Dewey Cooper

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Dewey Cooper
Born (1974-11-10) November 10, 1974 (age 46)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Other namesBlack Kobra
NationalityUnited States American
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight100 kg (220 lb; 16 st)
StyleKickboxing, Muay Thai
Fighting out ofLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
TeamOne Kick's Gym
TrainerNick "One Kick" Blomgren
Years active1994–present
Professional boxing record
By knockout11
Kickboxing record
By knockout28
By knockout0
Mixed martial arts record
Other information
Notable studentsJohn Alessio
Kevin Lee
Jessica Rakoczy
Beibut Shumenov
Francis Ngannou
last updated on: May 29, 2014

Dewey Cooper (born November 10, 1974) is an American kickboxer and boxer who competes in the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. After becoming a two-time world champion in 2000 by taking the WKC heavyweight and WKF cruiserweight titles, he would go on to become a regular competitor in the K-1 promotion's US events. He came close to winning the K-1 Grand Prix Tournament when he defeated Nobu Hayashi and Samoan power puncher Mighty Mo, but lost out to Michael McDonald in the final of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Las Vegas I all in the same night


Born in Los Angeles, California, Cooper started practicing Muay Thai as a youngster[1] and began training under Nick "One Kick" Blomgren at One Kick's Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1994.[2]

After making a name for himself on the American circuit by racking up a record of 15-2 (10 KOs), winning the USMTF and UKC national titles in the process, his services were recruited by K-1, the world's premier kickboxing organization. Debuting on January 22, 1999 at K-1 The Challenge '99 in Tokyo, Japan, Cooper was knocked out in the second round by Tsuyoshi Nakasako. Despite this setback, he went on to have a break-out year in 2000 when he won the WKC World Heavyweight Championship and WKF World Cruiserweight Championship.[3] He also faced the legendary and recently un-retired Don "The Dragon" Wilson for the ISKA North American Cruiserweight (-88.2 kg/194.4 lb) Full Contact Championship at the MGM Grand Las Vegas on March 17, 2000, losing out via majority decision after ten rounds.[4]

Returning to K-1 at the K-1 USA Championships 2000 on August 5, 2000, Cooper dropped a razor-thin split decision to Giuseppe De Natale after two extension rounds.[5] 2001 fared better for Cooper, as he defeated Arne Soldwedel by unanimous decision at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Preliminary USA in May and Mark Miller by technical knockout at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Las Vegas in August.[6] These wins earned him a place among North America's eight best heavyweights in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Preliminary USA tournament held on May 3, 2002 in Las Vegas. Cooper was drawn against Jean-Claude Leuyer at the quarter-final stage and floored the four-time world champion in the third round en route to a unanimous decision. In the semi-finals, he came up against one of the United States' most accomplished kickboxers in Rick Roufus. Roufus attacked Cooper's lead leg, which was already battered from the Leuyer fight, with low kicks from the first bell, taking away his mobility and offence. Roufus took the judges decision after three rounds.[7][8][9]

Cooper was invited back to the Las Vegas Grand Prix the following year, going up against Japanese representative Yusuke Fujimoto in the opening round of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Las Vegas on May 2, 2003. He dropped Fujimoto with a left hook in the first round, but took a beating from his opponent's kicks in rounds two and three and lost via unanimous decision and was eliminated from the tournament.[10] In his next outing in the promotion, Cooper went up against the reigning K-1 Las Vegas champion Carter Williams in a non-tournament match at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Las Vegas II on August 15, 2003. Cooper fought well, constantly moving while scoring on the larger Williams, who landed the harder shots. The crowd voiced its disapproval when Williams was announced as the winner on the judges' scorecards (30–27, 30–28, and 29.5–29).[11]

Following a unanimous decision loss at the hands of Vitali Akhramenko at K-1 Final Fight Stars War in Zagreb on October 31, 2003,[12][13] he competed in his third K-1 tournament, the K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Las Vegas I, on April 30, 2004. He was able to beat Seido karate stylist Nobu Hayashi by unanimous decision in the quarter-finals by staying the more active of the two. Then, in the semis, he became the first man to defeat Samoan knockout artist Mighty Mo. Despite giving up 37 kg/82 lb in weight to his opponent, Cooper used superior ring skills and took a unanimous decision (30–28.5, 29.5–29, and 29.5–29) after three rounds. He would then go up against Michael McDonald, a two-time K-1 USA tournament winner, in the final. McDonald outpointed Cooper on all three judges' scorecards (29–28, 30–28, and 30–27.5) to win his third North American Grand Prix.[14]

Despite coming so close to claiming a K-1 tournament title, Cooper would not win another bout in the promotion. A split decision loss to Trinidadian brawler Gary Goodridge on August 7, 2004 at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Las Vegas II was followed up with two consecutive quarter-final defeats in the next two tournaments he entered; Kyokushin fighter Glaube Feitosa beat him at the April 30, 2005 K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Las Vegas and Scott Lighty outpointed him at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Las Vegas a year later. In what would be his last K-1 bout for six years, Cooper dropped a unanimous decision to Ruslan Karaev at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Las Vegas II on August 5, 2006.

