Shonie Carter

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Shonie Carter
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Born Mearion Shonie Bickhem III
(1972-05-03) May 3, 1972 (age 42)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Other names Mr. International
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 176.6 lb (80.1 kg; 12.61 st)
Division Welterweight
Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Style Greco-Roman Wrestling • Judo • Shidōkan Karate
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Chicago, Illinois, United States
Team Iron Academy
Rank black belt in Judo
black belt in Shidōkan
black belt in Jujutsu
Years active 1997–2013
2014–present
Kickboxing record
Total 62
Wins 57
Losses 5
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 88
Wins 50
By knockout 11
By submission 15
By decision 24
Losses 30
By knockout 8
By submission 4
By decision 18
Draws 7
No contests 1
Other information
University Triton Community College
Carson–Newman College
Website www.shoniecarter.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mearion Shonie Bickhem III (born May 3, 1972), better known as Shonie Carter, is an American mixed martial artist who has competed in the Welterweight, Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions.[1] He is a former WEC Welterweight Champion, an UFC veteran, and a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show. He has also competed in Pancrase, King of the Cage, M-1 Global, KSW and Bellator. He is known for his flashy dress, colorful vocabulary, outlandish personality and use of the spinning backfist in competition. Following coming back from retirement, Carter currently fights in the Welterweight division.

Early life and martial arts background[edit]

Carter was born in the African American ghettos of Chicago, Illinois and served for six years in the United States Marine Corps before beginning his profession as a fighter.[2] He began his martial arts training in Greco-Roman wrestling at Triton Community College in River Grove, Illinois before transferring to Carson-Newman College in Tennessee where he began studying judo and jujutsu, under Dr. Stephen Terrell and Dr. Stephen Karr. He was also an All-American wrestler and participated in the Olympic trials.[3] After a semester of studying judo, Carter enrolled in the Tennessee state championship in the white-green, brown, and black belt divisions. He won state titles in the white-green and brown divisions, and placed second in the black belt division. His instructor awarded him his brown belt after his performance.[4] Carter later added sanshou and Shidōkan karate to his repertoire.[4]

In addition to his MMA career, he also holds a record of 57 wins and 5 losses as a professional kickboxer.[5]

Career[edit]

Carter has fought in a wide variety of shows, both large and small. He has won at least ten belts in various organizations throughout his career.[2] He began his career in 1997, fighting primarily in the Extreme Challenge promotion. Though he lost his debut fight to LaVerne Clark by knockout in just 9 seconds, he went on to rack up an 11-1-2 record before facing UFC welterweight champion Pat Miletich. He lost via a decision.

Carter began to make appearances in Pancrase and won his UFC debut at UFC 24 against Brad Gumm. He went on to win notable victories over Chris Lytle and Matt Serra. In 2003, he appeared in fledging promotion World Extreme Cagefighting and became the WEC welterweight champion after defeating JT Taylor. He would lose his first title defense to Karo Parisyan. Other notable fights included a loss to future UFC title contender Jon Fitch, a victory over future UFC fighter Jess Liaudin, and a victory over Jason Black, who was undefeated in 22 fights prior to the bout.

The Ultimate Fighter 4[edit]

After losing to Nathan Quarry at UFC 53 by TKO, Carter's UFC record stood at a lukewarm 3-2. He applied as a contestant for the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter a reality show on Spike. The season, subtitled "The Comeback", featured MMA veterans whose careers in the UFC could use a jumpstart. Carter joined Team Mojo and was picked to fight first against Team No Love's Rich Clementi. Carter arrived to the show out of shape and struggled through his initial workout. With help from his cornerman Matt Serra, however, Carter won a two-round decision over Clementi. In the second round, Carter fought a rematch with Matt Serra. Much was made of Carter's come-from-behind KO by spinning backfist in their previous encounter. Though Carter landed another spinning backfist, he lost the fight by decision.

Throughout the show, Carter earned notoriety and sparked irritation from his cast-mates with his habits, including his unusual style of dress and various artistic projects. He angered both teams by unilaterally deciding to train with Team No Love for a day. He also asked Clementi to corner him in his fight with Serra. On the show, his MMA record showed that he had 198 professional fights.

Post-show career[edit]

Carter weighing in at UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs Riggs.

