Mike Whitehead

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Michael Joe Whitehead
Born (1981-06-29) June 29, 1981 (age 33)
Medford, Oregon, United States
Criminal penalty
1 to 4 years in prison
Criminal status Incarcerated
Conviction(s) Attempted sexual assault
Mike Whitehead
Born (1981-06-29) June 29, 1981 (age 33)
Medford, Oregon, United States
Other names Iron Mike
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 261 lb (118 kg; 18.6 st)
Division Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada
Team Wand Fight Team
Years active 2000–2012
Mixed martial arts record
Total 34
Wins 27
By knockout 6
By submission 14
By decision 6
Unknown 1
Losses 7
By knockout 4
By decision 3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michael Joe Whitehead (born June 29, 1981) is a former professional mixed martial artist. He competed in the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight weight classes for the UFC, IFL, Affliction, and Strikeforce.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Mike Whitehead started wrestling at North Idaho JC, Southern Oregon University, and Missouri. He is a 3 time All American Wrestler and Abu Dhabi qualifier. In 2005, he participated in the The Ultimate Fighter 2 reality series on Spike TV.[1]

Prior to his fight with Renato Sobral, he was on a 13 fight win streak, including five straight victories in the IFL. He has proven himself dangerous standing and striking, as well as with wrestling and submission grappling.

He has also competed in the standup only fight organization Xtreme Fighting Association where he defeated Ethen Cox by unanimous decision.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Whitehead was arrested by Las Vegas Metro Police on April 14, 2010, after a female acquaintance filed a report that he had sexually assaulted her at his home. He faces several charges including two counts of sexual assault and one count each of attempted sexual assault and open and gross lewdness. Additional charges could still be coming for Mike based on the marijuana grow operation detectives found when they went to serve a warrant in response to the sexual assault. Detectives found 50 marijuana plants inside the residence, all of which were confiscated and destroyed after they were granted a warrant for the plants.[3][4][5][6][7]

Whitehead reached an agreement with Clark County prosecutors to make a no-contest plea. On September 12, 2011, he pled no-contest to the charges and faced up to 20 years in prison.[8] On January 19, 2012, Whitehead was sentenced to one to four years in prison.[9]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 27–7 Jojo Thompson Submission (neck crank) RITC - Rage in the Cage 156 October 22, 2011 1 1:58 Chandler, Arizona, United States
Win 26–7 Eddie Sanchez Decision (split) PFC - Pure Fighting Championships 6 December 10, 2010 3 5:00 Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Win 25–7 Chase Gormley TKO (punches) IFC: Extreme Challenge July 10, 2010 4 2:22 Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, United States Won the IFC Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 24–7 Muhammed Lawal KO (punches) Strikeforce: Evolution December 19, 2009 1 3:08 San Jose, California, United States
Win 24–6 Kevin Randleman Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields June 6, 2009 3 5:00 St. Louis, Missouri, United States Light heavyweight bout.
Win 23–6 Leo Pla Submission (guillotine choke) M-1 Challenge - 8th Edition October 29, 2008 1 1:20 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 22–6 Renato Sobral Decision (unanimous) Affliction: Banned July 19, 2008 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 22–5 Zak Jensen Submission (armbar) Beatdown - 4 Bears Casino May 10, 2008 1 2:06 North Dakota, United States
Win 21–5 Soakai Pulu Submission (keylock) Throwdown Showdown 1 - Showdown April 18, 2008 1 0:59 Orem, Utah, United States
Win 20–5 Daniel Sarafian Decision (unanimous) PFP: Ring Of Fire December 9, 2007 3 5:00 Manila, Philippines
Win 19–5 Vernon White TKO (punches) IFL: Las Vegas June 16, 2007 2 0:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18–5 Wojtek Kaszowski TKO (punches) IFL: Connecticut April 13, 2007 1 2:43 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 17–5 Krzysztof Soszynski Decision (unanimous) IFL: World Championship Final December 29, 2006 3 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 16–5 Mark Kerr TKO (punches) IFL: World Championship Semifinals November 2, 2006 1 2:40 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 15–5 Michael Buchkovich Submission (punches) CFC2: Combat Fighting Championship September 23, 2006 1 4:04 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 14–5 Ruben Villareal Submission (keylock) Valor Fighting: Showdown At Cache Creek II September 15, 2006 1 1:02 Brooks, California, United States
Win 13–5 Rich Beecroft Submission (keylock) RITC 85 - Xtreme Cage Fighting August 5, 2006 1 1:17 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 12–5 Rocky Batastini Submission (kimura) RITC 83 - Rampage June 10, 2006 1 0:14 Arizona, United States
Win 11–5 Mike Bourke Forfeit UAGF - Kaos on the Kampus May 20, 2006 3 N/A Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 10–5 Robert Beraun Submission (kimura) RITC 80 - Fight Night at The Fort March 18, 2006 1 2:57 Fountain Hills, Arizona, United States
Loss 9–5 Keith Jardine Decision (unanimous) UFC 57 February 4, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–4 Travis Fulton Submission (bulldog choke) EC 61 - Extreme Challenge 61 April 22, 2005 1 1:30 Osceola, Iowa, United States
Win 8–4 Aaron Brink Decision (unanimous) UAGF - Clover Combat March 25, 2005 3 5:00 California, United States
Win 7–4 Matt Bear Submission (strikes) VFC 9 - Madness March 5, 2005 2 0:54 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 6–4 Brandon Vera TKO (doctor stoppage) WEC 13 - Heavyweight Explosion January 22, 2005 2 1:12 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 6–3 Terrell Dees Submission (neck crank) WEC 13 - Heavyweight Explosion January 22, 2005 1 3:43 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 5–3 Demian Decorah TKO (punches) EC 59 - Extreme Challenge 59 September 24, 2004 1 3:25 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win 4–3 Brian Stromberg Submission SF 5 - Stadium August 28, 2004 2 N/A Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 3–3 Karl Knothe Submission (neck crank) EC 58 - Extreme Challenge 58 June 11, 2004 1 1:17 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Loss 2–3 Alex Paz Decision (split) HOOKnSHOOT - Absolute Fighting Championships 2 March 28, 2003 2 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Loss 2–2 Tim Sylvia TKO (knee and punches) SB 24 - Return of the Heavyweights 2 April 27, 2002 1 2:38 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 2–1 Ben Rothwell Decision (unanimous) SB 24 - Return of the Heavyweights 2 April 27, 2002 2 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 1–1 Tim Sylvia TKO (punches) SB 24 - Return of the Heavyweights 1 April 26, 2002 1 3:46 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 1–0 Kim Bower TKO (punches) GVT - Gladiators Vale Tudo March 10, 2001 1 N/A Worley, Idaho, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ IFL Bio[dead link]
  2. ^ "Vegas Results & Pics". Xtreme Fighting Association. March 24, 2008. Retrieved July 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "MMA fighter Michael Whitehead accused of sex assault". Las Vegas Sun. April 15, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mike Whitehead Update: Arrested for Sexual Assault and More". Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mike Whitehead Wanted on Sexual Assault, Drug Charges". Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "UFC veteran Mike Whitehead sought by Las Vegas police on sexual assault and drug charges". Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Mike Whitehead Might Be In a Bit of a Legal Jam". Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "MMA fighter Michael Whitehead makes no-contest plea in sexual assault case". Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Mike Whitehead gets prison in sex case". Retrieved January 19, 2012. 

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