Michael Bisping

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Michael Bisping
Michael Bisping.jpg
Bisping in September 2013
Born (1979-02-28) 28 February 1979 (age 40)
British Military Base, Nicosia, Cyprus
Other namesThe Count
Residence Anaheim, California, U.S.
Nationality British
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb) [1]
Reach75 12 in (192 cm) [2]
Style Kickboxing, Jiu-jitsu
Fighting out of Manchester, England
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Brady Fink [4]
Black belt in Yawara-ryu Jujutsu [ citation needed ]
Years active2004–2018
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout16
By submission4
By decision10
By knockout3
By submission2
By decision4
Website https://michaelbispingofficial.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michael Bisping (born 28 February 1979) is an English sports analyst, actor, commentator and retired mixed martial artist who competed in the Middleweight division of the UFC. A professional competitor since 2004, he is a former UFC Middleweight Champion, a former Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion and The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight tournament winner. At UFC 78, he became the first British fighter to compete in a UFC main event. At UFC 199, he became the first British fighter to win a UFC Championship. [5] He remains the sole British winner of a UFC title. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame during UFC London on March 16, 2019. [6]

English people Nation and ethnic group native to England

The English people are a nation and an ethnic group native to England who speak the English language. The English identity is of early medieval origin, when they were known in Old English as the Angelcynn. Their ethnonym is derived from the Angles, one of the Germanic peoples who migrated to Great Britain around the 5th century AD. England is one of the countries of the United Kingdom, and the majority of people living there are British citizens.

The middleweight division in mixed martial arts refers to different weight classes:

Ultimate Fighting Championship Mixed martial arts promoter based in Las Vegas

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American mixed martial arts promotion company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, that is owned and operated by parent company William Morris Endeavor. It is the largest MMA promotion company in the world and features the highest-level fighters on the roster. The UFC produces events worldwide that showcase twelve weight divisions and abide by the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. As of 2018, the UFC has held over 400 events. Dana White serves as the president of the UFC. White has held that position since 2001; while under his stewardship, the UFC has grown into a globally popular multi-billion-dollar enterprise.


Early life

Bisping was born on a British Military Base in Nicosia, Cyprus and grew up in Clitheroe, Lancashire. [7] He attended St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Billington. [8] His Polish paternal grandfather, Andrew (Andrzej), fled with his family from Poland to England after the German invasion in 1939. Bisping's father Jan was in the British Army; [9] his mother is Irish. [10] He began training Jujutsu at the age of eight. In 1994, at the age of 15, he competed as an amateur in Britain's first "no holds barred" competition, a precursor to modern MMA, called Knock Down Sport Budo (KSBO). [11]

British Forces Cyprus British Armed Forces stationed in the UK Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia

British Forces Cyprus (BFC) is the name given to the British Armed Forces stationed in the UK Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia on the island of Cyprus and at a number of related 'retained sites' in the Republic of Cyprus. The United Kingdom retains a military presence on the island in order to keep a strategic location at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, for use as a staging point for forces sent to locations in the Middle East and Asia. BFC is a tri-service command, with all three services based on the island reporting to it. At present, there are approximately 3,500 personnel serving in Cyprus.

Nicosia City

Nicosia is the largest city, capital, and seat of government of the island of Cyprus. It is located near the centre of the Mesaoria plain, on the banks of the River Pedieos.

Clitheroe a town in Lancashire, England

Clitheroe is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Ribble Valley in Lancashire, England, approximately 34 miles (55 km) northwest of Manchester. It is near the Forest of Bowland, and is often used as a base for tourists visiting the area. In 2016, Clitheroe Built Up Area had an estimated population of 15,517.

At the age of 18, Bisping decided to abandon his martial arts training "to pursue real life". [12] Less than a year later, Bisping began training in boxing, kickboxing, and karate on the advice of Allan Clarkin, owner of Black Knights Kickboxing, who saw potential in him. Bisping enjoyed a short but successful kickboxing career, winning the North West Area title and later the Pro British light heavyweight kickboxing title. [11] After again briefly quitting competition in 1998, Bisping returned to kickboxing to take the Pro British light heavyweight title for a second time. Soon after winning his second kickboxing title, he was forced to abandon his full-time training for a "real job". In addition to working at factories, slaughterhouses and demolition companies, he was also an upholsterer, postman, tiler, plasterer and salesman. [13]

Boxing combat sport

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring.

