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Denis Kang (born September 17, 1977) is a Canadian mixed martial artist of Korean French descent. He was the PRIDE FC welterweight grand prix finalist in which he lost to Kazuo Misaki. Kang is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, originally trained and mentored by Marcus Soares.

Early life Edit

Denis Kang was born in the French overseas colony of Saint Pierre and Miquelon to a Korean father and French mother.[1] He and his family relocated to the Canary Islands and finally North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1988. Kang speaks fluent French and English, and is also said to be fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, which he learned via constant relocation.Template:Citation needed

MMA career Edit

Denis Kang's MMA career began in 1998 at the Ultimate Warrior Challenge in Vancouver, Canada. Kang was successful in his debut fight, winning by submission (rear naked choke) over Eric Harcrow. Kang would go on to win his next 2 fights before going 2–5 over his next 8 with one no contest against Dennis Hallman. He would go 7–7 with one no contest in his first 15 fights, with a few convincing defeats.

After winning 5 of his next 6 fights, Kang signed a contract with Spirit MC, a South Korea MMA organization. Denis went 5–0 while fighting in Korea and was crowned the Spirit MC Heavyweight Champion. Following this, Denis relocated to Florida and joined American Top Team.

It was at this time that Kang caught the attention of the PRIDE Fighting Championships. Kang signed a contract with PRIDE and made his debut at PRIDE Bushido 6, where he defeated Japanese opponent Takahiro Oba via armbar at 4:24 of round one. Under the Korean banner, Denis went on to win his next two fights in PRIDE, with a victory coming over Englishman Mark Weir at PRIDE Bushido 10. In between fights for Pride, Denis fought American Albert Basconcelles and knocked him out within 12 seconds of the opening bell. At Bushido 11, Denis Kang continued his winning streak by knocking out Chute Boxe member Murilo "Ninja" Rua in 15 seconds in the first round of the PRIDE Bushido Welterweight (183 lb) Grand Prix. At Bushido 12, Denis submitted Armenian Amar Suloev via rear naked choke to advance to the semi-final round of the Welterweight Grand Prix. With this win, Kang was then 18–0–1 in his last 19 contests. However, after advancing through the semi-final round of the Bushido tournament and beating Akihiro Gono on November 5, 2006 he was defeated by Kazuo Misaki in the final at Bushido 13. Kang had torn his right biceps muscle earlier that night in his win over Gono.[2] Kang's longtime girlfriend and stable-mate Shelby Walker had killed herself shortly before Bushido 13.

Kang had only one match in 2007 after breaking his hand (an injury that will reappear over and over again) in a match against Jungkyu Choi for the Spirit MC Heavyweight Championship on March 11. Kang won via unanimous decision but was unable to compete for several months.Template:Citation needed

After the contract termination of PRIDE, Kang moved to K-1 Hero's maintaining the championship of Spirit MC. Kang made his K-1 Hero's debut on October 28, 2007, in "K-1 Hero's in Seoul". His opponent was Yoshihiro Akiyama who was returning to MMA after a 10 month suspension. Kang lost via TKO.

Kang next fight was on April 29, 2008, in the opening round of the DREAM Middleweight Granx Prix, losing to Gegard Mousasi via triangle choke.

On August 30, 2008, Kang defended his Spirit MC Heavyweight Championship by defeating Kim Jae Young by TKO due to strikes at 1:31 of the first round.[3]

Kang defeated UFC veteran Marvin Eastman by TKO on October 25, 2008, at “Raw Combat: Redemption” in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The fight lasted 48 seconds.

UFC Edit

Denis Kang made his UFC debut on January 17, 2009 against Alan Belcher despite suffering from ankle injury[4]. Although Kang controlled the fight, he lost by guillotine choke at the end of round two after a takedown attempt.

Kang redeemed himself with a victory over Xavier Foupa-Pokam at UFC 97 by unanimous decision.

