|Born||July 29, 1974|
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
|Other names||The Warrior|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Fighting out of||Forest Lake, Minnesota|
|Team||Menne Combat Academy|
Minnesota Martial Arts Academy
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: October 17, 2012
David Jeremy Menne (born July 29, 1974) is a retired American mixed martial artist. He was the first ever UFC Middleweight Champion and has also competed for Cage Rage, Bellator, Shooto, and RINGS.
Menne was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in Forest Lake, Minnesota, attending Forest Lake Area High School where he excelled in wrestling. Menne continued wrestling at the collegiate level and found Muay Thai while in Santa Fe, New Mexico before returning to Minnesota to train at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy in submission grappling.
Mixed martial arts career
Menne made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 1997 and compiled a record of 23-5-1 with notable wins over Dennis Hallman, Jutaro Nakao, Chris Lytle, and also fought to a draw against Shonie Carter. After Menne lost to Kiyoshi Tamura at the 1999 Rings: King of Kings tournament, he signed with the UFC.
Menne made his UFC debut at UFC 24 against Fabiano Iha on March 10, 2000 and won via decision. In his next fight, outside of the UFC, he defeated Jose Landi-Jons via majority decision to become the World Extreme Fighting Cruiserweight Superfight Champion. Menne then re-signed with the RINGS organization in Japan.
Menne made his RINGS debut against Ryuki Ueyama and fought to a draw. He fought again at an event in Hawaii, a decision loss, before winning his next two fights for the organization against Wataru Sakata and Roberto Travern, respectively. On February 8, 2001 Menne competed in the Shidokan Jitsu - Warriors 1 Tournament and defeated future UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Newton in the opening round, before later going on to win the tournament. In his last appearance for RINGS, Menne was defeated by Hiromitsu Kanehara via TKO.
Return to UFC
Menne returned to the UFC at UFC 33 to face Gil Castillo for the first UFC Middleweight Championship and won via unanimous decision. In his first title defense at UFC 35, Menne was defeated by Murilo Bustamante via TKO. In his next fight for the UFC, Menne faced Phil Baroni at UFC 39 and was knocked out in only 18 seconds.
After UFC 39, Menne went 9-4 in his next 13 fights before returning to the UFC at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 on June 28, 2006 against Josh Koscheck and lost via unanimous decision. Menne then fought at UFC Fight Night 7 on December 13, 2006 against Luigi Fioravanti and lost via TKO.
Two years after his last UFC appearance, Menne picked up a win before being signed by Bellator Fighting Championships. He made his debut for the organization at Bellator IV against Norman Paraisy in the quarterfinals of the Bellator Season One Welterweight Tournament on April 17, 2009. Though the underdog coming into the fight, Menne won via third round submission. Less than a month later, Menne faced Omar de la Cruz at Bellator 7 on May 15, 2009. Menne lost via TKO. He left the organization in late 2009.
In his first fight since being released from Bellator, Menne fought and defeated Adrian Miles at XKL Evolution 2 on April 24, 2010. He then defeated Eric Davila via guillotine choke at UWF 1 on November 26, 2011. Menne's most recent fight is a rematch with mixed martial arts legend Murilo Bustamante, the man he lost his UFC Championship to. He lost by unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Middleweight Championship (One time, First)
- HOOKnSHOOT Lightweight Tournament Champion
- HOOKnSHOOT Lightweight Championship (One time, First)
- World Extreme Fighting
- WEF Cruiserweight Superfight Championship
- Shidokan Jitsu Warriors War 1
- Tournament Winner
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|64 matches||45 wins||17 losses|
|Loss||45–17–2||Murilo Bustamante||Decision (unanimous)||Amazon Forest Combat 2||March 31, 2012||3||5:00||Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil|
|Win||45–16–2||Eric Davila||Submission (guillotine choke)||UWF 1 - Huerta vs. War Machine||November 26, 2011||1||1:35||Pharr, Texas, United States|
|Win||44–16–2||Adrian Miles||Decision (unanimous)||XKL Evolution 2||April 24, 2010||3||5:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||43–16–2||Omar de la Cruz||TKO (punches)||Bellator 7||May 15, 2009||1||3:19||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Welterweight Semifinal Tournament Bout|
|Win||43–15–2||Norman Paraisy||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator IV||April 17, 2009||3||2:39||Norman, Oklahoma, United States||Welterweight Quarterfinal Tournament Bout|
