Grant Dawson

Grant Michael Dawson[1] (born February 20, 1994) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Grant Dawson
BornGrant Michael Dawson[1]
(1994-02-20) February 20, 1994 (age 28)
Cambria, Wisconsin, United States[2]
Other namesKGD
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Reach72 in (183 cm)[3]
Fighting out ofFlorida, United States
TeamNo Quarter Given (2012–2013)[4][5]
Team Viper / Lincoln MMA (2013–2014)[2][4]
Glory MMA & Fitness (2014–2022)[6]
American Top Team (2022–present)[7]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[8]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission12
By decision2
By knockout1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Dawson was born in Cambria, Wisconsin, but grew up mostly in Stromsburg, Nebraska.[2][9] Initially dreaming of football career, Dawson started wrestling to aid his primary sport.[10] After realizing he wasn't good enough in football, he dropped the sport and concentrated solely in wrestling.[10] He was homeschooled until his teens, and attended Cross County Community School where he competed in high school wrestling, finishing his senior season with a record of 40–8.[2] After graduating from high school but skipping college due to dyslexia, Dawson decided to pursuit a career in mixed martial arts.[4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

After compiling an amateur record of 8–1, Dawson started his professional MMA career in 2014. He amassed a professional record of 11–1 prior to participating in Dana White's Contender Series.[11]

Dana White's Contender SeriesEdit

Dawson appeared on the first season of the program Dana White's Contender Series 6.[12] He faced Adrian Diaz on August 17, 2017[13] and won the fight by submission due to a rear-naked choke in round two.[14] With the win, Dawson was offered a UFC contract.[15]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Dawson made his UFC debut on March 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos against Julian Erosa.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

His next fight came on May 18, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Lee against Michael Trizano.[18] He won the fight via a rear-naked choke in round two.[19] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[20]

Dawson was scheduled to meet Chas Skelly on January 18, 2020 at UFC 246.[21] However, Dawson was flagged by USADA the second times where the initial flagging was in November 2017 for a residual metabolite of the steroid Turinabol which it was subsequent cleared by USDADA for not able to determine when Dawson had ingested the banned substance, and that resulted in the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) pulling bout from UFC 246. The subsequent finding from USADA found no evidence of performance enhancement of a re-ingestion of a banned drug. However, NSAC would revisit the matter in July, 2020 to determine to issue Nevada fighter licence Dawson and Dawson would have to undergo testing twice a month.[22][23][24] The bout was rescheduled on February 29, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo at Norfolk, Virginia.[25] On February 7, 2020 it was reported that Skelly was injured during one of his training session and was forced to withdraw from the event,[26] and he was replaced by promotional newcomer Darrick Minner.[27] At the weigh-ins, Dawson also failed to make weight, coming in at 149.5 pounds, 3.5 pounds over the featherweight non-title limit of 146 pounds. He was fined 30% of his fight purse, which went to Minner and the bout proceeded at a catchweight.[28] Dawson won the fight via a submission in round two.[29]

Dawson faced Nad Narimani on July 19, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2.[30] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[31]

Dawson faced Leonardo Santos on March 20, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 21.[32] He won the fight via knockout in round three.[33] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[34]

Grant was scheduled to face Carlos Diego Ferreira on October 2, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 193.[35] However, Ferreira pulled out of the fight in early-September citing an injury.[36] Instead Dawson faced Rick Glenn on October 23, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 196.[37] The fight ended in majority draw.[38]

Grant, replacing Rafael Alves, faced Jared Gordonon April 30, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 35.[39] He won the bout via rear-naked choke late into the third round.[40]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 18 wins 1 loss
By knockout 4 1
By submission 12 0
By decision 2 0
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–1–1 Jared Gordon Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on ESPN: Font vs. Vera April 30, 2022 3 4:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Draw 17–1–1 Ricky Glenn Draw (majority) UFC Fight Night: Costa vs. Vettori October 23, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–1 Leonardo Santos KO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland March 20, 2021 3 4:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Lightweight. Performance of the Night.
Win 16–1 Nad Narimani Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 July 19, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Catchweight (150 lb) bout.
Win 15–1 Darrick Minner Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo February 29, 2020 2 1:38 Norfolk, Virginia, United States Catchweight (149.5 lb) bout; Dawson missed weight.
Win 14–1 Michael Trizano Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Lee May 18, 2019 2 2:27 Rochester, New York, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–1 Julian Erosa Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos March 9, 2019 3 5:00 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Win 12–1 Adrian Diaz Submission (rear-naked choke) Dana White's Contender Series 6 August 17, 2017 2 1:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–1 Mike Plazola Submission (triangle choke) Kansas City Fighting Alliance 20 October 1, 2016 1 3:49 Independence, Missouri, United States Return to Featherweight.
Win 10–1 Christian Camp TKO (elbows and punches) VFC 52 July 16, 2016 2 1:43 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Loss 9–1 Hugh Pulley TKO (punches) Kansas City Fighting Alliance 18 April 30, 2016 1 0:35 Independence, Missouri, United States
Win 9–0 Robert Washington TKO (punches) Titan FC 37 March 4, 2016 2 2:08 Ridgefield, Washington, United States
Win 8–0 Bryce Logan TKO (punches) Victory Fighting Championship 47 January 29, 2016 2 3:12 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 7–0 Andrew Carrillo Submission (rear-naked choke) Kansas City Fighting Alliance 15 August 15, 2015 1 3:21 Grandview, Missouri, United States Featherweight bout.
Win 6–0 Danny Tims Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 4:15 Featherweight bout.
Win 5–0 Chris McDaniel Submission (rear-naked choke) ShoFight: Branson Brawl May 9, 2015 1 4:07 Branson, Missouri, United States
Win 4–0 James Smith Submission (rear-naked choke) Victory Fighting Championship 45 April 4, 2015 1 2:30 Ralston, Nebraska, United States Return to Lightweight.
Win 3–0 Adam Rider Submission (rear-naked choke) Shamrock FC: Heavy Artillery March 7, 2015 1 1:45 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Featherweight debut; Dawson missed weight (149 lb).
Win 2–0 Matt Williams Submission (armbar) DCS 12 December 5, 2014 1 2:29 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Win 1–0 Jeremiah Denson Submission (rear-naked choke) Omaha Fight Club 100 August 24, 2014 2 2:29 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Lightweight debut.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Mixed martial arts show results Date: April 30, 2022
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  3. ^ "UFC Fight Night | UFC". Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  4. ^ a b c Brendan Fitzgerald (March 17, 2021). "For me, it's UFC CHAMPION OR BUST" | Grant Dawson & Brendan Fitzgerald – via YouTube.
  5. ^ SJ Munoz (May 26, 2012). "York MMA fighters in action this weekend". York News-Times.
  6. ^ (April 27, 2022). Grant Dawson says move to ATT will make him champion | UFC on ESPN 35 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ Cageside Press (April 14, 2022). Grant Dawson Explains His Move To American Top Team, Planning To Make A Statement At UFC Vegas 53 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ @grantdawsonkgd (December 13, 2019). ""All men die, but how many men truly live? (...)"". Retrieved October 25, 2021 – via Instagram.
  9. ^ Ken Kush (April 30, 2015). "MMA became Dawson's savior". York News-Times.
  10. ^ a b Darren Potts (March 9, 2021). "The Pottscast, with UFC's Grant Dawson" (Podcast).
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