Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Strasser's second professional fight was a no-rules bout against a fighter making his professional debut, Travis Fulton. Strasser subdued the inexperienced Fulton with a choke hold from behind. Fulton would go on to become one of the most prolific fighters in mixed martial arts history, with almost 250 recorded professional decisions as of January 2010.
At UFC 42, Strasser fought a welterweight bout against Romie Aram. Aram had been undefeated before the fight, and was being groomed by the UFC for a possible title shot against Matt Hughes. As such, Aram came into the fight as the favorite. In the first round, Strasser was immediately dropped by a punch to the head, but he successfully pulled guard, and the referee stood the fighters up. Strasser scored a takedown later in the round, delivering punches and elbows from the top position. Strasser controlled the second round with standup striking, though Aram remained competitive.. The fighters remained on their feet in the third round, with Aram delivering more powerful punches but Strasser displaying better precision. Strasser's blows in this round made Aram's nose bleed.. All three judges scored the fight for Strasser, and he won by unanimous decision.
Strasser fought again in the UFC at UFC 44. In the welterweight match, his opponent was judo practitioner Karo Parisyan, who was making his debut in the UFC. Parisyan's status as a student of notable judokas Gene LeBell and Gokor Chivchyan increased fan interest in the bout, but the 21-year-old was still seen as a significant underdog. When the fight started, Strasser attempted to stay on his feet and exchange punches. Parisyan, however, performed a judo throw, which put Strasser on the ground and placed him in position for a kimura armlock, which Parisyan duly applied. As a result of the hold, Strasser submitted at 3:52 of the first round. This fight was notable, as judokas had not enjoyed many prior successes in MMA competitions, and Parisyan's win helped to establish judo as a viable martial arts style in MMA.
Strasser has also worked as a mixed martial arts trainer and promoter. He runs a gym, Dave Strasser's Freestyle Academy, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Nick Thompson and Jameel Massouh are among the fighters who have trained with Strasser.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|39||25 wins||8 losses|
|Win||25-8-4||Steve Corley||Submission (Injury)||FCC 34 - Freestyle Combat Challenge 34||March 29, 2008||1||Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||24-8-4||Paul Daley||Decision (Unanimous)||CR 16 - Critical Condition||April 22, 2006||3||5:00||England|
|Win||24-7-4||Emyr Bussade||Decision||MFC - Boardwalk Blitz||March 4, 2006||3||5:00||New Jersey, United States|
|Win||23-7-4||Derrick Reed||Submission||LOF 2 - Legends of Fighting 2||October 21, 2005||1||Indiana, United States|
|Loss||22-7-4||Hidetaka Monma||KO (Punch)||GCM - D.O.G. 2||June 11, 2005||1||3:30||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||22-6-4||Brian Dunn||TKO||FCC 19 - Freestyle Combat Challenge 19||May 14, 2005||N/A||Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||21-6-4||Georges St. Pierre||Submission (Kimura)||TKO 19 - Rage||January 29, 2005||1||1:52||Quebec, Canada|
|Win||21-5-4||Pat Healy||Decision (Unanimous)||MT 1 - Madtown Throwdown 1||August 21, 2004||N/A||Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||20-5-4||Ansar Chalangov||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||M-1 MFC - Russia vs the World 7||December 5, 2003||1||0:53||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||20-4-4||Karo Parisyan||Submission (Kimura)||UFC 44 - Undisputed||September 26, 2003||1||3:52||Nevada, United States|
|Win||20-3-4||Romie Aram||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 42 - Sudden Impact||April 25, 2003||3||5:00||Florida, United States|
|Draw||19-3-4||Islam Karimov||Draw||M-1 MFC - Russia vs the World 4||November 15, 2002||2||5:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||19-3-3||Seichi Ikemoto||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Shooto - Treasure Hunt 7||June 29, 2002||1||3:10||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||18-3-3||Takuya Wada||Decision (Split)||Shooto - Treasure Hunt 6||May 5, 2002||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||17-3-3||Alexandre Barros||Decision||HOOKnSHOOT - Overdrive||March 9, 2002||3||5:00||Indiana, United States|
