July 30, 1980 |
Šiauliai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Other names||Raging Demon, The Whitemare |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||169 lb (77 kg; 12 st 1 lb)|
|Division||Welterweight (170 lb)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||San Jose, California|
|Team||MMA Bushido (2000-2001)
London Shootfighters (2001-2010)
American Kickboxing Academy (2010-present)
|Rank||First dan black belt in Kyokushin Karate
Third Kyu Green Belt in Kickboxing
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Marius Žaromskis (born July 30, 1980) is a Lithuanian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Welterweight. A professional competitor since 2000, Zaromskis has also formerly competed for Strikeforce, Cage Rage, and DREAM. Žaromskis won their 2009 Welterweight Grand Prix and became their first Welterweight Champion.
Mixed martial arts career
Žaromskis began martial arts at around the age of 15 or 16 years old with Kyokushin Karate and kickboxing, becoming a National Youth Champion of Lithuania at both styles. Later he also took up Muay Thai before finally transitioning into mixed martial arts. He made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2000 at age of 19, at the Knight of the Ring 6 event. Zarosmkis won his first fight against Viktoras Kontrimas and lost his second fight against Ricardas Jancevicius at that event. Žaromskis returned after five years in Essex, England at UKMMAC 13 against Jack Mason and won by technical knockout.
With a 3-1 MMA record, Žaromskis joined the Cage Rage organization in May 2006, with his first fight against Afnan Saheed. After a big combination of knees and punches from Žaromskis, the referee stopped the fight. After his successful Cage Rage debut, Žaromskis fought against Che Mills, and the fight was competitive until Mills caught Žaromskis with a knee that knocked him out. After that loss, Žaromskis returned against Darius Swierkosz at Cage Rage: Contenders 3 and won by submission in the first round. His next opponent was Damien Riccio, and Žaromskis knocked him down several times, but Riccio survived. In round three Žaromskis won by TKO due to a cut on Riccio's face. It is one of the most impressive fights in Cage Rage history. After his crushing victory over Riccio, Žaromskis fought Ross Mason. Žaromskis completely dominated Mason in the first two rounds and knocked him out in the third round with a flying knee. Zaromskis next opponent was Ross Pointon. The fight looked competitive in the first round, but in the second round Pointon received a large cut on his head, causing a referee stoppage, which declared Žaromskis the winner. After this series of wins, Žaromskis received a title shot at the Cage Rage British Welterweight Championship and avenge his only loss in Cage Rage fighting against Che Mills for a second time. Žaromskis dominated the first round by taking him down two times and holding top positions for most of the round, but developed a cut on his right eye during the first round and doctors stopped the fight declaring Mills the winner. Zaromskis fought for the company a total of seven times until May 2008 when it was bought by EliteXC who soon fell into bankruptcy, meaning Cage Rage ceased operations. Zaromskis had compiled a Cage Rage record of 5-2.
Return to Lithuania
After leaving Cage Rage, Žaromskis returned to fight in Lithuania. He participated in Bushido Lithuania: Hero's 2008 event against Jedrzej Kubski. Kubski desperately tried to take the fight to the ground, and Žaromskis got on top by using his takedown defense. After landing multiple unanswered punches from the top, the referee stopped the fight. With an MMA record of 9-3, all wins finished by knockout or submission, Žaromskis was the most promising Lithuanian fighter.
In April 2009, Žaromskis was invited to participate in the DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix 2009 Tournament. At DREAM 8 Zaromskis faced Seichi Ikemoto in the quarterfinals. Žaromskis out-struck him all three rounds, earning a unanimous decision victory. In the semifinals Žaromskis faced Hayato "Mach" Sakurai, who had just come off a KO victory over WAMMA Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki in the previous round of the tournament. A heavy underdog in the fight, Žaromskis looked comfortable exchanging with the seasoned veteran. The two exchanged relatively evenly on the feet, both showing good combinations with their straight jabs and hooks, whilst Sakurai favored leg kicks and Žaromskis chose to use high kicks while working the body with his feet. Sakurai landed one takedown and assumed the half guard position in the middle of the ring, but Žaromskis was swiftly able to rise to his feet. The bout was then temporarily halted for several minutes to clean up a cut on Sakurai's face. When the bout resumed Žaromskis came out with a renewed intensity and after a brief exchange he landed a left high kick that dropped his opponent. Žaromskis followed with punches on the ground, prompting the referee to stop the fight for the TKO victory at 4:03 of the first round. Now in the final, Žaromskis faced Jason High who had defeated Andre Galvao previously that night in the other semifinal bout. Žaromskis again won in spectacular fashion, knocking out his opponent with a head kick at 2:22 of the first round crowning him the 2009 Welterweight Grand Prix Champion and the inaugural DREAM Welterweight Champion.
