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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.[1] Mac Danzig was the winner of the The Ultimate Fighter 6, and is currently under contract with the UFC.

BackgroundEdit

Danzig, of Scots-Irish and German descent, grew up in the greater Pittsburgh area before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his career.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

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.

In his first major fight, facing Hayato Sakurai at PRIDE 33 on February 24, Danzig lost the fight by KO (Punch) at the 4:01 mark of round two.

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Danzig made his official UFC debut on December 8, 2007, where he won The Ultimate Fighter 6, defeating Tommy Speer.[2]

He made his UFC main card debut by defeating Canadian Mark Bocek by rear naked choke in his first UFC fight as a lightweight at UFC 83 on April 19, 2008.

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 lost to Jim Miller at UFC 100 on July 11 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas via unanimous decision making it his third consecutive loss in the UFC. [1]

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.[3]

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 lifeEdit

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Mac 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.[4]

He is a photographer who sells his photos online via Mac Danzig Photography.

He has been a strict vegan since 2004 and is an animal rights advocate.[5][6]

Danzig discussed his vegan diet with Men's Fitness magazine in May 2008.

Professional MMA recordEdit

  • Record does not include his three victories while on the Ultimate Fighter as they are considered exhibition bouts in the state of Nevada.
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AccomplishmentsEdit

  • 2001 Extreme Trials Eastern Regional Champion
  • 2001 Extreme Trials National Champion
  • IFC Lightweight tournament champion
  • Gladiator Challenge Lightweight World Champion
  • King of the Cage Lightweight World Champion
  • 2007 The Ultimate Fighter 6 Winner

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Mac Danzig". MMA Playground. Retrieved on February 10, 2008.
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  4. Danzig Breathes New Life into Career. SHERDOG.com (December 11, 2008). Retrieved on December 11, 2008.
  5. http://www.themmadigest.com/2007/08/lean-mean-and-green%e2%80%a6vegan-fighter-mac-danzig-packs-a-punch
  6. http://secretsocietyofvegans.vox.com/library/post/he-should-be-sponsored-by-the-ssov.html

External linksEdit

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Record Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time Location Notes
19-7-1 2010-02-06 Win United States flag Justin Buchholz UFC 109: Relentless Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada
18–7–1 2009-07-11 Loss United States flag Jim Miller UFC 100 Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada
18–6–1 2009-02-07 Loss United States flag Josh Neer UFC Fight Night 17 Submission (triangle choke) 2 3:36 United States flag Tampa, Florida Won Fight of the Night
18–5–1 2008-09-17 Loss United States flag Clay Guida UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 United States flag Omaha, Nebraska
18–4–1 2008-04-19 Win Canada flag Mark Bocek UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2 Submission (rear naked choke) 3 3:48 Canada flag Montreal, Quebec
17–4–1 2007-12-08 Win United States flag Tommy Speer The Ultimate Finale 6 Submission (rear naked choke) 1 2:01 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada Wins The Ultimate Fighter 6
16–4–1 2007-02-24 Loss Japan flag Hayato Sakurai PRIDE 33: The Second Coming KO (punch) 2 4:01 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada PRIDE debut
16–3–1 2007-01-19 Loss United States flag Clay French KOTC: Hard Knocks Decision (split) 3 5:00 United States flag Rockford, Illinois Loses KOTC Lightweight Championship
16–2–1 2006-09-29 Win United States flag John Mahlow KOTC: Detonator Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 Canada flag Calgary, Alberta Defends KOTC Lightweight Championship
15–2–1 2006-08-04 Win United States flag Buddy Clinton KOTC: Rapid Fire Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 United States flag San Jacinto, California Defends KOTC Lightweight Championship
14–2–1 2006-04-22 Win United States flag Orlando Ruiz KOTC: Karnage TKO 1 3:08 Canada flag Calgary, Alberta Defends KOTC Lightweight Championship
13–2–1 2006-03-18 Win United States flag Jason Ireland KOTC: Drop Zone Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 United States flag Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Defends KOTC Lightweight Championship
12–2–1 2005-10-29 Win Japan flag Takumi Nakayama KOTC: Execution Day TKO (cut) 2 2:45 United States flag Reno, Nevada Wins KOTC Lightweight Championship
11–2–1 2005-10-01 Win United States flag Frank Kirmse KOTC: Shock and Awe Submission (rear naked choke) 1 1:45 Canada flag Edmonton, Alberta
10–2–1 2005-09-10 Win United States flag Nick Ertl Gladiator Challenge 42: Summer Slam TKO (doctor stoppage) 1 4:14 United States flag Lakeport, California
9–2–1 2005-06-12 Win United States flag Mike Valdez KOTC: San Jacinto Submission (rear naked choke) 1 4:13 United States flag San Jacinto, California
8–2–1 2005-05-21 Win United States flag Luke Spencer IFC: Caged Combat Submission (rear naked choke) 1 1:56 United States flag Columbus, Ohio
7–2–1 2005-04-30 Win United States flag Max Marin IFC: Mayhem in Montana Submission (triangle choke) 1 3:39 United States flag Billings, Montana
6–2–1 2005-04-30 Win United States flag Brandon Olson IFC: Mayhem in Montana Submission (rear naked choke) 2 2:12 United States flag Billings, Montana
5–2–1 2004-06-27 Win Mexico flag Akbarh Arreola Reto Maximo 5: Road to the Championship TKO 1 1:22 Mexico flag Tijuana, Mexico
4–2–1 2004-04-20 Draw United States flag Jason Von Flue Gladiator Challenge 25 Draw 2 5:00 United States flag Porterville, California
4–2 2003-10-12 Loss United States flag LaVerne Clark Extreme Challenge 54 Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00 United States flag Lakemoor, Illinois
4–1 2003-02-16 Win United States flag Tripstin Kersiano Gladiator Challenge 14 Submission (rear naked choke) 2 1:49 United States flag Porterville, California
3–1 2002-08-31 Loss United States flag Kurt Pellegrino World Extreme Cagefighting 4: Rumble Under The Sun Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 United States flag Uncasville, Connecticut
3–0 2002-04-14 Win United States flag Brandon Bledsoe Gladiator Challenge 10 Submission (rear naked choke) 1 0:56 United States flag Colusa, California
2–0 2001-10-20 Win United States flag Ray Totorico Reality Combat Fighting 12 Submission (omoplata) 1 1:30 United States flag Houma, Louisiana
1–0 2001-10-07 Win United States flag Cedric Stewart Extreme Challenge Trials Decision (split) 3 5:00 United States flag Decatur, Illinois

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