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Daniel Spohn

Daniel Spohn

American martial artist
Daniel Spohn
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Quick Facts

Intro American martial artist
A.K.A. Daniel Brian Spohn
Is Athlete Mixed martial artist
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 12 October 1984, Zanesville
Age 36 years
Residence Columbus
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Daniel Brian Spohn (born October 12, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist. He previously fought for Bellator Fighting Championships and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Early life

Spohn was born in Abilene, Texas on October 12, 1984 to Frank and Joan Spohn. Dan has one brother, Jonathan Spohn, two half brothers, Frank Spohn Jr. and Jason Hammonds, and two half sisters, Kelly and Christie.

In 1996 Joan and her three sons, Jason, Dan, and Jonathan moved to Cambridge, Ohio where three years later Dan attended classes at Cambridge Mixed Martial Arts where he studied under Tim McConahay.

Dan attended John Glenn High School in New Concord, Ohio and graduated in 2003.

Mixed martial arts

Spohn began training in Kung Fu at the age of 12 and at age 14 began training in Aiki Jitsu. Dan has studied traditional Kachido Aikijitsu for the past 17 years under Sensei Tim McConahay. He holds the rank of 3rd degree black belt in the art, and serves as a part time co-instructor at Cambridge Martial Arts dojo when he is back in his hometown. Spohn currently trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Vitor Oliveira at Ronin training center and holds the rank of blue belt.

Early career

Spohn made his amateur MMA debut in 2006. Over the next three and a half years, he amassed a record of 9 wins and 4 losses.

In November 2009, Spohn made his professional MMA debut. He was undefeated for the first two years of his career, with a record of 6 wins. Daniel Spohn holds one of the fastest knockouts in Bellator history with a flying knee 9 second KO. He suffered his first professional defeat against Kelvin Tiller at Bellator 56 via split decision. His next loss in Bellator also came by split decision against Russian fighter Atilla Vegh.

The Ultimate Fighter

In March 2014, the UFC officially announced the list of fighters competing on the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn season with Spohn listed as one entrant.

Spohn made it onto the show by winning his preliminary match against Tyler King via spectacular 10 second knockout. UFC President Dana White called it the "probably the nastiest fucking knockout" of the entire show's history. In the elimination round, Spohn faced Todd Monaghan and won by unanimous decision. In the semifinals, he faced Matt Van Buren and lost via TKO in the second round after an exciting war which won "fight of the season".

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Despite not making it to the finals, Spohn was one of only two competitors from the series brought back to be featured on the finale. He faced Team Edgar semifinalist Patrick Walsh on July 6, 2014. He lost the bout via unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.

Spohn is undefeated in 5 of his last 6 fights since being released from UFC and currently holds two regional titles. He is the current Gladiators of the Cage Light Heavyweight champion and also the CFFC Heavyweight Champion. Spohn declared that he is working his way back to the UFC.

Personal life

Dan and his wife Rachel currently reside in Columbus, OH with their 4 children.

Championships and accomplishments

  • North American Allied Fight Series
    • NAAFS Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
  • Cage Fury Fighting Championships
    • CFFC Heavyweight Championship (One time, Current)

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
win 15–5 Flavio Rogerio Magon Decision (unanimous) HKFC: Hard Knocks 53 January 27, 2017 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
win 14–5 Jeff Hughes TKO (punches) Alpha One Sports: IT Fight Series 48 December 10, 2016 5 2:02 Columbus, Ohio, United States Won the Alpha One Sports Heavyweight Championship
win 13–5 Rob Morrow TKO (punches) GOTC MMA 21 June 4, 2016 3 1:04 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Won the GOTC MMA Light Heavyweight Championship
loss 12–5 Rodney Wallace Decision (unanimous) HKFC: Hard Knocks 48 January 29, 2016 5 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada For the HKFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 12–4 Azunna Anyanwu TKO (punches) CFFC 53 December 4, 2015 2 3:24 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Won the CFFC Heavyweight Championship
Win 11–4 Lewis Rumsey Decision (unanimous) Gladiators of the Cage 17 June 6, 2015 3 5:00 Butler, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 10–4 Marcus Finch TKO (punches) Absolute Cage Fighting March 6, 2015 3 3:15 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 9–4 Michael Cockerham Submission (arm-triangle choke) Alpha One Sports: IT Fight Series 29 November 22, 2014 1 0:42 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss 8–4 Patrick Walsh Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale July 6, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–3 Aaron Mays Submission (armbar) UVC 23 - Invasion May 10, 2013 1 2:41 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 7–3 Robert Morrow Submission (rear-naked choke) UVC 22 - Mayhem February 16, 2013 2 4:03 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss 6–3 Josh Stansbury Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 71 June 22, 2012 1 2:30 Chester, West Virginia, United States
Loss 6–2 Attila Vegh Decision (split) Bellator 66 April 20, 2012 3 5:00 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Loss 6–1 Kelvin Tiller Decision (split) Bellator 56 October 29, 2011 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 6–0 Dane Bonnigson KO (knee) Bellator 51 September 24, 2011 1 0:09 Canton, Ohio, United States
Win 5–0 John Hawk Decision (unanimous) NAAFS - Spohn vs. Hawk 2 May 21, 2011 5 5:00 Streetsboro, Ohio, United States Won NAAFS Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Josh Hendricks TKO (doctor stoppage) NAAFS - Caged Fury 14 February 26, 2011 1 1:57 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 3–0 John Hawk Decision (unanimous) NAAFS - Rock N Rumble 4 August 28, 2010 3 3:00 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 2–0 Christopher Thad Schlichter Decision (unanimous) NAAFS - Caged Fury 11 April 24, 2009 3 3:00 East Liverpool, Ohio, United States
Win 1–0 Josh Stansbury Submission (guillotine choke) NAAFS - Caged Fury 8 November 25, 2009 2 1:01 East Liverpool, Ohio, United States

Mixed martial arts amateur record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 5–2 Jason Butcher Submission (rear-naked choke) NAAFS - Caged Fury 7 October 9, 2009 2 1:38 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 5–1 Lewis Rumsey TKO (punches) NAAFS - Rock N Rumble 3 August 29, 2009 2 1:53 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 4–1 Joshua Moore Decision (unanimous) NAAFS - North Coast Showdown 3 June 12, 2009 3 3:00 Sandusky, Ohio, United States
Loss 3–1 Chuck Ellison KO (punch) NAAFS - North Coast Showdown 1 September 16, 2006 1 0:40 Euclid, Ohio, United States
Win 3–0 Lou Ludwig TKO (punches) NAAFS - Thursday Night Fights August 3, 2006 1 1:36 Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 2–0 Dave Osborne Submission (rear-naked choke) NAAFS - Fight Night in the Flats 2 June 10, 2006 1 1:00 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 1–0 Anthony Pray KO (punches) NAAFS - Caged Fury 1 May 6, 2006 2 N/A Dover, Ohio, United States

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