Thomas Denny (born April 19, 1971) is an American mixed martial artist. He competes in the Welterweight division, and is the former King of the Cage Welterweight Champion. In addition to King of the Cage, Denny has also competed in the WEC, EliteXC, Shooto, MFC, and ShoXC.
|Born||April 19, 1971|
Hesperia, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Fighting out of||Hesperia, California, United States|
|Team||Team Wildman Vale Tudo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Denny was born in Hesperia, California, where he also runs his own training camp, Team Wildman Vale Tudo. Growing up, however, Denny faced many hardships as a child, being raised in a very dysfunctional family, he found boxing when he was 10 years old, before turning to kickboxing when he was 19. While training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he viewed an International Vale Tudo fight that featured Jose Landi and Denny became hooked to mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial artsEdit
Denny made his debut in 1999 against future UFC veteran, Doug Evans, winning by rear-naked choke. However, the inexperienced Denny would only win one of his next seven fights, with three of the losses to future stars, Yves Edwards, Tetsuji Kato, and Jutaro Nakao.
However, he would eventually get himself back on track, holding a record of 17-11 before being given a shot at the King of the Cage Welterweight Championship against James Fanshier. Denny lost by split decision, but would later win the King of the Cage Welterweight Championship in a rematch with Fanshier, winning by TKO from punches. Denny then dropped two straight fights, losing his belt in the next fight and then losing again to future UFC veteran Alex Karalexis, before winning his next fight against UFC and future Strikeforce veteran Tony Fryklund via submission. Five fights later, in 2008 Denny fought against Joe Camacho for the King of the Cage Junior Welterweight Championship, but lost by knockout from a punch.
Denny then rebounded with a DQ win against Thai kickboxer Malaipet Sasiprapa, before facing future Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz at EliteXC: Unfinished Business and the legendary Pat Miletich, losing both fights by knockout from punches. Denny then fought in the Canadian MFC, fighting to a draw in his debut, but losing via unanimous decision in the rematch. His last fight was against judo specialist and former UFC veteran Karo Parisyan, which he also lost via unanimous decision.
Denny participated in MTV's Bully Beatdown where he fought Dennis, "The Russian Meathead". To date, he is the only professional MMA fighter on the show to not score a single submission in the first round. During the 3 minutes in the submission round, Thomas was unable to apply a submission. He also failed to knock out the bully in the kickboxing round, constituting the only time in the history of the show in which the bully got away with all the money.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|49 matches||27 wins||21 losses|
|Loss||27–21–1||Tony Sims||KO (punches)||Fight To Win: Prize Fighting Championship 2||July 13, 2013||1||1:08||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||27–20–1||Karo Parisyan||Decision (unanimous)||WMMA 1: McCorkle vs. Heden||March 31, 2012||3||5:00||El Paso, Texas, United States|
|Loss||27–19–1||Sheldon Westcott||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 30: Up Close & Personal||June 10, 2011||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Draw||27–18–1||Sheldon Westcott||Draw (split)||MFC 28: Supremacy||February 25, 2011||3||5:00||Enoch, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||27–18||Joe Cronin||Submission (guillotine choke)||Called out MMA 1||August 15, 2009||2||1:57||Ontario, California, United States|
|Loss||26–18||Pat Miletich||KO (punches)||Adrenaline MMA 2: Miletich vs. Denny||December 11, 2008||2||0:50||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||26–17||Nick Diaz||TKO (punches)||EliteXC: Unfinished Business||July 26, 2008||2||0:30||Stockton, California, United States|
|Win||26–16||Malaipet||DQ (Illegal Elbows)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||March 21, 2008||1||4:51||Santa Ynez, California, United States|
|Loss||25–16||Joe Camacho||KO (punch)||KOTC: Premiere||January 24, 2008||2||0:37||Highland, California, United States||For KOTC Junior Welterweight Championship|
|Win||25–15||Olaf Alfonso||Decision (unanimous)||PFC 4: Project Complete||October 18, 2007||3||5:00|
|Win||24–15||John Cole||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Collision Course||August 5, 2007||1||3:58||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||23–15||Don Shea||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Epicenter||June 8, 2007||1||1:12||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||22–15||Fredson Paixão||Submission (armbar)||GFC: Evolution||May 19, 2007||1||4:32||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||22–14||Tony Fryklund||Submission (rear-naked choke)||BIB: Beatdown in Bakersfield||November 17, 2006||1||1:32||Bakersfield, California, United States|