Kickboxing group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching

Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from karate mixed with boxing. Kickboxing is practiced for self-defence, general fitness, or as a contact sport.

Karate Martial art

Karate (空手) is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts under the influence of Chinese Kung Fu, particularly Fujian White Crane. Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands and palm-heel strikes. Historically, and in some modern styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints and vital-point strikes are also taught. A karate practitioner is called a karateka (空手家).

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Bisping made his professional mixed martial arts debut at Pride & Glory 2: Battle of the Ages on 4 April 2004, taking a 0:38 submission victory over Steve Mathews. Just one month later, Bisping scored his first knockout against John Weir at UK MMA Challenge 7: Rage & Fury. In his third MMA match, Bisping became the Cage Rage light heavyweight champion at Cage Rage 7, defeating Mark Epstein by technical knockout. Bisping went on to defend his championship title in a rematch against Epstein at Cage Rage 9 in a knockout victory that solidified Bisping as one of the top light heavyweight fighters in England. It also earned him the moniker "The Great British Hope", by UFC.com. [14]

A knockout is a fight-ending, winning criterion in several full-contact combat sports, such as boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, mixed martial arts, karate, some forms of taekwondo and other sports involving striking, as well as fighting-based video games. A full knockout is considered any legal strike or combination thereof that renders an opponent unable to continue fighting.

At The Ultimate Fight Club UK: Natural Instinct on 29 January 2005, Bisping made his cage kickboxing debut against David Brown in a light heavyweight contest. [15] With Brown badly cut, Bisping picked up the win via doctor stoppage in round 2.

Bisping made his debut for the promotion at Ultimate Force on 30 April 2005, defeating Dave Radford to win the vacant Cage Warriors light heavyweight title. Bisping then competed in another light heavyweight cage kickboxing contest, against Cyrille Diabaté at CWFC: Strike Force 1 on 21 May 2005, losing via decision after the end of the first extra round. He captured the FX3 light-heavyweight title on 18 June 2005 and, for a time, reigned over the UK's major federations. In his first Cage Warriors title defence, Bisping defeated Miika Mehmet at CWFC: Strike Force 2, on 16 July 2005. [16]

Cyrille Diabaté French kickboxer and mixed martial arts fighter

Cyrille Moktar Diabaté is a retired French mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He has also competed in shoot boxing and Muay Thai. He has fought at Palace Fighting Championship, Tachi Palace Fights, PRIDE, ShoXC, Deep, Cage Rage and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In September 2005, Cage Rage stripped the light heavyweight title from Bisping due to "management issues", [17] though Cage Warriors stated that "Bisping was willing to defend his title but is being punished by Cage Rage due to his Wolfslair and Cage Warriors links". [18] Towards the end of 2005, Bisping again successfully defended the Cage Warriors title, this time against Jakob Lovstad [19] and Ross Pointon in the CWFC: Strike Force series of events, leading to a record of 10 wins and no losses. [20]

The Ultimate Fighter 3

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Bisping in 2007

In early 2006, Bisping was featured on the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter 3 reality television series as a contestant training under Tito Ortiz. He won a preliminary bout against Kristian Rothaermel by TKO, followed by a semi-final win against Ross Pointon by submission after landing a flying knee and a series of strikes. In the finals, Bisping finished Josh Haynes by TKO at 4:14 into the second round, making Bisping the second Light Heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter television series. [21] [22]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Five months after his victory in the TUF 3 finals, Bisping was slated to fight Eric Schafer at The Ultimate Fighter 4 finale, but withdrew because of problems acquiring his visa. [23] The fight was rescheduled and held on 30 December at UFC 66 . Bisping defeated Schafer by TKO at 4:24 in the first round. [24]

On 21 April 2007, Bisping scored a TKO win over Elvis Sinosic at UFC 70 in Manchester, England. [25]

