September 19, 1983 |
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Arvada, Colorado, U.S.|
|Team||Easton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Matthew Charles Wiman (born September 19, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a lightweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Wiman gained fame as a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5. Wiman currently trains with the Kline Brothers at Easton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Arvada, Colorado.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
Wiman's initiation into professional fighting came on August 14, 2004. A relatively unknown fighter at the time, Matt entered the Extreme Fight Night tournament organized by kickboxer, Dale Apollo Cook. Matt won 3 fights that night to became the Extreme Fighting League Middleweight Champion. He defeated Joseph Garza and Greg Bossler, each by unanimous decision, before finishing Venn Johns by triangle choke for the championship belt.
Matt's first title defense came on November 13, 2004, when he defeated David Franks by armbar 42 seconds into the first round.
He defended the title again on February 5, 2005, with a 20 second KO of D.J. Randall.
Wiman first gained national attention at FFC 15-Fiesta Las Vegas on September 15, 2005 against fellow rising star Roger Huerta. It was a back and forth fight, with both fighters nearly finishing on several occasions. Matt lost a close decision. As a result of their impressive performances, Wiman and Huerta both caught the eyes of Dana White and UFC matchmaker, Joe Silva.
Wiman defended his Extreme Fight League championship belt for a third and final time on November 12, 2005 at Battle at the Brady 2 against Thomas Grissom. Matt won by referee stoppage in the 1st round due to multiple cuts sustained by Grissom.
Wiman's next fight was at MFC-Boardwalk Blitz on March 14, 2006 in Atlantic City, New Jersey against UFC veteran, Nick Agallar. Matt lost by unanimous decision.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship
When injury forced Leonard Garcia out of his scheduled fight with Spencer Fisher at UFC 60, Wiman was given the call and agreed to make his UFC debut on two weeks notice.
Matt faced UFC veteran, Spencer Fisher at UFC 60 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on May 27, 2006. Round 1 began with the fighters exchanging punches standing, then Wiman shot in quickly and scored a takedown. He wound up on top of Fisher, and nearly finished the fight when he secured a deep guillotine choke. However, Fisher fought it off and eventually gained top position, and connected with several good punches. The round ended with Fisher landing a shot that opened a cut on Wiman's head. Round 2 opened with a few brief exchanges on the feet, until Fisher pushed the pace and landed a solid punch to the head. Wiman appeared dazed and stumbled, just before Fisher came in with a devastating flying knee, forcing a referee stoppage at 1:43 of the second round.
The Ultimate Fighter Season 5
Wiman was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5 show, featuring Lightweights. He fought on B.J. Penn's team. His preliminary fight was against Marlon Sims. Wiman landed a devastating overhand right in the opening seconds of the fight, climbed on the back of Sims and choked him unconscious. Wiman was defeated by eventual finalist Manvel Gamburyan of Team Pulver in the quarterfinals by decision. Gamburyan and Wiman exchanged takedowns, but Gamburyan was on top most of the fight and got the victory, despite Dana White's thoughts that "Handsome" could make it to the finals of the show.
Wiman fought Brian Geraghty on June 23, 2007 at the The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale. He took his opponent down early and worked a ground and pound attack. Wiman landed strikes in Geraghty's guard and passed to full mount, where he unloaded with punches, causing referee Yves Lavigne to stop the fight due to unanswered strikes at 2:09 of round 1.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
His next fight was against Justin Buchholz at UFC Fight Night 12 on January 23, 2008. Wiman scored a takedown in the opening moments of the fight and worked quickly to the mount position. He landed an elbow below the right eye of Buchholz causing a cut. The UFC newcomer turned over to avoid further strikes to the face and Wiman secured the back position. After a brief struggle to secure the rear naked choke, Wiman forced Buchholz to submit at 2:58 of the first round, giving him his third straight UFC victory.
Wiman's next fight was against Thiago Tavares at UFC 85. After many back and forth grappling exchanges in round one, he eventually KO'd Tavares with a right hook in the second round , with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell in his corner.
On April 18, 2009, Wiman faced Canadian striker Sam Stout at UFC 97 in Montreal, Quebec. In a closely contested fight, Wiman seemed hurt from a flush liver shot late in round two, but rallied and controlled Stout for the final round. He lost via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Wiman defeated Mac Danzig via first round submission at UFC 115. However, the stoppage was apparently premature and mistaken as Wiman had Danzig in a tight guillotine choke and referee Yves Lavigne called a stoppage despite the fact that Danzig had not submitted and was still conscious.
Wiman was expected to face Danzig in a rematch on September 15, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 22, however Danzig was forced off the card with an injury. Wiman was then set to face Efrain Escudero, but Wiman was also forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Charles Oliveira.
Wiman was expected to face Cole Miller on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125, but the bout eventually took place on January 22, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 23. Wiman dominated Miller for all 3 rounds, resulting in a unanimous decision victory.
