Amateur Record: 0-1-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Age: 29
Sex: Male
Height: 5 Feet. 6 Inch(es).
Weight: 158 lbs.
Out of: Bowling Green, KY
Born: Newport, VT

Derrick Blanton's Amateur Record

Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
11/28/2009 Loss Brandon Herrington Hardrock MMA 17: One Year Anniversary Submission Triangle Choke 1 0:55
: Bout results verified by an official State, Tribal, Provincial, or Municipal Commission.
NSF: Non Sanctioned Fight
* : For a variety of reasons, including weight disparity and the demands of entertainment, Exhibition Bouts are held, in which the contest is unscripted and hard fought, but the results do not count on a fighter's Official Record.
NC: Fight Declared No Contest

Fighter Bio

Derrick Blanton's fighter bio

Derrick Blanton started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Lyndon State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (a nogi jiu jitsu school at Lyndon State College) in Febuary of 2008 weighing in roughly at 280 lbs (having dropped 20 lbs to get in shape to start training). In April 2008 he entered his first grappling tournament (The Vermont Open) at 234 lbs and was destroyed in under 30 seconds. November 2008 he entered his second Vermont Open weighing in at 182 lbs where he took third place in his gi division and second place in his nogi division. In April 2009 he entered his third Vermont Open where he weighed in at 174 lbs and won the blue belt beginner division then went on to win the absolute middleweight division before being defeated by the lightweight absolute division champion.

Derrick trained traditional gi Jiu Jitsu with BJJ Revolution Team in Montpelier, VT from March to June 2009. He started training mixed martial arts in January 2008 with Lyndon State Jiu Jitsu but started serious MMA training with Burlington Brawl Welterweight champion Aaron Fondry where he helped prepare Aaron For his for his Welterweight title defense at Burlington Brawl 5 against Allen Harrell (that he won).

In August 2009 Derrick moved from Lyndonville, VT to Morgantown, KY. He started training MMA with Bill Mayfield's Hidden Samurai Martial Arts in Owensboro, KY and found a new training partner, former WFC Bantamweight champion Bobby Swackhammer in Bowling Green, KY.

In November 2009 Derrick has his first mixed martial arts fight at 158 lbs (nearly half the size he was a little over two years prior) for Hardrock MMA in Elizabethtown, KY where he was choked out via triangle by Brandon Harrington.

Derrick is currently taking 1-2 years off from competitive MMA to become a better pure athlete and drop to either the 145 or 135 lbs weight divisions, but still competes in grappling competitions.

UPDATE: 2/25/2010

Derrick Blanton (0-1) and training partner Bobby Swackhammer (7-1) trained (and were in the corner of) 18 year old Tim "The Tool Man" Carpenter for his first ever fight. Saturday Feb. 20th Tim Carpenter defeated Michael Lima (0-1 Team Hayes Extreme) via a rear naked choke in the 1st round. This was Swackhammer Jiu Jitsu's first team win.

UPDATE: 3/20/2010

Derrick Blanton recieved his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Renato Tavares at Derby City MMA in Louisville, KY after 3 and a half years of grappling.