Guy Mezger

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Guy Mezger
Born (1968-01-01) January 1, 1968 (age 46)
Houston, Texas, United States
Other names The Sandman
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight (205 lb)
Heavyweight
Style Kickboxing, Full Contact Karate, Submission Fighting
Fighting out of Dallas, Texas
Team Lion's Den Dallas
Rank 6th dan black belt in Karate
Years active 1994–2003 (MMA)
Kickboxing record
Total 25
Wins 22
By knockout 19
Losses 3
Mixed martial arts record
Total 46
Wins 30
By knockout 11
By submission 6
By decision 13
Losses 14
By knockout 6
By submission 3
By decision 5
Draws 2
Full contact karate record
Total 43
Wins 42
By knockout 40
Losses 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Guy Mezger (born January 1, 1968) is a retired American martial artist who competed in professional combat sports ranging from full contact karate, kickboxing, and boxing, but is most recognized as a mixed martial arts fighter (retired from competition January 25, 2005). He is associated with Lion's Den Dallas. Mezger was a champion in mixed martial arts in two different promotions, the UFC and Pancrase. He holds wins over Tito Ortiz, Masakatsu Funaki, Yuki Kondo, Semmy Schilt, and Minoru Suzuki.

Mezger has trained with many great martial arts competitors and trainer/instructors; his main trainers have been Vince Tamura (Judo), Willie Thompson (Wrestling), Billy "Jack" Jackson (Kickboxing), and Ken Shamrock (Submission Fighting/Pancrase/Mixed Martial Arts). Mezger has co-written one book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Kickboxing, and had an uncredited speaking role in the first-season episode of Walker, Texas Ranger Night of the Gladiator.

Early life[edit]

Born in Houston, Texas and raised in Dallas, Texas, Mezger wrestled in high school and also practiced karate, in which he holds a 6th degree black belt,[1] growing up. As a professional kickboxer, he won the US heavyweight strap before going on to take the WKC World Heavyweight Championship in June 1995, a title that he would defend once before retiring from the sport to compete in Pancrase.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pancrase[edit]

Mezger started his mixed martial arts career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 4 in an alternate match against Jason Fairn. Before the fight, Mezger had asked Fairn to make a 'gentlemen's agreement' not to pull hair due to the fact both men had long hair. Mezger won the bout by TKO after landing a multitude of strikes from full mount. Mezger then fought at UFC 5 in an alternate match against John Dowdy, defeating him by TKO in little over two minutes by mounted strikes.

Mezger began to train with Ken Shamrock and became a member Ken's submission fighting team, the Lion's Den, and joined the Pancrase organization in Japan. Mezger found great success in Pancrase, accumulating a 16–7–2 record and becoming the 7th ever King of Pancrase world champion with a win over MMA legend Masakatsu Funaki.

Mezger would not return to the UFC until UFC 13 where he competed in the Lightweight Tournament (200 lbs & under). In his first bout, Mezger fought top ranked Judo fighter, Christophe Leininger. Leininger was able to score only one takedown and was quickly reversed, but was otherwise soundly beaten as Mezger battled his way to a decision victory. Mezger broke his hand during this fight but continued in the tournament.

The championship round Mezger faced future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz. Ortiz was able to counter Mezger's takedown attempt and landed several knees to Mezger's head. To some it appeared that Mezger had tapped, but referee John McCarthy ruled Mezger was blocking the knees and his hand went down as Ortiz shifted his weight. The bout was then stopped to check Mezger's cut. The announcers, as well as Ortiz, thought that the bout was over, but the fight was instead restarted on the feet. Ortiz shot in for a takedown, but Mezger secured a Guillotine Choke, forcing Ortiz to submit. With this win, Mezger became the UFC 13 lightweight tournament champion.

Mezger then forfeited his King of Pancrase title to fight in the UFC again. Mezger's final bout in the UFC was a rematch with Tito Ortiz at UFC 19: Young Guns. Mezger was sick before the fight but fought anyway, a decision that he regretted after the fight. This resulted in Ortiz handling Mezger and won the bout at the 9:55 mark by referee stoppage. The stoppage was somewhat controversial because both Mezger and his cornerman Ken Shamrock felt that Ortiz's strikes were not doing enough damage to warrant a stoppage. Ortiz then donned a shirt that was insulting to Mezger which provoked an immediate reaction from Ken Shamrock, Mezger's trainer. Mezger would occasionally seek a rematch with Ortiz over the next few years. In 2004 he was finally granted a chance to face Tito Ortiz at UFC 50. Unfortunately, the week of the fight, Mezger was taken to the hospital due to stroke like symptoms, and was taken off the fight card.