|Win||42–15–2||Travis McCollough||TKO (punches)||Brutaal – Fight Club||May 2, 2008||1||2:34||Maplewood, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||41–15–2||Luigi Fioravanti||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs. Riggs||December 13, 2006||1||4:44||San Diego, California, United States|
|Loss||41–14–2||Josh Koscheck||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 5||June 28, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||41–13–2||Alex Reid||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Rage 16||April 22, 2006||3||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||40–13–2||Jake Shields||Decision (unanimous)||Rumble on the Rock 8||January 20, 2006||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Welterweight Tournament Opening Round|
|Loss||40–12–2||Ed Herman||TKO (corner stoppage)||EC 63 – Extreme Challenge 63||July 23, 2005||1||5:00||Hayward, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||40–11–2||Jerry Spiegel||Submission (guillotine choke)||EC 62 – Extreme Challenge 62||June 18, 2005||1||3:17||Medina, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||39–11–2||Trevor Garrett||Decision (split)||EC 60 – Extreme Challenge 60||November 12, 2004||3||5:00||Medina, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||38–11–2||Eddie Sanchez||Submission (rear naked choke)||EC 59 – Extreme Challenge 59||September 24, 2004||1||0:53||Medina, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||37–11–2||Todd Carney||Decision (unanimous)||EC 58 – Extreme Challenge 58||June 11, 2004||3||5:00||Medina, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||36–11–2||Leo Sylvest||Submission (toe hold)||EC 56 – Extreme Challenge 56||March 26, 2004||1||2:06||Medina, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||35–11–2||Falaniko Vitale||Decision (unanimous)||SB 33 – SuperBrawl 33||February 7, 2004||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||35–10–2||Sam Cleveland||TKO (punches)||EC – Best of the Best 2 – Day Event||August 2, 2003||1||N/A||Anoka, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||34–10–2||Hayato Sakurai||TKO (cut)||Deep - 10th Impact||June 25, 2003||2||2:02||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||34–9–2||Dennis Reed||TKO||EC – Extreme Combat||June 14, 2003||1||N/A||Ramsey, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||33–9–2||Todd Carney||Submission (guillotine choke)||ICC 2 – Rebellion||April 18, 2003||1||1:05||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||32–9–2||Phil Baroni||KO (strikes)||UFC 39||September 27, 2002||1||0:18||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||32–8–2||Robert Ferguson||TKO (retirement)||UAGF 2 – Ultimate Cage Fighting 2||July 30, 2002||2||5:00||Hollywood, California, United States|
|Loss||31–8–2||Murilo Bustamante||TKO (punches)||UFC 35||January 11, 2002||2||0:44||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Lost UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||31–7–2||Gil Castillo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 33||September 28, 2001||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won the inaugural UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Loss||30–7–2||Hiromitsu Kanehara||TKO (punches)||Rings: King of Kings 2000 Final||February 24, 2001||3||3:24||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||30–6–2||Karimula Barkalaev||Decision (unanimous)||Shidokan Jitsu – Warriors War 1||February 8, 2001||1||10:00||Kuwait||Won Shidokan Jitsu Warriors War 1 Tournament|
|Win||29–6–2||Shamir Maromegob||Decision (unanimous)||Shidokan Jitsu – Warriors War 1||February 8, 2001||1||10:00||Kuwait|
|Win||28–6–2||Carlos Newton||Decision (unanimous)||Shidokan Jitsu – Warriors War 1||February 8, 2001||1||10:00||Kuwait|
|Win||27–6–2||Roberto Traven||Decision (unanimous)||Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block A||October 9, 2000||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||26–6–2||Wataru Sakata||Decision (unanimous)||Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block A||October 9, 2000||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||25–6–2||Chris Munsen||Decision||Rings USA: Rising Stars Block B||July 22, 2000||2||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Draw||25–5–2||Ryuki Ueyama||Draw||Rings: Millennium Combine 2||June 15, 2000||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||25–5–1||Jose Landi-Jons||Decision (majority)||WEF 9 – World Class||May 13, 2000||3||5:00||Evansville, Indiana, United States||Won WEF Cruiserweight Superfight Championship|
