Nick Denis

Nick Denis (born October 11, 1983) is a retired Canadian professional mixed martial artist. A World Victory Road, Aggression Fighting Championship, King of the Cage and UFC veteran, Denis is best known for being a former KOTC Canada Bantamweight Champion, semi-finalist in the Sengoku Featherweight Tournament and his Knockout of the Night victory in his debut fight in the UFC.

Nick Denis
Born (1983-10-11) October 11, 1983 (age 36)
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Other namesThe Ninja Of Love
ResidenceOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)[1]
Reach70.0 in (178 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofMontreal, Quebec, Canada
TeamRonin MMA
Tristar Gym
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Kyokushin kaikan
Years active2006–2012
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout10
By submission1
By knockout1
By submission2
UniversityUniversity of Ottawa
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Denis made his MMA debut in his native Canada in October 2006. He debuted for the King of the Cage Canada promotion and quickly became their Bantamweight champion.[3]

In 2009, Denis made his international MMA debut for the World Victory Road promotion. He fought in the Sengoku Featherweight Grandprix, making it to the semifinal round.

More recently, he fought against Bellator veteran Nick Mamalis who he defeated via KO (suplex and chokeslam) in the second round.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

In early December 2011, it was announced that Denis had signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC.[4]

In his UFC debut, Denis faced Joseph Sandoval on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller. He was successful, defeating Sandoval with a series of standing elbows.[5]

Nick was expected to face Johnny Bedford at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012.[6] However, Bedford was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Roland Delorme.[7] He lost to Delorme by rear-naked choke at 4:59 of an action-packed first round where both fighters were rocked until Delorme rallied and submitted Denis.

In November 2012, Nick announced his retirement from the sport of MMA in a post on his blog, citing research of Chronic traumatic encephalopathy.[8][9] Denis is frequently quoted and his research is the subject of many discussions on media outlets including MMA Live, The New York Daily News and The Joe Rogan Experience.

Personal lifeEdit

Denis studied at the University of Ottawa, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Nick also invested part of his "Knockout of the Night" win bonus in purchasing land, owning a large part of land in North Stormont, Ontario, Canada. A fan of board games, Denis has recently designed an algorithm for efficiently playing SeaFall.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 11 wins 3 losses
By knockout 10 1
By submission 1 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–3 Roland Delorme Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller May 5, 2012 1 4:59 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–2 Joseph Sandoval KO (elbows) UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller January 20, 2012 1 0:22 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 10–2 Nick Mamalis KO (suplex and chokeslam) Wreck MMA: Unfinished Business October 28, 2011 2 1:03 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada Return to Bantamweight.
Loss 9–2 Yuji Hoshino Submission (guillotine choke) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 12 March 7, 2010 2 0:47 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–1 Sean Quinn KO (punches) Wreck MMA: Fights for the Troops December 12, 2009 1 3:42 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Win 8–1 Jason Townes TKO (knee and kick to the body) AMMA 1: First Blood October 24, 2009 2 1:26 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 7–1 Marlon Sandro KO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8 May 2, 2009 1 0:19 Tokyo, Japan Sengoku Featherweight Grandprix Second Round.
Win 7–0 Seiya Kawahara TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 7 March 20, 2009 1 2:36 Tokyo, Japan Sengoku Featherweight Grandprix Opening Round.
Win 6–0 Josh Kyrejto KO (punch) KOTC: Excalibur July 19, 2008 1 4:59 Edmonton, Alberta Canada Fought at Featherweight.
Win 5–0 Josh Gallant KO (punches) KOTC: Brawl at the Mall 3 April 4, 2008 2 3:14 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Defends KOTC Canada Bantamweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Dave Scholten TKO (punch to the body) KOTC: Brawl at the Mall 2 October 19, 2007 3 0:23 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Wins KOTC Canada Bantamweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Chris Myra TKO (punches) KOTC: Capital Chaos March 28, 2007 1 1:40 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 2–0 Jean-Robert Monier Submission (armbar) KOTC: Freedom Fight January 20, 2007 1 4:33 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 1–0 Justin Darbyson KO (punches) APEX: A Night Of Champions October 16, 2006 2 2:24 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Sengoku Official Website". 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  2. ^ "Nick Denis' Tapology Profile". Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Mann Sees 'Problem' for Sengoku GP Favorite Hioki". Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  4. ^ (2011-12-02). "UFC signs 'The Ninja of Love' Nick Denis to multi-fight contract". Archived from the original on 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2012-02-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Helwani, Ariel (April 18, 2012). "Roland Delorme Replaces Johnny Bedford Against Nick Denis at UFC on FOX 3". Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  8. ^ Denis, Nick (November 22, 2012). "Nick Denis - Ninja of Love Blog: ...And Then What Happened?". Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  9. ^ Staff (November 23, 2012). "UFC bantamweight Nick Denis retires, cites potential brain injuries". Archived from the original on January 29, 2013.

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