Travis Wiuff

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Travis Wiuff
BornTravis James Wiuff [1]
(1978-03-15) March 15, 1978 (age 45)
Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
Other namesDiesel
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight264.5 lb (120.0 kg; 18.89 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Super Heavyweight
Reach74 in (188 cm) [2]
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Rochester, Minnesota, United States
TeamLion's Lair (2001–2002) [3]
Menne Combat Academy (2002–2006) [4]
Elite Performance (formerly) [4]
Miletich Fighting Systems (formerly) [4]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Mario Roberto [5]
Wrestling NCAA Division II wrestling
Years active2001–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout39
By submission12
By decision27
By knockout16
By submission3
By decision3
No contests1
Other information
University Minnesota State University [4]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Representing Flag of the United States (23px).png  United States
Men's catch wrestling
Frank Gotch World Catch Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2016 Humboldt 219 lb [6]
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2017 Humboldt Openweight [7]
ACWA US National Championship
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2023 Humboldt +214 lb [8]
Collegiate wrestling
Representing the RCTC Yellowjackets
NJCAA Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1999 Rochester 285 lbs [9]
Last updated on: September 30, 2023 (2023-09-30)

Travis James Wiuff (born March 15, 1978) [1] is an American mixed martial artist competing in the Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 2001 and veteran of over 100 fights, Wiuff has competed for the UFC, PRIDE, Bellator, World Victory Road, and the Quad Cities Silverbacks and San Jose Razorclaws of the IFL. [10]



Wiuff is from Owatonna, Minnesota, and is of Danish and Irish descent. As his father was a professional wrestler, Wiuff also began wrestling when he was five years old, and continued through high school and college. [11] While at Owatonna High School, he also played football. [12] He was injured during his senior year and had to miss out on the state wrestling championship tournament despite being ranked number one in the state of Minnesota.

Wiuff continued to wrestle and also continued to play football for two years in junior college, at Rochester Technical Community College, where he was a two-time NJCAA All-American, finishing second as a heavyweight at the national championship in 1999. [12] [13] [9] After junior college, Wiuff attended Minnesota State University but dropped out a year before graduating with a law enforcement degree. [4]

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Applying for a bouncer job in his early adulthood, Wiuff bumped into Brad Kohler who tried to lure the accomplished wrestler into fighting. [11] Over time and after several attempts, Kohler succeeded and Wiuff begun training at Kohler's gym Lion's Lair. [11] Rapidly after starting the sport, Wiuff made his professional debut in September 2001. Over the next year, he amassed a record of 12–2 before making his debut for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Wiuff made his UFC debut in November 2002 as he faced Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 40. He lost the fight via submission due to punches late in the first round. Wiuff was released from the promotion following the loss.

Post-UFC release

Following his release from the company, Wiuff fought schedule on the independent MMA circuit. He fought 24 times over the next three years, and went 22–2.

Return to UFC

Wiuff was invited back to the UFC in April 2005 when he faced Renato Sobral at UFC 52. He lost the fight via armbar submission in the opening minute of the second round. He was again released from the promotion.

Independent promotions

Wiuff continued his fight schedule after his second UFC release fighting in more independent promotions. Before joining Bellator, he fought 39 times in the ensuing six years. He added an additional 29-9 with one no-contest to his record during this period.

Wiuff won the YAMMA Eight-Man Heavyweight Tournament as well as the IFO Light Heavyweight Championship twice, IFC Americas Cruiserweight Championship and IFC United States Light Heavyweight Championship once.

