January 2, 1980
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
In the past, Danzig was known for his association with R1 fight team (formerly RAW) and had been a student of Iowa wrestling standout Rico Chiapparelli and MMA fighter Frank Trigg. Since then he trained boxing extensively at both the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, California under Freddie Roach assistant Justin Fortune, and more recently under Gil Martinez in Las Vegas, Nevada. Danzig credits Martinez as his only current boxing coach.
While Danzig is known as an impressive grappler, having scored 12 of his victories by submission; he has proven himself to be an adept striker, most notably with his KO victory over Joe Stevenson and his TKO victory over former lightweight champion Takumi Nakayama.
After defeating Royce Gracie black belt Buddy Clinton on August 4, 2006, Danzig increased his winning streak to 12 in a row with a unanimous decision victory over Miletich fighter John Mahlow on September 29 in Calgary, Alberta Canada.
Danzig then lost his KOTC title to Clay French on January 19, 2007 by split decision.
The Ultimate Fighter
Mac was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 6, Danzig defeated Joe Scarola in a preliminary fight and later defeated John Kolosci to make it to the semifinals. He then defeated Kolosci (who had replaced an injured Matt Arroyo) again, and moved on to the finals where he submitted Tom Speer in the 1st round to become TUF Season 6 winner.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Danzig made his official UFC debut on December 8, 2007, where he won The Ultimate Fighter 6, defeating Tom Speer in the finals via rear naked choke at 2:01 of the first round. Before the fight, Danzig stated his intention to drop down in weight class to lightweight whether he won or lost, citing the size difference between himself and most of the other UFC welterweights.
On September 17, 2008, at UFC Fight Night, Danzig lost a unanimous decision to Clay Guida, who used his wrestling to control Danzig. Danzig gave Guida some problems on the feet in the first round displaying crisp striking skills. In the second and third rounds though, Danzig succumbed to Guida's wrestling offense, as his opponent controlled him for with takedowns and top control.
At UFC Fight Night 17 he lost via triangle choke to Josh Neer. Both Danzig and Neer received Fight of the Night honors. The loss dropped Danzig to 1–2 in his post-TUF career. The two fighters exchanged on the feet quite evenly in a back and forth fight, but Neer's active guard caused Danzig problems as he was caught in the fight ending submission after getting on top following a scramble in the second round.
Danzig was defeated by Matt Wiman via first round technical submission at UFC 115. The stoppage was considered controversial by many as Wiman had Danzig in a guillotine choke, and referee Yves Lavigne called a stoppage despite the fact that Danzig had not submitted and was still conscious.
Danzig then faced Joe Stevenson (season 2 Ultimate Fighter winner) on December 11, 2010, at UFC 124 and earned his first KO victory in the UFC at 1:54 of the first round. While moving backwards, Danzig landed a counter-left hook that sent Stevenson to the ground, and Danzig was subsequently awarded the Knockout of the Night bonus.
After his loss to Lauzon, Danzig announced his retirement from MMA fighting on March 4, 2014. This concludes his overall record of 5-8 with the UFC. Danzig stated he retired due to concussions and accumulated brain damage.
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- King of the Cage
- King of the Cage Lightweight World Championship (One Time)
- Four successful title defenses
- Extreme Challenge Trials
- 2001 Extreme Trials Eastern Regional Champion
- 2001 Extreme Trials National Champion
- Gladiator Challenge
- GC Lightweight World Championship (One Time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|34 matches||21 wins||12 losses|
|Loss||21–12–1||Joe Lauzon||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2||December 14, 2013||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||21–11–1||Melvin Guillard||KO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga||July 27, 2013||2||2:47||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Loss||21–10–1||Takanori Gomi||Decision (split)||UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le||November 10, 2012||3||5:00||Macau, SAR, China||Fight of the Night|
|Win||21–9–1||Efrain Escudero||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 145||April 21, 2012||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||20–9–1||Matt Wiman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson||October 1, 2011||3||5:00||Washington D.C., United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||20–8–1||Joe Stevenson||KO (punch)||UFC 124||December 11, 2010||1||1:54||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Knockout of the Night|
|Loss||19–8–1||Matt Wiman||Technical submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 115||June 12, 2010||1||1:45||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||19–7–1||Justin Buchholz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 109||February 6, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||18–7–1||Jim Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 100||July 11, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||18–6–1||Josh Neer||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens||February 7, 2009||2||3:36||Tampa, Florida, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||18–5–1||Clay Guida||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer||September 17, 2008||3||5:00||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||18–4–1||Mark Bocek||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 83||April 19, 2008||3||3:48||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Return to Lightweight|
