Denis Kang was born on September 17th, 1977 in Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a small group of French islands off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. After moving to Vancouver, British Columbia at the age of 11, Kang began light training in Brazilian jiu jitsu, always with the goal of fighting professionally.
Kang made his professional MMA debut in 1998 at the Ultimate Warrior Challenge tournament held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Although he would win his first bout with a rear naked choke over Eric Harcrow and secure two subsequent victories by decision, Kang’s fighting career took a turn for the worse. He lost five of his next eight fights, winning only two due to one contest being rule no contest. Kang soon realized that he would need to train to become a better all-around fighter before competing professionally again. He immediately began training with Marcus Soares of the Gracie Team in the art of grappling and continued jiu jitsu.
Kang came away from the training with a renewed energy, winning five of his next six bouts. He quickly signed a contract with a budding MMA organization in South Korea called Spirit MC. Kang fought very well with Spirit MC, winning all five fights that he participated in and winning the title of Spirit MC Heavyweight Champion. Despite the success, he moved to Florida following his title win, joining the American Top Team.
During his training time in Florida Kang caught the eye of the management of PRIDE Fighting Championships. A contract was offered and accepted immediately, and Kang made his PRIDE debut at their Bushido 2 event. His bout there saw him pitted against Japanese fighter Takahiro Oba and Kang was able to finish the fight in the first round by submission due to an arm bar. He went on to win his next two battles including a win at Bushido 10 over British fighter Mark Weir. Kang battled Albert Basconcelles shortly after, knocking him out after only 12 seconds of the very first round. Kang continued to dominate his competition at PRIDE until he lost to Kazuo Misaki in the final round of Bushido 13.
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