Mac Danzig , (born January 2, 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American professional mixed martial arts fighter and instructor, and is a former lightweight champion for the King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge mixed martial arts organizations. As an amateur mixed martial artist, Danzig was the lightweight Extreme Challenge Trials 2001 U.S. MMA National Champion. Mac Danzig was the winner of the The Ultimate Fighter 6, and is currently under contract with the UFC.
Danzig currently trains in Los Angeles, California.
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 has trained boxing extensively at Wild Card gym in Hollywood, California under Freddie Roach assistant Justin Fortune.
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 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.
On September 17, 2008, at UFC Fight Night, Danzig lost a unanimous decision to Clay Guida, who used his wrestling to control Danzig. Danzig looked good in the first round, causing Guida some problems on the feet displaying crisp striking skills. The second and third rounds though, Danzig succumbed to Guida's wrestling offense, as his opponent controlled him for two rounds with takedowns.
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 with a triangle choke after executing a takedown in the second round.
Danzig defeated Justin Buchholz on February 6, 2010 at UFC 109 In what appeared to be a "Loser Leaves UFC match". Danzig would go on to win by unanimous decision with all three judges scoring it 29-28 in favor of Danzig, snapping his three fight losing streak.
The Ultimate Fighter 6Edit
While on The Ultimate Fighter, 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 fight Tommy Speer in the finals. Danzig defeated 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. He is also very good friends with Gray Maynard and Andy Wang, who were both part of The Ultimate Fighter 5 cast, and in his corner during his match with Speer.
Personal lifeEditMac is currently living in Los Angeles, California.
His long-time girlfriend, Angeline Grace, is a massage and physical therapist to many celebrities and athletes in Los Angeles.The couple had a daughter in November 2008.
He is a photographer who sells his photos online via Mac Danzig Photography.
Danzig discussed his vegan diet with Men's Fitness magazine in May 2008.
Professional MMA recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|29||19 wins||7 losses|
- Record does not include his three victories while on the Ultimate Fighter as they are considered exhibition bouts in the state of Nevada.
|19-7-1||2010-02-06||Win||Justin Buchholz||UFC 109: Relentless||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|18–7–1||2009-07-11||Loss||Jim Miller||UFC 100||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|18–6–1||2009-02-07||Loss||Josh Neer||UFC Fight Night 17||Submission (triangle choke)||2||3:36||Tampa, Florida||Won Fight of the Night|
|18–5–1||2008-09-17||Loss||Clay Guida||UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00||Omaha, Nebraska|
|18–4–1||2008-04-19||Win||Mark Bocek||UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2||Submission (rear naked choke)||3||3:48||Montreal, Quebec|
|17–4–1||2007-12-08||Win||Tommy Speer||The Ultimate Finale 6||Submission (rear naked choke)||1||2:01||Las Vegas, Nevada||Wins The Ultimate Fighter 6|
|16–4–1||2007-02-24||Loss||Hayato Sakurai||PRIDE 33: The Second Coming||KO (punch)||2||4:01||Las Vegas, Nevada||PRIDE debut|
|16–3–1||2007-01-19||Loss||Clay French||KOTC: Hard Knocks||Decision (split)||3||5:00||Rockford, Illinois||Loses KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|16–2–1||2006-09-29||Win||John Mahlow||KOTC: Detonator||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00||Calgary, Alberta||Defends KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|15–2–1||2006-08-04||Win||Buddy Clinton||KOTC: Rapid Fire||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California||Defends KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|14–2–1||2006-04-22||Win||Orlando Ruiz||KOTC: Karnage||TKO||1||3:08||Calgary, Alberta||Defends KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|13–2–1||2006-03-18||Win||Jason Ireland||KOTC: Drop Zone||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00||Mt. Pleasant, Michigan||Defends KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|12–2–1||2005-10-29||Win||Takumi Nakayama||KOTC: Execution Day||TKO (cut)||2||2:45||Reno, Nevada||Wins KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|11–2–1||2005-10-01||Win||Frank Kirmse||KOTC: Shock and Awe||Submission (rear naked choke)||1||1:45||Edmonton, Alberta|
|10–2–1||2005-09-10||Win||Nick Ertl||Gladiator Challenge 42: Summer Slam||TKO (doctor stoppage)||1||4:14||Lakeport, California|
|9–2–1||2005-06-12||Win||Mike Valdez||KOTC: San Jacinto||Submission (rear naked choke)||1||4:13||San Jacinto, California|
|8–2–1||2005-05-21||Win||Luke Spencer||IFC: Caged Combat||Submission (rear naked choke)||1||1:56||Columbus, Ohio|
|7–2–1||2005-04-30||Win||Max Marin||IFC: Mayhem in Montana||Submission (triangle choke)||1||3:39||Billings, Montana|
|6–2–1||2005-04-30||Win||Brandon Olson||IFC: Mayhem in Montana||Submission (rear naked choke)||2||2:12||Billings, Montana|
|5–2–1||2004-06-27||Win||Akbarh Arreola||Reto Maximo 5: Road to the Championship||TKO||1||1:22||Tijuana, Mexico|
|4–2–1||2004-04-20||Draw||Jason Von Flue||Gladiator Challenge 25||Draw||2||5:00||Porterville, California|
|4–2||2003-10-12||Loss||LaVerne Clark||Extreme Challenge 54||Decision (unanimous)||3||3:00||Lakemoor, Illinois|
|4–1||2003-02-16||Win||Tripstin Kersiano||Gladiator Challenge 14||Submission (rear naked choke)||2||1:49||Porterville, California|
|3–1||2002-08-31||Loss||Kurt Pellegrino||World Extreme Cagefighting 4: Rumble Under The Sun||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut|
|3–0||2002-04-14||Win||Brandon Bledsoe||Gladiator Challenge 10||Submission (rear naked choke)||1||0:56||Colusa, California|
|2–0||2001-10-20||Win||Ray Totorico||Reality Combat Fighting 12||Submission (omoplata)||1||1:30||Houma, Louisiana|
|1–0||2001-10-07||Win||Cedric Stewart||Extreme Challenge Trials||Decision (split)||3||5:00||Decatur, Illinois|