At DREAM 12, the event which marked the first time DREAM used a hexagonal cage for instead of a ring, Žaromskis met Korean Myeon Ho Bae in a non-title fight. Coming out from the opening bell aggressively, Žaromskis was caught by a right hand which backed him up for a few seconds until connecting a flush left high kick to the head of his opponent at 0:19 of the first round to knockout his opponent. It marked his third consecutive win via KO in just the first round.
Žaromskis successfully defended his DREAM Welterweight Championship against Kazushi Sakuraba at Dynamite!! 2010 on December 31, 2010. The fight was stopped early into the first round by doctors when it appears Žaromskis' strikes had partially torn Sakuraba's ear from his head.
Žaromskis was set to fight at DREAM 17 in a rematch with Hayato Sakurai, in a non title fight, but an unspecified leg injury forced Sakurai out of the bout and he was replaced by Eiji Ishikawa. Ishikawa had won his last seven of nine fights before facing Žaromskis. Ishikawa was out-struck for almost all three rounds and was almost finished several times, but he was able to survive, eventually losing a unanimous decision.
It was announced on October 31 that Žaromskis had signed a multi fight contract with North American promotion Strikeforce and would still be under contract for DREAM as well due to the organizations' alliance.
Žaromskis had five wins in a row, including the previous three via head kick KO. For this, he earned a fight against Nick Diaz for the inaugural Strikeforce Welterweight Championship at Strikeforce: Miami on January 30, 2010. After rocking Diaz earlier, Žaromskis ran into a straight right hand and lost via TKO at 4:38 of round one.
Žaromskis next fought Evangelista Santos at Strikeforce: Los Angeles. From the start of the fight, it was obvious that Cyborg had a size advantage over Žaromskis. Žaromskis lost by TKO at 2:38 in the first round.
After this, Žaromskis faced Waachiim Spiritwolf at Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Ribeiro. Žaromskis started aggressive by attempting a flying knee, but as a result he accidentally poked Spiritwolf's eye and he was unable to continue resulting in a NC.
On February 24, 2012 it was announced that Žaromskis had signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator. In his first fight for the promotion, Žaromskis faced Waachiim Spiritwolf in a rematch. Spiritwolf weighed in a-pound-and-a-half overweight and was therefore forced to forfeit part of his purse. Once again, the contest between the two ended in controversy as the doctor stopped the fight between rounds two and three due to a cut suffered by Spiritwolf, giving Žaromskis the TKO win.
Zaromskis then faced Canadian contender Nordine Taleb at Bellator 74 in the first round of the new Welterweight Tournament on September 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He won the fight via unanimous decision. In the semifinals, Zaromskis was TKO'd in the first round of his bout against Andrey Koreshkov.
Žaromskis was expected to face Karo Parisyan on October 3, 2014 at Bellator 127. However, Žaromskis was pulled from the bout to fight at another date, as a result, Parisyan faced Fernando Gonzalez.
