Shane Nelson (fighter)

Shane Nelson (born November 29, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. In addition to the UFC, Nelson has also competed for the MFC, Shooto, and Shark Fights.

Shane Nelson
Born (1984-11-29) November 29, 1984 (age 37)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Other namesSugar
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Reach70 in (180 cm)
Fighting out ofHilo, Hawaii
TeamBJ Penn's MMA
Rankpurple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[1]
Years active2004-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission4
By decision8
By submission1
By decision6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

For the last six years, Nelson has trained with former UFC Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn. Nelson has worked in construction, and now trains full-time with Troy Mandaloniz and Kendall Grove.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

Nelson earned a spot in the house by defeating Charles Diaz via decision after two rounds. Later on, the fighters were given the opportunity to watch UFC 84 on TV. While watching, Junie Browning and Shane began drinking. The pair soon became belligerent and started to throw things into the pool and attempted to pick fights with the other fighters. The next day, UFC President Dana White came to the house and expressed his displeasure with the Nelson and Browning's actions. He announced his decision to give them a second chance and did not kick them off of the show. White then spoke to the coaches to ensure that Nelson would be in the first Lightweight fight. Efrain Escudero defeated Shane in the second round with a head triangle.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Nelson won his UFC debut against former The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir castmate George Roop. Nelson won the fight via split decision.[2]

Nelson had his second fight in the UFC defeating Aaron Riley at UFC 96, Nelson won via TKO 44 seconds into the first round.[3][4] The stoppage is being called one of the worst in UFC history. Nelson was later defeated by Riley via unanimous decision in a rematch at UFC 101.

Nelson was released from the UFC after losing to Matt Wiman via unanimous decision at UFC 107.[5]


Nelson was set to fight Shinya Aoki on very short notice at DREAM. Fight for Japan!. However, Aoki declined to fight Nelson, and he was replaced by Rich Clementi.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Nelson has a son.[7]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
23 matches 16 wins 7 losses
By knockout 4 0
By submission 4 1
By decision 8 6
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–7 Kaleo Kwan Decision (majority) RWE - Just Scrap June 21, 2014 3 5:00 Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Loss 15–7 Graham Spencer Decision (unanimous) MFC 35 October 26, 2012 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 15–6 Takasuke Kume Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto: Gig Central 24: Love and Courage February 12, 2012 2 1:54 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Win 15–5 Lance Wipf TKO (injury) Superior Cage Combat 3 November 4, 2011 2 2:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–5 Aaron Wetherspoon TKO (doctor stoppage) Shark Fights 18 August 19, 2011 2 1:33 Sparks, Nevada, United States
Win 13–5 Jai Bradney Submission (guillotine choke) Nitro 2: Throwdown March 20, 2011 2 2:06 Logan City, Queensland, Australia
Loss 12–5 Matt Wiman Decision (unanimous) UFC 107 December 12, 2009 3 5:00 Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Loss 12–4 Aaron Riley Decision (unanimous) UFC 101 August 8, 2009 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 12–3 Aaron Riley TKO (punch) UFC 96 March 7, 2009 1 0:44 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 11–3 George Roop Decision (split) TUF 8 Finale December 13, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–3 Kaleo Kwan Decision (split) X-1 Events: Champions January 26, 2008 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 9–3 Harris Sarmiento Decision (unanimous) Gracie Proving Ground October 6, 2007 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 8–3 Mike Cuban TKO (strikes) Rumbling on the Rocks: Beatdown 4 July 14, 2007 1 N/A Hawaii, United States
Win 7–3 Kolo Koka Decision (unanimous) X-1: Extreme Fighting 2 March 17, 2007 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 6–3 Aleka Rincon Decision (unanimous) Rumbling on the Rocks: Beatdown 2 October 21, 2006 3 5:00 Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Win 5–3 Tyler Kahihikolo Decision (unanimous) Rumbling on the Rocks: Beatdown 1 June 17, 2006 3 5:00 Hawaii, United States
Loss 4–3 Jamal Perkins Decision (unanimous) Extreme Wars 2: X-1 March 18, 2006 3 3:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 4–2 Isaac Kuikahi Submission (choke) Rumbling on the Rocks: Just Scrap November 5, 2005 1 3:09 Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Loss 3–2 Robert Villapondo Decision (majority) Rumbling on the Rocks: Showdown in Maui October 7, 2005 2 5:00 Maui, Hawaii, United States
Loss 3–1 Harris Sarmiento Decision (unanimous) Rumbling on the Rocks: Proving Grounds II July 9, 2005 2 5:00 Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Win 3–0 Kaleo Kwan Decision (majority) Punishment in Paradise 9 January 22, 2005 2 5:00 Hawaii, United States
Win 2–0 Duke Sarigosa Submission (strikes) Rumbling on the Rocks: Proving Grounds I September 18, 2004 1 N/A Kona, Hawaii, United States
Win 1–0 Wayne Salazar Submission (guillotine choke) You Think You're Tough 5 August 28, 2004 1 2:29 Kona, Hawaii, United States


  1. ^ "UFC Profile".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2007-11-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "- AARON RILEY VS SHANE NELSON AT UFC 96 - MMA WEEKLY - Mixed Martial Arts & UFC News, Photos, Rankings & more". Archived from the original on 2009-01-31.
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  5. ^ "UFC cuts Kevin Burns, Edgar Garcia, Shane Nelson and Darrill Schoonover". 2009-12-28.
  6. ^ "Shinya Aoki vs. Rich Clementi official for "DREAM.17: Fight for Japan"". Mma Junkie. 2011-05-20.
  7. ^ "Déjà vu All Over Again? Shane Nelson Hopes So". 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-08-05.

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