Joey Villaseñor

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Joey Villaseñor
Joey Villaseñor.jpg
Joey Villaseñor in 2006
Born (1975-10-17) October 17, 1975 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California
Other names Smokin'
Nationality Mexican American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight (170 lb)
Middleweight (185 lb)
Reach 72 in (180 cm)
Team Jackson's Submission Fighting
Years active 1999 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 39
Wins 29
By knockout 13
By submission 10
By decision 6
Losses 10
By knockout 5
By submission 1
By decision 4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Joey Simon Villaseñor[1] (born October 17, 1975) is a Mexican American mixed martial arts fighter.[2] He is a PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran, as well as a former King of the Cage Middleweight Champion. Villasenor has also fought in Showtime's EliteXC promotion, Strikeforce, DEEP, Shark Fights, BAMMA, and also took part in the PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix. He currently trains at Greg Jackson's Submission Fighting.

Background[edit]

Villasenor was born in East Los Angeles and lived there for the first nine years of his life before moving to New Mexico in 1984. He graduated from Farmington High School but also attended West Mesa High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Villasenor was very athletic and in high school he played baseball, football, and participated in track and field. Villasenor first began watching UFC events when he was 17 or 18 years old, but thought that the fighting was brutal, although he wanted to learn self-defense. He began competing in martial arts when he was 19 years old, training in jiu-jitsu and boxing. He was a four-time Amateur Regional Boxing Champion with a 16-0 record, and 15 wins by KO. [3]

MMA career[edit]

Villaseñor made his professional debut in April 1999. After fifteen consecutive wins, he finally made his PRIDE debut on June 4, 2006 against Japanese veteran, Ryo Chonan. Despite losing a decision, Villaseñor was brought back by the organization to fight UFC veteran Robbie Lawler at PRIDE 32. He lost via knockout only 22 seconds into the first round due to a flying knee. Since then, Villaseñor has signed with EliteXC. He defeated former UFC middleweight contender David Loiseau in EliteXC's first event, lost to Murilo Rua at the EliteXC co-promotion Strikeforce Shamrock vs. Baroni, and rebounded with a win over Riki Fukuda at EliteXC: Uprising. In his most recent fight, Villasenor scored an impressive knockout over Ryan Jensen at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le. On May, 31st, at EliteXC's Saturday Night Fights, Villaseñor won his bout against Phil Baroni. This bout can potentially be the elimination match for the EliteXC Middleweight Championship. It was recently announced that Villaseñor would receive a title shot in a rematch against Robbie Lawler on the scheduled November 8, 2008 EliteXC show. However ProElite canceled the show shortly after due to large amounts of debt. It is unknown whether his contract was one of the 42 purchased by Strikeforce in their acquisition of EliteXC assets.

Strikeforce[edit]

Joey beat Evangelista Santos June 16 at Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg by split decision.

Villaseñor most recently faced Ronaldo Souza on May 15, 2010 at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery.[4] He lost the fight via decision.

On December 9, 2010, it was announced that Villaseñor has the distinction of being one of the only fighters to be cut from Strikeforce, along with Joe Riggs.[5]

Shark Fights[edit]

Villaseñor was expected to face Drew McFedries on September 11, 2010 at Shark Fights 13 but McFedries was forced off the card with an injury. He instead faced Danillo Villefort[6] and lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Villaseñor next faced Chris Camozzi at Shark Fights 15. The fight was initially ruled a draw, but was subsequently overturned and counted as a win for Camozzi by the New Mexico Athletic Commission when it was revealed one of the judges scores was added incorrectly.[7]

BAMMA[edit]

Villaseñor made his BAMMA debut against fighter Jim Wallhead at BAMMA 8. He lost the fight via KO in the first round.