Championships and Accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||20 wins||8 losses|
|Win||20–8 (1)||Vaughn Anderson||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 119||May 9, 2014||3||5:00||Rama, Ontario Canada|
|Loss||19–8 (1)||Brent Weedman||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 86||January 24, 2013||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season Eight Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Loss||19–7 (1)||Andrey Koreshkov||KO (punches)||Bellator 78||October 26, 2012||1||2:14||Dayton, Ohio, United States||Bellator Season Seven Welterweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||19–6 (1)||Nordine Taleb||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 74||September 28, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Bellator Season Seven Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||18–6 (1)||Waachiim Spiritwolf||Decision (split)||Bellator 72||July 20, 2012||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||17–6 (1)||Waachiim Spiritwolf||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bellator 68||May 11, 2012||2||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Catchweight (172 lb) bout|
|Win||16–6 (1)||Bruno Carvalho||KO (somersault kick, elbows and punches)||Rumble of the Kings||November 26, 2011||1||4:59||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||15–6 (1)||Eiji Ishikawa||Decision (unanimous)||DREAM: Japan GP Final||July 16, 2011||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Catchweight (175 lb) bout|
|Loss||14–6 (1)||Jordan Mein||Decision (unanimous)||Score Fighting Series: Mein vs. Zaromskis||June 10, 2011||3||5:00||Mississauga, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||14–5 (1)||Kazushi Sakuraba||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Dynamite!! 2010||December 31, 2010||1||2:16||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Defended DREAM Welterweight Championship|
|NC||13–5 (1)||Waachiim Spiritwolf||No contest||Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Ribeiro||November 19, 2010||1||0:06||Jackson, Mississippi, United States||Accidental eye poke by Žaromskis|
|Loss||13–5||Evangelista Santos||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Los Angeles||June 16, 2010||1||2:38||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||13–4||Nick Diaz||KO (punch)||Strikeforce: Miami||January 30, 2010||1||4:38||Sunrise, Florida, United States||For Strikeforce Welterweight Championship|
|Win||13–3||Ho Bae Myeong||KO (head kick)||DREAM 12||October 25, 2009||1||0:19||Osaka, Japan||Non-title fight|
|Win||12–3||Jason High||KO (head kick)||DREAM 10||July 20, 2009||1||2:22||Saitama, Japan||2009 DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix Final, Won first DREAM Welterweight Championship|
|Win||11–3||Hayato Sakurai||KO (head kick and punches)||DREAM 10||July 20, 2009||1||4:03||Saitama, Japan||2009 DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal|
|Win||10–3||Seichi Ikemoto||Decision (unanimous)||DREAM 8||April 5, 2009||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan||2009 DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal|
|Win||9–3||Jedrzej Kubski||KO (punches)||Bushido Lithuania: Hero's 2008||November 8, 2008||1||0:50||Vilnius, Lithuania|
|Loss||8–3||Che Mills||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Cage Rage 26||May 10, 2008||1||5:00||London, England||For the Cage Rage British Welterweight Championship|
|Win||8–2||Ross Pointon||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Cage Rage 24||December 1, 2007||2||3:39||London, England|
|Win||7–2||Ross Mason||KO (flying knee)||Cage Rage 22||July 14, 2007||3||2:03||England|
|Win||6–2||Damien Riccio||TKO (Head kick & punches)||Cage Rage 20||February 10, 2007||3||4:30||London, England|
|Win||5–2||Darius Swierkosz||Submission (triangle choke)||Cage Rage Contenders 3||November 12, 2006||2||N/A||London, England|
|Loss||4–2||Che Mills||KO (knee)||Cage Rage Contenders 2||August 20, 2006||1||4:49||South London, England|
|Win||4–1||Afnan Saheed||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage Contenders||May 28, 2006||1||1:21||London, England|
|Win||3–1||Kazys Grigaliunas||KO (punches)||ZT: Fight Night||February 19, 2006||1||1:57||London, England|
|Win||2–1||Jack Mason||KO (Punches)||UKMMAC 13: Warriors Return||November 27, 2005||1||3:18||Essex, England|
|Loss||1–1||Ricardas Jancevicius||Decision (unanimous)||Knight of the Ring 6||February 4, 2000||3||5:00||Šiauliai, Lithuania|
|Win||1–0||Viktoras Kontrimas||KO (Head kick)||Knight of the Ring 6||February 4, 2000||2||0:23||Šiauliai, Lithuania|
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- "Fighters Profile". K-1.co.jp. 1980-07-30. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
- "UKMMAC 13 - Warriors Return". ufcwar.com. June 5, 2012.
- Steven Marrocco. "Marius Zaromskis to face Kazushi Sakuraba at "Dynamite!! 2010"". MMAjunkie.
- Brian Knapp. "Strikeforce Signs Zaromskis". Sherdog.
- "DIAZ VS. ZAROMSKIS FOR STRIKEFORCE 170-LBS BELT". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2009-12-19.
- "Bellator 119 Full Card Finalized At Casino Rama On Friday, May 9th". TopMMANews.com. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
- "Karo Parisyan vs. Marius Zaromskis booked for Bellator 127 in California". mmajunkie.com. August 21, 2014.
- "Bellator 127 lineup again complete as Gonzalez replaces Zaromskis, Duran meets Bunch". mmajunkie.com. September 24, 2014.
- "Alexander-Zwicker Rematch, Zaromskis-Gonzalez Round Out Bellator 132 Main Card". Sherdog.com. December 9, 2014.
|New championship||1st Dream Welterweight Champion
July 20, 2009-present