Mark Weir

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Mark Weir
Born (1967-09-19) 19 September 1967 (age 47)
Gloucester, England
Other names The Wizard
Nationality English
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Fighting out of Gloucester, England
Team Range Fighting, Icon BJJ
Rank Black belt in Tae Kwon Do[1]
Years active 2000-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 40
Wins 21
By knockout 10
By submission 10
By decision 1
Losses 18
By knockout 10
By submission 7
By decision 1
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mark Anthony Weir (19 September 1967) is an English mixed martial artist usually fighting in the middleweight division at 185 lbs. He has fought in the UFC, the WEC, PRIDE, Cage Rage, UCMMA, Pancrase, and BodogFIGHT. He is the former Cage Rage British Middleweight Champion.

Background[edit]

Weir began his martial arts training with judo and boxing, but later switched to Tae Kwon Do because his mother did not want him to box full-time[1]. He gained his Tae Kwon Do black belt in 1988 from Hee Il Cho, then 3 months later went on to win two World Titles and, at the age of 20, became the youngest fighter to ever win a World Championship. Proving his consistency Weir went on to win another two world titles in 1991. Weir not only went undefeated in Tae Kwon Do competitions, but also held an undefeated record in kickboxing.[2][3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Weir made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 1996, however he continued to practice both the traditional art and MMA. This was until 2000 when Weir made the decision to solely concentrate on his MMA fighting career.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Weir made his UFC debut at UFC 38 on July 13, 2002 against Eugene Jackson. This was the UFC's inaugural appearance in the United Kingdom, and Weir won via knockout due to a punch only 10 seconds into the fight.

Weir made his next appearance for the promotion at UFC 40, in 'the fight of the year' against Phillip Miller and was defeated in the second round via rear-naked choke submission. Weir then fought at UFC 42 against David Loiseau and was defeated via knockout in the first round. Loiseau continued on his winning streak to gain a title shot, against Richard Franklin.

Cage Rage and WEC[edit]

Weir then signed with Cage Rage in his home country of England and made his promotional debut at Cage Rage 4 and won via rear-naked choke submission in the first round. Weir would go 3-2 in his next five fights before making his debut in the WEC. Weir made his debut at WEC 12 and won in the first round via guillotine choke submission.

Weir returned to Cage Rage with mixed fortune, however it wasn't long until Weir was back on winning form. At Cage Rage 12, Weir defeated Sol Gilbert via TKO at the end of the second round to become the inaugural Cage Rage British Middleweight Champion. Weir went on to defend his title against Akri Shoji, winning by KOREA in 16 secs.

PRIDE[edit]

After the win over Shoji, Weir had to make a huge decision whether to return to UFC or make his name in Japan. Weir decided on Japan and made his PRIDE debut at Pride Bushido 10 on April 2, 2006 against Denis Kang who was on a 16 fight winning streak. Weir sadly lost after he submitted due to knee strikes at the end of the first round.


UCMMA[edit]

On his return to the UK, Weir captured the UCMMA Middleweight Championship at UCMMA 11: Adrenaline Rush on March 27, 2010, defeating Jack Mason at the end of the second round via knockout. Weir then lost his first title defense at UCMMA 21: Stand Your Ground when he was knocked out by Denniston Sutherland. Weir made his most recent appearance at SFC: Supremacy Fight Challenge 9 on February 17, 2013 and won via rear-naked choke submission in the first round. This was to be Weir's final appearance in MMA before he announced his retirement in 2014.

Kickboxing career[edit]

In 2010, Weir won the vacant UCMMA Kickboxing Championship by defeating Mark Epstein. Weir also won the Middleweight Championship by defeating Jack Mason via knockout. Weir then successfully defended his title at Unbelievable 16 on October 23, 2010 against Luke Sines.

