Javier Vazquez (fighter)

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Javier Vazquez
Born Luis Javier Vazquez
(1976-04-27) April 27, 1976 (age 38)
Santiago, Cuba
Other names Showtime
Nationality Cuban
American
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)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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.[1]
Years active 1998-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 21
Wins 16
By knockout 1
By submission 10
By decision 5
Losses 5
By decision 5
Website http://www.javiervazquez.tv
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Luis Javier Vazquez (born April 27, 1976) is a retired Cuban-American mixed martial artist. He is the son-in-law of Rorion Gracie.

Early life[edit]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.

MMA Career[edit]

Early Career[edit]

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[edit]

Vazquez then signed with the WEC and made his promotional debut against Davis at WEC 42, In a major upset, Vazquez lost a controversial split decision to Davis.

Vazquez rebounded quickly as he replaced an injured Mark Hominick against Deividas Taurosevicius at WEC 43 but lost another split decision.

Vazquez faced and defeated former UFC Lightweight Champion and former WEC featherweight title challenger Jens Pulver via armbar on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47.[3]

Vazquez defeated decorated grappler Mackens Semerzier via second round submission on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50.[4]

Vazquez was defeated by Chad Mendes via unanimous decision on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[6]

Vazquez defeated The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner and former lightweight title contender Joe Stevenson via unanimous decision on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4.[7]

Vazquez announced January 13, 2013 on Sherdog Radio Network’s "Rewind" show that he has officially retired from MMA competition.[8]

Personal life[edit]

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.[2]

Instructor Lineage[edit]

Mitsuyo "Count Koma" MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr.Carlson Gracie, Sr. → Rodrigo Medeiros → Javier Vazquez

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

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