Javier Vazquez (fighter)
|Born||Luis Javier Vazquez
April 27, 1976
|Height||5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Division||Lightweight (1998-2007) Featherweight (2007-2013)|
|Reach||69 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Pomona, California, United States|
|Team||Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance California, CSW and Bodyshop Fitness.|
|Teacher(s)||Carlson Gracie, Rodrigo Medeiros|
|Rank||3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born in Santiago, Cuba on April 27, 1976, Javier Vazquez came to the United States at the age of four. He grew up in El Monte, California and started wrestling as a sophomore at Arroyo High School at the age of 15. In 1994 he placed 3rd at the CIF wrestling tournament and continued his stellar high school career by placing 4th in the Southern Section Masters tournament. He was just one match away from placing in the high school state wrestling championships, ending up in the top 12 in the state at 130 lbs. He was voted team captain in both his junior and senior years. He continued his wrestling career at Mt. San Antonio College where he again proved himself to be one of “the best of the best” by finishing 7th in the state and being voted team captain for his leadership on and off the mat.
In 1997 Javier started learning Jiu-Jitsu under the renowned Carlson Gracie Team. He competed in every Jiu-Jitsu and submission tournament he could and eventually found himself in the fight game. His first no-holds-barred match was at Neutral Grounds in 1998 which resulted in a decision. Several more fights in smaller venues followed and he then took time off from fighting to train and compete in Jiu-Jitsu. After only 5 years of training he earned his black belt from the Carlson Gracie Team.
In 2005 Javier won the North American Trials for the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, but dropped out before competition due to a groin injury.
In December 2009 Javier was named the "most inspirational performance of the decade" in MMA by Sports Illustrated magazine for his fight against Alberto Crane where he fought 3 rounds with a torn ACL.
He went on to fight for Elite XC and was able to break free from his contract before the company folded. He signed to fight against LC Davis at the Affliction: Trilogy but the event folded 10 days before the fight was supposed to take place.
World Extreme Cagefighting
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Vazquez announced January 13, 2013 on Sherdog Radio Network’s "Rewind" show that he has officially retired from MMA competition.
On June 22nd 2005, Vazquez married Rose Gracie the daughter of Rorion Gracie and granddaughter of Helio Gracie.Rose and her sister Riane are the only members of the Gracie Family that have both parents being on the Gracie Family. They have two daughters Railey and Raifa, along with one stepdaughter Stephanie (Rose' daughter from a previous relationship). They currently own and operate a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu facility in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||16 wins||5 losses|
|Win||16–5||Joe Stevenson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry||June 26, 2011||3||5:00||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||15–5||Chad Mendes||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 52||November 11, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–4||Mackens Semerzier||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 50||August 18, 2010||2||1:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–4||Jens Pulver||Submission (armbar)||WEC 47||March 6, 2010||1||3:41||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||13–4||Deividas Taurosevicius||Decision (split)||WEC 43||October 10, 2009||3||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Loss||13–3||LC Davis||Decision (split)||WEC 42||August 9, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–2||Mark Kergosien||Submission (guillotine choke)||Ultimate Chaos||June 27, 2009||1||0:59||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||12–2||JC Pennington||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ShoXC 3||October 26, 2007||1||1:15||Santa Ynez, California, United States||Featherweight Debut|
|Win||11–2||Adriano Pereira||Decision (split)||EliteXC: Destiny||February 10, 2007||3||5:00||Southaven, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||10–2||Rob Emerson||Decision (split)||Shooto: Warrior Spirit:Evolution||November 14, 2003||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||9–2||Alberto Crane||Decision (split)||KOTC 21: Invasion||February 21, 2003||3||5:00||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States||Lost KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||9–1||David Gardner||Submission (kneebar)||KOTC 16 - Double Cross||August 2, 2002||1||4:31||San Jacinto, California, United States||Defended KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||8–1||Rumina Sato||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto - Treasure Hunt 7||June 29, 2002||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||7–1||Sean Wilmot||Submission (armbar)||KOTC 13 - Revolution||May 17, 2002||1||1:57||Reno, Nevada, United States||Defended KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||6–1||Philip Perez||Submission (triangle choke)||KOTC 10 - Critical Mass||August 4, 2001||2||3:58||San Jacinto, California, United States||Won KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||5–1||Farrell Frisby||Submission (heel hook)||KOTC 9 - Showtime||June 23, 2001||1||0:48||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||4–1||Antonio Emae||Submission (injury)||King of the Cage 3: Knockout Nightmare||April 15, 2000||1||1:42||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||3–1||Louie Cercedez||Submission (armbar)||Empire 1 Official||August 15, 1999||1||N/A||Corona, California, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Victor Hunsaker||Decision (split)||Neutral Grounds 5||June 28, 1998||1||8:00||United States|
|Win||2–0||Kim Kellenberger||Decision (unanimous)||Neutral Grounds 5||June 28, 1998||1||8:00||United States|
|Win||1–0||Sean Kim||Submission (armbar)||Neutral Grounds 5||June 28, 1998||1||1:37||United States|
- Rodrigo Medeiros BJJ Revolution Team Black Belts. URL accessed on September 26, 2010.
- Javier Vazquez Biography. URL accessed on March 21, 2010.
- "Jens Pulver vs. Javier Vazquez in the works for WEC 47 in March". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-12-31.
- "Javier Vazquez vs. Mackens Semerzier added to WEC 50 prelims". mmajunkie.com. 2010-06-24.
- "WEC 52 additions include Mendes-Vazquez". MMAjunkie.com. 2010-09-20.
- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010.
- "Joe Stevenson heads to featherweight, meets Javier Vazquez at UFC on Versus 4". mmajunkie.com. April 4, 2011.