2006 saw Cooper return to his career in professional boxing, in which he had notched up an undefeated record between 2001 and 2004. Despite tasting defeat in 2007 at the hands of Mike Alderete, who he would later defeat in a rematch, Cooper's boxing career culminated in a duo of fights with Arthur Williams for the WBC United States Cruiserweight (-90.7 kg/200 lb) Championship. In his first fight with Williams, which took place in Lemoore, California on October 23, 2008, the match was stopped in the fifth of a scheduled ten rounds due to an accidental headbutt which caused a large gash on Williams’ forehead and Williams was named the winner on a technical decision.[15] In their rematch on February 6, 2009 in the same city, Williams again walked away with the victory, a unanimous decision after the full ten rounds.

On July 17, 2009, Cooper competed at Kung Fu King 2009, an eight-man sanshou tournament in Guangzhou, China featuring such notables as Kaoklai Kaennorsing, Steve McKinnon and Muslim Salikhov. He was eliminated at the quarter-final stage after losing a decision to Yu Jin.

He made a return to K-1 in 2012 at thirty-seven years of age,[16] headlining the card at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 in Los Angeles on September 8, 2012 against promotional newcomer Randy Blake with a place at the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix at stake.[17][18] Despite outweighing his opponent for the first time in his K-1 career, Cooper was unable to defeat the younger Blake and lost via unanimous decision after three rounds.[19][20][21]

Cooper was initially set to fight Fred Sikking for the vacant WPMF World Heavyweight (-95.454 kg/210.4 lb) Championship at Muaythai Superfight in Pattaya, Thailand on May 13, 2013.[22][23] The event was pushed back to June 14, 2013, however,[24][25] and he lost by unanimous decision.[26][27]

Cooper fought to a draw in a clinch-heavy affair with Peter Aerts at GFC Series 1 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on May 29, 2014.[28][29]

Also a trainer, Cooper's students include Daniel Strauss, Sanjar Rakhmanov, Roy Nelson, John Alessio,[30] Kevin Lee,[31] Jessica Rakoczy, Jessie Vargas,[32] Beibut Shumenov,[33] Francis Ngannou,[34] Makhmud Muradov.[35]

Championships and awards[edit]


  • K-1
  • United States Muay Thai Federation
    • USMTF United States Championship
  • Universal Kickboxing Council
    • UKC United States Championship
  • World Kickboxing Council
    • WKC World Heavyweight Championship
  • World Kickboxing Federation
    • WKF World Cruiserweight Championship
  • Inducted in 2008 Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • United States Muay Thai Association, Official Member 2016 Certified Arjarn (Master) Instructor Certificate Award. Registered Member USMTA 01990010170592US

Boxing record[edit]

Boxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)[edit]

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Mixed martial arts record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Dewey Cooper promises to be the dopest Black Cobra ever". Archived from the original on 2012-08-14. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  2. ^ Dewey Cooper Ready to Win it All in K-1 Rising’s Heavyweight US Grand Prix
  3. ^ K-1 announces lineup for Sept 8 in Los Angeles
  4. ^ Don "The Dragon" Wilson Mini Biography
  5. ^ Giuseppe "The Godfather" DeNatale defeats Dewey Cooper on K-1 USA undercard
  6. ^ Leko Victorious at K-1 World Grand Prix Semifinals
  7. ^ K-1 North American Elimination Tournament
  8. ^ Canada's Mike McDonald Claims K-1 North America Crown
  9. ^ "K-1 USA Quarterfinals". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  10. ^ There's A New BEAST! Former IKF USA National Champion Carter Williams Wins K-1 USA!
  11. ^ Bob Sapp confronts Mike Tyson at K-1 event
  12. ^ Heavyweights To SUPER Heavyweights! Where Are The WORLD CHAMPIONS?
  13. ^ "K-1 Zagreb report". Archived from the original on 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  14. ^ K-1 Las Vegas Grand Prix 2004 run-down
  15. ^ "Williams-Cooper rematch". Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  16. ^ K-1 announces lineup for Sept 8 in Los Angeles
  17. ^ K-1 releases fight card for September 8th Los Angeles event
  18. ^ Cooper vs. Blake Announced as Main Event of K1 US Grand Prix
  19. ^ K-1 U.S. Grand Prix in Los Angeles – results
  20. ^ K-1 US Grand Prix live results
  21. ^ Results and Recap: K-1 Los Angeles Heavyweight GP
  22. ^ American Chike Lindsay Set to Take on Saiyok Pumpanmuang in One of the Most Unusual Cards This Year
  23. ^ Riddick Bowe set to make Muay Thai debut on stacked card featuring Simon Marcus, Chike Lindsay, Saiyok, Kaoklai, and more Archived March 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ Riddick Bowe's Muay Thai debut no longer happening, entire event canceled Archived 2013-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ Muaythai Superfight featuring Riddick Bowe's Muay Thai debut not canceled, rescheduled for June 14th Archived 2013-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Riddick Bowe Brutalized in Muay Thai Debut
  27. ^ Muaythai Superfight Results: Bowe TKO'd, Marcus remains undefeated Archived 2013-06-18 at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ Badr Hari Wins Big in Dubai, Aerts and Cooper Draw Archived 2016-03-15 at the Wayback Machine
  29. ^ "Global FC 3 live results". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  30. ^ John Alessio talks upcoming fight with David Rickels, working w/ Dewey Cooper, more
  31. ^ Kevin Lee: The Good Son
  32. ^ [1]
  33. ^ Dewey Cooper says not to underestimate Jessica Rakoczy’s world championship pedigree
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  35. ^ "Rising MMA star Makhmud Muradov talks with Dewey Cooper about his move to the Mayweather Boxing Club", The Mayweather Channel, USA, 2018/01/16. Retrieved on 28 September 2019.