|Association||American Top Team / Tristar Gym|
|Height||5' 11" (180 cm.)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing|
|Birth Date||September 17, 1977|
|Fighting Out Of||Vancouver, British Columbia|
Denis Kang is a Canadian raised Korean-French mixed martial artist and PRIDE FC Welterweight Grand Prix finalist. Kang is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, originally trained by Marcus Soares. He competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as a middleweight, but was released upon his loss to Michael Bisping.
|Record||35 - 16 - 2 (Win – Loss – Draw) (2 NC)|
|Loss||Melvin Manhoef||KO (Knee to the Body)||DREAM.18: Special NYE 2012||12/31/2012||1||0:50|
|Win||Hae Suk Son||KO (Punches)||Road FC 8: Bitter Rivals||6/16/2012||1||4:57|
|Loss||Shungo Oyama||TKO (Knees)||Road FC 5: Night of Champions||12/3/2011||1||4:30|
|Loss||Seung Bae Whi||TKO (Knees)||Road FC 3: Explosion||7/24/2011||2||3:18|
|Loss||Jesse Taylor||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||BFL 8: Island Beatdown||5/28/2011||1||1:57|
|Win||Eun Soo Lee||Decision (Unanimous)||Road FC 2: Alive||4/16/2011||3||5:00|
|Draw||Paulo Filho||Draw||Impact FC 2 - The Uprising: Sydney||7/18/2010||3||5:00|
|Win||Dae Won Kim||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||W-1 MMA 5: Judgment Day||6/19/2010||1||1:49|
|Loss||Michael Bisping||TKO (Punches)||UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera||11/14/2009||2||4:24||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Win||Xavier Foupa-Pokam||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 97: Redemption||4/18/2009||3||5:00|
|Loss||Alan Belcher||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson||1/17/2009||2||4:36|
|Win||Marvin Eastman||TKO (Punches)||Raw Combat: Redemption||10/25/2008||1||0:48|
|Win||Jae Young Kim||KO||Spirit MC 18: The Champion||8/31/2008||1||1:31||Defended the Spirit MC Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||Gegard Mousasi||Submission (Triangle Choke)||DREAM 2: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Opening Round||4/29/2008||1||3:10|
|Loss||Yoshihiro Akiyama||KO (Punch)||K-1 HERO's: HERO's 2007 in Korea||10/28/2007||1||4:45|
|Win||Jung Gyu Choi||Decision (Unanimous)||Spirit MC: Interleague 5||3/11/2007||3||5:00||Won the Spirit MC Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||Kazuo Misaki||Decision (Split)||PRIDE Bushido 13||11/05/2006||2||5:00||PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Finals|
|Win||Akihiro Gono||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 13||11/05/2006||2||5:00||PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinals|
|Win||Amar Suloev||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||PRIDE Bushido 12||8/26/2006||1||4:10||PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals|
|Win||Murilo Rua||KO (Punches)||PRIDE Bushido 11||6/04/2006||1||0:15||PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round|
|Win||Albert Basconcelles||TKO (Punches)||Spirit MC 8: Only One||4/22/2006||1||0:12|
|Win||Mark Weir||Submission (Knees)||PRIDE Bushido 10||4/02/2006||1||4:55|
|Win||Ron Fields||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||AFC 14: Absolute Fighting Championships 14||12/10/2005||1||2:46|
|NC||Robert Villegas||No Contest||Spirit MC 7: Middleweight GP Final||10/29/2005||1||N/A|
|Win||Andrei Semenov||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 8||7/17/2005||2||5:00|
|Win||Takahiro Oba||Submission (Armbar)||PRIDE Bushido 6||4/03/2005||1||4:24|
|Win||Alexei Veselovzorov||Submission (Anaconda Choke)||M-1 MFC: Heavyweight GP||12/04/2004||1||1:17|
|Win||Jin Ho Yang||TKO||Spirit MC 5: 2004 GP Unlimited||9/11/2004||1||0:49|
|Win||Jae Young Kim||Submission (Choke)||Spirit MC 5: 2004 GP Unlimited||9/11/2004||1||1:38|
|Win||Junpei Hamada||Submission (Armbar)||Spirit MC 5: 2004 GP Unlimited||9/11/2004||1||2:35|
|Win||Kobus Huisamen||TKO||Spirit MC 4: Revolution||6/12/2004||1||1:06|
|Win||Hyun Chul Cho||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Spirit MC 3: I Will Be Back!!!||4/10/2004||1||2:06|
|Win||Hyung Jun Kim||TKO (Punches)||Spirit MC: Interleague 1||2/07/2004||1||1:13|
|Win||Jae Young Kim||TKO (Punches)||Spirit MC: Interleague 1||2/07/2004||1||0:38|
