January 26, 1981 |
|Other names||The Fury|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||255 lb (116 kg; 18.2 st)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Carmelo Marrero (born January 26, 1981) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Heavyweight division. He has competed for the UFC, the WEC, Bellator, the IFL, and the XFC.
Marrero was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Douglassville, Pennsylvania. He was diagnosed with cancer at a young age and eventually was able to overcome the illness. Marrero began wrestling for Daniel Boone High School in Berks County, Pennsylvania and placed sixth in the state tournament as a Heavyweight. Marrero had originally wanted to attend Rider University after graduating from high school, decided to attended Gloucester County College for two and a half years where he set multiple records. Marrero was sidelined by a near-fatal car accident which took him six months to recover, but later came back to win over 40 matches and qualify for the Junior College National Tournament. Marrero later transferred to Rider University where he became the team captain and was a two-time national qualifier. After college, Marrero began venturing into mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Marrero's first five professional bouts were against local opponents in small fight promotions along the New Jersey shore. Marrero would go on to win and dominate all five bouts before being signed by the UFC.
Marrero made his UFC debut against a much larger and more experienced opponent in Cheick Kongo who already had two wins for the organization. Marrero used his superior grappling skills to control the bout and won via a split decision.
In his next fight he faced Gabriel Gonzaga, with the winner to get a shot to fight Mirko Cro Cop for the #1 contender spot; Marrero lost this fight in the first round via submission due to an armbar submission. He dropped down to the Light Heavyweight division to face Wilson Gouveia at UFC 71, but was again defeated via first-round submission and was then released from the UFC.
Marrero competed for American Top Team's camp in the International Fight League and made his debut for the organization on April 4, 2008 at IFL: New Jersey where he faced Mike Ciesnolevicz. The fight was ruled a no-contest after an accidental headbutt in the first round.
Return to the UFC
Marrero made his Bellator debut on October 19, 2012 at Bellator 77 against Lew Polley and lost via unanimous decision.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||16 wins||6 losses|
|Win||16–6 (1)||Shelton Graves||Submission (leglock)||XFE 28: Atiyeh vs. Gratalo 2||October 25, 2013||1||1:33||Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||15–6 (1)||J.A. Dudley||TKO (punches)||XFE: Cage Wars 24||June 8, 2013||2||1:54||Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||14–6 (1)||Lew Polley||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 77||October 19, 2012||3||5:00||Reading, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||14–5 (1)||Scott Barrett||Decision (unanimous)||XFC 14: Resurrection||October 21, 2011||3||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Loss||13–5 (1)||Mark Holata||Decision (unanimous)||C3 Fights: SlamFest||January 29, 2011||3||5:00||Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||13–4 (1)||Steven Banks||Submission (guillotine choke)||WCC 3: Brawl at the Hall||October 9, 2010||2||2:33||Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||12–4 (1)||Brian Heden||Decision (unanimous)||C3 Fights: Knockout-Rockout Weekend 4||July 17, 2010||3||3:00||Clinton, Oklahoma, United States||Return to Heavyweight|
|Win||11–4 (1)||Wayne Cole||Submission (guillotine choke)||C3 Fights: Slammin Jammin Weekend 4||February 13, 2010||2||2:37||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||10–4 (1)||Antwain Britt||Decision (unanimous)||Vendetta Fighting Championship: A Night of Vengeance||September 5, 2009||3||5:00||Oranjestad, Aruba|
|Loss||10–3 (1)||Ryan Bader||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann||April 1, 2009||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||10–2 (1)||Steve Steinbeiss||Decision (split)||WEC 36||November 5, 2008||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||9–2 (1)||Chuck Huus||Submission (ankle lock)||C3 Fights: Clash in Concho||September 19, 2008||N/A||N/A||Concho, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||8–2 (1)||Rader McHugh||Submission (rear-naked choke)||C3 Fights: Showdown 2||August 16, 2008||2||2:48||Cherokee, North Carolina, United States|
|NC||7–2 (1)||Mike Ciesnolevicz||No Contest||IFL: New Jersey||April 4, 2008||1||1:37||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States||Accidental headbutt ended the fight|
|Win||7–2||Rafael del Real||TKO (doctor stoppage)||WCO: Kerr vs. Gavin||November 7, 2007||1||5:00||Hollywood, California, United States|
|Loss||6–2||Wilson Gouveia||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 71||May 26, 2007||1||3:06||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Light Heavyweight debut|
|Loss||6–1||Gabriel Gonzaga||Submission (armbar)||UFC 66||December 30, 2006||1||3:22||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–0||Cheick Kongo||Decision (split)||UFC 64||October 14, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–0||Petrus Walker||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Cage Fury Fighting Championships 1||June 30, 2006||1||2:43||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4–0||Dale Carson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MFC: Boardwalk Blitz||March 4, 2006||2||0:48||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3–0||Sherman Pendergarst||Decision (unanimous)||RF 9: Battle at the Beach 2009||August 6, 2005||2||5:00||Wildwood, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2–0||Chris Volo||Decision (unanimous)||Reality Fighting 8||April 2, 2005||2||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1–0||Chris Dippolito||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Reality Fighting 7||October 16, 2004||1||1:02||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
- Smith, Matin (31 March 2009). "UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann preview". ifight365.com.
- Martin, Damon (12 January 2009). "T.U.F.'er Bader will take on Marrero in April". Sports Illustrated.