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Din Thomas

Born September 28, 1976 (1976-09-28) (age 33)
Wilmington, Delaware
Other names Dinyero
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 145 pounds (66 kg)
Division 145 (2009-present)
155
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing
Fighting out of Port St. Lucie, Florida
Team American Top Team
Rank      black belt in BJJ
Years active 1998–present MMA
MMA record
Total 32
Wins 24
By knockout 6
By submission 12
Losses 8
Draws 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Din Yero Thomas (born September 28, 1976) is an American mixed martial arts fighter who was featured on The Ultimate Fighter 4. He currently runs two successful Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA academies in Port St. Lucie, Florida and is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Liborio.[2] Thomas fights out of Florida and trains with American Top Team.[1]

He holds notable wins over Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Jens Pulver, Matt Serra, Rich Clementi, Clay Guida, and Jeremy Stephens.

He has recently begun an acting career, playing in local independent films. According to IMDB he portrayed "The Fight Kid" in Chris Fuller's Loren Cass and Reverend Pierce in Natalie, Queen of Scots[2]

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MMA career

Before entering the UFC, Din Thomas held a 12-1 MMA record including wins over future UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver and Dokonjonosuke Mishima, with his only loss coming to future UFC lightweight title challenger Caol Uno. Thomas made his UFC debut at UFC 32, in a fight against future UFC lightweight & welterweight champion B.J. Penn, where he lost by TKO (Strikes) in Round 1. Thomas returned at UFC 33, defeating Fabiano Iha by unanimous decision.

At UFC 39, Thomas faced Japanese superstar Caol Uno in a rematch. The fight was part of a tournament to determine the new UFC Lightweight Champion. After three rounds, Thomas lost by unanimous decision. His next fight was a split decision victory over future UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra at UFC 41. This fight would prove somewhat controversial, due to one of the judges mistakenly placing the score he assigned to Thomas in the column reserved for Serra. This caused Serra to be declared the winner by decision, but the mistake was discovered and Thomas and his team were notified of the change, giving Thomas the split decision victory. This would be Thomas's last UFC fight for 3 years.

Thomas was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4 where he defeated Mikey Burnett in the first round, before losing to training partner Chris Lytle by decision in the semi-finals. Thomas returned at the finale on November 11, 2006 to face Rich Clementi, winning via rear naked choke in the second round.

Thomas was then defeated via submission (rear naked choke) by Kenny Florian after injuring his knee in a takedown attempt while headlining the main event at UFC Fight Night 11. Doctors said in his takedown attempt that Thomas tore his meniscus and stretched his PCL.[3] [4] His most recent UFC fight was a unanimous decision loss to Josh Neer at UFC Fight Night 13. He was released from his UFC contract after this fight.[5]

After his loss to Neer, Din decided to drop a weight class to Featherweight (145 lbs). He debuted at featherweight against Dustin Pieken securing a triangle choke in the first round.

Din was signed to Shine Fights and will make his debut in the Shine Fights: Shine III card against Ricardo Mayorga on March 6, 2010. [6]

Personal life

Thomas is married and has a son named Ethon.[7]

He also appeared in the 2007 Gotham Award-nominated independent feature film Loren Cass which had its United States premiere at Dennis Hopper's CineVegas Film Festival and its international premiere in the prestigious Filmmakers of the Present competition at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland; a future wide release is anticipated.

Thomas was arrested on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 on a charge of "felony prohibited competitions" in Port St. Lucie, Florida at his training gym. [8] As of November 30, 2007, the Assistant State Attorney's office decided not to file formal charges against Thomas and filed paperwork dismissing the charge on which he was arrested. The Assistant D.A. stated if the fighter or participants were students of Thomas' school, and the purpose of the school is to teach martial arts, then they meet the exception to the law.[9]