Bisping was a special guest referee at the Cage Warriors events Enter The Wolfslair on 5 March 2005 and CWFC: Strike Force 6 on 27 May 2006. [26]

On 8 September 2007, Bisping faced former Ultimate Fighter 3 rival Matt Hamill in London, England. Bisping won a controversial split decision after three rounds. Hamill pushed the pace and took Bisping down numerous times in the first two rounds, with Bisping hitting solid strikes and blocking numerous takedown attempts towards the end of the second round and in the third round. [27] [28]

Bisping's next match at UFC 78 against fellow Ultimate Fighter winner Rashad Evans resulted in his first loss, via split decision. [29]

Move down to middleweight

Bisping (left) and Denis Kang at the weigh-ins for UFC 105 Denis Kang.jpg
Bisping (left) and Denis Kang at the weigh-ins for UFC 105

Since the start of his MMA career, people had been advising Bisping that he was a little too small for light heavyweight and would do better at middleweight. With the support of UFC president Dana White, Bisping then decided to drop down a weight division, following his loss to Evans. [30] On 19 April 2008 at UFC 83, Bisping made his middleweight debut against Charles McCarthy. Bisping won by TKO, as McCarthy was unable to continue after the first round due to a forearm injury he sustained after receiving an unanswered series of knees and uppercuts from Bisping. [31]

Bisping's next fight at middleweight was scheduled to be on 7 June 2008 at UFC 85 in London, against Chris Leben. However, after Leben was sentenced to jail for 35 days and unable to compete, Jason Day stepped in. [32] Bisping won the fight in dominant fashion by first round TKO; it was his second 1st round TKO in a row. [33]

Bisping instead fought Leben in the headliner of UFC 89 on 18 October 2008 [32] and won by unanimous decision. [34] After the fight, Leben tested positive for Stanozolol and was suspended for nine months. [35] [36]

Bisping was confirmed as one of the coaches on the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter . [37] [38] The other coach was the former PRIDE 205lb & 185lb Champion Dan Henderson. After the show's conclusion, Bisping fought Henderson at UFC 100 on 11 July 2009 at Mandalay Bay. [39] The fight was believed to be an eliminator for the UFC Middleweight Championship top contender spot. Bisping was knocked out by Henderson with a flush overhand right while he was circling to his left. Henderson followed up with a strike after Bisping had fallen to the ground before the fight was stopped. It marked the first occasion Bisping had ever conceded a knockout loss. [40] Bisping could not remember the fight after the iconic knock out, thinking instead that the fight was scheduled to take place two months later. [41]

Bisping faced Spirit MC and PRIDE veteran Denis Kang at UFC 105 on 14 November 2009. [42] Bisping won by second round TKO. [43] The fight was awarded Fight of the Night, giving both Kang and Bisping a $40,000 bonus. [44]

Bisping next faced former PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva at UFC 110 on 21 February 2010. [45] Silva's ability to flurry in the final seconds of the second and third rounds, two knockdowns, and an attempted guillotine choke contributed to his victory by a clear unanimous decision. [46] [47]

Bisping defeated Dan Miller by unanimous decision on 29 May 2010 at UFC 114. [48]

Bisping faced and defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama on 16 October 2010 at UFC 120, winning 30–27 on all three judges' scorecards. [49] Though Bisping was rocked early in the fight by Akiyama, he regained his composure and landed combinations repeatedly on Akiyama to sweep all three judges scorecards. [50] The fight was awarded Fight of the Night award. [51]

Bisping faced off in an emotionally charged fight against Jorge Rivera on 26 February 2011 at UFC 127. Both fighters had trash talked each other before the fight, having to be restrained at the weigh-in during a verbal argument. Bisping dominated the first round scoring a few takedowns until he delivered an illegal knee to the head of Rivera. A point was taken from Bisping and, after a lengthy halt to the action, the fight continued. The fight ended with a TKO from Bisping in the second round. Bisping spat at Rivera's corner after the fight and angrily confronted Rivera about pre-fight comments that Bisping thought disparaged his family. Rivera denied the comments and attempted to make amends but Bisping told him to "go home" and called him a "loser." He immediately apologised in the post match interview. [52] In the aftermath of the incident Bisping faced "disciplinary actions" and was fined. [53] Multiple fighters subsequently came forward and said that they wanted to fight Bisping in light of the incident, including UFC middleweight notables such as Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Demian Maia, Alan Belcher and Nate Marquardt. [54] [55]