Weir then lost his Middleweight Championship, being defeated via knockout by Louis King.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Weir lives in Hempsted, England with his wife and four children. He runs a successful MMA Academy and is enjoying being recognised as one of the pioneers of UK MMA and continues to accept numerous awards for his dedication to the sport.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 21–18–1 Mickey Burns Submission (rear-naked choke) SFC: Supremacy Fight Challenge 9 February 17, 2013 1 1:04 Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England
Loss 20–18–1 Denniston Sutherland KO (punches) UCMMA 21: Stand Your Ground June 25, 2011 1 3:20 London, England Lost UFCMMA Middleweight Championship
Win 20–17–1 Jack Mason KO (knee and punches) UCMMA 11: Adrenaline Rush March 27, 2010 2 4:57 London, England Won UCMMA Middleweight Championship
Loss 19–17–1 Tor Troéng Submission (triangle choke) Superior Challenge 4 October 31, 2009 3 2:05 Stockholm, Sweden
Draw 19–16–1 Jean-François Lénogue Draw Furious Fighting Championship 2 February 21, 2009 3 5:00 Casablanca, Morocco
Loss 19–16 Mohamed Khacha TKO (punches) UCMMA 2: Unbreakable February 7, 2009 1 4:26 London, England
Win 19–15 Marius Buzinskas Submission (arm-triangle choke) CFC 4: No Way Out October 25, 2008 2 2:04 England
Loss 18–15 Drew Fickett Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Rage 24 December 1, 2007 1 3:55 London, England
Loss 18–14 Paul Daley TKO (punches) Cage Rage 23 September 22, 2007 2 2:14 London, England For Cage Rage World Welterweight Championship and Cage Rage British Middleweight Championship.
Loss 18–13 Nick Thompson TKO Bodog Fight: Vancouver August 24, 2007 1 4:01 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 18–12 Daijiro Matsui Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 21 April 21, 2007 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 17–12 Zelg Galešic TKO (punches) Cage Rage 19 December 9, 2006 1 0:50 London, England
Loss 17–11 Murilo Rua Submission (arm triangle choke) Cage Rage 18 September 30, 2006 2 1:15 London, England
Loss 17–10 Denis Kang Submission (knees) Pride - Bushido 10 April 2, 2006 1 4:55 Tokyo, Japan
Win 17–9 Akira Shoji KO (head kick) Cage Rage 14 December 3, 2005 1 0:17 London, England
Win 16–9 Kyosuke Sasaki KO (punches) Cage Rage 13 September 10, 2005 1 1:52 London, England
Win 15–9 Sol Gilbert TKO (corner stoppage) Cage Rage 12 July 2, 2005 2 5:00 London, England Won Cage Rage British Middleweight Championship.
Loss 14–9 Curtis Stout TKO (punches) Cage Rage 11 April 30, 2005 1 1:45 London, England
Loss 14–8 Alex Serdyukov Submission (arm triangle choke) WEC 14: Vengeance March 17, 2005 2 2:56 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 14–7 Gabriel Santos Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 10 February 26, 2005 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 14–6 Matt Lindland TKO (doctor stoppage) Cage Rage 9 November 27, 2004 1 5:00 London, England
Win 14–5 Will Bradford Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 12 October 21, 2004 1 2:11 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 13–5 Johil de Oliveira Submission (arm-triangle choke) Cage Rage 8 September 11, 2004 1 1:35 London, England
Loss 12–5 Jorge Rivera TKO (doctor stoppage) Cage Rage 7 July 10, 2004 1 5:00 London, England
Win 12–4 Gen Isono TKO (corner stoppage) Pain and Glory April 24, 2004 England
Win 11–4 Alex Reid TKO (cut) Extreme Brawl 6 March 21, 2004 2 Bracknell, England
Loss 10–4 Gregory Bouchelaghem Submission (rear-naked choke) XFC 2: The Perfect Storm November 9, 2003 1 Cornwall, England
Win 10–3 Jean-François Lénogue Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Rage 4 October 12, 2003 1 4:13 London, England
Loss 9–3 David Loiseau KO (punches) UFC 42 April 25, 2003 1 3:55 Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 9–2 Phillip Miller Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 40 November 22, 2002 2 4:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–1 Eugene Jackson KO (punch) UFC 38 July 13, 2002 1 0:10 London, England
Win 8–1 Ben Earwood Submission (punches) MB 5: Unfinished Business December 16, 2001 2 High Wycombe, England
Win 7–1 Shannon Ritch Submission (choke) MB 3: Independence Day July 1, 2001 1 High Wycombe, England
Win 6–1 Paul Jenkins KO Grapple & Strike 3 May 19, 2001 1 0:18 Worchester, England
Win 5–1 CJ Fernandes TKO MB 2: Capital Punishment March 11, 2001 High Wycombe, England
Win 4–1 Sean Cocharin TKO Ultimate Fight Night December 9, 2000 1 High Wycombe, England
Win 3–1 Frank Ledroumaguet Submission (armbar) Pancrase: Pancrase UK November 25, 2000 London, England
Win 2–1 John Andrews Submission (choke) Grapple & Strike 2 November 12, 2000 1 Worchester, England
Win 1–1 Dale Houghton Submission (forearm choke) Ring of Truth 3 October 17, 2000 1 1:16 England
Loss 0–1 Trevor Cunningham KO Grapple & Strike 1 May 29, 2000 2 4:17 Worchester, England

See also[edit]

References[edit]

1.^ ‘A Day in the Life Of…’, Helen Blow, ‘’The Citizen’’, February 4, 1999

2.^ ‘Scott hopes for a box office hit’, Annelisa Macaulay-Lowe, ‘’The Citizen’’, August 19, 1999

3.^ ‘Scott’s a dead ringer for a film mogul’, ‘’The Citizen’’, September 3, 2001

4.^ ‘Horton is choked at loss’, ‘’The Citizen’’, October 27, 2000

5.^ XFUK Profile

6.^ ‘Horton is choked at loss’, ‘’The Citizen’’, October 27, 2000

7.^ UCMMA Events

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