June 7, 1989 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Tilburg, Netherlands|
|Team||Team Topfighter Belgium (www.teamtopfighter.com)|
|Rank||purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
black belt in Judo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
Kuiper comes from a judo background and holds a black belt in the discipline. He made his mixed martial arts debut in February 2009 and defeated his opponent, Ahmed Sultan, with a triangle choke. He went on to have a further six fights that same year, winning all of them in the first or second round. In 2009 he won the Belgium MMA title, and was rewarded with the MMA fighter of the year 2009.
After defeating David Marcina on November 20, 2010, he was set to return to the cage on December 4, 2010 to face Welsh boxer John Phillips at BAMMA 5: The Beast vs. Crazy Bear in Newcastle, England. But due to snowstorms in the UK the event was cancelled.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Kuiper was expected to face Thiago Perpetuo on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7. However, Perpetuo suffered an injury and was replaced by Caio Magalhaes. On December 27, it was announced that Magalhaes had also pulled out of the bout and that Kuiper would be shifted to UFC on Fox 6 on January 26, 2013 to face Buddy Roberts. It was then announced on January 8 that Roberts had been forced out of the bout with an illness and was replaced by promotional newcomer Josh Janousek. Then just days before the event, Janousek himself pulled out of the bout citing an injury. With no time to find a suitable replacement for Kuiper, he was pulled from the event as well. This meant that 4 potential opponents for Kuiper (Perpetuo, Magalhaes, Roberts and Janousek) had all pulled out of the proposed bout.
Kuiper faced Brad Scott on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30. He lost the fight via front choke submission in the first round, and was subsequently released from the promotion shortly after.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||12 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||12–4||Matt Riddle||Submission (guillotine choke)||Titan Fighting Championship 27||February 28, 2014||2||2:29||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||12–3||Brad Scott||Submission (front choke)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz||October 26, 2013||1||4:17||Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||12–2||Tom Lawlor||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi||April 6, 2013||2||1:05||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||12–1||Jared Hamman||TKO (punches)||UFC 150||August 11, 2012||2||2:16||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||11–1||Rafael Natal||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 143||February 4, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–0||Morris Cilfoni||TKO (punches)||Milano in the Cage||May 7, 2011||1||N/A||Milan, Lombardy, Italy|
|Win||10–0||Clearance Noordzee||KO (punches)||Staredown 5||March 19, 2011||1||N/A||Deurne, Belgium|
|Win||9–0||David Marcina||TKO (punches)||Live 2 Fight||November 20, 2010||1||2:14||Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain|
|Win||8–0||Baudin Egoluev||Submission (armbar)||Ultimate Takedown: Brazil vs. Belgium||November 6, 2010||2||2:42||Herstal, Belgium|
|Win||7–0||Ivan Brguljan||TKO (punches)||One Gate 2 Far||November 7, 2009||1||N/A||Heerlen, Netherlands|
|Win||6–0||Patrice Wagemans||KO (punch)||Strength and Honour 5||October 3, 2009||1||0:10||Dessel, Belgium|
|Win||5–0||Bert Van Geystelen||Submission (armbar)||Bulls Gym Gala||May 30, 2009||2||N/A||Putte, Belgium|
|Win||4–0||Saigan Muradov||TKO (punches)||The Battle of Akersloot||May 10, 2009||N/A||N/A||Akersloot, Netherlands|
|Win||3–0||Bert Van Geystelen||Submission (armbar)||Staredown||April 26, 2009||1||N/A||Antwerp, Belgium|
|Win||2–0||Kevin Goodliff||Decision (unanimous)||Battle of South 7||April 11, 2009||2||5:00||Hoensbroek, Netherlands|
|Win||1–0||Ahmed Sultan||Submission (triangle choke)||Outsider Cup 12||February 14, 2009||2||4:00||Mühlheim, Germany|
- Michael Kuiper's official site
- "BAMMA 5".
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- "UFC makes official Jan. 19 card in Brazil". MMAjunkie.com. November 3, 2012.
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- Staff (2012-12-27). "Kuiper-Magalhaes off UFC on FX 7, Kuiper-Roberts joins UFC on FOX 6". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- Staff (2013-01-15). "Josh Janousek replaces Buddy Roberts, meets Michael Kuiper at UFC on FOX 6". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
- Staff (2013-01-21). "Josh Janousek vs. Michael Kuiper scratched from Saturday's UFC on FOX 6 event". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- Mookie Alexander (2013-01-21). "Michael Kuiper removed from UFC on FOX 6 following injury to Josh Janousek". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- "Michael Kuiper vs tom Lawlor added to UFC on Fuel TV 9". mmajunkie.com. February 9, 2013.
- "Two Middleweight Bouts Confirmed For UFC Manchester 2013". YourMMA.tv. 2013-08-22. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
- "UFC releases middleweight Michael Kuiper". bloodyelbow.com. 2013-11-03. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
- Ariel Helwani (January 13, 2013). "Matt Riddle returns, meets Michael Kuiper in Titan FC 27 co-main event". mmafighting.com.
- "Titan FC 27 Results: Ricci Crushes Gurgel, Riddle Chokes Kuiper". themmacorner.com. February 28, 2014.