In his most recent fight, Kang faced Michael Bisping on November 14, 2009 at UFC 105.[5]. In an interview about his fight with Bisping, Kang revealed he wanted a title fight with Anderson Silva.[6]Bisping TKO'd Kang in the 2nd round.[7] Even though Bisping was the crowd favorite in in his home town Manchester and Kang was being booed on, Kang dropped Bisping with a right hand in the first round which rocked Bisping.[8] Kang followed Bisping to the floor and attempted submissions, but Bisping defended well and neutralised Kang's attacks despite Kang briefly having full mount.[9] In the 2nd round Bisping secured a single-leg takedown and the momentum of the fight shifted : he unleashed a vicious ground and pound attack on the Canadian, which Kang failed to recover from.[10] The fight was awarded Fight of the Night honours, giving both Kang and Bisping a $40,000 bonus check.[11]

Denis Kang was cut from the UFC on Dec. 9 2009, along with Brock Larson, Rolando Delgado and Jason Dent. Kang recently announced he has signed with W1 MMA.

Mixed martial arts record Edit

Record Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
32–12–1(2) Loss England flag Michael Bisping TKO (Punches) UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera 2009-11-14 2 4:24 England flag Manchester, England
32–11–1(2) Win France flag Xavier Foupa-Pokam Decision (Unanimous) UFC 97: Redemption 2009-04-18 3 5:00 Canada flag Montreal, Canada
31–11–1(2) Loss United States flag Alan Belcher Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson 2009-01-17 2 4:36 Ireland flag Dublin, Ireland
31–10–1(2) Win United States flag Marvin Eastman KO (Punches) Raw Combat: Redemption 2008-10-25 1 0:48 Canada flag Calgary, Alberta, Canada
30–10–1(2) Win South Korea flag Kim Jae Young KO Spirit MC 18 – The Champions 2008-08-30 1 1:13 South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
29–10–1(2) Loss Armenia flag Gegard Mousasi Submission (Triangle Choke) DREAM.2 Middle Weight Grandprix 2008 1st Round 2008-04-29 1 3:10 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
29–9–1(2) Loss Japan flag Yoshihiro Akiyama KO (Punch) K-1 – OLYMPIA HERO'S 2007 in KOREA 2007-10-27 1 4:45 South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
29–8–1(2) Win South Korea flag Jung Gyu Choi Decision (Majority) Spirit MC – Interleague 5 2007-03-11 3 5:00 South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
28–8–1(2) Loss Japan flag Kazuo Misaki Decision (Split) PRIDE Bushido 13 2006-11-05 3 5:00 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
28–7–1(2) Win Japan flag Akihiro Gono Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 13 2006-11-05 2 5:00 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
27–7–1(2) Win Armenia flag Amar Suloev Submission (Rear Naked Choke) PRIDE Bushido 12 2006-08-26 2 4:10 Japan flag Nagoya, Japan
26–7–1(2) Win Brazil flag Murilo Rua KO (Punches) PRIDE Bushido 11 2006-06-04 1 0:15 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
25–7–1(2) Win United States flag Albert Basconcelles KO Spirit MC 8 – Only One 2006-04-22 1 0:12 South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
24–7–1(2) Win England flag Mark Weir Submission PRIDE Bushido 10 2006-04-02 1 4:55 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
23–7–1(2) Win United States flag Ron Fields Submission (Rear Naked Choke) AFC 14 – Absolute Fighting Championships 14 2005-12-10 1 2:46 United States flag Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
22–7–1(2) No Contest United States flag Robert Villegas No Contest Spirit MC 7 – Middleweight GP Final 2005-10-29 1 0:00 South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
22–7–1(1) Win Russia flag Andrei Semenov Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 8 2005-07-17 2 5:00 Japan flag Nagoya, Japan
21–7–1(1) Win Japan flag Takahiro Oba Submission (Armbar) PRIDE Bushido 6 2005-04-03 1 4:24 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
20–7–1(1) Win Russia flag Alexei Vezelozorov Submission (Choke) M-1 MFC – Heavyweight GP 2004-12-04 1 1:17 Russia flag Moscow, Russia
19–7–1(1) Win South Korea flag Jin Ho Yang TKO Spirit MC 5 – 2004 GP Unlimited 2004-09-11 N/A N/A South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
18–7–1(1) Win South Korea flag Kim Jae Young Submission (Choke) Spirit MC 5 – 2004 GP Unlimited 2004-09-11 N/A N/A South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
