David Mitchell (fighter)

David Mitchell (born October 24, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Middleweight division. A professional competitor since 2006, Mitchell has formerly competed for the UFC, the World Series of Fighting, Tachi Palace Fights, King of the Cage, and the Absolute Championship Berkut.

David Mitchell
Born (1979-10-24) October 24, 1979 (age 40)
Berkeley, California, United States
Other namesCrazy Train
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight185.6 lb (84.2 kg; 13.26 st)
Light Heavyweight
Reach75.5 in (192 cm)
Fighting out ofSanta Rosa, California, United States
TeamTeam Alpha Male
Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance (formerly)
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under David Terrell
Black belt in Bwon Kup
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission17
By decision3
By knockout3
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Mitchell was born in Berkeley, California but was raised in Laytonville, California. Mitchell competed in soccer through high school and then went to several community colleges before dropping out and working in construction for six years. Mitchell began training under David Terrell at Terrell's gym in Santa Rosa, California and year later began competing in professional mixed martial arts.[1][2]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Mitchell made his professional MMA debut in 2006 and compiled an undefeated record of 11-0 with wins over War Machine, Bobby Green, Tim McKenzie, and Poppies Martinez before being signed by the UFC. Mitchell also won the Tachi Palace Fights Welterweight Championship by defeating McKenzie and then successfully defended the title against Martinez.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Mitchell made his UFC debut against TJ Waldburger on September 15, 2010 at UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares.[3] Mitchell lost a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Mitchell was expected to fight Mike Swick on January 22, 2011 at UFC: Fight for the Troops 2.[4] However, Mitchell was forced out of the fight with a back injury and Swick felt as if his stomach condition was not completely healed, so the bout was scrapped from the card altogether.[5]

Mitchell next faced Paulo Thiago on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134.[6] Mitchell lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Mitchell was expected to face UFC newcomer Hyun Gyu Lim as a late replacement for Marcelo Guimarães on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6.[7] However, prior to the weigh in for the event, the bout was scrapped after Lim was declared medically unfit to compete by UFC doctors.[8]

Mitchell faced Simeon Thoresen on January 26, 2013 at UFC on Fox 6.[9] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Mitchell faced Mike Pierce on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162.[10] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round, marking the first time he's been finished in his professional career.

Mitchell faced Yan Cabral on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29.[11] Cabral defeated Mitchell via unanimous decision.

Following his loss to Cabral, Mitchell was released from the UFC.[12]

Post-UFC careerEdit

Mitchell defeated Fernando Gonzalez in a Middleweight bout via TKO on February 15, 2014 at West Coast Fighting Championship 8.[13] The victory marked the first time Mitchell has finished an opponent via strikes.

He then faced Jaime Jara at WFC 9: Mitchell vs Jara on April 26, 2014.[14] Mitchell won the fight via rear-naked choke submission.[15]

Mitchell was expected to take part in a one-night tournament at BattleGrounds MMA on October 3, 2014.[16] However, he pulled out of the tournament.