Wiuff fought Mike Kyle on May 24, 2013, at CFA 11, Wiuff lost via knockout in 21 seconds of the first round. [14]

Bellator Fighting Championships

Wiuff signed to a contract with Bellator. He debuted in October 2011 where he defeated reigning Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Christian M'Pumbu in a non-title superfight at Bellator 55, marking the first time a reigning Bellator Champion had lost to someone not under an ongoing contract with the promotion. [15] [16] Bellator signed Wiuff to a contract that December, [17] and he returned to the promotion in March 2012 where he defeated Anthony Gomez in a unanimous decision at Bellator 60. [18]

In the summer of 2012, Wiuff entered Bellator's Light Heavyweight Tournament. In the opening round at Bellator 71, he faced Chris Davis and won via KO in the first round. [19] Wiuff faced Tim Carpenter in the semifinals at Bellator 72. [20] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

On August 24, 2012, Wiuff faced Attila Vegh in the tournament finals at Bellator 73 and lost via KO in 25 seconds of round one. [21]

On March 21, 2013, Wiuff faced Ryan Martinez at Bellator 93 in a Heavyweight bout, He lost via KO in 18 seconds of round one. [22]

Independent promotions

Wiuff faced Brett Murphy at VCF: Countdown to War on December 31, 2013. He won the fight via unanimous decision, snapping his four fight losing streak. [23]

Wiuff signed with the Driller Promotions organization in March 2014, and made his debut against Terry Davinney at DP: O-Town Throwdown 1 on April 12, 2014. He won the fight via first-round TKO. [24]

He then faced Brian Heden at Driller Promotions: No Mercy 11 on May 24, 2014, for the DP Heavyweight Championship. He won the fight via first-round TKO, and won his first championship since 2009. [25] He then faced Dallas Mitchell at Dakota FC: Beatdown 11 on June 7, 2014, which he won in a unanimous decision. [26]

Wiuff made his first title defense on June 27, 2014, when he faced Danyelle Williams at Driller Promotions: A-Town Throwdown III. [27] He won the fight via unanimous decision. [28]

Wiuff then faced Chris Barnett at Inoki Genome Fight 2 on August 23, 2014. Wiuff lost the bout via TKO after being struck by a right hand from Barnett. [29]

Wiuff faced Timothy Johnson at Dakota FC 19: Fall Brawl on October 25, 2014, for the DFC Heavyweight Championship. He was defeated via TKO due to punches in the first round. [30]

Wiuff faced Kevin Asplund at Driller Promotions: O-Town Throwdown 2 on April 18, 2015. He won via submission in round three. [31]

Submission wrestling career

Wiuff has also competed in catch wrestling. In July 2016, he won gold in the 219 lb division at the Frank Gotch World Catch Championships in Humboldt, Iowa. [32] [6] Wiuff returned for the tournament's 2017 edition, which used an openweight format. He placed second, losing in the final to Curran Jacobs, who Wiuff outweighted by over 50 lbs. [7]

In December 2023, Wiuff competed at the American Catch Wrestling Association (ACWA) US National Championships in Brea, California, [33] winning gold in the +214 lb division. [8]

Personal life

Wiuff has two daughters. [34]

Wiuff is a special needs teacher and a football and wrestling coach in the Kasson-Mantorville School District. [12] [34]

