Kalib Starnes

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Kalib Starnes
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Born Kalib Axel Starnes
(1975-01-06) January 6, 1975 (age 42)
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Other names The Running Man
Nationality Canada Canadian
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[1][2]
Weight 216.8 lb (98.3 kg; 15.49 st)[3]
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach 74 in (187 cm)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing, TKD, Judo, Aikido,
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Team Aegis Athletics
American Top Team
Revolution Martial Arts
Brazilian Top Team Canada,[4]
Rank      Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
     Brown Belt in Judo
     Red Belt in Taekwondo
     White Belt in Aikido
Years active 1998 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 28
Wins 16
By knockout 5
By submission 9
By decision 2
Losses 11
By knockout 4
By submission 2
By decision 5
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kalib Axel Starnes (pronounced ['kaɪlʌb 'æksʌl 'stɑhrnz]; born January 6, 1975) is a Canadian mixed martial artist. He was a semi-finalist on SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter, training under UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock. He holds notable victories over Chris Leben and Jason MacDonald. Starnes is currently under contract with World Series of Fighting, fighting in their light heavyweight division. He is currently ranked as the 2nd light heavyweight mixed martial artist in Canada.[5] Kalib is a native of Surrey, British Columbia and trains with Aegis Athletics in Surrey, BC.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Fighter Biography[edit]

Starnes got involved in the martial arts at an early age and began teaching when he was a teenager. He started training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at the Gracie Academy in 1994 in Torrance, California. He also trained in Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale from 2006 - 2008 at the famous American Top Team gym. His primary styles are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Greco-Roman Wrestling and Boxing, other styles include Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Aikido, Muay Thai and Shotokan and Wado-ryu Karate. He has studied under prominent trainers such as UFC champion Royce Gracie, Olympic boxing gold medalist Howard Davis, Jr., Canadian boxer Tony Pep, Olympic wrestler Colin Daynes, and professional mixed martial artist Kultar Gill. He received his Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black belt in 2010 from Fourth Degree BJJ Black Belt Professor Bob McRoberts.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Starnes fought early in the series, defeating Mike Stine by referee stoppage in the first round which immediately advanced him to the semi-finals. However, in the semifinals he lost to Kendall Grove in the third round via verbal submission due to a rib injury. Neither of these fights count towards his professional record, as they were considered exhibition matches by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Kalib made his professional debut on June 24, 2006 at the Finale of TUF 3, winning via rear naked choke over Danny Abbadi. For the UFC 64 event Starnes suffered a third-round TKO to Yushin Okami.[6]

At a National Fighting Challenge event, Starnes defeats fellow Canadian and at the time, highly regarded veteran middleweight Jason MacDonald by technical knockout in the first round. At UFC 71, he picks up another victory over The Ultimate Fighter 1 semifinalist Chris Leben by decision. At UFC 77, Starnes loses via TKO due to injury to Alan Belcher.

In his final UFC bout, he lost a unanimous decision to Nate Quarry at UFC 83 in Montreal Canada. Starnes was criticized by MMA pundits and fans for avoiding Quarry for the majority of the match, leading to a new nickname, "The Running Man." Many speculate that his poor performance in this fight was one of the main reasons he was released by the UFC.

Independent promotions[edit]

After fighting for the UFC, Starnes worked on improving his athleticism and conditioning to bolster his areas of expertise, which are Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling.[7]
Starnes took the first step back to reinvigorating his career when he defeated Chris Cisneros at the inaugural event for the Destiny MMA promotion on November 15, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
This was the Surrey native’s first bout since his decision loss to Nate Quarry at UFC 83 in April.[8]

Kalib went on to face Hector Lombard at Cage Fighting Championship 11 on 11 November 2009 in Sydney, Australia. Starnes was defeated by Hector Lombard by way of submission.

