Cole Escovedo

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Cole Escovedo
Born Coleman Ruben Escovedo
(1981-08-30) August 30, 1981 (age 33)
Fresno, California, United States
Other names Apache Kid
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Division Bantamweight
Featherweight
Fighting out of Fresno, California
Team Pacific Martial Arts
Years active 2001-2011
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 17
By knockout 6
By submission 10
By decision 1
Losses 9
By knockout 4
By submission 1
By decision 4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Coleman Ruben Escovedo (born August 30, 1981) is a retired American mixed martial artist from Fresno, California. He was the inaugural WEC Featherweight Champion.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Health issues[edit]

Escovedo was forced into a well documented semi-retirement in 2007 from a serious staph infection that left him partially paralyzed and in need of spinal surgery.[1] Then, after a nearly three years hiatus from mixed martial arts action, he returned on May 8, 2009 at a Palace Fighting Championship event at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. Escovedo's comeback to MMA was his first fight in the 135 lb Bantamweight division.[2]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Escodevo made his UFC debut against Renan Barão on May 25, 2011 at UFC 130. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Escovedo faced Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 135. He was knocked out by Mizugaki at 4:30 in the second round, giving him two consecutive losses in the UFC.[3]

Escovedo faced Alex Caceres on November 12, 2011 at UFC on Fox 1.[4] Escovedo lost via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after losing the standing exchanges to Caceres for all three rounds.

On December 16, 2011 Escovedo announced via the UG forums that he had been released by the UFC.[5] Author Zac Robinson has written a book titled "Through The Cage Door" about Escovedo's life and career and it's expected release date is August 2014.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

IFC Champion 145

Tachi Palace Fights Native American Champion

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–9 Alex Caceres Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos November 12, 2011 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 17–8 Takeya Mizugaki TKO (punches) UFC 135 September 24, 2011 2 4:30 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 17–7 Renan Barão Decision (unanimous) UFC 130 May 28, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Bantamweight bout
Win 17–6 Steven Siler Submission (triangle choke) Showdown Fights: New Blood January 28, 2011 1 2:30 Orem, Utah, United States
Loss 16–6 Michihiro Omigawa Submission (inverted armbar) Dream 16 September 25, 2010 1 2:30 Nagoya, Japan Returns to Featherweight
Loss 16–5 Michael McDonald KO (punches) Tachi Palace Fights 5: Stars and Strikes July 9, 2010 2 1:12 Lemoore, California, United States Lost TPF Bantamweight Championship
Win 16–4 Yoshiro Maeda KO (head kick) Dream 13 March 22, 2010 1 2:29 Yokohama, Japan Featherweight bout
Win 15–4 Jeff Bedard Submission (triangle choke) Tachi Palace Fights 3: Champions Collide February 4, 2010 1 2:31 Lemoore, California, United States Won TPF Bantamweight Championship
Win 14–4 Maurice Eazel TKO (head kick and punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Evangelista November 6, 2009 1 1:47 Fresno, California, United States
Win 13–4 Tyler Weathers Decision (split) Disturbing the Peace June 27, 2009 3 5:00 Fresno, California, United States
Win 12–4 Michael McDonald TKO (punches) PFC 13: Validation May 8, 2009 2 2:25 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 11–4 Antonio Banuelos Decision (unanimous) WEC 23 August 17, 2006 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 11–3 Jens Pulver KO (punch) International Fight League: Legends Championship 2006 April 29, 2006 1 0:56 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Lightweight bout
Loss 11–2 Urijah Faber TKO (corner stoppage) WEC 19 March 17, 2006 2 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Lost WEC Featherweight Championship
Win 11–1 Joe Martin Submission (flying triangle choke) WEC 17 October 14, 2005 1 1:05 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 10–1 Poppies Martinez TKO (leg injury) WEC 15 May 19, 2005 2 1:05 Lemoore, California, United States Won Tachi Palace Native American Championship
Win 9–1 Randy Spence Submission (triangle choke) International Fighting Championships: Eve Of Destruction March 5, 2005 1 2:06 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 8–1 Anthony Hamlett TKO (punches) WEC 8 October 17, 2003 2 1:30 Lemoore, California, United States Defended WEC Featherweight Championship
Loss 7–1 Bao Quach Decision (unanimous) Gladiator Challenge 15 April 13, 2003 2 5:00 Porterville, California, United States
Win 7–0 Noah Shinable Submission (triangle choke) Gladiator Challenge 14 February 16, 2003 1 1:38 Porterville, California, United States
Win 6–0 Philip Perez Submission (triangle choke) WEC 5 October 18, 2002 1 3:07 Lemoore, California, United States Became first WEC Featherweight Champion Also won IFC 145 Title
Win 5–0 Christian Allen TKO (punches) Ultimate Athlete 3: Vengeance August 10, 2002 2 3:16 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 4–0 Paul Morris Submission (triangle choke) WEC 3 June 7, 2002 1 0:29 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 3–0 Jay Valencia Submission (triangle choke) Ultimate Athlete 2: The Gathering March 16, 2002 1 0:45 Cabazon, California, United States
Win 2–0 Bart Palaszewski Submission (punches) Ultimate Athlete 1: The Genesis January 27, 2002 1 2:10 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 1–0 Terry Dull Submission (triangle choke) WEC 2 October 4, 2001 1 1:54 Lemoore, California, United States

References[edit]

External links[edit]

New championship 1st WEC Featherweight Champion
October 18, 2002 - March 17, 2006
Succeeded by
Urijah Faber