Championships and accomplishments

Catch wrestling

Collegiate wrestling

Mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
101 matches78 wins22 losses
By knockout3916
By submission123
By decision273
No contests1
Win78–22 (1)Matt KovacsSubmission (arm-triangle choke)Fusion Fight League: Fights Under The LightsJuly 31, 202120:52 Billings, Montana, United StatesWins vacant FFL Heavyweight Championship.
Win77–22 (1)Jeremy SpeitsSubmission (arm-triangle choke)Fusion Fight League: Fights Under The Lights 6September 21, 201921:38 Billings, Montana, United States
Win76–22 (1)JR LugoDecision (unanimous) M-1 Global: Road to M-1 USA 2 April 4, 201935:00 Winterhaven, California, United States
Loss75–22 (1)Greg RebelloTKO (punches)CES MMA 48: Rebello vs. WiuffFebruary 2, 201810:23 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United StatesFor vacant CES MMA Heavyweight Championship.
Win75–21 (1)Ron CarterSubmission (triangle choke)KOTC: EqualizerOctober 15, 201614:36 Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, United States
Loss74–21 (1)Brian HedenKO (punch)Driller Promotions: No Mercy 5April 21, 201610:33 Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, United StatesLost DP Heavyweight Championship.
Win74–20 (1)Kevin AsplundSubmission (choke)Driller Promotions: O-Town Throwdown 2April 18, 201532:26 Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
Loss73–20 (1) Timothy Johnson TKO (punches)Dakota FC 19: Fall BrawlOctober 25, 201413:46 Fargo, North Dakota, United StatesFor the DFC Heavyweight Championship.
Loss73–19 (1) Chris Barnett TKO (punches)Inoki Genome Fight 2August 23, 201420:27 Tokyo, JapanOpen Weight bout.
Win73–18 (1)Danyelle WilliamsDecision (unanimous)Driller Promotions: A-Town Throwdown IIIJune 27, 201435:00 Austin, Minnesota, United StatesDefended the DP Heavyweight Championship.
Win72–18 (1)Dallas MitchellDecision (unanimous)EB: Beatdown at 4 Bears 11June 7, 201435:00 New Town, North Dakota, United StatesCatchweight (215 lbs) bout.
Win71–18 (1)Brian HedenTKO (punches)Driller Promotions: No Mercy 11May 24, 201414:17 Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, United StatesWon the DP Heavyweight Championship. [35]
Win70–18 (1)Terry DavinneyTKO (punches)Driller Promotions: O-Town Throwdown 1April 12, 201413:42 Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
Win69–18 (1)Brett MurphyDecision (unanimous)Valhalla Cage Fighting: Countdown to WarDecember 31, 201335:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss68–18 (1) Mike Kyle KO (punches)CFA 11: Kyle vs. Wiuff 2May 24, 201310:21 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Loss68–17 (1) Ryan Martinez KO (punches) Bellator 93 March 21, 201310:18 Lewiston, Maine, United States
Loss68–16 (1)Maro PerakDecision (split)Abu Dhabi Warriors 1November 2, 201233:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesReturned to Heavyweight.
Loss68–15 (1) Attila Vegh KO (punches) Bellator 73 August 24, 201210:25 Tunica, Mississippi, United StatesBellator 2012 Light Heavyweight Tournament Final.
Win68–14 (1) Tim Carpenter Decision (unanimous) Bellator 72 July 20, 201235:00 Tampa, Florida, United StatesBellator 2012 Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win67–14 (1) Chris Davis TKO (punches) Bellator 71 June 22, 201214:12 Chester, West Virginia, United StatesBellator 2012 Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win66–14 (1) Anthony Gomez Decision (unanimous) Bellator 60 March 9, 201235:00 Hammond, Indiana, United StatesCatchweight (215 lbs) bout.
Win65–14 (1) Christian M'Pumbu Decision (unanimous) Bellator 55 October 22, 201135:00 Yuma, Arizona, United StatesReturned to Light Heavyweight.
Win64–14 (1)Nick BakerTKO (punches)Extreme Challenge 183May 14, 201112:11 Black River Falls, Wisconsin, United States
Win63–14 (1)Richard WhiteTKO (submission to punches)CFX: Extreme Challenge on TargetDecember 12, 201013:20 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss62–14 (1) Tim Hague KO (punch) AMMA 5: Uprising October 1, 201011:50 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win62–13 (1)Josh BarnesTKO (punches)Moosin: God of Martial ArtsMay 21, 201010:34 Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Win61–13 (1) Jeff Monson Decision (split)CFX/XKL: Mayhem in MinneapolisApril 24, 201035:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win60–13 (1)Chuck HoskinsDecision (unanimous)Combat USA: 18March 26, 201035:00 Onalaska, Wisconsin, United States
NC59–13 (1) Mike Kyle NC (punch after the bell) KOTC: Vengeance February 12, 201025:00 Mescalero, New Mexico, United StatesOriginally a win for Kyle by KO; later changed to No Contest.
