May 14, 1982 |
Bayville, New Jersey, USA
|Residence||Forked River, New Jersey|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||204.5 lb (92.8 kg; 14.61 st)|
Light Heavyweight (2010-2012)
|Reach||73.0 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Forked River, New Jersey|
|Team||Ricardo Almeida Jiu Jitsu
Ocean County Jiu-Jitsu
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Tom DeBlass (born May 14, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist and celebrated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who lives in Forked River, NJ with his wife Delilah DeBlass and their two children Isabelle and Thomas. Tom has no plans to fight MMA right now. He has competed in the middleweight division for Bellator, and is a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Tom was a County Champion Long Jumper in High School graduating from Central Regional High School in 2000. He went on to Graduate Monmouth University in 2004 with a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. Tom DeBlass was known primarily as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor winning such titles as Pan American and World Championships. He then fought Professionally in Ring Of Combat. In only a year and a half DeBlass captured two titles and got called up to fight in the UFC. DeBlass opened his own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, in 2006, Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His Academy host's 300 students. He has produced his own World Champion students, such as Garry Tonon, Tom's first student to compete in ADCC, October 20, taking place in China.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
After winning seven straight fights DeBlass was signed by the UFC and made his debut against Cyrille Diabate on one weeks notice at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva and lost by Majority Decision.
DeBlass announced his retirement from MMA after the bout with Fukuda stating “After a lot of talk with my family and coaches, “I have decided to retire from fighting and focus on my family, my academy and helping my students to achieve their goals”, At this time, I feel it's best for me to give my time to others and spend more time with my family”, “The drive to keep fighting is not there any longer. I have an amazing academy and feel my students need my full attention.”
DeBlass returned from his short-lived retirement and made his Bellator debut against Carlos Brooks at Bellator 95 and won by TKO at the end of the second round after the doctor decided that Brooks could not continue.
DeBlass was scheduled to face former IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko at Bellator 108 on November 15, 2013. However Matyushenko was forced out of the bout due to a broken hand. DeBlass instead fought fellow UFC veteran Jason Lambert at the event. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.
Tom DeBlass was scheduled to fight Muhammed Lawal on September 5, 2014 at Bellator 123; however, Tom DeBlass suffered a knee injury and was forced off the card. The bout with Lawal was rescheduled for Bellator 131 on November 15, 2014. However, on November 1, it was announced that DeBlass had suffered a cut during training and had to withdraw from the bout.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ring of Combat
- ROC Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- ROC Light Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- First person in NJ to win an Adult Black Belt Pan American title
- Second person in NJ history to win ADCC North American Trials
- 2007 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion
- 2007 World Championships Mundials 3rd place Brown Belt
- 2007 No Gi World Champion Brown Belt
- 2008 Pan American Champion Brown Belt
- 2009 Abu Dhabi North American Trial Champion
- 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Veteran
- 2009 Bronze Medalist No Gi World Champion Black Belt
- 2013 Grapplers Quest National Champ
- 2013 No Gi Pan American Black Belt Ultra Heavy Champion
- 2013 No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Bronze medal Super Heavy Black Belt Adult
- 2013 Grapplers Quest Worlds Expert Division Ultra heavy Champion
- 2014 Professional Grappling League Super Fight Champion (defeated 370 lb Mark Tarmann)
- 2014 ADCC NY super fight Champion (defeats Babalu Sobral)
- 2014 ADCC North American Champion 99 kg 
- 2015 Defended The Good Fight Submission only Heavyweight Championship: 206+ lbs Defeated Rodrigo Correia (Submission 60:56) 
- 2015 Conquest Submission series drew Joao Asiss 
- 2015 Inducted into NJ Martial Arts hall of fame 
- 2015 No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Black Belt Ultra Heavy Masters 1 Bronze medal
- 2015 No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Black Belt Open Class Masters 1 Champion
- 2016 ADCC US Nationals pro absolute champion
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|11 matches||9 wins||2 losses|
|Win||9–2||Jason Lambert||KO (punch)||Bellator 108||November 15, 2013||1||1:45||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Light Heavyweight bout|
|Win||8–2||Carlos Brooks||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bellator 95||April 4, 2013||2||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Catchweight (188 lbs)|
|Loss||7–2||Riki Fukuda||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le||November 10, 2012||3||5:00||Macau, SAR, China||Middleweight debut|
|Loss||7–1||Cyrille Diabate||Decision (majority)||UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva||April 14, 2012||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden||light heavyweight bout|
|Win||7–0||Randy Smith||Submission (heel hook)||Ring of Combat 39||February 10, 2012||1||0:41||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won ROC Heavyweight title|
|Win||6–0||David Tkeshelashvili||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Combat 38||November 18, 2011||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5–0||Mike Stewart||TKO (punches)||Ring of Combat 37||September 9, 2011||1||3:07||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4–0||Sean Salmon||Submission (achilles lock)||Ring of Combat 35||April 8, 2011||1||0:57||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3–0||Mitch Whitesel||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Combat 33||December 3, 2010||3||4:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2–0||Tom Velasquez||TKO (punches)||Ring of Combat 31||September 24, 2010||2||0:50||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1–0||J.A. Dudley||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Combat 30||June 11, 2010||2||4:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
- "NEW JERSEY MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME TO HONOR TOM DEBLASS WITH THE GRAPPLING AWARD". adcombat.com. February 15, 2016.
- "Ocean County BJJ Instructors". Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- "Tom DeBlass Steps In to Face Cyrille Diabate at UFC on Fuel 2 in Sweden". mmaweekly.com. April 3, 2012.
- "Tom DeBlass meets middleweight Riki Fukuda at UFC on FUEL TV 6". mmajunkie.com. August 22, 2012.
- "UFC Middleweight Tom Deblass Announces Retirement From MMA After Loss To Riki Fukuda". sherdog.com. November 14, 2012.
- "Vladimir Matyushenko, already booked for Bellator 99, reportedly fights Tom DeBlass at Bellator 108". bloodyelbow.com. August 8, 2013.
- "With Matyushenko injured, DeBlass and Lambert verbally agree to meet at Bellator 108". mmadiehards.com. September 27, 2013.
- "‘King Mo’ now expected to fight replacement Marcus Sursa at Bellator 123". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
- MMAjunkie Staff (2014-09-22). "'King Mo' Lawal vs. Tom DeBlass added to Bellator 131 in San Diego". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-22.
- Staff (2014-11-02). "Nasty cut forces Tom DeBlass out of 'King Mo' fight at Bellator 131". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
- "WORLD JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP 2007 – RESULTS". Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- "WORLD JIU-JITSU NO-GI CHAMPIONSHIP 2007 – RESULTS". Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- "PAN JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP 2008 – RESULTS". Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- "WORLD JIU-JITSU NO-GI CHAMPIONSHIP 2009 – RESULTS". Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- "Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship 2013" (PDF).
- "World Jiu-Jitsu No Gi Championship 2013" (PDF). Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- "PGL VI • Tom DeBlass vs Mark Tarmann • Professional Grappling League".
- "Tom DeBlass Wins Superfight, Cedric Smith Takes Absolute Pro Finals, at ADCC in New York at MMA World Expo".
- "1st ADCC North American Qualifier 2014 – Results".
- "Past Events".
- "deblass v Joao Asiss".
- "Congressional Record Extensions of Remarks Articles". www.congress.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-06.
- "World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship 2015" (PDF). Retrieved 18 November 2015.
- "World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship 2015" (PDF). Retrieved 18 November 2015.
- "Tom DeBlass Profile". brlsports.com. Retrieved October 7, 2013.