After the completion of the show, Carter did not appear on the card of the season finale. He did, however, make an appearance a month later on UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs. Riggs, losing to Marcus Davis by unanimous decision. Afterward, Carter continued to fight at smaller promotions. He won the Throwdown Middleweight Championship at Throwdown ETC – Showdown on February 20, 2009, via a split decision victory from George Lockhart. He lost 7 out of his last 9 fights some were due to very controversial decisions by judges in their respective state.

Carter announced his first retirement in January 2013, with around 240 full contact karate, kickboxing and MMA bouts under his belt.[6]

Carter came out of retirement in January 2014, when he faced Matt Dwyer for the BFL Welterweight Championship.[7] Carter lost the fight by TKO (retirement).[8]

Other activities[edit]

After finishing his stint on The Ultimate Fighter, Carter appeared on BET's similar program The Iron Ring as a coach for Lil Jon's team, Headbusters. While taping, Carter verbally sparred with Floyd Mayweather, the leader of another team, over a fight stoppage. Mayweather was condescending toward the sport of mixed martial arts throughout the show.[9] Carter claims that he has gained notoriety from members of the black community since his appearance on The Iron Ring than from his UFC and The Ultimate Fighter appearances.[3]

On May 16, 2008, Carter served as an impromptu guest referee for a notorious bout at a Legends of Fighting event that resulted in a double-knockout. Eight seconds into the bout, newcomers Tyler Bryan and Shaun Parker landed simultaneous knockout punches. The video of the double-knockout, and Carter's subsequent reaction, has been viewed on YouTube over 1 million times.[10] and looking into a career in the WWE. He spoke with C.M. Punk on making the jump to the professional wrestling ring.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Carter is currently single and has three children: a daughter Sierra Rena, and sons Samearion Andreas, and Kavion Osiris. He resides in Chicago teaching at the Honbu Dojo Shidokan USA under the guidance of USA Shidokan Branch Chief Eddie Yoshimura.[12] He is a bartender and bouncer at the Mexican restaurant Fiesta Cantina in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.[citation needed]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

Judo[edit]

  • Tennessee State Judo Championships
    • Tennessee Middleweight Judo Championship (Two times)

Karate[edit]

  • Ireland Super Cup
    • Ireland Super Cup Welterweight Championship
  • Shidōkan German Cup
    • Shidōkan German Cup Championship
  • Shidōkan Mixed Fighting
    • SMF Welterweight Championship
  • Shidōkan Superfight
    • Shidōkan Superfight Middleweight Championship
  • United States Shidōkan Championships
    • USSC Lightweight Championship
    • USSC Middleweight Championship
    • USSC Light Middleweight Championship

Kickboxing[edit]

  • Illinois State Kickboxing
    • Illinois Light Heavyweight Championship
  • North Carolina State Kickboxing
    • North Carolina Middleweight Championship

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Extreme Challenge
    • EC Lightweight Championship
    • EC Lightweight Tournament Championship
  • Indiana Martial Arts Challenge
    • IMAC Welterweight Championship
  • International Fighting Championship
    • IFC Welterweight Superfight Championship
  • Iron Heart Crown
    • IHC Shooto North American Welterweight Championship
  • Throwdown
    • Throwdown Middleweight Championship
  • World Fighting Council
    • WFC Middleweight Championship

Submission grappling[edit]

  • North American Grappling Association
    • NAGA Midwest Super Heavyweight Championship
  • United States Pankration Championship
    • United States Pankration Championship

Other[edit]

  • 'Awards and accomplishments
    • U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame Induction (2008)
    • Lifetime Achievement Award, Combat Radio Broadcasting (2009)
    • Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame Induction (2010)
    • Master's Hall of Fame Induction (2011)

