|Born||January 9, 1978|
Sacramento, California, United States
|Other names||The Soul Assassin|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Santa Rosa, California, United States|
|Team||Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, NorCal Fighting Alliance|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Terrell is from Sacramento, California and was introduced to combat sports through wrestling, and was an accomplished wrestler in high school. He officially began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu when he was 19 years old, being interested in the martial art after watching several UFC fights on television.
Mixed martial arts career
In his UFC debut, he scored a stunning knockout victory over top Middleweight Matt Lindland. The victory instantly thrust Terrell into title contention, as his next fight was against Evan Tanner for the vacant UFC Middleweight Championship title in February 2005. Despite locking Tanner in a tight guillotine choke, Terrell lost the hold and eventually lost the match by technical knockout in the first round.
Plagued by recurring injuries, Terrell's next fight did not come until UFC 59 in April 2006, where Terrell submitted his opponent, Scott Smith, with a rear naked choke in the first round. Controversy surrounds the victory as the referee told the fighters to break before Terrell took Smith down. Smith was appealing to the referee when Terrell was able to get Smith's back and apply a rear naked choke. Questionable officiating by referee Marco Lopez led Smith to file a complaint to the California State Athletic Commission.  At UFC 62 he was supposed to fight Yushin Okami but withdrew the bout due to a sinus infection. The fight with Okami was then rescheduled to UFC 66, but Terrell again pulled out of the fight citing an elbow injury suffered during training. 
Despite an early report which claimed that Terrell was planning to move to Light Heavyweight,  Terrell was scheduled to fight Ed Herman in a Middleweight contest at UFC 78 in November 2007.  However, he was dropped from the card due to injury. Canadian Joe Doerksen took his place against Herman.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|8 matches||6 wins||2 losses|
|Win||6–2||Scott Smith||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 59||April 15, 2006||1||3:08||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Evan Tanner||TKO (punches)||UFC 51||February 5, 2005||1||4:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For UFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||5–1||Matt Lindland||KO (punches)||UFC 49||August 21, 2004||1||0:24||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4–1||Osami Shibuya||Submission (choke)||Pancrase: Brave 3||March 24, 2004||1||3:04||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–1||Yuki Sasaki||KO (punch)||Pancrase: Hybrid 11||December 21, 2003||2||0:15||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–1||Marcos da Silva||Submission (exhaustion)||IFC WC 11: Warriors Challenge 11||January 13, 2001||1||7:02||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||1–1||Joey Villaseñor||Submission (armbar)||IFC WC 9: Warriors Challenge 9||July 18, 2000||1||2:24||Friant, California, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Vernon White||Decision (unanimous)||IFC WC 4: Warriors Challenge 4||August 17, 1999||3||5:00||Jackson, California, United States|
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- "David Terrell released by the UFC". Retrieved October 30, 2010.
- "Dave Terrell Released from UFC Contract". Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
- "Four Years After Last Fight, David Terrell Hopes for Comeback". Retrieved October 12, 2010.
- "With stomach-churning ear infections under control, UFC vet David Terrell eying a return". Archived from the original on May 6, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2010.