September 22, 1985 |
|Other names||Cold Steel|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||75 in (190 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Acton, Massachusetts|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Chuck O'Neil (born September 22, 1985) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division. He has competed for the UFC, Bellator, and was also a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.
O'Neil was born in Falmouth, MA and raised in Bourne, MA, attending Bourne High School. During his years at Bourne High, O'Neil played football and baseball. Upon graduating, O'Neil enrolled at Bridgewater State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
O'Neil started his professional MMA career in 2006 at the age of 21. He lost his inaugural fight to Earl Bauer via an inverted triangle choke submission. Since then, O'Neil has fine tuned his skills while training with the likes of John Howard, Rick Hawn, Joe Lauzon, Tom Lawlor and Josh Grispi. In 2008, O'Neil captured the Reality Fighting welterweight championship. He lost this title in 2009 to Tim Pinney via a heel hook. O'Neil went on to win his next 3 bouts while also winning the Cage Titans FC welterweight title.
The Ultimate Fighter
O'Neil signed with the UFC in 2011 to compete on the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.
O'Neil was selected as an alternate for the T.V. show and received his chance to compete once Myles Jury of Team Lesnar was forced to withdraw due to injury. In Chuck's first bout of the competition he fought Zach Davis and lost via a triangle choke in the first round. Luckily, Dana White chose Chuck to occupy one of the two "wild card" positions; keeping him in the running for the grand prize of a six figure UFC contract.
O'Neil faced Team dos Santos' Javier Torres in the "wild card" bout. Chuck was able to defeat Torres via a D'Arce choke in the second round of the fight. The win moved him into the quarter-finals.
O'Neil then had a rematch with Zach Davis in the quarter-finals. O'Neil was able to dominate Davis this time around and win by unanimous decision after two rounds. O'Neil then moved into the semi-finals and fought teammate, Tony Ferguson. O'Neil was eliminated from the competition after losing to Ferguson via a third round stoppage.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Even though O'Neil lost in the TUF 13 semifinals, he remained signed with the UFC after the show. He made his official UFC debut June 4, 2011 on The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale card, fighting against fellow semifinalist and teammate, Chris Cope. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, and subsequently was released from his contract on June 17, 2011.
O'Neil next faced Kevin Nowaczyk at Hoosier Fight Club 11 on June 2, 2012. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Yet, O'Neil rebounded strong in his next bout by earning a unanimous decision victory vs Keith Jeffrey at "CES MMA: Battle Tested" on December 7, 2012. O'Neil next faced Ralph Johnson on June 7, 2013 at "CES MMA: New Blood". O'Neil scored a TKO victory over Johnson in the first round. O'Neil next faced Gil de Freitas on August 9, 2013 at "CES MMA: Gold Rush" in Lincoln, Rhode Island and suffered his first career TKO defeat. O'Neil returned to form in his next bout by getting his own TKO victory over the well traveled MMA veteran Chris "Cappi" Woodall at "CES MMA: November to Remember".
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||12 wins||6 losses|
|Win||12-6||Chris Woodall||TKO (elbows)||CES MMA: November to Remember||November 15, 2013||1||2:24||Ledyard, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||11-6||Gil de Freitas||TKO (punches)||CES MMA: Gold Rush||August 9, 2013||1||3:37||Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States|
|Win||11-5||Ralph Johnson||TKO (punches)||CES MMA: New Blood||June 7, 2013||1||1:30||Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States|
|Win||10-5||Keith Jeffrey||Decision (unanimous)||CES MMA: Battle Tested||December 7, 2012||3||5:00||Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States|
|Loss||9-5||Kevin Nowaczyk||Decision (unanimous)||Hoosier Fight Club 11||June 2, 2012||3||5:00||Valparaiso, Indiana, United States|
|Win||9-4||Marcus Davis||Decision (split)||W-1 Reloaded||October 15, 2011||3||5:00||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Loss||8-4||Chris Cope||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale||June 4, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8-3||Anthony Kaponis||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CTFC 1: Epic||July 30, 2010||1||2:25||Randolph, Massachusetts, United States||Welterweight Title|
|Win||7-3||Damian Vitale||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bellator 17||May 6, 2010||3||1:02||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||6-3||Joe Kavey||TKO (punches)||CFX 7: Mayhem in Mansfield 2||December 19, 2009||1||NA||Mansfield, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||5-3||Tim Pinney||Submission (heel hook)||Reality Fighting: Throwdown||May 2, 2009||1||2:01||Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States||Welterweight Title|
|Win||5-2||Ryan Schieding||Submission (triangle choke)||Reality Fighting: Final Conflict||November 1, 2008||2||0:50||Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States||Welterweight Title|
|Win||4-2||Rigo Dominicci||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Reality Fighting: Collision||July 19, 2008||1||2:58||Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||3-2||Travis Coyle||Submission (triangle choke)||FFP Untamed 19||March 15, 2008||1||3:02||Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||2-2||James Campbell||Decision (unanimous)||WFL 16: Moment of Truth 2||March 31, 2007||3||5:00||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||2-1||Kyle McManus||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CZ 19: Above and Beyond||December 2, 2006||1||0:27||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||1-1||Mark Chaupette||Decision (unanimous)||FFP Untamed 7||August 19, 2006||3||5:00||Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||0-1||Eric Bauer||Submission (inverted triangle choke)||CZ 14: In the Cage||April 8, 2006||2||2:69||Manchester, New Hampshire, United States|
- "W-1 fight card for 'Reloaded' set for BankUnited Center in Miami this weekend". mmamania.com. 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2011-10-11.