Dom O'Grady

Dom O'Grady (September 13, 1981 – December 22, 2015[2]) was an American professional mixed martial artist who competed in the Lightweight division. He was the former King of the Cage Welterweight and Lightweight Champion. He also competed for the Bellator Fighting Championships and Pancrase in Japan. In addition to mixed martial arts, O'Grady was 2–0 as a professional kickboxer.

Dom O'Grady
Born(1981-09-13)September 13, 1981
DiedDecember 22, 2015(2015-12-22) (aged 34)
Other namesI Hate You So Much[1]
ResidenceSt. Clair Shores, Michigan, United States
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight157.8 lb (71.6 kg; 11.27 st)
Fighting out ofDetroit, Michigan, United States
TeamH8 Squad
Rankblack belt in Judo
Years active2007–2015
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission6
By decision7
By knockout3
By submission1
By decision4
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


O'Grady attended Grosse Pointe South High School in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and then attended Wayne State University. O'Grady was often a victim of bullying as a child before he found martial arts and MMA. O'Grady was a member of the U.S. Sambo Team, winning a world championship, as well as the Swiss Open Sambo Tournament in 2006. O'Grady is also a black belt in judo and won three state titles, two in Michigan and one in Ohio. In submission wrestling, O'Grady was a runner-up in the Canadian Open.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

O'Grady had one amateur mixed martial arts bout in 2005, a win, before making his professional debut in 2007. He won his first four fights before being handed his first professional loss via TKO at the hands of future UFC veteran Mike Stumpf, which to this date is the only TKO/KO loss of his career.

O'Grady then went 4-1 in his next five fights, which included a win in the IFC, bringing his career record to 8–2, before being invited to compete in King of the Cage.

King of the CageEdit

O'Grady made his debut for the organization on April 16, 2010 in a bout for the King of the Cage Lightweight Championship and won via armbar submission. His next appearance was against future UFC veteran Tim Means, and the fight ended in a draw. After gaining another submission win, O'Grady had a rematch with Means for the King of the Cage Junior Welterweight Championship and lost via split decision.

O'Grady, still the Lightweight Champion, fought current UFC veteran Bobby Green in his first title defense. O'Grady lost the bout via unanimous decision. O'Grady would soon bounce back, however, winning his next two fights for the organization before being a title shot for the King of the Cage Welterweight Championship against then-champion, Bill Abrecht. O'Grady won the fight via split decision, receiving his second title in King of the Cage.


O'Grady, with a record of 13–5–1, then signed with the Bellator Fighting Championships and was stripped of his title as a result. O'Grady made his Bellator debut at Bellator 67 on May 4, 2012 and won via submission.

In his next bout for the organization at Bellator 76, O'Grady faced former Strikeforce veteran AJ Matthews and won via split decision.

Bellator: Fight MasterEdit

Holding a record of 2–0 under the Bellator banner, O'Grady was invited to compete on Fight Master: Bellator MMA along with 31 other Welterweight fighters. O'Grady was a favorite for the show and faced Andy Uhrich in the entry round. In an entertaining and exciting fight, O'Grady was defeated via unanimous decision, but Uhrich was disqualified from actually competing on the show because of a severe cut over his eye handed to him by O'Grady.


O'Grady made his Pancrase debut on September 29, 2013 against current DEEP Lightweight Champion and former 2008 Sengoku Lightweight Grand Prix Champion, Satoru Kitaoka. He lost via technical submission in the first round.


O'Grady passed away from a heart attack on December 22, 2015. He is survived by his partner and daughter.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
25 matches 16 wins 8 losses
By knockout 3 3
By submission 6 1
By decision 7 4
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–8–1 Dequan Townsend TKO (punches) WXC 55: Fully Loaded February 7, 2015 1 4:58 Southgate, Michigan, United States
Loss 16–7–1 Jesse Ronson TKO (punches) PVC 3: Showdown in the Downtown October 18, 2014 2 0:45 London, Ontario, Canada
Win 16–6–1 Eric Reynolds Submission (rear-naked choke) XFC 27: Frozen Fury December 13, 2013 2 1:42 Muskegon, Michigan, United States
Loss 15–6–1 Satoru Kitaoka Technical Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase 252: 20th Anniversary September 29, 2013 1 1:19 Yokohama, Japan
Win 15–5–1 AJ Matthews Decision (split) Bellator 76 October 12, 2012 3 5:00 Ontario, Canada
Win 14–5–1 Nathan Gunn Submission (armbar) Bellator 67 May 4, 2012 2 4:51 Ontario, Canada
Loss 13–5–1 Amir Killah Decision (unanimous) IFL 45: My Bloody Valentine February 18, 2012 3 5:00 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 13–4–1 Bill Abrecht Decision (split) KOTC: Total Destruction January 21, 2012 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win 12–4–1 Victor Torres Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Homecoming September 24, 2011 3 5:00 Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States
Win 11–4–1 John Tarrh Submission (armbar) KOTC: Underground 70 August 27, 2011 1 1:22 Peshawbestown, Michigan, United States
Loss 10–4–1 Bobby Green Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Moral Victory April 21, 2011 3 5:00 San Bernardino, California, United States For King of the Cage Lightweight Championship.
Loss 10–3–1 Tim Means Decision (split) KOTC: Steel December 9, 2010 3 5:00 San Bernardino, California, United States For King of the Cage Junior Welterweight Championship
Win 10–2–1 Gabe Rivas Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC: Civil War 2 September 11, 2010 2 1:21 Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
Draw 9–2–1 Tim Means Draw (majority) KOTC: Lock Down July 30, 2010 3 5:00 Alberta, Canada
Win 9–2 David Shepherd Submission (armbar) KOTC: Bad Boys II April 16, 2010 2 4:18 Detroit, Michigan, United States Won King of the Cage Lightweight Championship.
Win 8–2 James Warfield Decision (unanimous) IFC: Wiuff vs. Newcomb January 8, 2010 3 5:00 Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 7–2 Tom Gallicchio Decision (split) WCA: Caged Combat July 5, 2009 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 7–1 Mike Craycraft TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge 111 November 21, 2008 1 4:11 Elizabeth, Indiana, United States
Win 6–1 Ted Worthington Decision (unanimous) Xtreme Fighting Organization 28 August 30, 2008 3 5:00 Burlington, Wisconsin, United States
Win 5–1 Jeremiah Riggs Submission (guillotine choke) XFO 25: Outdoor War 4 August 9, 2008 3 4:16 Island Lake, Illinois, United States
Loss 4–1 Mike Stumpf TKO (punches) Adrenaline MMA 1 June 14, 2008 2 3:52 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 4–0 Jay Ellis TKO (punches) XFO 23: Title Night April 25, 2008 1 3:10 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 3–0 Salvador Woods TKO (punches) XFO 22: Rising Star February 23, 2008 3 1:11 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 2–0 Russ Janca Decision (unanimous) Xtreme Fighting Organization 20 October 19, 2007 3 5:00 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 1–0 Brent Mehrhoff Decision (unanimous) XFO 19: Outdoor War 3 August 11, 2007 3 5:00 Island Lake, Illinois, United States


  1. ^ "Dom O'Grady Profile". Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  2. ^ McKinney, David (December 23, 2015). "Michigan fighter Dom O'Grady passes away". BluegrassMMA.