Win59–13Justin NewcombTKO (punches)IFC: Wiuff vs. NewcombJanuary 8, 201011:01 Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Win58–13Waylon GoldsmithSubmission (armbar)Fight NationOctober 3, 200910:20 Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Win57–13Tracy WillisTKO (submission to punches)IFC: Caged CombatAugust 15, 200921:46 Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Win56–13Chris BardenTKO (submission to punches)Extreme Challenge 128May 30, 200910:41 Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Loss55–13 Stanislav Nedkov TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8 May 2, 200930:42 Tokyo, Japan Light Heavyweight bout.
Win55–12Steve PilkingtonTKO (punches)Extreme Challenge 119January 31, 200914:48 Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Loss54–12 Muhammed Lawal TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 5 September 28, 200812:11 Tokyo, Japan
Win54–11 Kazuyuki Fujita KO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3 June 8, 200811:24 Saitama, Japan
Win53–11 Chris Tuchscherer Decision (unanimous) YAMMA Pit Fighting 1 April 11, 200835:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWon YAMMA Heavyweight Tournament.
Win52–11 Ricco Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) YAMMA Pit Fighting 1 April 11, 200815:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesYAMMA Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win51–11Marcelo Donald PereiraDecision (unanimous) YAMMA Pit Fighting 1 April 11, 200815:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesYAMMA Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win50–11Jesse VeiumTKO (punches)IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IVDecember 28, 200713:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win49–11 Travis Fulton TKO (punches)Smash: MMANovember 30, 200723:27 Virginia, United States
Win48–11Wade HamiltonTKO (punches)WFC: Downtown ThrowdownSeptember 14, 200710:50 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win47–11 Sean Salmon Submission (guillotine choke)IFO: Wiuff vs. SalmonSeptember 1, 200713:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win46–11Ralph KellyTKO (submission to punches)CCCF: Red River Riot 2August 11, 200730:45 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss45–11 Jared Hamman KO (punches)IFC: Global Domination 2July 14, 20072N/A Marksville, Louisiana, United States
Win45–10Josh BennettKO (punches)1N/A
Win44–10Arthur CesarSubmissionIFC: Caged CombatApril 13, 200723:09 Corpus Christi, Texas, United StatesWon vacant IFC Americas Cruiserweight Championship. [36]
Loss43–10James LeeSubmission (guillotine choke) PRIDE 33 February 24, 200710:39 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesCatchweight (210 lbs) bout.
Win43–9 Jason Guida Decision (unanimous)Xtreme Fighting Organization 14December 9, 200635:00 Mokena, Illinois, United States
Win42–9Wojtek KaszowskiDecision (unanimous) IFL: Gracie vs. Miletich September 23, 200634:00 Moline, Illinois, United States
Loss41–9 Devin Cole Decision (unanimous) IFL: Championship 2006 June 3, 200634:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Heavyweight bout.
Loss41–8 Alex Schoenauer Submission (heel hook) IFL: Legends Championship 2006 April 29, 200623:23 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss41–7 Marvin Eastman Decision (majority)Elite Fighting 1: SupremacyMarch 18, 200645:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win41–6Fabiano CapoaniKO (punches)Battle at the Boardwalk (Day 1)February 17, 200634:54 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win40–6Ron FieldsTKO (submission to elbows)Coliseum 2December 28, 200522:50 Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Win39–6Jimmy WestfallSubmission (armbar)Extreme Challenge 65October 21, 200512:56 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Loss38–6 Jason Lambert KO (punches)Freestyle FC 15: Fiesta Las VegasSeptember 14, 200513:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win38–5William HillTKO (doctor stoppage)IFC: Rock N' RumbleJuly 30, 200515:00 Reno, Nevada, United StatesWon vacant ISKA MMA Light Heavyweight Championship. [37]
