Raymond Daniels

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Raymond Lee Daniels is an American professional kickboxer, mixed martial artist, and former sport karate competitor. He currently competes for Karate Combat in the Welterweight division and has formerly competed for Bellator MMA and Bellator Kickboxing, where he was the Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Champion.

 Daniels was born in Sun Valley, California, and raised in Palmdale, California. He has black belt ranks in American Kenpo, Shotokan karate, and taekwondo, as well as a blue belt rank in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He started training in American Kenpo in 1985 under his father's tutelage and earned his black belt in 1992. Despite facing challenges as a single father in high school, Daniels went on to become a police officer with the Long Beach Police Department at the age of 21.

Daniels began as a junior competitor in sport karate, winning numerous championships and titles in various competitions. He fought for Chuck Norris' World Combat League as captain of the Los Angeles Stars, compiling an impressive fight record. His success in semi-contact and full Oriental kickboxing rules competitions led him to becoming a sought-after fighter in mixed martial arts as well. Daniels competed in several high-profile events and tournaments, and his performances were often hailed for their flair and aggressive fighting style. Some of his notable victories include defeating Michael Page in their trilogy bout at the W.A.K.O. Irish Open in 2011 and scoring a spinning kick knockout over François Ambang at Glory 16: Denver in 2014.

Throughout his career, Daniels has faced both victories and challenges, including losses in major tournaments. However, his fighting style and dynamic performances have cemented his reputation as a skilled and exciting fighter. He continues to compete and represent Karate Combat in the Welterweight division while achieving success in his ongoing martial arts career.