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19 September 1967 |
|Other names||The Wizard|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Fighting out of||Gloucester, England|
|Team||Range Fighting, Icon BJJ|
|Rank||Black belt in Tae Kwon Do|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
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. 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.
Mixed martial arts career
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
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 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. Weir was then released from the promotion.
Cage Rage and WEC
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.
Return to Cage Rage
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 its 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.
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.
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.
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."
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|40 matches||21 wins||18 losses|
|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|
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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
6.^ ‘Horton is choked at loss’, ‘’The Citizen’’, October 27, 2000