|Win||17–4–1||Tom Speer||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs Team Serra Finale||December 8, 2007||1||2:01||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won The Ultimate Fighter 6 competition|
|Loss||16–4–1||Hayato Sakurai||KO (punch)||Pride 33||February 24, 2007||2||4:01||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||16–3–1||Clay French||Decision (split)||KOTC: Hard Knocks||January 19, 2007||3||5:00||Rockford, Illinois, United States||Lost KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||16–2–1||John Mahlow||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Detonator||September 29, 2006||3||5:00||Calgary, Alberta, Canada||Defended KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||15–2–1||Buddy Clinton||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Rapid Fire||August 4, 2006||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States||Defended KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||14–2–1||Orlando Sanchez||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Karnage||April 22, 2006||1||3:08||Calgary, Alberta, Canada||Defended KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||13–2–1||Jason Ireland||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Drop Zone||March 18, 2006||3||5:00||Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, United States||Defended KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||12–2–1||Takumi Nakayama||TKO (corner stoppage)||KOTC: Execution Day||October 29, 2005||3||2:45||Reno, Nevada, United States||Won KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||11–2–1||Frank Kirmse||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Shock and Awe||October 1, 2005||1||1:45||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||10–2–1||Nick Ertl||TKO (doctor stoppage)||GC 42: Summer Slam||September 10, 2005||1||4:14||Lakeport, California, United States|
|Win||9–2–1||Mike Valdez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC 54: Mucho Machismo||June 12, 2005||1||4:13||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||8–2–1||Luke Spencer||Submission (rear-naked choke)||IFC: Caged Combat||May 21, 2005||1||1:56||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||7–2–1||Max Marin||Submission (triangle choke)||IFC: Mayhem in Montana||April 30, 2005||1||3:39||Billings, Montana, United States|
|Win||6–2–1||Brandon Olsen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||IFC: Mayhem in Montana||April 30, 2005||2||2:12||Billings, Montana, United States|
|Win||5–2–1||Akbarh Arreola||TKO (punches)||RM 5: Road to the Championship||June 27, 2004||1||1:22||Tijuana, Mexico|
|Draw||4–2–1||Jason Von Flue||Draw||Gladiator Challenge 25||April 20, 2004||2||5:00||Porterville, California, United States|
|Loss||4–2||LaVerne Clark||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Challenge 54||October 12, 2003||3||3:00||Lakemoor, Illinois, United States|
|Win||4–1||Tripstin Kersiano||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Gladiator Challenge 14||February 16, 2003||2||1:49||Porterville, California, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Kurt Pellegrino||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 4||August 31, 2002||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||3–0||Brandon Bledsoe||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Gladiator Challenge 10||April 14, 2002||1||0:56||Colusa, California, United States|
|Win||2–0||Ray Totorico||Submission (omoplata)||Reality Combat Fighting 12||October 20, 2001||1||1:30||Houma, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||1–0||Cedric Stewart||Decision (split)||Extreme Challenge Trials||October 7, 2001||3||5:00||Decatur, Illinois, United States|
- Meltzer, Dave (August 27, 2007). "Participants in Ultimate Fighter season six are announced". Los Angeles Times.com.
- "UFC 109 prelims complete with Danzig vs. Buchholz". mmajunkie.com. December 8, 2009.
- "Escudero vs. Wiman new UFN 22 co-headliner". mmajunkie.com. August 18, 2010.
- "UFC 124 Results: Mac Danzig Face Plants Joe Stevenson". mmajunkie.com. 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- "Mac Danzig vs. Donald Cerrone grudge match slotted for UFC 131 in Vancouver". mmajunkie.com. March 14, 2011.
- "UFC on Versus 6: Matt Wiman vs Mac Danzig rematch set for October event". mmamania.com. July 16, 2011.
- "UFC 145; seven bouts shift to Atlanta". mmajunkie.com. January 20, 2012.
- "Mac Danzig: I'm fighting Takanori Gomi at UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau". mmajunkie.com. August 27, 2012.
- Tom Ngo (April 3, 2013). "Melvin Guillard Meets Mac Danzig at UFC on FOX 8". 5thround.com. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- Tom Ngo (2013-09-18). "Joe Lauzon Faces Mac Danzig at UFC on FOX 9". 5thround.com. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
- "Video: UFC vet Mac Danzig announces retirement, cites health concerns". mmajunkie.com. March 4, 2014.
- Jason Nawara (March 5, 2014). "Mac Danzig retires, leaves a wake of concussions and accumulated brain damage". mmanuts.com. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
- "Danzig Breathes New Life into Career". Sherdog.com. December 11, 2008. Retrieved December 11, 2008.
- "Mac Danzig juggles fighting and fatherhood". MMAWeekly.com. February 5, 2009.
- "Lean, Mean and Green…Vegan Fighter Mac Danzig Packs a Punch". themmadigest.com. August 7, 2007. Retrieved 2010-04-19.
- Professional MMA record for Mac Danzig from Sherdog
- Official Twitter account
- Official UFC Profile
- Mac Danzig Diet
|King of the Cage Lightweight champion
October 29, 2005 – January 19, 2007