Mark Weir

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Mark Weir
Born (1967-09-19) 19 September 1967 (age 46)
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 went on to win four World Championships, and, at the age of 20, became the youngest fighter to ever win a World Championship. Weir not only went undefeated in Tae Kwon Do competitions, but also holds an undefeated record in kickboxing.[2][3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Weir made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2000 and lost via knockout. However, Weir would soon bounce back, going undefeated in his next eight fights before being signed by the UFC.

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 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. Weir was then released from the promotion.

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 then lost his next four consecutive fights before winning his next three, the last win being a head kick knockout win over Japanese veteran Akira Shoji. 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.

PRIDE[edit]

After the win over Shoji, Weir made his PRIDE debut at Pride Bushido 10 on April 2, 2006 against Denis Kang. Weir lost after he submitted due to knee strikes at the end of the first round.

Return to Cage Rage[edit]

Weir returned to England to fight for the Cage Rage promotion, but would go 1-4 in his last five appearances in the promotion before it's demise. One of these fights was for the Cage Rage World Welterweight Championship against Paul Daley. Weir was defeated via knockout in the second round.

Post-Cage Rage[edit]

Weir captured the UCMMA Welterweight 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 in the first round due to punches. 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.

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 three children. Weir appears keen to pass his knowledge to the next generation of the family, as he once said of his daughter that "Tamara is really into martial arts and she is already picking up some of the skills."[2]

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