ABOUT THE FIGHTER
Curtis James DeMarce was born on July 26, 1988. He grew up in a small town of Brandon, Manitoba. The middle of three children, his parents split when he was the young age of 4 which had a big impact on him growing up. While young, Demarce was inspired by Martial arts movies that included actors,Jean Claude Van Damme and Bruce Lee.
Growing up in a hockey town, DeMarce began hockey at the age of five. He was inspired by the great players of the National Hockey League (NHL). His favorite hockey player as a kid was Pavel Bure: “The Russian Rocket”
DeMarce attended Vincent Massey High School, where he played competitive hockey playing with the AA Brandon Wheat kings in Junior. He completed his last year as well with the Vincent Massey Vikings. After hockey, DeMarce found a new passion and love in the art and sport of Mixed Martial Arts.
In an era where Mixed Martial Arts was a new growing sport and after moving to London, Ontario for a summer to visit his mother, he stumbled onto the MMA community known “Team Tompkins” under the likes of one of the greatest of all time Shawn Tompkins “The Coach”. DeMarce was new but with determination, heart and a desire to continue his passion, he stuck with it making it a lifestyle. He moved back to his hometown while he had racked an impressive amateur kickboxing record of 27-2 which lead him into other areas of Mixed Martial Arts.
At North Dakota Fighting Championships, DeMarce made his Professional Debut at the young age of 18 making him the first and youngest Fighter Professionally out of Brandon, MB and one of the youngest in the Country.
DeMarce had a tough transition early on with no guidance, being the only one to compete in MMA, but his work ethic continued to improve, as did his abilities.He got his first win over Tim Brown via submission Armbar, winning his next 3 in a row including a TKO win in his home province defeating BJJ black belt Matt Dayboll and earning a local fanbase.
Two bouts later, DeMarce went on to run an impressive 8 Fight Win streak (4 via submission), knocking off some of the country’s Top talent. He went on to sign with one of the biggest promotions in the World at the time: the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) Live on HDnet under the banner of Mark Cuban. DeMarce took on the favourite Tyson Steele 6-0 at the time (won with all rear naked choke submissions). DeMarce was definitely set to be the underdog, not only due to size, but with grit and experience, Demarce ended up winning via Mounted Triangle Choke and was awarded Submission of the year 2010. He went 8-0 in a short term of 2 years staying undefeated in the 8 bouts.
In February of 2011, at MFC 28 he would face his toughest test to date Ritchie “Hellboy” Whitson from The Ultimate Fighter Contestant (TUF) and K1 kick boxer from Legendary Dan Henderson Gym Team Quest. With a spectacular performance and back and forth bloody battle, DeMarce’s win streak had come to a stop due to a controversal split decision that was later announced as the Fight Of the Year 2011 performance and still to this day talked about. Being disappointed but determined DeMarce got back into the cage only two months later against 17x UFC veteran and an undefeated 17-0 professional boxer in Marcus Davis “The Irish Hand Gernade” held at the Cesars palace In Windsor Ontario. This was yet another controversal split decision and another Fight of the Night Performance award.
Demarce went on to turn things back around with a couple victories before March 15, 2012 when he was in a tragic car accident and suffered a possible career ending injury to his right mid shaft humerus. He was admitted into the Oakville Trafalgar memorial hospital where he was told they might have to amputate his arm. 6 days later, they finally operated on the injury which included 3 plates for support around the elbow and multiple pins and staples. DeMarce left the Hospital and went straight into intense physiotherapy and rehab. He had no Range of motion for the first two years and no function from the ulnar or radial nerve. Finally 2 years later he got a positive result on nerve conduction studies and become obsessed with the rehabilitation process and home therapy called “Rice Grabs”. DeMarce was determined to overcome this horrific accident and shut out all negativity including those who said he would never compete or possibly never write again. He slowly got back into training for Mixed Martial Arts.He returned to the cage with so called ring rust and not fully rehabilitate , losing to a PRIDE and KOTC champion in Tony Hervey by another split decision.
The end of 2014 was coming up quick for DeMarce and he became interested in anatomy and the human body with the injury he just sustained, he decided to further his education at Makami Massage Therapy College to become a RMT (Registered Massage Therapist) focusing in athletics and injuries. While being in school full time, he decided to return to the cage once again knocking off 3 straight victories against tough opponents including the third bout Sept 15,2016 becoming the Unified Featherweight Champion.
DeMarce was the first Champion in Mixed Martial Arts to ever bring a professional title to the city of Brandon, MB.
Signing with a new organization after becoming the Unified Featherweight Champion, he performed and got a win in his home province of Manitoba, defeating Travis Gervais on Sept 15/2017
After winning 4 of his last 5 bouts, DeMarce was set to face Kyle Nelson for the Fight Night Z World Featherweight Title, two of the top Featherweights in the country in one of the most anticipated matchups. Unfortunately, Christmas Eve DeMarce suffered yet once again another possible career ending injury with a complete Rupture of his ACL which lead to his withdrawing from the World title and having Reconstructive surgery on the ligament.
DeMarce has been asked if he will continue to pursue mixed martial arts which he maintains will always be his main passion so it is a bit of a silly question. “. DeMarce loves social media, and is very engaging with his fans, friends on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. His accounts are: Twitter @DemondemarceMMA and Instagram, @Demarce_C88, where you can find him.
Curtis is a christian who enjoys reading and spending time with his family and friends. Demarce loves cars, is a self proclaimed foodie, and enjoys fashion. DeMarce also spends his time teaching classes and seminars to the youth, adults, military and olice force supporting the community. He supports many fundraising and charity events around causes he is passionate about such as sick kids and animals. He enjoys water sports and anything to do with adrenaline. After MMA, he will become an entrepreneur.
Besides more medals, trophies and Titles( belts), he dreams of someday having a big home with a large family to fill it. Although Curtis is a Fighter at heart, he still enjoys and loves hockey and is a Chicago Blackhawks fan.
Curtis’s favourite current athletes are Stephen Curry, Roger Federer, and Jonathan Toews. His Favourite Fighter was Kickboxing legend Ramon Dekkers.
DeMarce’s goal is to inspire others through his journey and also to claim and win 2 more National titles as well including one World Title in a large promotion .He would also like to be able to share his knowledge to the future of the sport and the youth and to be remembered with respect and reverence. He also wants to one day own a facility/ rehabilitation Centre for Athletes and the community with Multiple Specialized Services.