David Douglas (fighter)

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David Douglas
David Douglas.jpg
David Douglas in 2009, at the weigh-in for the Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg event.
Born (1982-08-16) August 16, 1982 (age 35)
Antioch, California
Other names Tarzan
Residence Antioch, California
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Lightweight (formerly)
Reach 74 in (190 cm)
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Antioch, California
Team Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy
Teacher(s) Cesar Gracie
Years active 2004-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 9
By knockout 8
By submission 1
Losses 7
By knockout 5
By submission 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

David Douglas is an American professional mixed martial artist.[1] Douglas is currently signed with Bellator MMA in the Welterweight division, and was formerly signed with Strikeforce, but has also competed for EliteXC and other independent organizations.


Douglas was born and raised in the heart of a rough neighborhood in Antioch, California, along with his twin brother Damion, by their parents who worked for steel mills. The Douglas brothers got into many fights while growing up, beating up schoolyard bullies that were bigger and older than themselves. Both of them began learning the martial arts from a young age and were taught at home by their father, Danny, who was a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. [2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Following two wins via TKO in 2004, Douglas made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2005 against veteran Jeff Curran. He has fought for EliteXC, the IFC and the Cage Combat Fighting Championships. He has defeated the likes of Chute Boxe Academy prospect Marlon Mathias and Muay Thai superstar Malaipet during his undefeated streak in EliteXC.


Douglas made his debut for Strikeforce in August 2009 on the preliminary card of Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, losing to Justin Wilcox via submission.

He returned to the organization in 2010 on their ShoMMA Strikeforce Challengers series. He defeated Dominic Clark via TKO in October 2010 and Nick Gonzalez via submission in February 2011.

He next fought Caros Fodor at Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Damm and lost in the third round by TKO.

Personal life[edit]

David got his nickname "Tarzan" from Cesar Gracie while training together, due to his long hair and lanky build. David's twin brother, Damion Douglas, is also a mixed martial artist who competed for Strikeforce. David has two children, while Damion has three.[3]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–7 Chris Hofmann TKO (punches) Universal Reality Combat Championship 29 January 7, 2017 1 N/A San Francisco, California, United States
Win 9–6 DeMarco Villalona TKO (punches) Dragon House 22 February 6, 2016 1 1:00 San Francisco, California, United States
Loss 8–6 Ray Cooper III TKO (punches) Star Elite Cage Fighting August 7, 2015 1 0:27 Waipahu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 8–5 Ousmane Thomas Diagne KO (punch) Red Canvas: Art of Submission 3 October 27, 2012 1 3:03 Stockton, California, United States
Loss 8–4 Felipe Olivieri TKO (knee and punches) Wreck MMA: Road to Glory April 20, 2012 1 2:54 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Loss 8–3 Caros Fodor TKO (strikes) Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Damm April 1, 2011 3 2:12 Stockton, California, United States
Win 8–2 Nick Gonzalez Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Beerbohm vs. Healy February 18, 2011 1 1:05 Cedar Park, Texas, United States
Win 7–2 Dominic Clark TKO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker October 22, 2010 2 2:33 Fresno, California, United States
Loss 6–2 Justin Wilcox Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg August 15, 2009 3 3:16 San Jose, California, United States
Win 6–1 Malaipet TKO (punches) ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series September 26, 2008 3 2:51 Santa Ynez, California, United States
Win 5–1 William Jacobson TKO (corner stoppage) ShoXC: Hamman vs. Suganuma II August 15, 2008 1 1:12 Friant, California, United States
Win 4–1 Marlon Mathias TKO (punches) EliteXC: Unfinished Business July 26, 2008 1 0:12 Stockton, California, United States
Win 3–1 Yusuke Ikenishi TKO (doctor stoppage) CCFC: Total Elimination May 12, 2007 3 N/A Santa Rosa, California, United States
Loss 2–1 Jeff Curran Submission (rear-naked choke) IFC: Eve Of Destruction March 5, 2005 1 1:39 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 2–0 Joe Martin TKO (corner stoppage) IFC: Night of the Warriors 5 September 25, 2004 1 0:46 Susanville, California, United States
Win 1–0 Richard Savala TKO (punches) IFC: Night of the Warriors 5 September 25, 2004 1 0:08 Susanville, California, United States


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