On 27 May 2011, it was revealed that Bisping would be one of the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter 14 opposite Jason Miller. [56] There were concerns that Miller had spies in Bisping's training camp, but Bisping was confident that was not true. [57] Bisping defeated Jason Miller via third round TKO on 3 December 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 14 finale. [58]

Bisping was expected to face Demian Maia on 28 January 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. [59] However, an injury forced Mark Muñoz out of his bout on the same card with Chael Sonnen and Bisping instead fought Sonnen for a chance to challenge Anderson Silva for the Middleweight title. [60] Sonnen defeated Bisping via a controversial unanimous decision. [61]

Bisping was expected to face Tim Boetsch on 21 July 2012 at UFC 149. [62] However, Bisping was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Hector Lombard. [63]

Bisping faced Brian Stann on 22 September 2012 at UFC 152. [64] Bisping won the fight via unanimous decision. [65]

Bisping faced former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort on 19 January 2013 at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping in a fight which would have given Bisping a title shot had he won. However, he lost the fight via second-round TKO after getting hit flush by a head kick. According to Bisping, this kick caused the later diagnosed retinal detachment of his right eye. Fear of not being able to compete again prevented him from seeing a doctor. [66]

Bisping went on to face Alan Belcher on 27 April 2013 at UFC 159. In the first round Bisping managed to out-box his opponent and score a brief trip takedown, in addition to landing a solid knee. Bisping then noticeably stepped up the pace of the fight in round 2, landing some heavy kicks and multiple combinations of punches. The fight was then stopped at 4:29 of round 3 as Bisping inadvertently poked Belcher in the eye, rendering Belcher unable to continue. Bisping won the bout via unanimous technical decision. [67]

Bisping was expected to face Mark Muñoz on 26 October 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30. [68] However, after symptoms of his detached retina became too bad he decided to undergo surgery, which included full removal of the eyeball. [69] He pulled out of the bout on 27 September and was replaced by Lyoto Machida. [70]

After nearly a year away from the sport due to his eye injury, Bisping returned to face Tim Kennedy on 16 April 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale. [71] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. [72]

In April 2014, it was reported that both Bisping and Brad Tavares were interested in a potential fight. [73] However, in May 2014, it was announced that Bisping would face Cung Le on 23 August 2014 at UFC Fight Night 48. [74] Bisping won the one-sided fight via TKO in the fourth round. [75] The win also earned Bisping his first Performance of the Night bonus award. [76]

Bisping faced Luke Rockhold on 8 November 2014 at UFC Fight Night 55. [77] He lost the fight in the second round after being dropped by a head kick and then submitted with a guillotine choke. [78]

Bisping faced C.B. Dollaway on 25 April 2015 at UFC 186. [79] Bisping won the fight by unanimous decision. [80]

Bisping faced Thales Leites on 18 July 2015 at UFC Fight Night 72. [81] He won the back-and-forth fight by split decision. [82]

Bisping was expected to face Robert Whittaker on 15 November 2015 at UFC 193. [83] However, it was announced on 30 September 2015 that Bisping had withdrawn from the bout, citing an elbow injury, and been replaced by Uriah Hall. [84]

Bisping was briefly linked to a fight with Gegard Mousasi on 27 February 2016 at UFC Fight Night 84. [85] However, on 24 December, Bisping was pulled from the bout in favour of a match-up with Anderson Silva at the same event. [86] Bisping won the back and forth fight via unanimous decision. [87] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honours. [88]

UFC Middleweight Champion

With an injury to Chris Weidman forcing him to pull out of the fight, Bisping stepped up on only 17 days' notice to face champion Luke Rockhold for a second time on 4 June 2016 at UFC 199. [89] He won via knockout in the first round to become the UFC Middleweight Champion and the first British UFC champion. [90] He was awarded Performance of the Night honours. [91] The result was considered by many MMA media outlets to be one of the biggest upsets in the UFC title fight history, as Bisping took the fight on short notice and had been submitted in their first encounter 18 months earlier. [92] [93]

