Daniel B. "The Sandman" Christison (born April 26, 1972) is a retired American mixed martial artist. A professional from 2001 until 2010, he fought for the San Jose Razorclaws of the International Fight League, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, WEC, and was also a cast member on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter as part of Team Hughes. He is the former WEC Super Heavyweight Champion.
|Born||April 26, 1972|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Other names||The Sandman|
|Height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Weight||265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st)|
|Division||Heavyweight & Super heavyweight|
|Reach||85 in (216 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Team||Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Christison was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and had a rough upbringing which fueled his interest to begin mixed martial arts. He studied traditional Chinese martial arts before learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu and then transitioned into mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
At 6'8" and 270 lbs, Christison was a Heavyweight who fought chiefly with a submission wrestling style. Christison fought out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Christison was a contestant on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter. Nicknamed "Big Dan" Christison and Dan "The Sandman" Christison, he lost his first fight on the show, a quarterfinal match with Seth Petruzelli in which Christison lost by unanimous decision.
Christison was member of Team Hughes on TUF 2. Along with fellow former Ultimate Fighter competitors Joe Stevenson and Rashad Evans, he trained in Albuquerque under the instruction of coach Greg Jackson.
Christison was 0-6 lifetime in fights that went to a decision (not counting the loss to Petruzelli which is officially classed as an exhibition bout) and 20-1 in fights that were decided by knockout or submission (the lone loss coming via a doctor stoppage).
Christison and his wife, the former Kyria McBrayer, have (as of June 2018) a seven-year-old son, Rylan. The family resides in Dale, Indiana, near where Mrs. Christison was born and raised.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||20 wins||7 losses|
|Win||20–7||Mike Wessel||Submission (kimura)||CFC 4: Wessel vs. Christison||February 26, 2010||3||3:56||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||19–7||Rodrigo Munduruca||KO (punches)||Canadian Fighting Championship 3||November 14, 2009||2||0:18||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||18–7||Jim Davis||TKO (submission to punches)||ICF: Intimidation Cage Fighting 17||October 31, 2009||1||2:21||Florence, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||17–7||Joel Traves||TKO (punches)||Steele Cage MMA: Battle of the Texas Titans||June 11, 2009||1||2:16||Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Loss||16–7||Márcio Cruz||Decision (unanimous)||ICF: Breakout||April 11, 2009||3||5:00||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||16–6||Brion Peoples||TKO (submission to punches)||ICF: Turfwar||March 14, 2009||1||0:36||Florence, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||15–6||Steve Banks||Submission (omoplata)||Intimidation Cage Fighting: Redemption||November 22, 2008||1||4:29||Florence, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||14–6||Nedius Huitt||TKO (submission to punches)||ICF: Vendetta||October 25, 2008||1||0:45||Florence, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||13–6||Charles McVey||KO (punches)||Warrior MMA: Consequences||September 13, 2008||1||1:46||Elizabethtown, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||12–6||Sam Holloway||Submission (armbar)||AFL: Bulletproof||May 30, 2008||1||0:50||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||11–6||John LeBlanc||TKO (punches)||AFL: Eruption||March 7, 2008||2||4:02||Lexington, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||10–6||Derek Sawyer||TKO (punches)||RFL: Revolution Fight League I||December 1, 2007||1||0:50||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||9–6||Johnathon Wesson||Decision (unanimous)||RITC 103: USA vs Brazil||November 16, 2007||3||4:00||Fountain Hills, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||8–6||Antoine Jaoude||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: Chicago||May 19, 2007||3||4:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||8–5||Krzysztof Soszynski||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: Los Angeles||March 17, 2007||3||4:00||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||8–4||Frank Mir||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 61: Bitter Rivals||July 8, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–3||Brad Imes||Submission (armbar)||UFC Fight Night 4||April 6, 2006||3||3:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night.|
|Win||7–3||Jimmy Ambriz||Submission (verbal)||IFC WC 19: Warriors Challenge 19||March 26, 2005||2||0:55||Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, United States|
|Win||6–3||Ben Rothwell||Submission (kimura)||Euphoria: USA vs World||February 26, 2005||3||0:57||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5–3||Andre Roberts||Submission (armbar)||WEC 13||January 22, 2005||1||3:26||Lemoore, California, United States||Won the vacant WEC Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||4–3||Lemuel Vincent||TKO (strikes)||KOTC: New Mexico||August 28, 2004||N/A||N/A||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||3–3||Jimmy Westfall||TKO (punches)||POA: Pride of Albuquerque||April 10, 2004||1||1:18||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Loss||2–3||Dan Severn||Decision (split)||KOTC 24: Mayhem||June 14, 2003||3||5:00||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Loss||2–2||Eric Pele||TKO (strikes)||KOTC 23: Sin City||May 16, 2003||1||4:50||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the KOTC Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||2–1||Albert Lopez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Triple Threat: Fight Night 1||April 6, 2003||1||N/A||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Loss||1–1||Dan Severn||Decision||AC 1: Aztec Challenge 1||September 6, 2002||3||5:00||Ciudad Juarez, Mexico|
|Win||1–0||Gabe Beauperthy||Submission||GC 5: Rumble in the Rockies||August 19, 2001||N/A||N/A||Denver, Colorado, United States|
- "Foley: Busting the length and reach myth". 5 December 2012.
- Sherdog.com. "Dan". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-12-20.