Marcus Brimage

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Marcus Brimage
Marcus Brimage enjoying his first Brunch in Fort Lauderdale, FL- 2013-10-12 12-23.jpg
Born Marcus Clyde Brimage
(1985-04-06) April 6, 1985 (age 29)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Other names The Bama Beast
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Lightweight (2007–2011),
Featherweight (2011-2014),
Bantamweight (2014-present)
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)[1]
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida,
Birmingham, Alabama
Team American Top Team
Spartan Fitness
Years active 2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 10
Wins 7
By knockout 3
By decision 4
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Marcus Clyde Brimage (born April 6, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, Brimage has made a name for himself fighting in the South. He is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, fighting in their Bantamweight division. He was a competitor on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller.

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Early career[edit]

Brimage began drawing interest in martial arts after seeing an episode of Dragon Ball Z, and watching a highlight reel of Quinton Jackson during high school.[2] After graduating high school, and playing football was over, Brimage attended Wallace State Community College before graduating from Faulkner University with a bachelors in criminal justice.[3] Brimage continued to workout, but was still looking to keep his competitive sprint alive. Brimage began training at a local Muay Thai gym by recommendation from one of his staff sergeants in the military. There Brimage met Chris Connelly, whom he later opened up a gym with, Spartan Fitness, in 2006.[4] Shortly after Brimage began fighting as an amateur, collecting a 10–0 record before turning professional in 2007.[5]

Turning Pro[edit]

In March 2007 Brimage made his professional debut for Georgia Fighting Championships. Brimage fought and defeated Jason Kwast via unanimous decision. 10 months later Brimage returned to competition against future Bellator fighter, Bryan Goldsby. Brimage defeated Goldsby via TKO in the second round of the fight.

A month after his second professional fight Brimage was selected for BET's reality television show, Iron Ring. Brimage lost his only fight for the promotion against Joey Camacho via submission. Due to injuries Brimage was forced into more than two year hiatus from MMA. Brimage again returned to MMA against former UFC veteran, Kyle Bradley, defeating him via first round TKO.

Before going to appear on The Ultimate Fighter 14 Brimage moved to Coconut Creek, Florida to train full-time with the American Top Team.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Brimage was selected to appear on both The Ultimate Fighter 8, and The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom but due to injuries was never allowed to get onto the show. In 2011, Brimage dropped to the featherweight division, and signed with the UFC to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller.[6] In the first episode, Brimage fought Bryson Wailehua-Hansen; winning via TKO in the second round.[7] The win gained Brimage entry into the Ultimate Fighter house. He was selected as a part of Team Bisping.[8]

Brimage next fought against former WEC fighter, Bryan Caraway. Brimage lost the fight in the second round via submission (rear-naked choke).[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Brimage officially made his UFC and featherweight debut on December 3, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale against Ultimate Fighter castmate Stephen Bass. Brimage won the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28).

Brimage then faced Strikeforce import, Maximo Blanco, on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145.[9] After three close, methodical rounds, Brimage won the fight via split decision.

Brimage fought undefeated featherweight prospect Jimy Hettes on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.[10] Brimage defeated Hettes via unanimous decision, giving Hettes his first professional loss.

Brimage faced promotional newcomer Conor McGregor on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9.[11] He lost the fight by first round TKO after one minute and seven seconds.

After a year off due to injuries, Brimage returned to face Russell Doane in a bantamweight bout on July 5, 2014 at UFC 175.[12] He lost the fight by split decision.

Brimage was expected to face Erik Perez on November 15, 2014 at UFC 180.[13] However, Perez pulled out of the bout in mid-October citing a shoulder injury.

Brimage was quickly rescheduled to fight Jumabieke Tuerxun on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 55.[14] He was victorious in the first round after knocking out Tuerxun with a head kick and follow up punches.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Cody Garbrandt UFC 182 January 3, 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–3 Jumabieke Tuerxun KO (head kick) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping November 8, 2014 1 2:58 Sydney, Australia
Loss 6–3 Russell Doane Decision (split) UFC 175 July 5, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Bantamweight debut
Loss 6–2 Conor McGregor TKO (punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi April 6, 2013 1 1:07 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 6–1 Jimy Hettes Decision (unanimous) UFC 152 September 22, 2012 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 5–1 Maximo Blanco Decision (split) UFC 145 April 21, 2012 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 4–1 Stephen Bass Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale December 3, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Featherweight debut
Win 3–1 Kyle Bradley TKO (punches) USA MMA 13 July 31, 2010 1 3:01 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Loss 2–1 Joey Camacho Submission Iron Ring February 18, 2008 1 1:27 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 2–0 Bryan Goldsby TKO (punches) Xtreme Freestyle Fighting 7 January 19, 2008 2 1:07 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 1–0 Jason Kwast Decision (unanimous) Georgia FC 2 March 17, 2007 3 5:00 Georgia, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 175 Weidman vs. Machida". UFC.com. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ MMA: Marcus Brimage Credits Dragon Ball Z for His Career Choice. Bleacher Report (2011-12-01). Retrieved on 2013-06-28.
  3. ^ "Marcus Brimage UFC Profile". Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ Brimage, Marcus. (2011-09-23) Marcus Brimage TUF 14 Blog: My Road to the Ultimate Fighter House | Fighters.com | RM Sports. Fighters.com. Retrieved on 2013-06-28.
  5. ^ Marcus Brimage – Official UFC® Fighter Profile. Ufc.com. Retrieved on 2013-06-28.
  6. ^ ""The Ultimate Fighter 14" cast unveiled with 32 bantamweights and featherweights". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-08-22. 
  7. ^ "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller'". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-09-21. 
  8. ^ a b "Episode No. 2 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller'". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-09-28. 
  9. ^ "Maximo Blanco vs. Marcus Brimage Verbally Agreed for UFC 145 in Atlanta". mmaweekly.com. January 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Marcus Brimage vs. Jim Hettes added to UFC 152 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Conor McGregor signs for UFC; meets Marcus Brimage at UFC on Fuel TV 9". thefightlounge.co.uk. February 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ Jeff Sherwood (2014-05-30). "Russell Doane-Marcus Brimage bantamweight clash targeted for UFC 175 in Las Vegas". sherdog. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  13. ^ Mookie Alexander (2014-08-26). "Lamas vs. Bermudez, Ellenberger vs. Gastelum among four fights confirmed for UFC 180". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  14. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-10-10). "Erik Perez injured, out of UFC 180 fight with Marcus Brimage". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-10-10. 

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