Bisping faced Dan Henderson in a rematch on 8 October 2016 at UFC 204. [94] Bisping won the fight via unanimous decision and retained the UFC Middleweight Championship. [95] Both fighters were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance. [96]

On 1 March 2017 while on SportsCenter, Dana White announced that Bisping's next title defence would be against the returning former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre sometime in 2017. [97] However, on 11 May 2017, White announced the fight had been cancelled. The UFC and Bisping had wanted to have the fight at UFC 213, as part of International Fight Week in Las Vegas, but St-Pierre announced on his Instagram page that he needed more training to meet the 185 pound weight and would not be ready to fight until November. [98] The pairing eventually took place on 4 November 2017 in the main event at UFC 217. [99] Bisping lost the bout via technical submission due to a rear-naked choke in the third round. [100]

Post-UFC championship and retirement

Three weeks after losing the Middleweight title, on 25 November 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum, Bisping faced Kelvin Gastelum as a replacement for Anderson Silva, who had been suspended by USADA due to failing a drug test. [101] [102] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round. [103]

On 28 May 2018, Bisping officially announced his retirement from MMA competition. [104] In late December 2018, Bisping appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience, elaborating on his retirement from MMA, which he said was due to eye injury suffered in the fight with Kelvin Gastelum. [105]

On March 16th, it was announced at UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal that Bisping would be inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame under the modern era wing. [106]

Acting career

On 6 April 2016, Bisping announced that he had landed a role in the film XXX: Return of Xander Cage . [107] [108] Later that month, Bisping revealed that he is a fan of the 1990s television series Twin Peaks and that he had gained a small role in the 2017 continuation of the series. [109] [110] He portrayed Roy Shaw in the sports drama film My Name Is Lenny. [111]

Personal life

Bisping met his Australian wife, Rebecca, in Manchester. The couple have three children and reside in Orange County, California. [59] [112] [113] Their third child was born just before Bisping set off to the USA for final preparation in his fight against Dan Miller. [114]

Bisping suffers from strabismus, which is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned when looking at an object. This was caused by a detached retina injury from the fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping in 2013, which Bisping lost via technical knock out in round two. The loss was considered controversial, as at that time Belfort was on testosterone replacement therapy. Bisping stated his satisfaction after Belfort lost via a knockout from a front kick by Lyoto Machida on 12 May 2018 at UFC 224, in his retirement fight. [115]

Bisping's moniker, 'The Count', was given by a ring announcer during a fight. [116]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts record