17–7–1(1) Win Japan flag Jyunpei Hamada Submission (Armbar) Spirit MC 5 – 2004 GP Unlimited 2004-09-11 N/A N/A South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
16–7–1(1) Win South Africa flag Kobus Huisamen TKO Spirit MC 4 – Revolution 2004-06-12 1 N/A South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
15–7–1(1) Win South Korea flag Hyun Chul Cho Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Spirit MC 3 – I Will Be Back!!! 2004-04-10 1 2:06 South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
14–7–1(1) Win South Korea flag Hyung Jun Kim TKO (Punches) Spirit MC – Interleague 1 2004-02-07 1 1:13 South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
13–7–1-(1) Win South Korea flag Kim Jae Young TKO (Punches) Spirit MC – Interleague 1 2004-02-07 1 0:38 South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
12–7–1(1) Draw Russia flag Andrei Semenov Draw M-1 MFC – Russia vs the World 7 2003-12-05 1 10:00 Russia flag St. Petersburg, Russia
12–7–0(1) Win Canada flag Stephan Potvin TKO TKO 13 – Ultimate Rush 2003-09-06 3 N/A Canada flag Montreal, Quebec, Canada
11–7–0(1) Win United States flag Kaipo Kalama Decision (Majority) SB 30 – Collision Course 2003-06-13 3 3:00 United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, US
10–7–0(1) Win United States flag Brendan Seguin Submission (Armbar) SB 30 – Collision Course 2003-06-13 1 2:24 United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, US
9–7–0(1) Win United States flag Keith Rockel KO USMMA 3 – Ring of Fury 2003-05-03 2 2:59 United States flag Boston, Massachusetts, US
8–7–0(1) Win United States flag Chris Peak Submission (Rear Naked Choke) WFF 4 – Civil War 2003-04-04 1 0:57 Canada flag Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
7–7–0(1) Loss United States flag Jason Miller Submission (Rear Naked Choke) EC 50 – Extreme Challenge 50 2003-02-23 2 1:41 United States flag Salt Lake City, Utah, US
7–6–0(1) Loss Canada flag Joe Doerksen Submission (Triangle Choke) UCC 11 – The Next Level 2002-10-11 1 4:49 Canada flag Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7–5–0(1) Win United States flag Pat Healy Submission (Guillotine) RITR 7 – Rumble in the Ring 7 2002-07-20 1 N/A United States flag Auburn, Washington, US
6–5–0(1) Win Canada flag Shane Biever Submission (Armlock) WFF 2 – World Freestyle Fighting 2 2002-07-20 1 N/A Canada flag Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
5–5–0(1) No Contest United States flag Dennis Hallman No Contest WFF 1 – World Freestyle Fighting 1 2002-04-13 2 N/A Canada flag Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
5–5 Loss United States flag Marty Armendarez TKO (Punches) Pancrase – Proof 3 2001-05-13 3 3:45 United States flag Oroville, California, US
5–4 Loss Japan flag Osami Shibuya Submission (Rear Naked Choke) IFC WC 15 – Warriors Challenge 15 2001-08-31 1 3:52 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
5–3 Loss Japan flag Keiichiro Yamamiya Decision (Majority) Pancrase – Trans 7 2000-12-04 2 3:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
5–2 Win Japan flag Minoru Suzuki Submission (Back Injury) Pancrase – 2000 Anniversary Show 2000-09-24 1 3:43 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
4–2 Win Canada flag Lonnie Canida TKO WCT – Western Canada's Toughest 2000-03-18 N/A N/A Canada flag Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
3–2 Loss United States flag Joe Slick Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) EC 24 – Extreme Challenge 24 1999-05-15 1 5:53 United States flag Salt Lake City, Utah, US
3–1 Loss United States flag Jacen Flynn Submission (Guillotine Choke) BRI 2 – Bas Rutten Invitational 2 1999-04-24 1 4:07 United States flag Littleton, Colorado, USA
3–0 Win United States flag Tom Bolger Submission (Triangle Choke) BRI 2 – Bas Rutten Invitational 2 07–07–1996 1 1:55 United States flag Littleton, Colorado, USA
2–0 Win United States flag Fadi Habib TKO UWC 2 – Ultimate Warrior Challenge 2 1998-11-01 1 N/A Canada flag Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1–0 Win United States flag Eric Harcrow Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UWC – Ultimate Warrior Challenge 1998-08-02 1 N/A Canada flag Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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