On March 6, 2010, Starnes fought in the main event against Marcus Hicks (not to be confused with former WEC Lightweight title contender Marcus Hicks) at the 2nd Aggression Fighting Championship show in Victoria, B.C., Canada. Starnes entered the ring to the children's song "Do you know the Muffin Man", a song picked by Starnes' daughter. The fight did not last long, Starnes dominated Hicks in the first round with a quick submission (rear naked choke) victory.[9]

Starnes faced Falaniko Vitale at X-1 World Events Champions 2 on March 20, 2010 for the X-1 middleweight championship. He lost the fight via ezekiel choke submission in the first round.[10]

Starnes faced and defeated former King of the Cage light heavyweight champion Nick ("The Juggernaut") Hinchliffe July 17, 2010 at Aggression Fighting Championship for the middle weight title. The fight started well for Hinchliffe who had Starnes on his back, but Starnes finished the fight with an arm-bar. [11]

Starnes lost a (unanimous) decision at his debut for Canadian promotion Ringside MMA taking on former UFC title contender Patrick Cote on April 9, 2011.

Kalib faced Rodrigo Carvalho in a 10-minute B.J.J. Super fight in Surrey, BC in early March the same year. He lost due to a gi choke by Carvalho.

In June 2011, Kalib Starnes announced his retirement.

On September 15, 2012 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, Kalib came out of retirement and fought Joe Doerksen. Doerksen defeated Starnes by a (unanimous) decision. The fight was considered fight of the night performance for Starnes.

After almost 8 months of no fighting, Starnes got back into the Aggression Fighting Championship cage on May 19, 2013. This time fighting David Perron. Starnes won the fight by TKO at 4:05 in the second round.[12] He announced afterwards in an interview that he'd like to possibly fight in the UFC one more time before retiring.[13]

On April 26, 2013, it was announced that Starnes would step up to Heavyweight and fight Tim Hague at Aggression Fighting Championship 19 in Edmonton, Alberta July 5, 2013.[14] Starnes, who has competed at middleweight throughout much of his career, moved up to heavyweight for the bout.

Starnes defeated fellow UFC vet Tim Hague by a 30-27 (unanimous) decision win on July 5, 2013.[15]

Starnes defeated Clay Davidson on August 9, 2013 at Five Star Fight League 8: Barefoot Beach Battle, by TKO at 1:21 of the first round in Penticton, BC

World Series of Fighting[edit]

In October 2013, Starnes signed with World Series of Fighting.

Kalib faced Dwayne Lewis on December 7, 2013 at World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle.[16] He won the fight via knockout due to an elbow in the second round.

Titan Fighting Championships[edit]

Kalib faced Dave Herman on 16 May 2014 at Titan FC 28. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Personal life[edit]

Kalib has a daughter named Sienna and a son named Emmanuel.[4]