PRIDE Fighting championships[edit]

The former UFC champion made his Pride FC debut in 1999 at Pride 6 against Akira Shoji, a popular Japanese fighter, losing the fight by split decision.

Pride officials then signed Mezger to fight Kazushi Sakuraba, who at the time was considered to be one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. The fight took place at the Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round. Mezger took the fight on two weeks notice and had a broken foot going into the fight. The contract that Mezger signed stipulated that the fight would be one 15-minute round with no overtime. The other fights on the card had the same stipulation. The fight mostly consisted of Mezger controlling the fight by stopping Sakuraba's takedown attempts while landing strikes from the outside. The round ended and Mezger expected the fight to go to the judges, but Pride officials wanted the fight to go to overtime. This resulted in one of the largest and most publicized controversies in MMA history.

According to Mezger, Pride did not like the outcome of the fight and changed the agreement/contract on the spot in order to give Sakuraba another chance to win the fight.[3][4] An argument ensued and Mezger was ordered out of the ring and back to the locker room by his corner man, Ken Shamrock, who was livid at the decision to extend the fight because of Mezger's foot injury and the fact that he took the fight on short notice. Later that night, the president of Pride FC made a public apology to Mezger at the Tokyo Dome for the miscommunication. Mezger added, "Royce's father came up to me after my fight and said, "You got screwed. You won that fight." Here's Helio Gracie walking up to me and telling me I got ripped off."[5]

Mezger next competed against Masaaki Satake, winning the fight by Unanimous Decision.

Mezger made his return to the ring at Pride 10, facing Brazilian superstar and future middleweight kingpin Wanderlei Silva. Mezger gained the upper hand early, cutting Silva with several crisp combinations and outpointing Silva on the feet. However, he was ultimately knocked out at the 3:45 mark. Shortly before the knockout, Silva was catching the worse end of the punching exchanges and proceeded to throw an intentional, illegal headbutt to Mezger that eventually led to landing the knockout combination. Many people felt as though this was a cheap shot that affected the end result. Some people, including Kazushi Sakuraba, felt the bout should have been changed to a no contest.[6] Mezger talked about his feelings on the matter in an interview: "I am not going to cry foul, it is the fight game and things like that happen, get used to it. It is no win situation when it comes to answering that question, if I said it did (affect the result) then I would be making excuses. I would just like a rematch."[7]

Mezger found a measure of redemption when he defeated Alexander Otsuka by TKO at Pride 12. Otsuka challenged Mezger to another fight, but was soundly beaten by TKO for a second time. Mezger returned again at Pride 13 to face Egan Inoue. Mezger walked away with a knockout win over Inoue.

Mezger then met UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell at Pride 14. Liddell was coming off of a stunning KO over former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Kevin Randleman. Mezger gained control of the first round, knocking Liddell to the mat with a strike and landing a left kick to Liddell's face a few minutes before the bell sounded ending the first round. The second round would be short-lived as Liddell came out strong, knocking Mezger out.

Mezger faced two time ADCC champion Ricardo Arona at Pride 16. Mezger entered the ring with an American flag draped across his shoulders out of respect for the World Trade Center attacks in New York. He also wore trunks with an American flag design. Arona and Mezger circled each other for a few moments, before moving in and exchanging strikes. Mezger ended the round one with two takedowns and side mount position but couldn't capitalize on it. The second round was much of the same until Mezger landed a stunning kick to Arona's face. The third round took a different turn with three minutes left in the round, Arona scored his only takedown of the fight. The third round continued like this, with Arona laying on Mezger, using his ground and pound style for the last three minutes of the bout. Although Mezger controlled the first two rounds (1st round being 10 minutes and the second and third rounds were 5 minutes each), the judges awarded a controversial split decision victory to Arona, causing many to feel that Mezger was robbed of the win.[8]

Mezger returned to competition at Pride 22 after a year long lay-off, easily winning a decision over Norihisa Yamamoto. Mezger then battled Antônio Rogério Nogueira at Pride 24. Mezger had several good striking exchanges and showcased his submission and takedown defense, but again lost the fight by a controversial split decision.

