Ultimate Warrior Challenge, Spirit MC, PRIDE, K-1 Heros, Dream, UFC
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (83 kg)
Born September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17) (age 31)
Town of birth Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Team/Association American Top Team
Fighting style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 12
By submission 15
No contests 2
Denis Kang was born on September 17, 1977 and 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
It was announced on November 3, 2008 that Kang had signed a four-fight deal with the UFC, with a tentative date for his debut set to "early 2009." This was later confirmed with the talks of Denis Kang fighting Alan Belcher at UFC 93 in Dublin.