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
Loss 50–30–7 (1) Matt Dwyer TKO (retirement) BFL 27 January 18, 2014 3 5:00 British Columbia, Canada For BFL Welterweight Championship
Loss 50–29–7 (1) Josh Bryant TKO (punches) KOTC: Heavy Duty September 21, 2012 2 2:15 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 50–28–7 (1) Brandon Halsey Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Reckless Abandon February 2, 2012 3 5:00 Highland, California, United States
Win 50–27–7 (1) Landon Showalter Decision (unanimous) Rumble on the Ridge 20 October 15, 2011 3 5:00 Snoqualmie, Washington, United States
Loss 49–27–7 (1) Rumen Dimitrov TKO (punches) BMMAF - Warriors 19 March 10, 2011 2 2:48 Sofia, Bulgaria
Loss 49–26–7 (1) Jeremy Knafo Decision (unanimous) Israel FC: Genesis November 9, 2010 3 5:00 Tel Aviv, Israel
Loss 49–25–7 (1) Torrance Taylor Decision (unanimous) Bellator 25 August 19, 2010 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 49–24–7 (1) Rick Hawn TKO (head kick and punches) Triumph Fighter 3 - Havoc July 31, 2010 2 4:08 Milford, New Hampshire United States
Loss 49–23–7 (1) Dylan Andrews Decision (unanimous) Cage Fighting Championship 13 April 17, 2010 3 5:00 Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Loss 49–22–7 (1) Nabil Khatib Decision (split) W-1 MMA 4: Bad Blood March 20, 2010 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 49–21–7 (1) Derek Smith Submission (front choke) CFX - Cage Fighting Xtreme February 13, 2010 1 2:32 St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States
Loss 48–21–7 (1) Anthony Macias Decision (unanimous) Freestyle Cage Fighting 37 November 7, 2009 3 5:00 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 48–20–7 (1) Carlos Newton Decision (unanimous) W-1 MMA 4: High Voltage October 10, 2009 3 5:00 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada Originally for W-1 Welterweight title, however Newton failed to make weight and the bout was made a non-title fight
Win 48–19–7 (1) Danny Abbadi KO (punches) Respect in the Cage 1: Expo & Fight September 20, 2009 1 4:23 Pico Rivera, California, United States
Loss 47–19–7 (1) Derrick Noble Decision (unanimous) VFC - A Night of Vengeance September 5, 2009 3 5:00 Oranjestad, Aruba
Win 47–18–7 (1) George Lockhart Decision (split) Throwdown ETC – Showdown February 20, 2009 3 5:00 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 46–18–7 (1) Ryan Scheeper Submission (kimura) ISCF – Bad Intentions December 12, 2008 1 2:08 Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States
Win 45–18–7 (1) Allan Hope Submission (armbar) CCF 3 – Undisputed November 28, 2008 1 2:32 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 44–18–7 (1) Matt Major Decision (unanimous) CCFC – Rumble in the Park August 23, 2008 3 5:00 Fresno, California, United States
Win 44–17–7 (1) Demi Deeds TKO PFC – Primetime Fighting Championships May 30, 2008 2 2:41 Indiana, United States
Win 43–17–7 (1) John Cronk Decision (unanimous) WFC – Armageddon April 12, 2008 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 42–17–7 (1) Brad Zazulak TKO (injury) MFC 14 – High Rollers November 23, 2007 1 2:09 Enoch, Alberta, Canada
Win 42–16–7 (1) Chris Powers Decision (unanimous) ISCF – Fight 2 the Finish November 9, 2007 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 41–16–7 (1) Joshua Taibl Submission (strikes) EC 83 – Extreme Challenge 83 September 1, 2007 2 3:20 Riverside, Iowa, United States
Win 40–16–7 (1) Kris Fleurstil TKO (punches) XFO 18 – Xtreme Fighting June 30, 2007 1 4:05 Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 39–16–7 (1) Marcus Davis Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs. Riggs December 13, 2006 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Win 39–15–7 (1) Alex Carter Submission (rear-naked choke) IFC – Rumble on the River March 11, 2006 1 3:21 Kearney, Nebraska, United States
Win 38–15–7 (1) Jason Black TKO (arm injury) KOTC: Redemption on the River February 17, 2006 1 1:18 Moline, Illinois, United States
Loss 37–15–7 (1) Mike Pyle Submission (triangle choke) WEC 18 January 13, 2006 1 2:06 Lemoore, California, United States For WEC Welterweight Championship
Loss 37–14–7 (1) Jonathan Goulet Submission (bulldog choke) TKO 23 – Extreme November 5, 2005 1 3:05 Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
Win 37–13–7 (1) Marcin Zontek Decision (unanimous) KSW 4 – Konfroncacja September 10, 2005 2 5:00 Warsaw, Poland
Win 36–13–7 (1) Josh Haynes Decision (unanimous) IFC – Rock N' Rumble July 30, 2005 3 5:00 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 35–13–7 (1) Jason MacDonald Decision (unanimous) TKO 21 – Collision July 15, 2005 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 34–13–7 (1) Nate Quarry TKO (punches) UFC 53 June 4, 2005 1 2:37 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 34–12–7 (1) Jorge Oliveira Decision (unanimous) WEC 13 January 22, 2005 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