|Draw||Andrei Semenov||Draw||M-1 MFC: Russia vs. the World 7||12/05/2003||1||10:00|
|Win||Stephan Potvin||TKO (Punches)||TKO 13: Ultimate Rush||9/06/2003||3||2:22|
|Win||Kaipo Kalama||Decision (Majority)||SB 30: Collision Course||6/13/2003||3||3:00|
|Win||Brendan Seguin||Submission (Armbar)||SB 30: Collision Course||6/13/2003||1||2:24|
|Win||Keith Rockel||KO (Punch)||USMMA 3: Ring of Fury||5/03/2003||2||2:59|
|Win||Chris Peak||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||WFF 4: Civil War||4/04/2003||1||0:57|
|Loss||Jason Miller||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||EC 50: Extreme Challenge 50||2/23/2003||2||1:41|
|Loss||Joe Doerksen||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UCC 11: The Next Level||10/11/2002||1||4:49|
|Win||Pat Healy||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||RITR 7: Rumble in the Ring 7||7/20/2002||1||N/A|
|Win||Shane Biever||Submission (Armlock)||WFF 2: World Freestyle Fighting 2||6/22/2002||1||N/A|
|NC||Dennis Hallman||No Contest||WFF 1: World Freestyle Fighting 1||4/13/2002||2||N/A||Hallman accidentally headbutted Kang and opened a cut above the eye|
|Loss||Marty Armendarez||TKO (Punches)||IFC WC 15: Warriors Challenge 15||8/31/2001||1||3:52|
|Loss||Osami Shibuya||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Pancrase: Proof 3||5/13/2001||3||3:45|
|Loss||Keiichiro Yamamiya||Decision (Majority)||Pancrase: Trans 7||12/04/2000||2||3:00|
|Win||Minoru Suzuki||Submission (Back Injury)||Pancrase: 2000 Anniversary Show||9/24/2000||1||3:43|
|Win||Lonnie Canida||TKO||WCT: Western Canada's Toughest||3/18/2000||1||N/A|
|Loss||Joe Slick||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||EC 24: Extreme Challenge 24||5/15/1999||1||5:53|
|Loss||Jacen Flynn||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||BRI 2: Bas Rutten Invitational 2||4/24/1999||1||4:07|
|Win||Tom Bolger||Submission (Triangle Choke)||BRI 2: Bas Rutten Invitational 2||4/24/1999||1||1:55|
|Win||Fadi Habib||TKO||UWC 2: Ultimate Warrior Challenge 2||11/1/1998||1||N/A|
|Win||Eric Harcrow||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UWC: Ultimate Warrior Challenge||8/2/1998||1||0:15|
Denis Kang was born in the French overseas colony of Saint Pierre and Miquelon to a Korean father and French mother. He and his family relocated to the Canary Islands and finally North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1988.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
Denis Kang's mixed martial arts 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 Academy 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. 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 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.
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.
Denis Kang made his UFC debut on January 17, 2009 against Alan Belcher despite suffering from an ankle injury. Although dominating the fight, Kang lost by Guillotine Choke at the end of round two after a takedown attempt.
He returned at UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera on November 14, 2009 to face British fighter Michael Bisping on the event's main card. Kang dropped Bisping in the first round, but Bisping bounced back, using some impressive ground and pound to end the fight at 4:24 of the second round. The bout earned both fighters the Fight of the Night Honors. Though Kang was currently 1-2 in the UFC, the promotion still released him from his contract after the loss to Bisping.
Kang was expected to return at a Warrior-1 event, where he was to face Vernon White, but he was forced off the card and replaced by another former UFC fighter, Jason MacDonald. He finally returned, competing for the same promotions, defeating Dae Won Kim by way of Arm Triangle Choke in the first round.
His next fight took place at Impact FC 2 - The Uprising: Sydney, where he Drew with former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho. The bout was initially slated for PRIDE's 2006 Middleweight Grand Prix, but was scratched due to injury. The mostly grappling affair resulted in no clear-cut winner, which was reflected in the range of scores. One judge had it 29-28 for Filho, one had it 30-27 for Kang, and the third had it 29-29.
Ranks and Titles
- WFA Middleweight Champion
- Spirit MC Heavyweight Champion