Wiman faced Dennis Siver on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132. He lost the fight via unanimous decision where UFC President Dana White stated he felt Wiman's pain at the post-fight press conference and understood why he wouldn't show up (to the post-fight press conference) after a fight like that.
Wiman has publicly voiced his appreciation to the men and women in the United States Armed Forces. Matt's older brother was a Green Beret in the United States Army, and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Because of his gratitude towards the U.S. soldiers, Matt says he is proud to have fought in both UFC fundraising events for the Intrepid Fallen Heros Fund, UFC Fight for the Troops 1 at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina and UFC Fight for the Troops 2 at Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas.
Matt is also an advocate of food awareness and supporter of animal rights. After his victory over Cole Miller at UFC Fight for the Troops 2 he told Joe Rogan that he left his TV on at home and gave a shout out to his pets.
In early September 2011, while attending a high school track event in Brighton, Colorado, Matt Wiman's dad, Chip Wiman, was struck by lightning. Matt was interviewed by the local news when he picked his dad up from the hospital, "He's so lucky and blessed to survive something like that," said Matt. "We're so thankful. You know, life is so precious, you want to just enjoy everyday, every minute".
Championships and Accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||15 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||15-7||TJ Grant||KO (elbows and punches)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson||January 26, 2013||1||4:51||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||15-6||Paul Sass||Submission (armbar)||UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic||September 29, 2012||1||3:48||Nottingham, England||Submission of the Night|
|Win||14-6||Mac Danzig||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson||October 1, 2011||3||5:00||Washington D.C., United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||13-6||Dennis Siver||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 132||July 2, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13-5||Cole Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight For The Troops 2||January 22, 2011||3||5:00||Fort Hood, Texas, United States|
|Win||12-5||Mac Danzig||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 115||June 12, 2010||1||1:45||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||11-5||Shane Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 107||December 12, 2009||3||5:00||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||10-5||Sam Stout||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 97||April 18, 2009||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||10-4||Jim Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight for the Troops||December 10, 2008||3||5:00||Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||10-3||Thiago Tavares||KO (punches)||UFC 85||June 7, 2008||2||1:57||London, England||Fight of the Night|
|Win||9-3||Justin Buchholz||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman||January 23, 2008||1||2:56||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8-3||Michihiro Omigawa||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 76||September 22, 2007||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||7-3||Brian Geraghty||TKO (punches)||TUF 5 Finale||June 23, 2007||1||2:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||6-3||Spencer Fisher||KO (flying knee)||UFC 60||May 27, 2006||2||1:43||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||6-2||Nick Agallar||Decision (unanimous)||MFC: Boardwalk Blitz||March 4, 2006||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||6-1||Mark Thomas Grissom||TKO (corner stoppage)||XFL 18: Battle at the Brady 2||November 12, 2005||1||3:00||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||5-1||Roger Huerta||Decision (unanimous)||FFC 15: Fiesta Las Vegas||September 14, 2005||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5-0||D.J. Randall||TKO (punches)||XFL: Xtreme Fighting 3: Superbrawl||February 5, 2005||1||0:20||Miami, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||4-0||David Frank||Submission (armbar)||XFL: EK 14: Heavyweight Gladiators||November 13, 2004||1||0:42||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||3-0||Venn Johns||Submission (triangle choke)||XFL: EK 13: Elimination||August 14, 2004||2||1:30||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||2-0||Greg Bossler||Decision (unanimous)||XFL: EK 13: Elimination||August 14, 2004||3||5:00||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||1-0||Joe Garza||Decision (unanimous)||XFL: EK 13: Elimination||August 14, 2004||3||5:00||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
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- "Matt Wiman vs. Cole Miller in the works for UFC 125 in January". mmajunkie.com. October 20, 2010.
- "UFC NEWS: Miller vs. Wiman moved from UFC 125 to UFC Fight for the Troops 2 in January". mmatorch.com. November 16, 2010.
- "Dennis Siver Faces Matt Wiman in Lightweight Bout at UFC 132". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 2011-03-17.
- "White supports Siver's UFC 132 win; Bieber, Fertitta felt Wiman rightful victor". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
- "UFC on Versus 6: Matt Wiman vs Mac Danzig rematch set for October event". mmamania.com. July 16, 2011.
- "UFC 145; seven bouts shift to Atlanta". mmajunkie.com. January 20, 2012.
- "John Alessio returning to octagon, replaces Matt Wiman at UFC 145". mmmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
- "Paul Sass vs. Matt Wiman added to UFC on FUEL TV 5 in September". mmajunkie.com. June 18, 2012.
- "T.J. Grant vs. Matt Wiman set for UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago". mmajunkie.com. November 7, 2012.
- "Matt Wiman – Family Matters". UFC.com. 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
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- "Denver News says Matt Wiman's Dad struck by lightning you guys". Denver 7 News. 2011-09-04.
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