Retirement[edit]

On January 25, 2005, Guy Mezger retired from professional fighting after experiencing stroke-like symptoms prior to his scheduled bout with Tito Ortiz.[9] Mezger trains students in boxing, kickboxing and the Lion's Den Mixed Martial Arts system at his gym; "Guy Mezger's Combat Sports Club" in Dallas, Texas.

Mezger is a part owner in a Movie/TV production company that is making "Reality TV" shows, action and documentary movies.

Mezger has been named the President of Mark Cuban's new HDNet Fights and is responsible for developing new talent and securing promotion partners for HDnet's Friday Night Fights.[10] Mezger also has a consulting company, CS Consulting, that works with both Federal and State law enforcement agencies on re-vamping their defensive tactics training.

Mezger has commentated for Chuck Norris' full contact, team-based martial arts competition the World Combat League and for Japanese MMA organization DREAM.

Personal life[edit]

Mezger and his wife Michelle have two children, Logan and Rachel. He also has a son named Jake from a previous relationship.[11]

In December 2011, Mezger was involved in an altercation in Dallas, Texas in front of a sports store where a man was physically abusing a woman. Mezger stepped in to assist the woman by fighting the man, who attacked Mezger with a knife. The attacker was on parole and needed medical attention for multiple facial bone and arm bone fractures. Mezger's hand was cut in the fight. It was surgically repaired and he is expected to fully recover.[12][13]

Titles[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Karate[edit]

World Full Contact

  • 1993 & 1994 World Full-Contact Karate Champion

Kickboxing[edit]

World Kickboxing Council

  • 1995 WKC World Kickboxing Champion
  • Other
    • 1996 WFFF World Freestyle Fighting Champion (Junior-Heavyweight)