|Win||24–5–1||Fabiano Iha||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 24||March 10, 2000||3||5:00||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||23–5–1||Kiyoshi Tamura||Decision (unanimous)||Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block B||December 22, 1999||2||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||23–4–1||Laverne Clark||Submission (guillotine choke)||EC 29 – Extreme Challenge 29||November 13, 1999||2||3:18||Hayward, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||22–4–1||Chris Lytle||Decision (unanimous)||EC 29 – Extreme Challenge 29||November 13, 1999||2||5:00||Hayward, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||21–4–1||Jutaro Nakao||Decision (unanimous)||SB 13 – SuperBrawl 13||September 7, 1999||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||20–4–1||Mark Walker||Submission (rear naked choke)||UW – Ultimate Wrestling||August 13, 1999||1||1:15||Bloomington, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||19–4–1||Joe Geromiller||Submission (kneebar)||SFC – Submission Fighting Championships 7||July 4, 1999||1||3:10||Carbondale, Illinois, United States|
|Win||18–4–1||CJ Fernandes||Submission (armbar)||Dangerzone – Mahnomen||June 19, 1999||1||0:58||Mahnomen, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||17–4–1||Jesse Jones||Decision (unanimous)||EC 25 – Extreme Challenge 25||June 11, 1999||1||20:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||16–4–1||Brent Medley||TKO (guillotine choke)||EC 25 – Extreme Challenge 25||June 11, 1999||1||0:21||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||15–4–1||Dennis Hallman||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto - 10th Anniversary Event||May 29, 1999||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||14–4–1||Jim Czajkowski||Submission (kneebar)||SFC – Submission Fighting Championships 6||April 30, 1999||1||0:00||O'Fallon, Illinois, United States|
|Win||13–4–1||Mike McClure||Submission (punches)||EC 23 – Extreme Challenge 23||April 2, 1999||1||4:47||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||12–4–1||Ken Parham||Decision (unanimous)||EC 23 – Extreme Challenge 23||April 2, 1999||1||15:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||11–4–1||Vernon Yates||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Gladiators 2 – Gladiators 2||March 18, 1999||1||0:18||Sioux City, Iowa, United States|
|Win||10–4–1||Brett Jones||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Gladiators 2 – Gladiators 2||March 18, 1999||1||0:14||Sioux City, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||9–4–1||Matt Hughes||Decision (unanimous)||EC 21 – Extreme Challenge 21||October 17, 1998||1||15:00||Hayward, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||9–3–1||Adam Johnson||TKO (guillotine choke)||EC 21 – Extreme Challenge 21||October 17, 1998||1||0:51||Hayward, Wisconsin, United States|
|Draw||8–3–1||Shonie Carter||Draw||EC 20 – Extreme Challenge 20||August 22, 1998||1||20:00||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||8–3||Phil Johns||Decision||EC 19 – Extreme Challenge 19||June 20, 1998||1||15:00||Hayward, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||7–3||Andy Sanders||Decision||EC 19 – Extreme Challenge 19||June 20, 1998||1||15:00||Hayward, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||6–3||Henry Matamoros||Decision||WVT – Wisconsin Vale Tudo||May 30, 1998||1||10:00||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Adrian Serrano||Decision (split)||WVT – Wisconsin Vale Tudo||April 4, 1998||1||12:00||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Jesse Jones||Submission (armbar)||EC 15 – Extreme Challenge 15||February 27, 1998||1||5:45||Muncie, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Shonie Carter||Decision||EC 5 – Extreme Challenge 5||April 18, 1997||1||15:00||Waterloo, Iowa, United States|
|Win||5–0||Laverne Clark||Submission (triangle choke)||EC 5 – Extreme Challenge 5||April 18, 1997||1||5:51||Waterloo, Iowa, United States|
|Win||4–0||Tim Wills||Submission (bad position)||HOOKnSHOOT – Absolute Fighting Championship 1||April 5, 1997||1||1:06||Evansville, Indiana, United States||Became First HOOKnSHOOT Lightweight Champion|
|Win||3–0||Sean Coultas||TKO (towel thrown from armbar)||HOOKnSHOOT – Lightweight Championship||April 4, 1997||1||3:29||Evansville, Indiana, United States||Won HOOKnSHOOT Lightweight Tournament|
|Win||2–0||Adam Fisher||Submission (rear naked choke)||HOOKnSHOOT – Lightweight Championship||April 4, 1997||1||3:39||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||1–0||Duane Bressinger||Submission (armbar)||HOOKnSHOOT – Lightweight Championship||April 4, 1997||1||2:37||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
-  Archived May 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- "Dave Menne". UFC.
- "Former UFC Champ Dave Menne set to make Bellator debut". mma.lohudblogs.com. April 17, 2009.
- "Dave Menne vs. Norman Paraisy". Tapology.com. April 17, 2009.
- "4/24 MMA "XKL Evolution II" in Minneapolis: The Full Lineup for Tonight's Show". prowrestling.net. April 24, 2010.
- "MMA News: XKL "Evolution II" results". prowrestling.net. April 25, 2010.
- "UWF I Official Results". mixedmartialarts.com. November 26, 2011.
- "Amazon Forest Combat (AFC) 2 results: Murilo Bustamante earns decision, Patrick Cote scores knockout". mmamania.com. April 1, 2012.
|New championship|| 1st UFC Middleweight Champion
September 28, 2001 – January 11, 2002