David Terrell (fighter)

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David Terrell
Born (1978-01-09) January 9, 1978 (age 42)
Sacramento, California, United States
Other namesThe Soul Assassin
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Reach75.0 in (191 cm)
Fighting out ofSanta Rosa, California, United States
TeamCesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, NorCal Fighting Alliance
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active1999-2006
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission4
By knockout1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

David Michael Terrell (born January 9, 1978) is a retired American professional mixed martial artist who competed in the UFC and Pancrase.


Terrell is from Sacramento, California and was introduced to combat sports through wrestling, and was an accomplished wrestler in high school. He officially began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu when he was 19 years old, being interested in the martial art after watching several UFC fights on television.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

UFC career[edit]

In his UFC debut, he scored a stunning knockout victory over top Middleweight Matt Lindland. The victory instantly thrust Terrell into title contention, as his next fight was against Evan Tanner for the vacant UFC Middleweight Championship title in February 2005. Despite locking Tanner in a tight guillotine choke, Terrell lost the hold and eventually lost the match by technical knockout in the first round.

Plagued by recurring injuries, Terrell's next fight did not come until UFC 59 in April 2006, where Terrell submitted his opponent, Scott Smith, with a rear naked choke in the first round. Controversy surrounds the victory as the referee told the fighters to break before Terrell took Smith down. Smith was appealing to the referee when Terrell was able to get Smith's back and apply a rear naked choke. Questionable officiating by referee Marco Lopez led Smith to file a complaint to the California State Athletic Commission. [1] At UFC 62 he was supposed to fight Yushin Okami but withdrew the bout due to a sinus infection. The fight with Okami was then rescheduled to UFC 66, but Terrell again pulled out of the fight citing an elbow injury suffered during training. [2]

Despite an early report which claimed that Terrell was planning to move to Light Heavyweight, [3] Terrell was scheduled to fight Ed Herman in a Middleweight contest at UFC 78 in November 2007. [4] However, he was dropped from the card due to injury. Canadian Joe Doerksen took his place against Herman.

On February 21, 2008 Terrell was released by the UFC.[1][2][3]


In early 2010 Terrell expressed his desire to continue fighting.[4][5]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
8 matches 6 wins 2 losses
By knockout 2 1
By submission 4 0
By decision 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 6–2 Scott Smith Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 59 April 15, 2006 1 3:08 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 5–2 Evan Tanner TKO (punches) UFC 51 February 5, 2005 1 4:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For UFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 5–1 Matt Lindland KO (punches) UFC 49 August 21, 2004 1 0:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–1 Osami Shibuya Submission (choke) Pancrase: Brave 3 March 24, 2004 1 3:04 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–1 Yuki Sasaki KO (punch) Pancrase: Hybrid 11 December 21, 2003 2 0:15 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–1 Marcos da Silva Submission (exhaustion) IFC WC 11: Warriors Challenge 11 January 13, 2001 1 7:02 Fresno, California, United States
Win 1–1 Joey Villaseñor Submission (armbar) IFC WC 9: Warriors Challenge 9 July 18, 2000 1 2:24 Friant, California, United States
Loss 0–1 Vernon White Decision (unanimous) IFC WC 4: Warriors Challenge 4 August 17, 1999 3 5:00 Jackson, California, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UFC Releases David Terrell". Retrieved October 30, 2010.
  2. ^ "David Terrell released by the UFC". Retrieved October 30, 2010.
  3. ^ "Dave Terrell Released from UFC Contract". Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
  4. ^ "Four Years After Last Fight, David Terrell Hopes for Comeback". Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  5. ^ "With stomach-churning ear infections under control, UFC vet David Terrell eying a return". Archived from the original on May 6, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2010.

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