|Loss||16-3-3||Ronald Jhun||Submission (Armbar)||SB 21 - SuperBrawl 21||May 24, 2001||2||4:42||Hawaii, United States|
|Draw||16-2-3||Chris Lytle||Draw||RSF 3 - Reality Submission Fighting 3||March 30, 2001||1||18:00||Illinois, United States|
|Win||16-2-2||Steve Miller||TKO (Cut)||IC 1 - Iowa Challenge 1||February 10, 2001||1||Iowa, United States|
|Win||15-2-2||Riley McIlhon||Submission (Strikes)||FCC 3 - Freestyle Combat Challenge 3||January 6, 2001||1||3:23|
|Win||14-2-2||Paul Rodriguez||Decision (Majority)||WEF 8 - Goin' Platinum||January 15, 2000||3||4:00||Georgia, United States|
|Win||13-2-2||Eric Meaders||TKO||NG 13 - Neutral Grounds 13||November 20, 1999||2||California, United States|
|Win||12-2-2||Toby Imada||Submission (Armbar)||NG 13 - Neutral Grounds 13||November 20, 1999||1||California, United States|
|Loss||11-2-2||Tom Schmitz||Submission (Triangle Choke)||EC 29 - Extreme Challenge 29||November 13, 1999||1||1:56||Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||11-1-2||Sean Brockmole||TKO (Guillotine Choke)||EC 23 - Extreme Challenge 23||April 2, 1999||1||1:32||Indiana, United States|
|Win||10-1-2||Jeff Lindsay||Submission (Punches)||EC 23 - Extreme Challenge 23||April 2, 1999||1||3:01||Indiana, United States|
|Win||9-1-2||Brian Campbell||Submission (Keylock)||Gladiators 2 - Gladiators 2||March 18, 1999||1||12:20||Iowa, United States|
|Loss||8-1-2||Adrian Serrano||Decision (Split)||EC 13 - Extreme Challenge 13||January 16, 1998||1||20:00||Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||8-0-2||Brett Al-azzawi||Submission (Punches)||EC 12 - Extreme Challenge 12||December 13, 1997||1||3:55||Michigan, United States|
|Win||7-0-2||Daniel Vianna||Submission (Punches)||EC 12 - Extreme Challenge 12||December 13, 1997||1||8:59||Michigan, United States|
|Win||6-0-2||Phil Johns||Submission (Punches)||EC 11 - Extreme Challenge 11||November 22, 1997||1||8:39||Iowa, United States|
|Draw||5-0-2||Adrian Serrano||Draw||EC 10 - Extreme Challenge 10||October 4, 1997||1||15:00||Iowa, United States|
|Win||5-0-1||Jesse Jones||Submission (Keylock)||EC 5 - Extreme Challenge 5||April 18, 1997||1||9:25||Iowa, United States|
|Win||4-0-1||Caz Daniels||Submission (Armbar)||EC 5 - Extreme Challenge 5||April 18, 1997||1||N/A||Iowa, United States|
|Win||3-0-1||Rolando Higueros||TKO (Cut)||EC 1 - Extreme Challenge 1||November 23, 1996||1||8:32||Iowa, United States|
|Draw||2-0-1||George Schirmer||Draw||BATB 1 - Brawl at the Ballpark 1||September 1, 1996||1||15:00||Iowa, United States|
|Win||2-0||Travis Fulton||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Gladiators - Gladiators 1||July 26, 1996||1||Iowa, United States|
|Win||1-0||CG Sierra||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||QCU 2 - Quad City Ultimate 2||May 11, 1996||1||1:40||Illinois, United States|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 McCauley, Bob. "Travis Fulton - on the road to the top", Martial Arts magazine, November 1, 1999.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Plott, J. Michael. "Xtreme Fighting: UFC 42: Sudden Impact", Black Belt magazine, August 2003, pp. 54-55.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Meltzer, Dave. "UFC 42: Wrestler vs. wrestler", Yahoo! Sports, May 14, 2009.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Plott, J. Michael. "Xtreme Fighting: Couture Spanks Ortiz at UFC 44", Black Belt magazine, January 2004, pp. 52 & 94.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Fogan, Sara. "Judo Stylist Triumphs at UFC 44", Black Belt magazine, April 2004, p. 118.
- ↑ Cole, David. "Ready to rumble `Ultimate fighting,' described by some as barbaric, will brawl in Kenosha", The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 19, 1999.
- ↑ "20 questions for... NICK THOMPSON", mmaranks.com interview, published February 27, 2006.
- ↑ Knapp, Brian. "Torres retains title in all-out slugfest", ESPN.com, published April 6, 2009.