Derrick Mehmen

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Derrick Mehmen
Born Derrick Mehmen
(1985-05-30) May 30, 1985 (age 30)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Other names Caveman
Residence Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 237 lb (108 kg; 16 st 13 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight (205 lb)
Heavyweight (265 lb)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Team Hard Drive Mixed Martial Arts, American Top Team
Years active 2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 19
By knockout 11
By submission 2
By decision 6
Losses 7
By knockout 2
By submission 2
By decision 3
University Ellsworth Community College, University of Iowa
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Derrick Mehmen (born May 30, 1985) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Heavyweight division for the World Series of Fighting. A professional competitor since 2006, Mehmen has also made appearances in Strikeforce, Bellator.[1]


Mehmen was a two-time conference high school wrestling champion for Denver High School in his hometown of Denver, Iowa, placing fourth in the state meet as a junior. He later became an NJCAA All-American at Ellsworth Community College, placing fifth in the 2007 national meet before transferring to the University of Iowa, where he continued to compete in collegiate wrestling after originally signing a letter of intent to compete for South Dakota State University. Mehmen majored in communication studies.[1][2][3][4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Mehmen made his Bellator debut against David Branch and lost via submission in the second round.


Mehmen made his Strikeforce debut against Roy Jones and won via unanimous decision. He next fought Gian Villante at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier and lost via unanimous decision.

World Series of Fighting[edit]

On June 17, 2013 it was announced that Mehmen signed a contract with World Series of Fighting where Mehmen has competed as a Heavyweight.[5]

Mehmen fought Rolles Gracie Jr. in a Heavyweight bout on September 14, 2013 at World Series of Fighting 5: Arlovski vs. Kyle [6] Mehmen won the bout with a one punch knockout in the second round.

Mehmen fought against Scott Barrett at World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock on January 18, 2014.[7] Mehmen won the bout via unanimous decision.

Mehmen faced Dave Huckaba at World Series of Fighting 10: Branch vs. Taylor on June 21, 2014.[8] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Mehmen faced Smealinho Rama for the inaugural WSOF Heavyweight Championship at World Series of Fighting 14: Ford vs. Shields on October 11, 2014.[9] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Mehmen challenged Blagoy Ivanov for the WSOF Heavyweight Championship at World Series of Fighting 24: Fitch vs. Okami on October 17, 2015.[10] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

Personal life[edit]

Mehmen is married and has a daughter.[1]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–7 Blagoy Ivanov TKO (punches) WSOF 24 October 17, 2015 2 4:33 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States For the WSOF Heavyweight Championship
Win 19–6 Brett Rogers Decision (unanimous) Abu Dhabi Warriors 2 March 26, 2015 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 18–6 Smealinho Rama TKO (punches) WSOF 14 October 11, 2014 1 0:51 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada For the WSOF Heavyweight Championship.
Win 18–5 Dave Huckaba Decision (unanimous) WSOF 10 June 21, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–5 Scott Barrett Decision (unanimous) WSOF 8 January 18, 2014 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 16–5 Rolles Gracie, Jr. KO (punch) WSOF 5 September 14, 2013 2 2:40 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Heavyweight debut.
Win 15–5 Louis DeWerdt Decision (unanimous) Pinnacle Combat 13 May 3, 2013 3 5:00 Dubuque, Iowa, United States
Win 14–5 Patrick Harman Submission (rear-naked choke) Pinnacle Combat 11 November 30, 2012 1 4:20 Dubuque, Iowa, United States
Win 13–5 John Reed TKO (punches) Iowa Challenge 71 October 6, 2012 1 1:12 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Loss 12–5 Gian Villante Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier May 19, 2012 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 12–4 Rodney Wallace Decision (unanimous) WMMA 1: Fighting for a Better World March 31, 2012 3 5:00 El Paso, Texas, United States
Win 12–3 Roy Jones Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte August 12, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–3 Matt Thompson Decision (unanimous) Fight Time 4: MMA Heavyweight Explosion April 1, 2011 3 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Loss 10–3 Gareth Joseph Decision (split) World Extreme Fighting 45 January 22, 2011 3 5:00 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 10–2 Chase Waldon TKO (punches) Brutaal: Fight Night June 19, 2010 1 1:14 Red Wing, Minnesota, United States
Win 9–2 Demetrius Richards TKO (punches) The Cage Inc: Battle at the Border 5 May 15, 2010 1 4:09 Hankinson, North Dakota, United States
Loss 8–2 David Branch Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 15 April 22, 2010 2 0:26 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Catchweight of 190 lbs.
Win 8–1 Eric Poling TKO (punches) Soldiers of Fortune 1 November 7, 2009 1 2:50 Coralville, Iowa, United States
Win 7–1 Todd Monaghan TKO (punches) Mainstream MMA: Mehmen vs. Monaghan August 22, 2009 1 1:33 Dubuque, Iowa, United States
Win 6–1 Kyle Davis Submission (choke) Brutaal Fight Night: David and Goliath April 11, 2009 3 0:42 Ames, Iowa, United States
Win 5–1 Lamar Coleman TKO (punches) Brutaal Fight Night: March Badness March 6, 2009 1 2:00 Maplewood, Minnesota, United States
Loss 4–1 Mike Ciesnolevicz Submission (guillotine choke) Adrenaline MMA 2: Miletich vs. Denny December 11, 2008 1 1:46 Moline, Illinois, United States
Win 4–0 Karl Kelly TKO (punches) Mainstream MMA 10: Reloaded September 13, 2008 1 N/A Dubuque, Iowa, United States
Win 3–0 Rashad Brooks TKO (punches) Mainstream MMA 9: New Era April 5, 2008 1 N/A Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Win 2–0 Pete Staranko TKO (punches) Mainstream MMA 5: Heavy Duty February 10, 2007 1 N/A Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Win 1–0 Jeremy Norwood TKO (punches) Iowa Challenge 30 September 9, 2006 2 0:53 Waterloo, Iowa, United States


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