|Loss||21–14||Alex Karalexis||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 23: Hot August Fights||August 17, 2006||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||21–13||Matt Stansell||Submission (triangle choke)||KOTC: The Return 2||March 25, 2006||1||3:18||San Jacinto, California, United States||Lost KOTC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||21–12||James Fanshier||TKO (punches)||KOTC 63: Final Conflict||December 2, 2005||2||0:18||San Jacinto, California, United States||Won KOTC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||20–12||Frank Kirmse||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC 58: Prime Time||August 5, 2005||1||3:41||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||19–12||Thomas Padilla||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC 54: Mucho Machismo||June 12, 2005||1||1:54||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||18–12||Ray Elbe||Submission (kimura)||KOTC 49: Soboba||March 20, 2005||2||1:34||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||17–12||James Fanshier||Decision (split)||KOTC 44: Revenge||November 14, 2004||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States||For KOTC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||17–11||Tony Llamas||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC 37: Unfinished Business||June 12, 2004||1||1:33||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||16–11||Jake Gomez||Submission (triangle choke)||KOTC 33: After Shock||February 20, 2004||1||2:15||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||15–11||Richard Esparza||Submission (triangle choke)||EP: XXXtreme Impact||December 28, 2003||1||0:39||Tijuana, Mexico|
|Win||14–11||Richard Solis||Submission (armbar)||KOTC 30: The Pinnacle||November 2, 2003||2||3:15||California, United States|
|Win||13–11||Jason Dolder||TKO (punches)||KOTC 29: Renegades||September 5, 2003||1||2:22||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||12–11||Kyle Brees||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 25: Flaming Fury||June 29, 2003||2||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||11–11||Joe Stevenson||Submission (guillotine choke)||KOTC 23: Sin City||May 16, 2003||1||0:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–10||Justin Stanley||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC 22: Steel Warrior||March 23, 2003||1||3:12||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||10–10||Georges St-Pierre||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UCC 12: Adrenaline||January 25, 2003||2||4:45||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||10–9||Aaron Anderson||TKO (strikes)||KOTC 17: Nuclear Explosion||October 19, 2002||1||3:40||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||9–9||Dave Garcia||Decision (split)||TFC 5: Fightzone 5||September 21, 2002||3||5:00||Toledo, Ohio, United States|
|Win||8–9||Jeff Lindsay||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 16: Double Cross||August 2, 2002||2||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||7–9||Chris Brennan||Submission (armbar)||Gladiator Challenge 11||April 20, 2002||1||3:12||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||7–8||Ray Perales||Submission (armbar)||KOTC 12: Cold Blood||February 9, 2002||1||2:31||California, United States|
|Loss||6–8||Duane Ludwig||Submission (knees)||Shogun 1||December 15, 2001||1||4:18||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||6–7||John Alessio||Submission (keylock)||KOTC 11: Domination||September 29, 2001||1||1:55||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||6–6||Mike Lee||TKO (knees)||KOTC 9: Showtime||June 23, 2001||1||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||5–6||Bob Ostovich||Submission (guillotine choke)||Warriors Quest 1: The New Beginning||May 29, 2001||1||1:05||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||4–6||Chris Little||TKO (strikes)||CF: Caged Fury||March 11, 2001||1||1:30|
|Win||3–6||Carmen Vito||KO (flying head kick)||CF: Caged Fury||March 11, 2001||1||3:30|
|Loss||2–6||Jutaro Nakao||Submission (strangle choke)||Shooto: To The Top 2||March 2, 2001||3||3:09||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||2–5||Tetsuji Kato||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: R.E.A.D. 10||September 15, 2000||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||2–4||John Chrisostomo||Decision (unanimous)||SuperBrawl 16||February 8, 2000||2||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||2–3||Paul Creighton||Submission (armbar)||Holiday Fight Party||December 11, 1999||1||1:10||Georgia, United States|
|Loss||2–2||Shane Dunn||Submission (armbar)||WEF 7: Stomp in the Swamp||October 9, 1999||2||1:25||Kenner, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||2–1||Kevin Hogan||Submission (kneebar)||Lionheart Invitational||September 1, 1999||1||5:26||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Yves Edwards||Submission (flying armbar)||West Coast NHB Championships 2||February 28, 1999||1||N/A||Compton, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Doug Evans||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Neutral Grounds 9||January 10, 1999||1||6:00|
- "Gabe Ruediger wins fourth straight, headliner Thomas Denny victorious at CalledOut MMA". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
- "Pat Miletich KOs Thomas Denny, Rothwell victorious at Adrenaline MMA II". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
- Marco Yanitelli. "Thomas "Wildman" Denny: Beat Down By A Bully". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 25 September 2015.