven vs. Ghita, Valtellini vs. De Bonte to 'Los Angeles' PPV on June 21". MMAmania.com. 7 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Ghita vs. Verhoeven: Kickboxing's top heavyweights go to war on Twitter". Bloodyelbow.com. 20 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Daniel Ghita Signs with Glory World Series". Mmaweekly.com. 12 October 2012.
  5. ^ "GLORY 6 'Istanbul' weigh-in results: Daniel Ghita and Gokhan Saki on point for colossal kickboxing rematch". MMAmania.com. 5 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Combat Press Kickboxing Rankings: September 2014". Combat Press. 1 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Combat Press Kickboxing Rankings: February 2015". Combat Press. 2 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Combat Press Kickboxing Rankings: January 2016". Combat Press. 1 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Results for Colosseum Tournament IX 29.10.2018 from Cluj-Napoca, Romania". FightBox. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  10. ^ An interview 2009-09-24[permanent dead link](in Japanese)
  11. ^ "K-1 Romania București 4 mai". www.fight.ro. Archived from the original on February 28, 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  12. ^ "Daniel Ghiță Records Fastest K-1 Win Ever". Archived from the original on 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  13. ^ Daniel Ghita flattens Hesdy Gerges to win It's Showtime Heavyweight title
  14. ^ Cro Cop Final Fight Live Results
  15. ^ Kickboxing Results: Daniel Ghita Wins, Ignashov Loses, SuperKombat, More
  16. ^ It's Showtime Results: Great Action Overshadowed By Big Announcement
  17. ^ http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/5/27/3037928/k-1-rising-2012-live-stream-discussion-badr-hari-k1
  18. ^ Glory signs Daniel Ghita and Rico Verhoeven
  20. ^ a b GLORY 4 Tokyo Grand Slam Tournament Match-Ups Set
  21. ^ Jhonata Diniz steps in to fight Daniel Ghita, 2 more fights added to DREAM 18/GLORY 4
  22. ^ DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 Tokyo Live Results
  23. ^ Semmy Schilt Wins Over Daniel Ghita to Claim GLORY Grand Slam Crown
  24. ^ a b Asian MMA: DREAM 18 - GLORY 4 NYE Special Live Video Stream, Results, and Discussion
  25. ^ Gokhan Saki vs. Daniel Ghita II at GLORY 6 in Istanbul
  26. ^ Glory 6 Istanbul Ghita vs. Saki results, discussion, live stream, and full fight coverage
  27. ^ GLORY 6 Istanbul: Daniel Ghita vs. Gokhan Saki, Live Results
  28. ^ Gokhan Saki Levels Daniel Ghita, Moves on to Fight Sem Schilt
  29. ^ GLORY 9 New York Gets Ghita vs. Guidon, Valtellini vs. Ambang
  30. ^ Daniel Ghita Just Flatlined Brice Guidon at Glory 9 NY
  31. ^ Glory 9 Results and Recap: Tyrone Spong Wins Light Heavyweight Tournament Archived June 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ GLORY 9 Results and Review: Tyrone Spong Wins Light Heavyweight Tournament, Ghita Dominates Guidon Archived August 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  33. ^ GLORY 9 New York Live Results and Updates
  34. ^ 4 Man Tournament with Daniel Ghita and Gohkan Saki Set for GLORY 11 Archived July 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ GLORY 11 Main Event Confirmed as Corbett vs. Spong
  36. ^ Tyrone Spong vs. Nathan Corbett and more confirmed for Glory 11 in Chicago Archived 2013-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
  37. ^ GLORY 11 Chicago Live Results and Discussion
  38. ^ Glory 11 Results and Recap Archived 2013-10-18 at the Wayback Machine
  39. ^ GLORY SuperFight Series Tokyo and GLORY 13 Spoilers
  40. ^ Glory 13 Results and Recap Archived 2013-12-24 at the Wayback Machine
  41. ^ Glory 13 Tokyo results and gifs: Rico Verhoeven, Daniel Ghita, and Nieky Holzken win big in Japan
  42. ^ GLORY 13 Results: Verhoeven, Ghita and Holzken pick up victories Archived December 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  43. ^ Glory 17 and Last Man Standing Live Results Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine
  44. ^ Glory's Last Man Standing Results Archived June 26, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  45. ^ Glory results: Artem Levin, Rico Verhoeven and Joseph Valtellini take home Glory gold
  46. ^ "(VIDEO) Daniel Ghita poražen na sanda svjetskom prvenstvu" (in Croatian). croring.com. 2 October 2017.
  47. ^ "Daniel Ghiță țintește cele mai importante centuri din K1: "Și Federer a avut o pauză lungă și apoi a câștigat tot"" (in Romanian). digisport.ro. 15 September 2018.
  48. ^ "Cătălin Moroșanu a acceptat provocarea lui Daniel Ghiță! Declarații ironice date de "Moartea din Carpați"" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 8 November 2018.
  49. ^ "GALERIE FOTO "Mă lupt cu el la orice oră. Ai cuvântul meu, te voi bate!" Moroşanu a ridicat mănuşa lui Ghiţă" (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 8 November 2018.
  50. ^ "Catalin Morosanu a ACCEPTAT provocarea lui Daniel Ghita: "ITI PROMIT CA TE BAT!" Mesajul luptatorului" (in Romanian). Pro X. 8 November 2018.
  51. ^ "Video Gallery on Danielghita.ro". Archived from the original on 2013-12-28. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  52. ^ Daniel Ghita & Gabi Cazan Special Project: "Life is Real"
  53. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2015-03-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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