Daniel „Drake“ Weichel

Sporting achievements:

  • BJJ blackbelt under Din Thomas (2014)
  • Bellator Season 10 featherweight Tournament Champion (2014)
  • M-1 Global lightweight World Champion (2011)
  • D:SF MAX (Martial Arts Extreme) Champion (2009)
  • European Valetudo “Phoenix” Middleweight Champion (2005) 
  • European Amateur “Shooto” Champion (2002)
Name: Daniel Weichel
Nickname: Drake
DOB: 22.11.1984 in Michelstadt/Deutschland
Website: www.danielweichel.com
www.mmaspirit.tv
Email: info@danielweichel.com
info@mmaspirit-ffm.com
Weight Category: lightweight -65,77kg / -145lbs
Current Pro MMA record: 37-9-0 (win-lose-draw)
Submissions: 21
KO/TKO: 5
Team: MMA Spirit
Hanauer Landstraße 291
60314 Frankfurt am Main
Deutschland/Germany
Manager: Niels Schlaegel

Bio

Early in his life, Daniel started to feel strongly about martial arts and Bruce Lee became the first figure to guide him to glory- while watching all of the Hong Kong chinese actors movies, he was finally able to convince his parents Werner and Elke Weichel, still at the young age of 14, to support his martial arts career.

He quickly became familiar with the german martial art Ju Jutsu, which he practiced for about a year, but promptly realized that it was something deeper he was searching for- realistic training and competition where he could test his own abilities in the best way possible.

After attending his first BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) training under the authority of Mario Stapel, who later became his mentor, trainer and manager for the next years, it was clear where his future would be. So he decided to go all the 90 miles from Michelstadt to Wetzlar (where he usually stayed for the weekends) twice a week to improve his ground fighting skills (BJJ) and his stand up game (Thaiboxing). To complete his training he also started wrestling two years later aged 17 to become familiar with both freestyle and greco roman wrestling while he also practises boxing with fighters from different weight classes regularly and tries to improve wherever he can.

Although not knowing where his way would lead him, he always had the feeling of destiny while he was training and suddenly his dream came true on the 12th of May in 2002 when he had his first professional fight – already on a big stage with a huge crowd attendant, fighting for the famous label “Shooto Holland”. After having already won two amateur fights earlier that year, he was now facing a big test in the much more experienced dutch fighter Vincent Latoel, who quickly had to understand how good that kid was and so Latoel had to submitt due to a straight armbar after only 1:48 min. in the very first round.

To asure more self confidence, Daniel went on to participate in one more amateur competition only to secure the european amateur Shooto Championship later that year- still aged 17!!

Ever since his feeling of destiny became certainty and his first climax on his way to the european peak was his unanimous decission win over the then hotly favored Abdul Mohamed (reigning Cage Rage lightweight champion 2008) on the seventh of August 2004 at the “Pride&Glory” event which was held by the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) veteran Ian Freeman.

More victories were to come as he became the winner of the “European Valetudo 5- Phoenix” four-man competition on the eighth of October 2005 and his submission win over eventual UFC fighter Dennis Siver in summer 2006.

After having already secured a european championship title in Jiu Jitsu back in 2002 fighting in Vittel/France, it was four years later that Daniel became majorly recognized as he participated in the German Reality TV Show “MAX” (Martial Arts Extreme) which was promoted and weekly shown by the DSF (Deutsches Sport Fernsehen- a german sports channel).

Using the same concept as the US american reality show “TUF” (The Ultimate Fighter), in which fighters are invited to a camp and devided into two groups to fight each other for a contract with the UFC- the MAX promotors did just the same. 16 fighters were invited to Germany´s capital Berlin and spread into two groups to battle their way to the final. Daniel, one of the favourites to win the competition, made it to the finals after winning all of his three fights. The production was stopped for uncertain reasons and the final against swiss fighter Ivan Mussardo never happened.

Having also experienced sporting setbacks in the far past, while losing to the British top fighters Dan Hardy and Paul Daley, Daniel only felt more ambition to improve on his skills and to set up a life as a fulltime professional fighter.

In his career he has been training with fighters such as like Murilo Rua, Fabio Gurgel, Rubens Charles, Pe de Chumbo, Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson and many more!

Being a tough martial artist isn´t everything what Daniel is about. Despite fighting in a cage, he knows what he also wants in life. After finishing his “Fachhochschulreife” he went straight on to accomplish his civilian service in a dialysis hospital in Bad König. Having contact with people is something natural for the congenial fighter and so he decided to teach his knowledge of martial arts to others and opened his own martial arts gym 2005 in Michelstadt. That is the place where he used to work as a trainer and as a sporting but also morally role model, because apart from being a trainer he has also worked for two schools to educate pupils with concentration and learning problems by taking care of them and teaching them martial arts to help them finding self confidence and to learn from his own experiences. Daniel has drastically changed his life in early 2010 when he decided to move on and start his life as full pro- only concentrating on training and nothing else. He has moved to Frankfurt, where he trains fulltime at Europe´s biggest gym MMA Spirit- with some of the best fighters in the circuit.

His biggest success has been the KO victory over the then reigning M-1 (Europe´s biggest MMA promotion) lightweight world champion Jose Figueroa. And not only has one of his major dreams come true on the 22nd of November 2011, but he was also able to fight on the biggest stage in European MMA history in Moscow´s Olympic Stadium in front of more than 22.000 fans. Daniel was crowned the new Champion in his Co- Main Event fight just before the legendary Fedor Emelianenko was able to win the main event on that night.

M-1 Global´s events are shown live on the US American TV Channel “Showtime Sports”, the Russian TV Channel “Russian Federal TV 2” and via Internet livestream.

Daniel was also voted as the “National Fighter of the year 2011” by Germany´s GnP (biggest German Speaking MMA magazine) fans, which underlines his status in the sport, while being ranked as the number 1 lightweight in Europe, too.

Daniel´s other big passion surely is riding on waves- his first contact with surfing was back in Brazil- where he basically went to improve on his martial arts skills- but suddenly fell in love with the water sport. He states that there´s no better place for him to relax than hanging around at the beach or going out to fight the sea- that is why he loves to travel because there is no sea air around Frankfurt.

Whenever Daniel is not out to concentrate on his sports career, he likes to spend loads of time on movies: no matter going if out to the cinema, watching DVDs or television- alone, with friends or his family, including his two younger sisters named Jonas and Katarina- both are very close to him- he simply enjoys himself. Daniel knows for sure that he wouldn´t be here if it wasn´t for the support of his family. That is one of the reasons why Daniel is taking his training so seriously- it is his way of payback.