On February 28, 2015 in Sacramento, California, USA Mitchell defeated Dave Huckaba via rear-naked choke in the second round to win both the ISCF (International Sport Combat Federation) West Coast Heavyweight Title and the WFC Heavyweight Title.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
29 matches 22 wins 7 losses
By knockout 2 3
By submission 17 0
By decision 3 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22–7 Ibragim Chuzhigaev TKO (punches) ACB 54: Supersonic March 11, 2017 3 0:55 Manchester, England
Win 22–6 Andy Manzolo Submission (guillotine choke) FFC 27: Night of Champions December 17, 2016 2 1:30 Zagreb, Croatia Won vacant FFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 21–6 Richard Blake Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC: Unchallenged October 8, 2016 1 0:48 Oroville, California, United States
Win 20–6 Dervin Lopez Submission (rear-naked choke) FFC 25: Mitchell vs. Lopez June 11, 2016 2 1:09 Springfield, Massachusetts, United States Return to Middleweight.
Loss 19–6 Max Griffin KO (punch) WFC 16: Griffin vs. Mitchell January 23, 2016 1 0:43 Sacramento, California, United States Catchweight (175 lbs) bout.
Loss 19–5 Marcel Fortuna Decision (unanimous) Dragon House 20 June 6, 2015 3 5:00 San Francisco, California, United States For Dragon House Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 19–4 Dave Huckaba Submission (rear-naked choke) WCFC 13: Huckaba vs. Mitchell February 28, 2015 2 3:36 Sacramento, California, United States Heavyweight debut; Won WCFC Heavyweight Championship and the ISCF MMA West Coast Heavyweight Championship.
Win 18–4 Angel DeAnda Submission (rear-naked choke) Tachi Palace Fights 22 February 5, 2015 1 3:00 Lemoore, California, United States Won vacant TPF Middleweight Championship.
Win 17–4 Justin Baesman Submission (rear-naked choke) WSOF 16 December 13, 2014 1 1:44 Sacramento, California, United States Return to Middleweight.
Win 16–4 Michael Gonzalez TKO (punches) WFC 12: Ricetti vs. Emmett November 15, 2014 1 3:42 Sacramento, California, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Win 15–4 Matt Major Submission (guillotine choke) WFC 11: Mitchell vs. Major September 13, 2014 1 4:47 Sacramento, California, United States Won vacant WCFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 14–4 Jaime Jara Submission (rear-naked choke) WFC 9: Mitchell vs. Jara April 26, 2014 1 4:15 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 13–4 Fernando Gonzalez TKO (punches) WFC 8: Avila vs. Berkovic February 15, 2014 3 1:45 Sacramento, California, United States Middleweight bout.
Loss 12–4 Yan Cabral Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields October 9, 2013 3 5:00 Barueri, São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 12–3 Mike Pierce TKO (punches) UFC 162 July 6, 2013 2 2:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–2 Simeon Thoresen Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson January 26, 2013 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 11–2 Paulo Thiago Decision (unanimous) UFC 134 August 27, 2011 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 11–1 TJ Waldburger Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares September 15, 2010 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 11–0 Poppies Martinez Technical Submission (triangle choke) Tachi Palace Fights 5 July 9, 2010 1 1:32 Lemoore, California, United States Defended TPF Welterweight Championship.
Win 10–0 Tim McKenzie Submission (guillotine choke) Tachi Palace Fights 4 May 5, 2010 1 1:10 Lemoore, California, United States Won vacant TPF Welterweight Championship.
Win 9–0 Bobby Green Submission (heel hook) TPF 2: Brawl in the Hall December 3, 2009 1 0:54 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 8–0 War Machine Decision (split) TPF 1: Tachi Palace Fights 1 October 8, 2009 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 7–0 Josh Neal Submission (armbar) CCFC 10: Battle for NorCal February 21, 2009 1 0:28 Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 6–0 Jeff Morris Submission (armbar) CCFC: Mayhem May 17, 2008 1 1:47 Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 5–0 Andy Maccarone Decision (unanimous) CCFC: Meltdown August 18, 2007 3 5:00 Yuba City, California, United States
Win 4–0 Drew Dimanlig Submission (armbar) CCFC: Total Elimination May 12, 2007 2 N/A Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 3–0 Jeff Harmon Submission (rear-naked choke) CCFC: Throwdown at the Pavilion November 4, 2006 2 1:23 Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 2–0 Kenneth Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) Gladiator Challenge 55: Beatdown October 14, 2006 1 2:54 Lakeport, California, United States
Win 1–0 John Corstorphine Submission (triangle choke) Gladiator Challenge 52: Deep Impact July 8, 2006 1 3:30 Lakeport, California, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/2010/07/fight-path-tachi-champ-david-mitchell-went-from-hippie-commune-to-mma-cage
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-01. Retrieved 2015-05-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Anthony "TJ" Waldburger slated for UFC debut during "UFC Fight Night 22"". FIVEOUNCESOFPAIN.com. 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  4. ^ "Mike Swick vs. David Mitchell at UFC Fight For The Troops 2". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  5. ^ "David Mitchell Out of UFC Fight For The Troops; Mike Swick Off The Card". mmaweekly.com. December 30, 2010.
  6. ^ "Welterweights Thiago, Mitchell Matched for UFC 'Rio'". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-05-02.
  7. ^ Staff (2012-10-10). "UFC 'Macao:' Hyun Gyu vs David Mitchell booked with Marcelo Guimarães injured". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  8. ^ Staff (2012-11-09). "David Mitchell awarded show money after Hyun Gyu Lim pulled from UFC on FUEL TV 6". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  9. ^ "UFC on Fox 6 Gets David Mitchell vs. Simeon Thoresen". mmaweekly.com. December 3, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff (April 12, 2013). "Mike Pierce vs. David Mitchell targeted for UFC 162". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  11. ^ Guilherme Cruz (August 29, 2013). "Yan Cabral signs with the UFC, fights David Mitchell in Brazil". mmafighting.com. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
  12. ^ Zane Simon (October 28, 2013). "Matt Hamill, Nandor Guelmino, and David Mitchell removed from UFC rosters". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  13. ^ MixedMartialArts.com Staff (February 15, 2014). "West Coast Fighting 8 - Pro Fights Official Results". mixedmartialarts.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  14. ^ Bryan Henderson (April 24, 2014). "Out of Obscurity: West Coast FC 9, XFCi 4 and Deep 66 Impact". themmacorner.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  15. ^ Tapology.com Staff (April 26, 2014). "David Mitchell vs. Jaime Jara". tapology.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  16. ^ MMAJunkie.com Staff (June 17, 2014). "UFC vet-heavy BattleGrounds one-night tourney shifts to Oct. 3, now on PPV". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.

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