Dave Jansen

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Dave Jansen
Born David Hendrik Jansen
(1979-08-21) August 21, 1979 (age 38)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Other names The Fugitive
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 73.0 in (185 cm)
Fighting out of Portland, Oregon, United States
Team Rose City Fitness Center
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 20
By knockout 1
By submission 10
By decision 9
Losses 4
By decision 4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

David Hendrik Jansen (born August 21, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Lightweight division. A professional competitor since 2007, Jansen has also formerly competed for the WEC and M-1 Global.


Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Jansen competed in high school wrestling. Jansen won a state championship in 1997, and also finished third twice. Jansen received a full scholarship to continue wrestling at the University of Oregon but only spent two years in college, having become "burned out" with wrestling.[1] Jansen later joined Team Quest and transitioned into mixed martial arts.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Jansen held an undefeated amateur record of 6-0 before making his professional debut in September 2007, compiling a professional record of 12-0 with three appearances for the M-1 Global promotion before being signed by the WEC.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Jansen defeated Richard Crunkilton via unanimous decision in his WEC debut at WEC 43 on October 10, 2009.[3]

Jansen suffered his first professional loss against Kamal Shalorus on January 10, 2010 at WEC 46.[4]

Jansen next fought Ricardo Lamas on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50.[5] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

After his consecutive losses in the WEC, Jansen was released from the promotion.

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

Jansen made his Bellator debut at Bellator 39, defeating Scott McAfee by first-round submission.

Jansen next defeated Ashkan Morvari via rear-naked choke submisison in the second round at Bellator 57.

Jansen won his third straight Bellator fight when he defeated Jacob Kirwan via unanimous decision at Bellator 62.

Jansen faced Magomed Saadulaev in the quarterfinal round of the Bellator Lightweight Tournament on October 19, 2012 at Bellator LXXVII.[6] He won the fight via guillotine choke in the third round. He faced Ricardo Tirloni in the semifinals on November 16, 2012 at Bellator 81. Jansen won via split decision to advance to the finals of the Bellator Lightweight Tournament.

Jansen was expected to face Marcin Held for the Season Seven Tournament Final at Bellator 84 but Held was not allowed in the Horseshoe casino, in Hammond, Indiana where the event was being held since he was only 20 years old, and therefore the fight has been pushed to sometime during Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Eight.[7]

The bout with Held was rescheduled for March 7, 2013 at Bellator 92.[8] Jansen won the fight via unanimous decision to earn a Lightweight title shot.

Jansen was scheduled to face champion Michael Chandler for the title at Bellator 96 on June 19, 2013. However, on June 2, it was announced that Jansen had to pull out of the bout due to an injury.[9]

After a long layoff from the Bellator cage, Jansen returned against Rick Hawn on October 24, 2014 at Bellator 130.[10] He won via unanimous decision.

Jansen challenged Will Brooks for the Bellator Lightweight Championship on April 10, 2015 at Bellator 136.[11] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

A rematch with Marcin Held took place on May 20, 2016 at Bellator 155. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

After two straight losses, Jansen was released from the promotion.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Jansen's father died due to a car accident.[1]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–4 Marcin Held Decision (unanimous) Bellator 155 May 20, 2016 3 5:00 Boise, Idaho, United States
Loss 20–3 Will Brooks Decision (unanimous) Bellator 136 April 10, 2015 5 5:00 Irvine, California, United States For the Bellator Lightweight Championship
Win 20–2 Rick Hawn Decision (unanimous) Bellator 130 October 24, 2014 3 5:00 Mulvane, Kansas, United States
Win 19–2 Marcin Held Decision (unanimous) Bellator 93 March 21, 2013 3 5:00 Lewiston, Maine, United States Bellator Season Seven Lightweight Tournament Final.
Win 18–2 Ricardo Tirloni Decision (split) Bellator 81 November 16, 2012 3 5:00 Kingston, Rhode Island, United States Bellator Season Seven Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 17–2 Magomed Saadulaev Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 77 October 19, 2012 3 0:41 Reading, Pennsylvania, United States Bellator Season Seven Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 16–2 Jacob Kirwan Decision (unanimous) Bellator 62 March 23, 2012 3 5:00 Laredo, Texas, United States
Win 15–2 Ashkan Morvari Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 57 November 12, 2011 2 2:47 Rama, Ontario, Canada
Win 14–2 Scott McAfee Submission (d'arce choke) Bellator 39 April 2, 2011 1 4:58 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 13–2 Ricardo Lamas Decision (unanimous) WEC 50 August 18, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–1 Kamal Shalorus Decision (unanimous) WEC 46 January 10, 2010 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 13–0 Richard Crunkilton Decision (unanimous) WEC 43 October 10, 2009 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 12–0 Amirkhan Mazihov Submission (guillotine choke) M-1 Challenge 17: Korea July 4, 2009 1 0:22 Seoul, South Korea
Win 11–0 Yui Chul Nam Decision (unanimous) M-1 Challenge 14: Japan April 29, 2009 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–0 Flavio Alvaro Decision (unanimous) M-1 Challenge 12: USA February 21, 2009 2 5:00 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 9–0 Matt Lee Submission (anaconda choke) World Cagefighting Alliance: Pure Combat February 6, 2009 1 3:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 8–0 Corey Mahon Submission (rear-naked choke) District Combat Promotions: Battle at the Nation's Capital December 13, 2008 1 0:52 Washington, D.C., United States
Win 7–0 Sterling Ford Decision (unanimous) Sportfight 24: Domination September 19, 2008 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 6–0 Bobby Corpuz Submission (rear-naked choke) Elite Warriors Championships August 2, 2006 2 2:38 Salem, Oregon, United States
Win 5–0 Dennis Davis Decision (unanimous) Banner Promotions: Night of Combat June 20, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Tommy Truex TKO (punches) SportFight22: Re-Awakening April 18, 2008 1 1:38 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 3–0 Jeremy Burnnett Submission (anaconda choke) Sport Fight 21: Seasons Beatings December 22, 2007 1 0:41 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 2–0 Dennis Parks Submission (guillotine choke) SF 20: Homecoming October 27, 2007 1 N/A Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 1–0 Alejandro Alvarez Submission (anaconda choke) FCFF: Rumble at the Roseland 30 September 22, 2007 1 2:42 Portland, Oregon, United States


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