James McSweeney

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James McSweeney
Born James Adam McSweeney
(1980-10-24) 24 October 1980 (age 34)
London, England
Other names The Sledgehammer
Nationality English
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14.7 st)
Division Heavyweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach 77.0 in (196 cm)
Style Kickboxing, Muay Thai
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Denver, Colorado
Team Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu
Burning Heart Dojo (2013-present)
Trainer Robert Drysdale
Rodney Glunder (2013-present)
Years active 2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 25
Wins 14
By knockout 9
By submission 5
Losses 11
By knockout 6
By submission 4
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 23 July 2011

James Adam McSweeney (born 24 October 1980) is an English mixed martial artist and former kickboxer. He is perhaps best known for being a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, but has also competed in British promotions such as Cage Rage and BAMMA.

Biography[edit]

Born in London, England, McSweeney started kickboxing when he was six years old. At 15, he left school and moved to Thailand to train full-time in Muay Thai. An accomplished kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter, McSweeney won numerous titles.

In 2006, McSweeney transitioned to mixed martial arts and moved in with The Ultimate Fighter coach Rashad Evans. The two quickly struck up a bond after McSweeney helped prepare Evans for his bout against Forrest Griffin in December 2008. While training for his fight against Travis Browne, McSweeney switched his camp from Jackson's Submission Fighting in Albuquerque, New Mexico to the Grudge Training Centre in Denver, Colorado to train full-time along with fellow UFC competitors Shane Carwin, Brendan Schaub and Nate Marquardt. McSweeney recently moved out of the Grudge Training Centre to return to the tutelage of European Muay Thai legend Lucien Carbin and to open up his own gym Sledgehammer MMA in Kent, England.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

McSweeney was on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights fighting alongside Team Rashad. McSweeney was the first overall pick and fought on the second episode of the show against Wes Shivers defeating him via majority decision. McSweeney moved on to the next round of the tournament, fighting teammate, Matt Mitrione. McSweeney won via guillotine choke in the first round. In the semi-finals, McSweeney lost against former IFL Heavyweight Champion Roy Nelson via TKO after getting caught in the crucifix position.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

McSweeney was given another chance by the UFC despite losing on The Ultimate Fighter. He fought Darrill Schoonover on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale card in Las Vegas, Nevada on 5 December winning by TKO in the third round.

McSweeney made his second appearance for the UFC on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale preliminary card, fighting against undefeated newcomer Travis Browne. The fight ended in a TKO victory for Browne due to punches at 4:32 of the first round. McSweeney claims he was hit with illegal elbows and briefly tried to appeal the loss.[1] McSweeney later decided against the appeal to focus on his next fight instead.[2]

McSweeney was to drop to the Light Heavyweight division at UFC 120 to fight Tom Blackledge.[3] However, McSweeney would instead face Fabio Maldonado after Blackledge was forced to pull out of the bout.[4] McSweeney lost the bout in the third round via TKO due to punches.

As of 20 January 2011, conversations over McSweeney's Twitter account were strongly indicative that he is no longer a part of the UFC.[5]

Independent Promotions[edit]

McSweeney lost a unanimous decision to former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez at BAMMA 5: Daley vs Shirai on 26 February 2011. He then had a further loss to submissions ace Francisco France in April 2011 at a Crowbar MMA event.[6] Fighting on 22 July 2011, Mcsweeney defeated Lee Mein by TKO (Punches) in the 1st round.[7] On 20 August 2011, McSweeney defeated Sam Brown by Submission (armbar) in the 1st round.

McSweeney faced former MFC Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton at Superior Cage Combat 3.[8] He lost by submission in the first round.

McSweeney has gone 10-5 since his release from the UFC.

McSweeney faced fellow UFC veteran Paul Buentello in a Light Heavyweight bout on 23 August 2013 at Legacy Fighting Championship 22.[9] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round. Since then, he has won his last two fights, one by submission and one by KO.