Loss30–9 Kelvin Gastelum KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum 25 November 201712:30 Shanghai, China
Loss30–8 Georges St-Pierre Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 217 4 November 201734:23 New York City, New York, United StatesLost the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Win30–7 Dan Henderson Decision (unanimous) UFC 204 8 October 201655:00 Manchester, EnglandDefended the UFC Middleweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win29–7 Luke Rockhold KO (punches) UFC 199 4 June 201613:36 Inglewood, California, United StatesWon the UFC Middleweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win28–7 Anderson Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping 27 February 201655:00 London, EnglandFight of the Night.
Win27–7 Thales Leites Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites 18 July 201555:00 Glasgow, Scotland
Win26–7 C.B. Dollaway Decision (unanimous) UFC 186 25 April 201535:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss25–7 Luke Rockhold Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping 8 November 201420:57 Sydney, Australia
Win25–6 Cung Le TKO (knee and punches) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le 23 August 201440:57 Macau, SAR, ChinaPerformance of the Night.
Loss24–6 Tim Kennedy Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy 16 April 201455:00 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Win24–5 Alan Belcher Technical Decision (unanimous) UFC 159 27 April 201334:29 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss23–5 Vitor Belfort TKO (head kick and punches) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping 19 January 201321:27 São Paulo, Brazil
Win23–4 Brian Stann Decision (unanimous) UFC 152 22 September 201235:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss22–4 Chael Sonnen Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis 28 January 201235:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States UFC Middleweight title eliminator.
Win22–3 Jason Miller TKO (knees to the body and punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Finale 3 December 201133:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win21–3 Jorge Rivera TKO (punches) UFC 127 27 February 201121:54 Sydney, Australia
Win20–3 Yoshihiro Akiyama Decision (unanimous) UFC 120 16 October 201035:00 London, EnglandFight of the Night.
Win19–3 Dan Miller Decision (unanimous) UFC 114 29 May 201035:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss18–3 Wanderlei Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC 110 20 February 201035:00 Sydney, Australia
Win18–2 Denis Kang TKO (knees to the body and punches) UFC 105 14 November 200924:24 Manchester, EnglandFight of the Night.
Loss17–2 Dan Henderson KO (punch) UFC 100 11 July 200923:20 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States UFC Middleweight title eliminator.
Win17–1 Chris Leben Decision (unanimous) UFC 89 18 October 200835:00 Birmingham, EnglandLeben tested positive for Stanozolol.
Win16–1 Jason Day TKO (punches) UFC 85 7 June 200813:42 London, England
Win15–1 Charles McCarthy TKO (arm injury) UFC 83 19 April 200815:00 Montreal, Quebec, CanadaMiddleweight debut.
Loss14–1 Rashad Evans Decision (split) UFC 78 17 November 200735:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win14–0 Matt Hamill Decision (split) UFC 75 8 September 200735:00 London, England
Win13–0 Elvis Sinosic TKO (punches) UFC 70 21 April 200721:40 Manchester, EnglandFight of the Night.
Win12–0 Eric Schafer TKO (punches) UFC 66 30 December 200614:24 Las Vegas, Nevada United States
Win11–0 Josh Haynes TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock Finale 24 June 200624:14 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon The Ultimate Fighter 3.
Win10–0Ross PointonSubmission (armbar) CWFC: Strike Force 4 26 November 200512:00 Coventry, EnglandDefended the Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win9–0Jakob LovstadTKO (submission to punches) CWFC: Strike Force 3 1 October 200511:10 Coventry, EnglandDefended the Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win8–0Miika MehmetTKO (corner stoppage) CWFC: Strike Force 2 16 July 200513:01 Coventry, EnglandDefended the Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win7–0Alex CookSubmission (guillotine choke)FX3: Xplosion18 June 200513:21 Reading, EnglandWon the FX3 Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win6–0Dave RadfordTKO (punches) CWFC: Ultimate Force 30 April 200512:46 Sheffield, EnglandWon the Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win5–0Mark EpsteinKO (punch) Cage Rage 9 27 November 200434:43 London, EnglandDefended the Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win4–0Andy BridgesKO (punch)Pride & Glory 3: Glory Days7 August 200410:45 Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Win3–0Mark EpsteinTKO (punches and knees) Cage Rage 7 10 July 200421:27 London, EnglandWon the Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win2–0John WeirTKO (punches)UK MMA Championship 7: Rage & Fury30 May 200410:50 Manchester, England
Win1–0Steve MathewsSubmission (armbar)Pride & Glory 2: Battle of the Ages10 April 200410:38 Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Mixed martial arts exhibition record

Win2–0Ross PointonTKO (submission to punches) The Ultimate Fighter 3 15 June 2006 (Air date)12:13 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada Semi Final bout.
Win1–0Kristian RothaermelTKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter 3 27 April 2006 (Air date)13:51 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada Quarter Final bout.

Submission grappling record

1 Match, 0 Wins, 0 Losses, 1 Draw
Draw0-0-1 Flag of the United States.svg Chael Sonnen DrawUR Fight 201620 March 2016Superfight Flag of the United States.svg Phoenix, Arizona



2014 Plastic Kasper
2015 Strike Back TV Series
2017 xXx: Return of Xander Cage Hawk
2017 Twin Peaks GuardTV Series
2017 My Name Is Lenny Roy Shaw
2017 Dark Matter GorenTV Series
2018 Triple Threat Production
2018 Den of Thieves

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Preceded by
Luke Rockhold
8th UFC Middleweight Champion
4 June 2016 – 4 November 2017
Succeeded by
Georges St-Pierre