Christian Wellisch

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Christian Wellisch
Born (1975-09-13) September 13, 1975 (age 39)
Budapest, Hungary
Nationality Hungarian
American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14.7 st)
Reach 77.5 in (197 cm)
Fighting out of Sacramento, California
Team American Kickboxing Academy
Years active 2001-2009
Mixed martial arts record
Total 13
Wins 8
By knockout 4
By submission 3
By decision 1
Losses 5
By knockout 3
By submission 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Christian Wellisch (born September 13, 1975) is a Hungarian-American former professional mixed martial artist. He competed for the UFC, WEC and King of the Cage.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Wellisch began his professional career in 2001 as a Heavyweight fighting in smaller promotions. In 2006, he scored a stoppage victory over the undefeated Dan Evensen. With a record of 6–2, Wellisch made his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut against Cheick Kongo at UFC 62. He lost by knockout due to a knee strike in the first round. Wellisch followed up with two victories against Anthony Perosh and Scott Junk at UFC 66 and UFC 76 respectively. His streak ended at UFC 84, where undefeated rising star Shane Carwin knocked him out with a punch in 44 seconds of the first round, knocking his mouthguard out as well.

In November 2008, the UFC released Wellisch from his contract along with Jon Fitch and other American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) fighters as a result of a dispute over the exclusive license rights for a video game between AKA and UFC President Dana White.[1] The dispute was resolved a day later and Wellisch, along with the other AKA fighters, were re-signed.[2]

In his next appearance, Wellisch made his Light Heavyweight debut at UFC 94, where he lost to Jake O'Brien by split decision. With his second consecutive loss, and the UFC facing a glut of fighters due to recent acquisitions of WEC contracts, Wellisch was released from the UFC roster.[3]

Life after MMA[edit]

Having graduated from the McGeorge School of Law,[4] Wellisch decided to retire from MMA and now runs his own law practice outside San Jose, California. Speaking on his decision to retire, Wellisch said "I told myself when I got into this sport that I wasn't going to take any steps backwards", he also said "I'm not going to go fight in the small shows, I think I made the right decision".

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 8–5 Jake O'Brien Decision (split) UFC 94 January 31, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight debut
Loss 8–4 Shane Carwin KO (punch) UFC 84 May 24, 2008 1 0:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–3 Scott Junk Submission (heel hook) UFC 76 September 22, 2007 1 3:19 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 7–3 Anthony Perosh Decision (unanimous) UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz December 30, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 6–3 Cheick Kongo KO (knee) UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral August 26, 2006 1 2:51 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–2 Dan Evensen TKO (corner stoppage) IFC: Caged Combat April 1, 2006 2 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 5–2 Tom Howard Submission (rear-naked choke) Valor Fighting: Showdown At Cache Creek February 3, 2006 1 2:11 Brooks, California, United States
Loss 4–2 Soa Palelei TKO (punches) Shooto Australia: NHB February 12, 2004 2 4:33 Melbourne, Australia
Win 4–1 Vince Lucero TKO (punches) CFM: Octogono Extremo September 27, 2003 1 N/A Monterrey, Mexico
Loss 3–1 Kensuke Sasaki Submission (guillotine choke) X-1 September 6, 2003 1 2:35 Yokohama, Japan
Win 3–0 Jay White TKO (punches) WEC 4 August 31, 2002 3 3:42 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 2–0 Sam Sotello Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC 16: Double Cross August 2, 2002 1 4:20 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 1–0 Dennis Taddio TKO (punches) Shogun 1 December 15, 2001 1 1:23 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jon Fitch, Christian Wellisch and possibly others cut by UFC". MMAMania.com. November 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  2. ^ Martin, Damon (November 20, 2008). "24 HOURS LATER; JON FITCH BACK WITH UFC". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  3. ^ Caplan, Sam (February 10, 2009). "Christian Wellisch and Eddie Sanchez added to list of recent UFC cuts". FiveOuncesOfPain.com. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  4. ^ California State Bar Membership Records

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