Win37–5 Matt Horwich Decision (unanimous)Extreme Challenge 62June 18, 200535:00 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win36–5Ramazan AkhadullaevDecision (unanimous)Euphoria: USA vs. RussiaMay 14, 200535:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss35–5 Renato Sobral Submission (armbar) UFC 52 April 16, 200520:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win35–4 Antoine Jaoude Decision (unanimous)Euphoria: USA vs WorldFebruary 26, 200535:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win34–4Ibragim MagomedovDecision (unanimous)Euphoria: Road to the TitlesOctober 15, 200435:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win33–4Josh HendricksTKO (submission to punches)Extreme Challenge 59September 24, 200414:22 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win32–4Ruben VillarealSubmission (keylock)Xtreme Kage Kombat: Eastc Side RumbleJuly 24, 20042N/A St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win31–4John DixonTKO (cut)Extreme Challenge 58June 11, 200412:33 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win30–4Leopoldo MontenegroKO (slam and punches) Jungle Fight 2 May 15, 200414:33 Manaus, Brazil
Win29–4Demian DecorahTKO (punches)Extreme Challenge 56March 26, 200412:20 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win28–4 Roman Zentsov TKO (cut)Euphoria: Russia vs USAMarch 13, 200422:46 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win27–4 Carlos Barreto Decision (unanimous)Heat FC 2: EvolutionDecember 18, 200335:00 Natal, Brazil
Win26–4Nate SauerKO (slam)Red Wing RumbleNovember 30, 20031N/A Minnesota, United States
Win25–4 Travis Fulton Decision (split)Iowa Challenge 11October 18, 200333:00 Iowa, United States
Win24–4Mark TulliusDecision (unanimous)CFM: Octogono ExtremoSeptember 27, 200334:00 Monterrey, Mexico
Win23–4Royce LouckTKO (punches)IFA: Summer BashAugust 30, 200321:49 Minnesota, United States
Win22–4Greg WikanDecision (unanimous)Ring of Fire 9: EruptionAugust 9, 200335:00 Baraboo, Wisconsin, United States
Win21–4Tony MendozaSubmission (forearm choke)Victory Fighting 5July 12, 200321:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win20–4DR WilliamsTKO (submission to punches)IFA: ExplosionJuly 5, 200330:43 Minnesota, United States
Win19–4Chad RafdelTKO (submission to punches)IFA: Clash of the ChampionsMay 24, 200320:27 Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
Win18–4Royce LouckTKO (submission to punches)Bar Room Brawl 10April 30, 200311:11United States
Win17–4DR WilliamsTKO (punches)Bar Room Brawl 5March 26, 200313:48United States
Loss16–4Kauai KupiheaKO (punch)Rumble on the Rock 2March 15, 200314:21 Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Win16–3Andy MontanaDecision (unanimous)Rage in the Cage 45: FinallyMarch 1, 200333:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win15–3Royce LouckTKO (submission to punches)Bar Room Brawl 1February 26, 200311:49United States
Win14–3Buddy LewisTKO (submission to punches)Tennessee Shooto: ConquestJanuary 17, 200322:55 Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
Win13–3Brian ShepardTKO (submission to punches)International Cage Combat 1: RetributionJanuary 12, 200314:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss12–3 Vladimir Matyushenko TKO (submission to punches) UFC 40 November 22, 200214:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win12–2Jason GodseyDecisionUltimate Wrestling: Godsey vs WiuffOctober 19, 200245:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win11–2Johnathan IveyDecisionUltimate Wrestling: MinnesotaAugust 24, 200235:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win10–2 Travis Fulton Decision (unanimous)Iowa Challenge 5July 13, 200235:00 Iowa, United States
Win9–2 Kevin Jordan Decision (unanimous)Ultimate WrestlingJune 29, 200235:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win8–2Tom McCloudTKO (punches)Victory Fighting Championships 1June 16, 200210:35 Iowa, United States
Loss7–2 Wesley Correira TKO (knees)SB 24: Return of the Heavyweights 2April 27, 200231:40 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win7–1Chad RafdelSubmission (keylock)Ultimate Wrestling: St. Cloud 2March 16, 200211:40 St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States
Win6–1Josh MuellerTKO (submission to punches)10:32
Win5–1Chad RafdelSubmission (keylock)Ultimate Wrestling: Rumble at the JungleMarch 8, 200211:00 Minnesota, United States
Win4–1Chad BradyTKO (punches)10:22
Loss3–1Mike RadnovTKO (cut)Extreme Challenge 46February 16, 200215:00 Clive, Iowa, United States
Win3–0 Keith Jardine KO (punch)10:06
Win2–0Lenn WalkerTKO (submission to punches)Ultimate Wrestling: New BloodFebruary 1, 200211:15 Minnesota, United States
Win1–0Jeff GreerTKO (submission to punches)Ultimate Wrestling: Rumble in Ramsey 1September 7, 20011N/A Ramsey, Minnesota, United States

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