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Dom O'Grady (September 13, 1981 – December 22, 2015) 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.
|Born||September 13, 1981|
|Died||December 22, 2015(aged 34)|
|Other names||I Hate You So Much|
|Residence||St. Clair Shores, Michigan, United States|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||157.8 lb (71.6 kg; 11.27 st)|
|Fighting out of||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Rank||black belt in Judo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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
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.
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|
|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|