Doug Marshall

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Doug Marshall
Born (1977-02-03) February 3, 1977 (age 37)
Visalia, California, United States
Other names The Rhino
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach 69.0 in (175 cm)
Fighting out of Visalia, California, United States
Team Elite Team Martial Arts
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[1]
Years active 2003-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 18
By knockout 12
By submission 4
By decision 2
Losses 8
By knockout 7
By submission 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Douglas Garrett Marshall (born February 3, 1977) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Middleweight division. A professional competitor since 2003, he has also formerly competed for the WEC, the SFL, and Tachi Palace Fights. He is the former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion.


Marshall is from Visalia, California and had a troubled childhood, as his parents divorced when he was around 14 years old and he was involved in many fights growing up. Marshall also did a lot of skateboarding while growing up and attended Mount Whitney High School where he played linebacker on the football team until he was expelled for a year because of fighting. Marshall was then put in a continuation school where he could earn the necessary credits to come back to high school, but was expelled again from the continuation school for similar offenses. Eventually Marshall did graduate and earn a high school diploma, and also worked in the construction trade as a flooring contractor to support himself.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Marshall began fighting after being challenged by his father to compete in the rising sport. Marshall attended a WEC event and told his father that he could defeat one of the fighters in the cage, and after his father challenged him to this, the 26 year-old Marshall went to a local gym and began training, eventually beating that fighter in his third professional fight.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Marshall began his career in the WEC at Heavyweight, but dropped down a weight class when Zuffa eliminated that division upon purchasing the organization. He won the WEC Light Heavyweight Championship by defeating Lodune Sincaid and subsequently defended it twice against Justin McElfresh and Ariel Gandulla.

After losing his title to Brian Stann, Marshall left the WEC and began competing for the now-defunct Palace Fighting Championship.[1] Since the PFC has disbanded, Marshall most recently knocked out Keith Berry in the first round of PureCombat's Fearless event on October 17, 2009. [2]

Independent promotions[edit]

When TPF Middleweight Champion David Loiseau pulled out of a TPF 10 fight with Giva Santana due to an undisclosed injury requiring surgery, Marshall stepped in to face Santana in a middleweight non-title bout.[2] He lost via technical submission in the first round.

He next competed on India's Super Fight League's third event, SFL 3, against Zelg Galešić.[3] He lost the fight via KO early in the first round from a flying knee and punches. The trip to India was significant for Marshall as it was the first time he had ever travelled outside of the United States.

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

In November 2012, Marshall made his debut for Bellator. He faced Kala Hose at Bellator 82.[4] He won the fight via knockout at just 22 seconds in the first round.

In January 2013, Bellator announced Marshall as a competitor in the Season Eight Middleweight Tournament. His Quarterfinal fight took place at Bellator 89 against Andreas Spang. He won the fight via TKO in the first round. Marshall then faced Sultan Aliev in the semifinals at Bellator 92, He won via split decision.

On April 4, 2013, Marshall faced Brett Cooper in the finals of the Season Eight Middleweight Tournament at Bellator 95. He won the fight via knockout in round one.

Having earned his title shot, Marshall faced Alexander Shlemenko on November 22, 2013 at Bellator 109 for the Bellator Middleweight Championship. He lost the fight via KO due to a body shot in the first round. Following the fight, Marshall tested positive for a banned substance and was subsequently fined and banned by the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission until February 7, 2014.[5]

Marshall faced Melvin Manhoef on September 19, 2014 at Bellator 125.[6] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Personal life[edit]

Marshall has a son.[7]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–8 Melvin Manhoef KO (punch) Bellator 125 September 19, 2014 1 1:45 Fresno, California, United States
Loss 18–7 Alexander Shlemenko KO (punch to the body) Bellator 109 November 22, 2013 1 4:28 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States For the Bellator Middleweight Championship. Tested positive for banned substance post-fight.
Win 18–6 Brett Cooper KO (punch) Bellator 95 April 4, 2013 1 3:39 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season Eight Middleweight Tournament Final.
Win 17–6 Sultan Aliev Decision (split) Bellator 92 March 7, 2013 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States Bellator Season Eight Middleweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 16–6 Andreas Spång KO (punch) Bellator 89 February 14, 2013 1 3:03 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Bellator Season Eight Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 15–6 Kala Hose KO (punch) Bellator 82 November 30, 2012 1 0:22 Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, United States
Loss 14–6 Zelg Galesic KO (flying knee) SFL 3 May 6, 2012 1 0:34 New Delhi, Delhi, India
Win 14–5 Richard Blake KO (punch) Twilight Fight Night: Numero Uno September 10, 2011 1 0:21 Woodlake, California, United States
Loss 13–5 Givanildo Santana Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Tachi Palace Fights 10 August 5, 2011 1 0:29 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 13–4 Kyacey Uscola KO (punches) Tachi Palace Fights: High Stakes September 13, 2010 1 3:17 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 13–3 B.J. Lacy Submission (rear-naked choke) Playboy Fight Night March 6, 2010 3 1:35 Visalia, California, United States
Win 12–3 Keith Berry KO (punches) PURECOMBAT: Fearless October 17, 2009 1 4:41 Tulare, California, United States
Win 11–3 Jaime Jara Decision (split) PFC 13 May 8, 2009 3 3:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 10–3 Rafael Real TKO (punches) PFC 11 November 20, 2008 1 1:09 Lemoore, California, United States Middleweight debut
Win 9–3 Phil Collins TKO (punches) PFC 9 July 18, 2008 2 0:40 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 8–3 Brian Stann KO (punches) WEC 33 March 26, 2008 1 1:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WEC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 8–2 Ariel Gandulla Submission (armbar) WEC 31 December 12, 2007 1 0:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended WEC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 7–2 Justin McElfresh KO (punch) WEC 27 May 12, 2007 1 2:16 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended WEC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 6–2 Lodune Sincaid TKO (punches) WEC 23: Hot August Fights August 17, 2006 2 0:51 Lemoore, California, United States Won WEC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 5–2 Jeff Terry TKO (punches) WEC 22: The Hitmen July 28, 2006 1 1:50 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 4–2 Tim McKenzie TKO (strikes) WEC 19: Undisputed March 17, 2006 1 3:35 Lemoore, California, United States Light Heavyweight debut
Loss 4–1 James Irvin KO (knee) WEC 15 May 19, 2005 2 0:45 Lemoore, California, United States For WEC Heavyweight Championship
Win 4–0 Carlos Garcia KO (punches) WEC 12 October 21, 2004 1 2:46 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 3–0 Anthony Arria Submission (armbar) WEC 10 May 21, 2004 1 0:22 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 2–0 Lavar Johnson TKO (corner stoppage) WEC 9 January 16, 2004 1 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 1–0 Anthony Fuller Submission (strikes) WEC 8 October 17, 2003 1 0:32 Lemoore, California, United States


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Preceded by
Lodune Sincaid
5th WEC Light Heavyweight Champion
August 17, 2006 - March 26, 2008
Succeeded by
Brian Stann