Michael Hanks, better known to his training partners and friends as “Hanks,” has been training and competing in MMA, grappling tournaments, and kickboxing over the last 25 years. He began his martial arts journey at a local kickboxing academy in Spokane, Washington in 1996, and after a few years, would find jiu-jitsu. Needless to say, he fell in love with the sport – it’s all he wanted to do (and all he did!)
In 2004, Hanks teamed up with Rick Little, owner and head coach of Sik Jitsu Fight Systems in Spokane Washington (home of TUF winners Michael Chiesa and Juliana Pena) and built a powerhouse team. He finished his amateur career in 2008, winning the Cage Sport 155 lb. title, with a record of 14-3. His professional career started off promising, with him winning multiple titles in the regional circuits, but injuries would soon play a role in the closing chapter of his professional career shortly after a move to Las Vegas to play with the big boys.
He ended his career fulfilling his contract with King of The Cage in February 2015 and closed that chapter with a professional record of 9-4. He considers his career a huge success, having traveled the country training with some of the best fighters and grapplers in the world.
“The last 10 years I’ve been living in Las Vegas, the fight capital of the world, and had exposure to training and learning from the best! Fighting gave me an amazing life and now that my fighting days are over, I look forward to giving back and sharing my knowledge with the DCFL.
When I’m not in the gym, you can find me down on W. 6th St., serving up refreshing craft cocktails, or on a paddle board out on Lady Bird Lake!”