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Bantamweight Division


"The Monster"

Da'Mon Blackshear

Bantamweight Division

14-7-1 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission

Da'Mon Blackshear

athlete record


Learn more about Da'Mon Blackshear's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
United States
Trains at
Tiger Muay Thai
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Aug. 13, 2022
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2016
  • Two wins by KO, nine by submission (Triangle, 5 RNC, arm triangle, guillotine, Twister) - 79% finish rate
  • Two first round finish
  • Win over Johnson was only third Twister in UFC history (Jung, Mitchell)
  • 6-3-1 in his last 10
  • Origin of nickname: “I’m a beast in the cage.”
  • Owns 2017 win over UFC vet Aalon Cruz
  • Also faced UFC vets Pat Sabatini and Kris Moutinho
  • Went 1-1 with UFC vet Tony Gravely as an amateur

UFC on ESPN (7/13/24) Blackshear was knocked out by Montel Jackson at :18 of the first round

UFC 292 (8/19/23) Blackshear lost a three round unanimous decision to Mario Bautista

UFC on ESPN (8/12/23) Blackshear submitted Jose Johnson via twister at 3:47 of the first round

UFC on ESPN (6/3/23) Blackshear stopped Luan Lacerda via strikes at 3:54 of the second round

UFC 285 (3/4/23) Blackshear lost a three round unanimous decision to Farid Basharat

UFC on ESPN (8/13/22) Blackshear fought to a three round draw against Youssef Zalal

When and why did you start training for fighting? I’ve always had a passion and interest in fighting. I’d be in the neighborhood with my gloves and asking about technique. I joined a formal gym when I was 17. I really looked to it for a way to get me and my family out of poverty.

What professional titles have you held? CFFC Champion 2x & Conflict Champion

Any accomplishments in amateur combat sports? Amateur Spartyka & Battle in the South Champion. I was 7-1 as an ammy with my only loss being against Tony Gravely in a rematch.

Any belts/ ranks in grappling disciplines? Black Belt in BJJ

What has been your toughest fight to date and why? The toughest fight to date would be with myself, the man in the mirror. If I can conquer him, I can conquer the world.

Who is your favorite fighter and why? Myself. I am forever developing. I love my style and my ability to adapt to my opponents. My strategic mindset, athleticism, & my relentless pursuit of perfecting my craft and learning new skills.

What was your job before you started fighting? I’ve worked as a personal trainer – boxing class instructor, and when I lived in North Carolina I used to go on base and hold pads and help train.

Personal Life / Background: I like to go out in nature, the beach, the mountains, and I love to try new things. I have two brothers and I talk to them on a regular basis. I do not have any kids or pets. I have been traveling around a lot recently and seeing the world. I have been fighting my whole life. My grandfather was a boxer, so it came naturally to me. I was born to fight.

Other relevant information: I just started training at Tiger Muay Thai recently in Thailand. I still plan on training in Florida with my head coach Greg Choplin at KO Zone. While in Thailand, I have been training nonstop 2-3 times per day for the last 6 months until I got the call for the fight 2.5 weeks out.