Reuben Duran

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Reuben Duran
Born (1983-07-02) July 2, 1983 (age 33)
Chula Vista, California, United States
Other names Hurricane
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Flyweight (current)
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)
Fighting out of Redlands, California, United States
Team Pinnacle Jiu Jitsu & MMA
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 10
By knockout 4
By submission 4
By decision 2
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 3
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Reuben Duran (born July 2, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Flyweight division of King of the Cage, where he is the current Interim Flyweight Champion. A professional competitor since 2006, Duran has also formerly competed for the UFC and the WEC.


Duran started training martial arts at the age of seven. By the time he turned 14 he had added boxing to training regimen and by 19 was training in all aspects of MMA including the additions of wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and Muay Thai.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Reuben began his career with multiple fights for King of the Cage, and other small promotions in California. As an amateur competitor, Duran has distinguished himself by being a six time winner of Grapplers Quest.[2]

In a memorable match, Duran fought Greg Guzman, hiding his injuries that included 2 torn ligaments in his right hand. In spite of the injuries, Duran still earned the victory. Later, in an interview, Duran voiced his confidence that were it not for the injury, he would have gotten a stoppage. Duran would support his bold statement in his next fight as he claimed a victory over Ryan Diaz via KO with only 3 seconds left in the fight. In subsequent bouts, Duran submitted both Kana Hyatt and Maurice Eazel in the first round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Duran signed with the UFC in early 2011 and made his debut at UFC on Versus 3 against Takeya Mizugaki, replacing an injured Francisco Rivera.[3] Duran lost the fight via close split decision.

Duran faced Francisco Rivera on June 4, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.[4] He won the fight via submission in the third round, earning Submission of the Night honors.

Duran next faced Hugo Viana on December 15, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale.[5] After being knocked down twice, he eventually lost the fight via KO late in the first round.

Duran then faced George Roop on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158.[6] He lost the fight via unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.[7]

Post-UFC career[edit]

Over a year after his release from UFC, Duran returned to King of the Cage in June 2014. Duran faced Tony Sanchez at KOTC: Slugfest on June 5, 2014. He won the fight via second round TKO.[8]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–5–1 Andrew Natividad Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Bitter Rivals August 29, 2015 5 5:00 Ontario, California, United States Defended the Interim KOTC Flyweight Championship.
Win 10–5–1 Eduardo Torres Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Battle for the Belt October 2, 2014 5 5:00 Highland, California, United States Won the Interim KOTC Flyweight Championship.
Win 9–5–1 Tony Sanchez TKO (punches) KOTC: Slugfest June 5, 2014 2 1:26 Highland, California, United States
Loss 8–5–1 George Roop Decision (unanimous) UFC 158 March 16, 2013 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 8–4–1 Hugo Viana KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale December 15, 2012 1 4:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–3–1 Francisco Rivera Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale June 4, 2011 3 1:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Submission of the Night.
Loss 7–3–1 Takeya Mizugaki Decision (split) UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann March 26, 2011 3 5:00 Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 7–2–1 Kana Hyatt Submission (guillotine choke) KOTC: Sniper August 5, 2010 1 2:03 San Bernardino, California, United States
Win 6–2–1 Maurice Eazel Submission (guillotine choke) Long Beach Fight Night 8 April 18, 2010 1 1:18 Long Beach, California, United States
Win 5–2–1 Ryan Diaz KO (punch) KOTC: Arrival February 25, 2010 3 4:57 Highland, California, United States
Win 4–2–1 Greg Guzman Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Super Stars August 13, 2009 3 5:00 Highland, California, United States
Loss 3–2–1 Tommy Vargas Decision (unanimous) All Star Boxing: Conquest in the Cage 3 July 10, 2009 3 3:00 Montebello, California, United States
Win 3–1–1 Manny Romero TKO (punches) AF 2: Apocalypse Fights 2 October 9, 2008 1 0:37 Palm Springs, California, United States
Win 2–1–1 Ricardo Gallardo KO (punches) AF: Apocalypse Fights 1 August 7, 2008 1 N/A Palm Springs, California, United States
Win 1–1–1 Bobby Sanchez Submission (triangle choke) Invincible: MMA March 8, 2008 1 1:15 Ontario, California, United States
Draw 0–1–1 David Aguirre Draw KOTC: Final Chapter December 2, 2007 2 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 0–1 Scott Epstein Submission (rear-naked choke) PF 1: The Beginning May 12, 2006 1 2:40 Hollywood, California, United States


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