Names in the Game: Mac Danzig

On today’s installment of ‘Names in the Game’ we will take a look at Cleveland, Ohio native Mac Danzig.

Mac Danzig is a lightweight competitor who trains out of Los Angeles, California at Millennia Jiu-Jitsu. Danzig currently holds the lightweight titles in King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge.

Early in his career Danzig spent some time training with R1 fight team which is the home of Rico Chiapparelli and UFC veteran Frank Trigg. Nowadays Danzig improves his game by training at Millennia Jiu-Jitsu, Danzig surrounds himself with top notch fighters on a daily basis. Danzig’s training partners include UFC veterans Gabe Ruediger and John Alessio along with Manny Tapia and Javier Vazquez. Danzig also trains his boxing at Wild Card gym in Hollywood, California with Justin Fortune.

Danzig holds an amateur record of 5-0 with four of his wins coming by submission. He kicked of his professional mixed martial arts career back in October of 2001 when he fought Cedric Stewart at the Extreme Challenge Trials. From there he went on to win two more fights before he hit a bump in the road.

In 2002, Danzig lost his first fight to UFC veteran Kurt Pellegrino. After suffering his first loss, Danzig went 1-1-1 on a three fight stretch where he lost to Laverne Clark and drew Jason Von Flue.

Since that time Danzig has shown a great deal of improvement as he is currently on a 12 fight winning streak and he holds titles in King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge.

Danzig possesses an excellent submission game along with a solid striking arsenal. Of Danzig’s 16 wins, 11 have come by submission. Recently Danzig made his debut in the Professional Submission League which was an excellent avenue for Danzig to showcase his skills.

Danzig’s Professional Submission League debut came against Alan Zborovsky. Danzig was successful in his debut as he took a 6-0 lead before he locked on a choke and finished his opponent.

At this point it’s only a matter of time before a big organization like the UFC, Pride, or the WFA pick up the lightweight stand out. Danzig becomes a free agent in February and it’ll be interesting to see where he goes. Danzig has mentioned Pride USA as a possible avenue. At this point all fingers seem to be pointing to Pride Fighting Championships.

Until then Danzig’s next fight is expected to come January 19th in Chicago, Illinois against Clay French. After that you’re guess is as good as mine.


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