Kalib lists Noam Chomsky and Bertrand Russell as strong personal influences.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Armageddon Fighting Championship
    • AFC Middleweight Champion (One time)
    • Fight of the Night (One time)
  • Destiny MMA
    • Destiny MMA Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–11–1 Tim Hague TKO (leg kick) XFFC 9: Conviction April 15, 2016 4 0:13 Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada Loss XFFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 17–10–1 Craig Hudson Submission (rear-naked choke) XFFC 7: Bad Blood October 9, 2015 2 4:31 Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada Won vacant XFFC Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 16–10–1 Rodney Wallace Decision (split) HKFC: Hard Knocks 44 June 26, 2015 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Loss 16–9–1 Dave Herman Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 28: Brilz vs. Davis May 16, 2014 3 5:00 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 16–8–1 Dwayne Lewis KO (elbow) WSOF 7 December 7, 2013 2 1:02 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada WSOF Debut.
Win 15–8–1 Clay Davidson TKO (punches) Fivestar Fight League 8: Barefoot Beach Battle August 9, 2013 1 1:21 Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Win 14–8–1 Tim Hague Decision (unanimous) AFC 19: Undisputed July 5, 2013 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Heavyweight bout.
Win 13–8–1 David Perron TKO (punches) AFC 18: Mayhem May 19, 2013 2 4:05 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 12–8–1 Joe Doerksen Decision (unanimous) AFC 11: Takeover September 15, 2012 3 5:00 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Fight of the Night.
Loss 12–7–1 John Salter KO (punches) AFC 6: Conviction June 18, 2011 2 4:13 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 12–6–1 Patrick Côté Decision (unanimous) Ringside 10: Cote vs. Starnes April 9, 2011 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 12–5–1 Matt MacGrath Submission (rear-naked choke) Wreck MMA – Strong and Proud January 28, 2011 2 3:14 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Win 11–5–1 Nick Hinchliffe Submission (armbar) AFC 3: Evolution July 17, 2010 1 3:49 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Won the AFC Middleweight Championship.
Loss 10–5–1 Falaniko Vitale Submission (ezekiel choke) X-1 - Champions 2 March 20, 2010 1 2:22 Hawaii, United States For the X-1 middleweight championship.
Win 10–4–1 Marcus Hicks Submission (rear-naked choke) AFC 2: Aftershock March 6, 2010 1 1:22 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 9–4–1 Hector Lombard Submission (punches) Cage Fighting Championships 11 November 20, 2009 1 1:55 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia For the CFC middleweight championship.
Win 9–3–1 Chris Cisneros Submission (armbar) Destiny MMA: Pier Fighter 1 November 15, 2008 2 4:47 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Won Destiny MMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 8–3–1 Nate Quarry Decision (unanimous) UFC 83 April 19, 2008 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 8–2–1 Alan Belcher TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 77 October 20, 2007 2 1:39 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 8–1–1 Chris Leben Decision (unanimous) UFC 71 May 26, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 7–1–1 Yushin Okami TKO (punches) UFC 64: Unstoppable October 14, 2006 3 1:40 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0–1 Danny Abbadi Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock Finale June 24, 2006 1 2:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States UFC Debut.
Win 6–0–1 Jason MacDonald TKO (punches) National Fighting Challenge 5 November 25, 2005 1 4:37 North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 5–0–1 Mike Yackulic Submission (punches) World Freestyle Fighting 9: Wild West September 17, 2005 1 2:21 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 4–0–1 Jason Zazelenchuk Submission (rear-naked choke) National Fighting Challenge 3 May 13, 2005 1 0:42 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 3–0–1 Gerry Elliot Submission (arm-triangle choke) World Freestyle Fighting 8: Dominance March 26, 2005 1 N/A Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 2–0–1 Ramin Astaseare TKO (punches) National Fighting Challenge 2 February 18, 2005 1 1:49 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 1–0–1 Wayne Atkinson Submission (rear-naked choke) Adrenaline Fighting Championships 1 July 24, 2003 1 2:22 Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Draw 0–0–1 Leonard Carter Draw Ultimate Warrior Challenge August 2, 1998 1 N/A Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Kendall Grove Verbal submission (rib injury) The Ultimate Fighter 3 3 0:30 Las Vegas, Nevada Semi-finals.
Win 1–0 Mike Stine KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter 3 1 2:09 Las Vegas, Nevada Elimination bout.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kalib Starnes stats". FightMagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  2. ^ "Kalib Starnes - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  3. ^ "Fivestar Fight League 8 Weigh In Results from Penticton, BC - News". mmacanada.net. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  4. ^ a b "UFC Fighter/TUF 3 cast member Kalib Starnes Joins ATT!". American Top Team. July 18, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  5. ^ "fightmatrix.com Source: Light Heavyweight (191-210 lbs) fighter ranks". fightmatrix.com. 2013-08-11. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  6. ^ "MMAjunkie.com Source: Chris Leben and Kalib Starnes to Fight in May". MMAjunkie.com. 2007-02-14. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Kalib Starnes: Could he find himself back in the UFC?". windsorstar.com. 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  8. ^ "MM-Eh: Bocek, Starnes Talk Victory; GSP-Silva Possible". SHERDOG.com. 2008-11-28. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  9. ^ "Top MMA News Recaps AFC 2". topmmanews.com. 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  10. ^ "Vitale Submits Starnes at 'Champions 2'". SHERDOG.com. 2010-03-21. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  11. ^ "AFC 3 results: Robert Drysdale MMA debut a success, Kalib Starnes wins a title". MMAMANIA.com. 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  12. ^ "AFC 18: Mayhem – Victoria – May 19". TopMMANews.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  13. ^ "Kalib Starnes Joins Top MMA Radio". TopMMANews.com. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  14. ^ "Tim Hague Returns to Face Kalib Starnes at AFC 19 July 5th in Edmonton". TopMMANews.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  15. ^ "AFC 19: Ford, Ronson Pick Up Titles, Starnes Defeats Fellow UFC Vet Hague". fcfighter.com. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  16. ^ "World Series of Fighting 7 – Vancouver – December 7". Retrieved 2013-10-11. 

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