Daniel has an outstanding finish rate of 84%, with 5 Submissions and 5 KO’s from his 12 professional victories.
Daniel competed nationally in the ABA Senior Boxing Championships several times, winning the Novice class A, runner up in class B and later making it to the semi-finals in the Open class.
After an excellent amateur career Daniel transitioned to the professional Boxing ranks, winning 6 of 7 bouts.
Daniel placed 1st on the podium 5 times, picking up 5 Gold medals in only 4 grappling tournaments (No-Gi British Open, Grapplenation & Ground Control).
Daniel recently fulfilled a major step towards achieving his dream of becoming a Champion when he signed with the World’s premiere Mixed Martial Arts Promotion, the UFC. In his debut bout he submitted Nate Coy in impressive fashion by first round Triangle at UFC Fight Night 80 in the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas. Daniel’s journey to the lights of Vegas and the heights of the UFC has been a long and hard one to say the least, but for Daniel it’s only just the beginning.
Taking up Boxing at the tender age of 16 Daniel has been working tirelessly to be the best fighter on the planet for over 12 years, and impressively only 5 of those have been spent training and studying Mixed Martial Arts. Born in Croydon, South London Daniel grew up on a deprived estate with his mum and ten siblings before moving to Bristol at age 9. Unfortunately, things were only marginally better and Daniel, who grew up with without his father around began to find himself drifting down the wrong path with the wrong people.
At 16 having been exposed regularly to the adversity’s of life growing up in an area stricken with poverty Daniel was guided into boxing by the desire to be better able to defend himself and his family. A little over 3 years later Daniel moved to Liverpool to pursue his Boxing career further after a successful start as an amateur. It was in Liverpool, after turning to the pro ranks where he found his true path in Life, Mixed Martial Arts. Due to Daniel’s already accomplished boxing skills and his ability to absorb new techniques whilst at Next Generation MMA, his competitive MMA career got off to a flash winning 7 bouts in 18 months, with only 1 loss coming by way of DQ.
By December of 2010 it was time for Daniel to take the jump into the realm of professional MMA making his debut at OMMAC in Liverpool, where he notched his first 2 victories by TKO before moving onto the largest promotion in Europe. Cage Warriors was now the platform for the charismatic ‘Hot Chocolate’ to make a name for himself on the domestic and European scene, and that he did! After going 5-0 with the promotion Daniel KO’d UK standout Jim Wallhead in a highly anticipated contest at the Liverpool Echo Arena, leaving him as the undisputed challenger for the Cage Warriors World Title. However, it wasn’t to be and after the promotion went quiet for a year Daniel was presented with a fresh opportunity he couldn’t refuse.
Daniel now had a baby on the way with his girlfriend and after 12 months on the side-lines it couldn’t have come at a better time. With his new son on the way Daniel made his first trip to Boca Rotan, Florida to train with one of the World’s elite teams, the Blackzilians. It was 3 months into his training when he finally put pen to paper with the UFC, extraordinarily his first son Clay was born the same day concluding an unforgettable 24 hours for Hot Chocolate. With a renewed motivation as a father and his first win already in the bag Daniel feels he’s now ready to push on and achieve his goal of becoming the UFC’s greatest ever Welterweight Champion!