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 29–10 Donnie Liles Decision (unanimous) Jackson's MMA Series 8 June 2, 2012 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 28–10 Jim Wallhead KO (punches) BAMMA 8 December 10, 2011 1 0:48 Nottingham, England
Win 28–9 Chuck Parmelee TKO (punches) Jackson's MMA Series 6 October 22, 2011 1 2:47 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Welterweight debut
Loss 27–9 Chris Camozzi Decision (split) Shark Fights 15: Villaseñor vs Camozzi May 27, 2011 3 5:00 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States Originally split draw, result later overturned
Loss 27–8 Danillo Villefort Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 13 September 11, 2010 3 5:00 Amarillo, Texas, United States
Loss 27–7 Ronaldo Souza Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery May 15, 2010 3 5:00 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 27–6 Evangelista Santos Decision (split) Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg June 19, 2009 3 5:00 Kent, Washington, United States
Win 26–6 Phil Baroni TKO (punches) EliteXC: Primetime May 31, 2008 1 1:11 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 25–6 Ryan Jensen KO (punch) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le March 29, 2008 1 4:45 San Jose, California, United States
Win 24–6 Riki Fukuda Decision (split) EliteXC: Uprising September 15, 2007 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 23–6 Murilo Rua TKO (punches) EliteXC Shamrock vs. Baroni June 22, 2007 2 1:05 San Jose, California, United States For the EliteXC Middleweight Championship</samll>
Win 23–5 David Loiseau Decision (unanimous) EliteXC: Destiny February 10, 2007 3 5:00 Southaven, Mississippi, United States
Loss 22–5 Robbie Lawler KO (flying knee) Pride 32 October 21, 2006 1 0:22 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 22–4 John Cronk TKO (strikes) KOTC: Civil War July 29, 2006 1 4:04 Towaoc, Colorado, United States Defended King of the Cage Middleweight Championship
Loss 21–4 Ryo Chonan Decision (split) Pride Bushido Survival 2006 June 4, 2006 2 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round
Win 21–3 Yuya Shirai Decision (unanimous) DEEP 24: Impact April 11, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 20–3 Kyacey Uscola TKO (doctor stoppage) KOTC: Anarchy February 11, 2006 2 4:14 Prince George, British Columbia, Canada Defended King of the Cage Middleweight Championship
Win 19–3 Jorge Santiago Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Prime Time August 5, 2005 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States Defended King of the Cage Middleweight Championship
Win 18–3 Damien Riccio TKO (strikes) KOTC: Warzone June 24, 2005 1 1:55 Sheffield, England Defended King of the Cage Middleweight Championship
Win 17–3 Michael Gonzalez Submission (choke) KOTC: Grudge Match June 17, 2005 1 1:05 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Defended King of the Cage Middleweight Championship
Win 16–3 Brendan Seguin TKO (stoppage) KOTC: Payback February 25, 2005 1 2:10 Cleveland, Ohio, United States Defended King of the Cage Middleweight Championship
Win 15–3 Jorge Ortiz Submission (strikes) KOTC: Hostile Takeover December 4, 2004 1 3:19 Acoma, New Mexico, United States Defended King of the Cage Middleweight Championship
Win 14–3 Brian Foster Submission (rear naked choke) KOTC: San Jacinto September 24, 2004 1 4:25 San Jacinto, California, United States Won King of the Cage Middleweight Championship
Win 13–3 Hank Weis KO (punch) KOTC: New Mexico August 28, 2004 1 0:05 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 12–3 Danny Higgins Submission (elbows) XFC 4: Australia vs. The World March 19, 2004 1 2:42 Queensland, Australia
Win 11–3 Art Santore TKO (cut) KOTC 30: The Pinnacle November 2, 2003 2 0:31 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 10–3 James Fanshier Submission (rear naked choke) KOTC 28: More Punishment August 16, 2003 2 2:26 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 9–3 Joe Merit TKO (strikes) KOTC 24: Mayhem June 14, 2003 1 4:06 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 8–3 Tony Galindo TKO (corner stoppage) KOTC 21: Invasion February 21, 2003 1 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 7–3 Lorn Estes Submission (strikes) KOTC 20 - Crossroads December 15, 2002 1 1:43 Bernalillo, New Mexico, United States
Loss 6–3 Jermaine Andre TKO (stoppage) WFA 2: Level 2 July 5, 2002 1 0:21 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–2 Todd Carney Submission (choke) KOTC 14 - 5150 June 19, 2002 1 1:47 Bernalillo, New Mexico, United States
Win 5–2 Tim Credeur Submission (strikes) KOTC 13 - Revolution May 17, 2002 2 3:24 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 4–2 Eddy Rolon TKO (cut) Warriors Challenge 12 April 11, 2001 1 7:30 Friant, California, United States
Win 3–2 Allan Mollring TKO (punches) Warriors Challenge 11 January 13, 2001 1 3:27 Fresno, California, United States
Loss 2–2 David Terrell Submission (armbar) Warriors Challenge 9 July 18, 2000 1 2:24 Friant, California, United States
Win 2–1 Gabriel Duran Submission (choke) Warriors Challenge 6 March 25, 2000 1 2:31 Friant, California, United States
Loss 1–1 Adam Ryan KO (punch) WVF: Casper October 9, 1999 2 5:00 Casper, Wyoming, United States
Win 1–0 Shane Schartzer Submission (strikes) WVF: Durango April 17, 1999 1 1:12 Durango, Colorado, United States

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