Records[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts: 30–14–2 (12 KO's)
Kickboxing: 22–3 (19 KO's)
Full-Contact Karate record: 42–1 (40 KO's)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 30–14–2 Daniel Bergman TKO (punches) EVT 1 – Genesis December 6, 2003 2 1:46 Copenhagen, Denmark
Loss 29–14–2 Antônio Rogério Nogueira Decision (split) Pride 24 – Cold Fury 3 December 23, 2002 3 5:00 Fukuoka, Japan
Win 29–13–2 Yoshihisa Yamamoto Decision (unanimous) Pride 22 – Beasts From The East 2 September 29, 2002 3 5:00 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 28–13–2 Ricardo Arona Decision (split) Pride 16 – Beasts From The East September 24, 2001 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Loss 28–12–2 Chuck Liddell KO (punch) Pride 14 – Clash of the Titans May 27, 2001 2 0:21 Yokohama, Japan
Win 28–11–2 Egan Inoue KO (knee and punch) Pride 13 – Collision Course March 25, 2001 1 2:25 Saitama, Japan
Win 27–11–2 Alexander Otsuka TKO (cut) KOTC 7 - Wet and Wild February 24, 2001 2 1:57 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 26–11–2 Alexander Otsuka TKO (strikes) Pride 12 – Cold Fury December 9, 2000 1 1:52 Saitama, Japan
Win 25–11–2 Sam Adkins Submission FFC – Freestyle Fighting Championship November 18, 2000 1 2:11 Dallas, Texas, United States
Loss 24–11–2 Wanderlei Silva KO (punches) Pride 10 – Return of the Warriors August 27, 2000 1 3:45 Tokyo, Japan
Win 24–10–2 Masaaki Satake Decision Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals May 1, 2000 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 23–10–2 Brad Jones TKO (strikes) PA – Pure Action 2 March 3, 2000 2 1:35 King's Point, New York, United States
Loss 22–10–2 Kazushi Sakuraba Forfeit (contract dispute) Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round January 30, 2000 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 22–9–2 Akira Shoji Decision (split) Pride 6 – Pride 6 July 4, 1999 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 22–8–2 Tito Ortiz TKO (strikes) UFC 19 March 5, 1999 1 9:56 Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States
Win 22–7–2 Yuki Kondo Decision (majority) Pancrase - Advance 12 December 19, 1998 1 20:00 Chiba, Japan
Win 21–7–2 Ryushi Yanagisawa Decision (lost points) Pancrase - 1998 Anniversary Show September 14, 1998 1 30:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 20–7–2 Semmy Schilt TKO (strikes) Pancrase - Advance 8 June 21, 1998 1 13:15 Kobe, Japan
Win 20–6–2 Masakatsu Funaki Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Advance 5 April 26, 1998 1 30:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 19–6–2 Ryushi Yanagisawa Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Advance 4 March 18, 1998 1 20:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 18–6–2 Johnny Magilonico Submission (choke) WPC – World Pankration Championships 2 January 16, 1998 1 N/A Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 17–6–2 Satoshi Hasegawa TKO (armlock) Pancrase: Alive 11 December 20, 1997 1 2:52 Yokohama, Japan
Win 16–6–2 Kiuma Kunioku KO (kick) Pancrase: Alive 9 October 29, 1997 1 11:12 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–6–2 Paul Lazenby Submission (choke) WPC – World Pankration Championships 1 October 26, 1997 1 N/A Texas, United States
Loss 14–6–2 Masakatsu Funaki Submission (triangle/armbar) Pancrase: 1997 Anniversary Show September 6, 1997 1 3:58 Chiba, Japan
Win 14–5–2 Keiichiro Yamamiya Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Alive 7 July 30, 1997 1 15:00 Fukuoka, Japan
Win 13–5–2 Tito Ortiz Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 13 May 30, 1997 1 3:00 Augusta, Georgia, United States Won UFC 13 Light Heavyweight Tournament
Win 12–5–2 Christophe Leininger Decision UFC 13 May 30, 1997 1 15:00 Augusta, Georgia, United States
Loss 11–5–2 Yuki Kondo Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Alive 2 February 22, 1997 1 20:00 Chiba, Japan
Win 11–4–2 Semmy Schilt Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Alive 1 January 17, 1997 1 20:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–4–2 Yuki Kondo Decision (lost points) Pancrase - Truth 10 December 15, 1996 1 20:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 9–4–2 Kiuma Kunioku Decision (split) Pancrase - Truth 7 October 8, 1996 1 10:00 Nagoya, Japan
Win 9–3–2 Ryushi Yanagisawa Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - 1996 Anniversary Show September 7, 1996 1 20:00 Chiba, Japan
Draw 8–3–2 Osami Shibuya Draw Pancrase - Truth 6 June 25, 1996 1 10:00 Fukuoka, Japan
Win 8–3–1 Minoru Suzuki TKO (strikes) Pancrase - Truth 5 May 16, 1996 1 7:59 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–3–1 Ryushi Yanagisawa KO (head kick) Pancrase - Truth 4 April 8, 1996 1 12:21 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–3–1 Manabu Yamada TKO (doctor) Pancrase - Truth 3 April 7, 1996 1 6:14 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–3–1 Takaku Fuke Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Truth 3 April 7, 1996 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 4–3–1 Bas Rutten Submission (heel hook) Pancrase - Truth 2 March 2, 1996 1 19:36 Kobe, Japan
Win 4–2–1 Gregory Smit Decision (lost points) Pancrase - Truth 1 January 28, 1996 1 10:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 3–2–1 Minoru Suzuki DQ (accidental kick to groin) Pancrase - Eyes Of Beast 7 December 14, 1995 1 7:15 Sapporo, Japan
Draw 3–1–1 Ryushi Yanagisawa Draw Pancrase - Eyes Of Beast 6 November 4, 1995 1 10:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 3–1 Masakatsu Funaki Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase - 1995 Anniversary Show September 1, 1995 1 6:46 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–0 John Renfroe Submission (armlock) Pancrase - 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round July 23, 1995 1 7:25 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–0 John Dowdy TKO (strikes) UFC 5 April 7, 1995 1 2:02 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 1–0 Jason Fairn TKO (corner stoppage) UFC 4 December 16, 1994 1 2:13 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Titles[edit]

Karate[edit]

World Full Contact

  • 1993 & 1994 World Full-Contact Karate Champion

Kickboxing[edit]

World Kickboxing Council

  • 1995 WKC World Kickboxing Champion

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Other
    • 1996 WFFF World Freestyle Fighting Champion (Junior-Heavyweight)

References[edit]

Sherdog.net interview *[1]

External links[edit]

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