Derrick Mehmen is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Heavyweight division for the World Series of Fighting, but has primarily fought as a Light Heavyweight. Mehman has also made appearances in Strikeforce and Bellator and is known for his striking skills, with 11 of his 16 career wins coming by way of knockout. Mehmen was a two-time conference high school wrestling champion for Denver High School in his hometown of Denver, Iowa, placing fourth in the state meet as a junior. He later became an NJCAA All-American at Ellsworth Community College, placing fifth in the 2007 national meet before transferring to the University of Iowa, where he continued to compete in collegiate wrestling after originally signing a letter of intent to compete for South Dakota State University. Mehmen majored in communication studies.
Mehmen made his Bellator debut against David Branch and lost via submission in the second round. Mehmen made his Strikeforce debut against Roy Jones and won via unanimous decision. He next fought Gian Villante at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier and lost via unanimous decision. On June 17, 2013 it was announced that Mehmen signed a contract with World Series of Fighting where he competes at Heavyweight. Mehmen fought Rolles Gracie Jr. in a heavyweight bout on September 14, 2013 at World Series of Fighting 5: Arlovski vs. Kyle Mehmen won the bout with a one punch knockout in the second round.
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