October 15, 1979 |
San Francisco, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)|
|Division||Flyweight (125 lb)
Bantamweight (135 lb)
Featherweight (145 lb)
|Team||Faito Tamashii Combat Club|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Darren Uyenoyama (born October 15, 1979) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Bantamweight division. A professional competitor since 2002, Uyenoyama has formerly competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Strikeforce, DREAM, DEEP, and Shooto.
Uyenoyama was born and raised in San Francisco/South San Francisco area, and is a third-generation Japanese-American. Uyenoyama attended El Camino High School where he participated in wrestling, and then began training at Ralph Gracie's Brazilian jiu-jitsu academy. Uyenoyama had a successful career in BJJ, winning tournaments, and eventually transitioned his skills to mixed martial arts. 
Mixed martial arts career
Uyenoyama had his first mixed martial arts fight in 2002 against Rambaa Somdet, and although he did win his debut, he took a five-year hiatus before returning with another win.
Uyenoyama moved his Strikeforce record to 2-0 with another first-round submission win with a guillotine choke over Anthony Figueroa.
Uyenoyama's third and final Strikeforce appearance took place at Strikeforce: Destruction. Uyenoyama won via unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Uyenoyama signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2011.
Uyenoyama was expected to make his Flyweight debut at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012 against John Dodson. However, Uyenoyama was forced out of the bout and replaced by promotional newcomer Tim Elliott.
Uyenoyama was expected to face Louis Gaudinot on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. However, Gaudinot was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Phil Harris. Uyenoyama submitted Harris in the second round with a rear-naked choke.
Uyenoyama was expected to face John Moraga on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9. However, Moraga pulled out of the bout with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Alptekin Özkiliç. Uyenoyama lost the fight via split decision, and was subsequently released from the promotion shortly after.
Following his release from the UFC, Uyenoyama signed with Pacific Xtreme Combat in September 2014, and is expected to face Shane Alvarez at PXC 45 on October 24, 2014.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||10 wins||5 losses|
|Win||10–5||Kentaro Watanabe||Decision (split)||PXC: Pacific Xtreme Combat 47||March 13, 2015||3||5:00||Guam|
|Win||9–5||Shane Alvarez||TKO (punches)||PXC: Pacific Xtreme Combat 45||October 24, 2014||1||N/A||Mangilao, Guam|
|Loss||8–5||Alptekin Özkılıç||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2||December 14, 2013||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||8–4||Joseph Benavidez||TKO (body punch)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez||April 20, 2013||2||4:50||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||8–3||Phil Harris||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot||October 5, 2012||2||3:38||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States||Flyweight debut.|
|Win||7–3||Norifumi Yamamoto||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos||November 12, 2011||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||6–3||Shuichiro Katsumura||TKO (punches)||Shooto: The Way of Shooto 5: Like a Tiger, Like a Dragon||September 23, 2010||2||3:53||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||5–3||Tomoya Miyashita||Submission (guillotine choke)||Deep: 47 Impact||April 17, 2010||2||1:10||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–2||Brad Royster||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Destruction||November 8, 2008||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||4–2||Hideo Tokoro||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 4: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round||June 15, 2008||2||5:00||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||4–1||Anthony Figueroa||Submission (guillotine choke)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le||March 28, 2008||1||1:27||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||3–1||Andrew Valladerez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce: Young Guns II||February 1, 2008||1||0:59||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Rolando Velasco||Decision (unanimous)||CCFC: Undefeated||October 6, 2007||3||5:00||San Mateo, California, United States|
|Win||2–0||Will Nerbonne||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CCFC: Judgement Day||February 17, 2007||1||2:30||Santa Rosa, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Rambaa Somdet||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: 5th Impact||September 6, 2002||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
- "Tim Elliott replaces Darren Uyenoyama, meets John Dodson at UFC on FOX 3". mmajunkie.com. April 17, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
- "Yamamoto vs. Uyenoyama official for UFC on FOX 1". September 6, 2011.
- "Uyenoyama-Gaudinot added to UFC on FX 5". mmajunkie.com. August 1, 2012.
- "UFC confirms fights for UFC on FX 5, Uyenoyama vs. Harris now on tap". mmajunkie.com. August 22, 2012.
- Matt Molgaard (March 6, 2013). "Joseph Benavidez Will Return Against Darren Uyenoyama at UFC on FOX 7". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
- Luke Thomas (September 29, 2013). "Darren Uyenoyama vs. John Moraga set for UFC on FOX 9 fight card". mmafighting.com. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
- Dave Doyle. "Injury forces John Moraga out of UFC on FOX 9 bout with Darren Uyenoyama". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- Pacific Daily News. "Aguon and Dy will fight for bantamweight title at PXC 45". guampdn.com. Retrieved 2014-09-13.