Mixed martial arts record

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Location Notes
Nicaragua Ricardo Mayorga Shine Fights: Shine III 02010-03-06 March 6, 2010 United States TBA
Win United States Gabe Lemley TKO (Knee) SRP: March Badness 2009-03-21 1, 4:13 United States Pensacola, Florida
Win United States Dustin Pieken Submission (Triangle Choke) HHP 1: The Patriot Act 2009-02-07 1, 2:58 United States Columbia, Missouri 145 lb Debut
Loss United States Josh Neer Decision (Unanimous) UFC Fight Night 13 2008-04-02 3, 5:00 United States Broomfield, Colorado
Loss United States Kenny Florian Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC Fight Night 11 2007-09-19 1, 4:30 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win United States Jeremy Stephens Submission (Armbar) UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson 2007-05-26 2, 2:44 United States Las Vegas, Nevada Won Submission of the Night Honors
Win United States Clay Guida Decision (Unanimous) UFC Fight Night 8 2007-01-25 3, 5:00 United States Hollywood, Florida
Win United States Rich Clementi Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale 2006-11-11 2, 3:11 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss Brazil Luciano Azevedo Decision (Unanimous) WCFC- No Guts No Glory 2006-03-18 3, 5:00 United Kingdom Manchester, England
Win United States Dwayne Shelton Submission (Armbar) BP-Pride and Glory 2005-09-17 1 United States Georgia
Loss United States Tyrone Glover Decision (Majority) DEEP-20th Impact 2005-09-03 3, 5:00 Japan Tokyo
Win United States John Strawn Submission (Armbar) AFC 11-Absolute Fighting Championships 11 2005-02-12 1, 1:15 United States Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Loss Armenia Amar Suloev TKO (Strikes) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003-Inoki Festival 2003-12-31 1, 4:22 Japan Kobe
Win United States Steve Berger Decision (Unanimous) AFC 4-Absolute Fighting Championships 4 2003-07-19 3, 5:00 United States Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Win United States Matt Serra Decision (Majority) UFC 41-Onslaught 2003-02-28 3, 5:00 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss Japan Caol Uno Decision (Unanimous) UFC 39-The Warriors Return 2002-09-27 3, 5:00 United States Uncasville, Connecticut The first bout of a two-round tournament for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship
Win United States Rob Baer TKO RSF 6-Mayhem in Myers 2001-12-29 N/A United States Fort Myers, Florida
Win United States Jason Bender KO RSF 5-New Blood Conflict 2001-10-27 1, 1:03 United States Augusta, Georgia
Win Brazil Fabiano Iha Decision (Unanimous) UFC 33-Victory in Vegas 2001-09-28 3, 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss United States B.J. Penn TKO (Strikes) UFC 32-Showdown in the Meadowlands 2001-06-29 1, 2:42 United States East Rutherford, New Jersey
Win United States Scott Johnson Submission (Armbar) RSF 1-Redemption in the Valley 2001-04-21 1, 3:11 United States Wheeling, West Virginia
Win United States Stephen Palling Submission (Triangle Choke) SB 20-SuperBrawl 20 2001-02-23 1, 3:52 United States Honolulu, Hawaii
Win United States Jens Pulver Submission (Heel Hook) WEF-New Blood Conflict 2000-08-26 2, 0:33
Win United States Don Banville TKO (Corner Stoppage) WEF 9-World Class 2000-05-13 2, 4:00 United States Evansville, Indiana
Win Japan Dokonjonosuke Mishima TKO (Cut) Shooto-R.E.A.D. 2 2000-03-17 2, 3:37 Japan Tokyo
Win United States Tim Douglas Submission (Armbar) RCF 4-Reality Combat Fighting 4 2000-02-19 1, 0:45 United States Houma, Louisiana
Win United States Ken Allen Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) WEF 7-Stomp in the Swamp 1999-10-09 1, 3:16 United States Kenner, Louisiana
Loss Japan Caol Uno Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Shooto-Renaxis 4 1999-09-05 3, 3:16 Japan Tokyo
Win United States Scott Bills Submission (Choke) WEF 5-World Extreme Fighting 5 1999-02-21 1, 3:46
Win United States Scott Bills TKO WEF 4-World Extreme Fighting 4 1998-12-19 1, 5:00
Win Colombia Ed Lutz Submission (Rear Naked Choke) WEF 4-World Extreme Fighting 4 1998-12-19 1, 3:20
Win United States Rodney Brown Submission (Keylock) YVT – Ybor Vale Tudo 1998-12-15 1, 4:00 United States Tampa, Florida
Win United States Tomas Velazquez Submission (Armbar) WVF-Jacksonville Vale Tudo 1 1998-10-28 1, 1:02 United States Jacksonville, Florida

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