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
N/A 14–11 Roger Gracie N/A ONE FC: Warrior's Way 5 December 2014 N/A N/A Pasay City, Philippines
Win 14–11 Cristiano Kaminishi KO (punch & soccer kick) ONE FC: Reign of Champions 29 August 2014 1 1:17 Dubai, UAE
Win 13–11 Chris Lokteff KO (flying knee) ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Heroes 2 May 2014 1 3:04 Pasay City, Philippines
Win 12–11 Stefan Traunmuller Submission (armbar) FFC09: McSweeney vs. Traunmuller 15 November 2013 1 0:35 Ljubljana, Slovenia Return to Heavyweight
Loss 11–11 Paul Buentello TKO (punches to the body) Legacy FC 22 23 August 2013 2 2:44 Lubbock, Texas, United States
Win 11–10 Dion Staring TKO (head kick and punches) CFA 10: McSweeney vs. Staring 2 March 2013 1 0:38 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Loss 10–10 Matti Mäkelä TKO (punches) Superior Challenge 8 6 October 2012 2 0:00 Malmö, Sweden
Win 10–9 Jeff King Submission (rear-naked choke) Shamrock Events Kings of Kombat 7 23 June 2012 1 2:30 Melbourne, Australia
Win 9–9 Kym Robinson TKO (punches and elbows) Shamrock Events Night of Mayhem 4 14 April 2012 1 3:03 Dandenong, Victoria, Australia Return to Light Heavyweight
Win 8–9 Felis Leniu Submission (rear-naked choke) Shamrock Events Kings of Kombat 6 17 March 2012 1 0:00 Keysborough, Victoria, Australia Heavyweight bout
Win 7–9 Doug Viney Submission (rear-naked choke) Shamrock Events Kings of Kombat 5 10 December 2011 1 2:30 Keysborough, Victoria, Australia
Loss 6–9 Emanuel Newton Submission (rear-naked choke) Superior Cage Combat 3 4 November 2011 1 1:45 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–8 Sam Brown Submission (armbar) Shamrock Events Kings of Kombat 4 20 August 2011 1 2:25 Melbourne, Australia
Win 5–8 Lee Mein TKO (punches) Bully's Fight Night 2 22 July 2011 1 2:01 Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Loss 4–8 Francisco France Submission (kimura) Crowbar MMA Spring Brawl 2011 29 April 2011 1 1:35 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Loss 4–7 Ricco Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 5 26 February 2011 3 5:00 Manchester, England 215 pound catchweight bout
Loss 4–6 Fabio Maldonado TKO (punches) UFC 120 16 October 2010 3 0:48 London, England Light Heavyweight debut
Loss 4–5 Travis Browne TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale 19 June 2010 1 4:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–4 Darrill Schoonover TKO (punches and knees) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale 5 December 2009 3 3:20 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 3–4 Ricardo Romero Submission (rear-naked choke) Ring of Combat 24 17 April 2009 1 2:27 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 3–3 Neil Grove KO (punches) Ultimate Challenge UK: Bad Breed 6 December 2008 2 1:38 London, England
Win 3–2 Roman Webber KO (knee) Cage Rage 28 20 September 2008 1 0:10 London, England
Win 2–2 Chris Cooper TKO (punches) FX3: Fight Night 9 13 September 2008 1 3:09 Reading, Berkshire, England
Loss 1–2 Mostapha al-Turk TKO (punches) Cage Rage 27 12 July 2008 1 2:06 London, England For the Cage Rage British HW title
Loss 1–1 Robert Paczków Submission (smother choke) Cage Rage 24 1 December 2007 1 2:09 London, England
Win 1–0 Mark Buchanan TKO (punches) Cage Rage 22 14 July 2007 1 1:30 London, England

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2–1 Roy Nelson TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights 1 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Semi-finals
Win 2–0 Matt Mitrione Submission (guillotine choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights 1 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Quarter-finals
Win 1–0 Wes Shivers Decision (majority) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Preliminary bout

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