NC 34–11–7 (1) Buddy Clinton No Contest (confusion over fight length) KOTC: Indiana November 20, 2004 2 5:00 Indiana, United States
Win 34–11–7 John Cronk TKO (doctor stoppage) KOTC: Revenge November 14, 2004 1 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 33–11–7 Jody Poff Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 12 October 21, 2004 1 3:48 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 32–11–7 Azred Telkusheev Decision (unanimous) M-1 MFC – Middleweight GP October 9, 2004 2 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 32–10–7 Jason Biswell TKO (elbows) WEC 11 August 20, 2004 1 3:13 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 31–10–7 Jess Liaudin Decision CW - Cage Wars May 30, 2004 3 5:00 Belfast, Ireland
Loss 30–10–7 Karo Parisyan Decision (unanimous) WEC 10 May 21, 2004 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Lost WEC Welterweight Championship
Win 30–9–7 Gabe Garcia TKO (injury) WEC 9 January 16, 2004 1 0:30 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 29–9–7 Jon Fitch Submission (slam) Shooto USA – Warrior Spirit: Evolution November 14, 2003 3 0:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 29–8–7 JT Taylor Decision (unanimous) WEC 8: Halloween Fury 2 October 17, 2003 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Won Vacant WEC Welterweight Championship
Win 28–8–7 Dax Bruce Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 7: This Time It's Personal August 9, 2003 1 2:28 Lemoore, California, United States
Draw 27–8–7 Kousei Kubota Draw Shidokan – New Combat Festival July 13, 2003 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 27–8–6 Ronald Jhun Decision (unanimous) KOTC 23: Sin City May 16, 2003 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 27–7–6 Peter Angerer Decision Shido – Fists of Fury 2 April 12, 2003 3 5:00 Germany
Loss 26–7–6 Jeremy Jackson Decision (unanimous) WEC 6: Return of a Legend March 27, 2003 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 26–6–6 Seichi Ikemoto Decision (unanimous) Shooto - 3/18 in Korakuen Hall March 18, 2003 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 25–6–6 Fernando Vasconcelos TKO (corner stoppage) KOTC 21: Invasion February 21, 2003 2 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 24–6–6 Mike Nomikos Submission (neck crank) Shidokan – World Open 2002 December 5, 2002 2 N/A Chicago, Illinois, United States
Draw 23–6–6 Ronald Jhun Draw SB 27 – SuperBrawl 27 November 9, 2002 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 23–6–5 Jay Buck Decision (split) IHC 5: Tribulation October 26, 2002 3 5:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 22–6–5 Randy Velarde Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC 16 - Double Cross August 2, 2002 1 4:53 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 21–6–5 Kolo Koka Decision (unanimous) SB 25 – SuperBrawl 25 July 13, 2002 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 20–6–5 Armin Eslami Decision Shido – Fists of Fury 1 April 13, 2002 3 5:00 Mossingen, Germany
Loss 19–6–5 Pat Miletich KO (head kick) UFC 32 June 29, 2001 2 2:42 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 19–5–5 Matt Serra KO (spinning back fist) UFC 31 May 4, 2001 3 4:51 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 18–5–5 Yuji Hoshino Decision (majority) Pancrase - Trans 7 December 4, 2000 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 17–5–5 Steve Berger Submission (rear-naked choke) RSF 1 – Reality Submission Fighting 1 October 6, 2000 1 2:41 Belleville, Illinois, United States
Win 17–4–5 Joe Merit Decision (unanimous) RSF 1 – Reality Submission Fighting 1 October 6, 2000 1 18:00 Belleville, Illinois, United States
Loss 16–4–5 Nate Marquardt Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - 2000 Anniversary Show September 24, 2000 2 3:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 16–3–5 Chris Lytle Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - 2000 Anniversary Show September 24, 2000 3 3:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 15–3–5 Yoshinori Kawasaki Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Trans 5 July 23, 2000 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 14–3–5 Adrian Serrano Decision (unanimous) UFC 26 June 9, 2000 2 5:00 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Draw 13–3–5 Kiuma Kunioku Draw Pancrase - Trans 3 April 30, 2000 2 3:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 13–3–4 Brad Gumm Decision (unanimous) UFC 24 March 10, 2000 2 5:00 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Win 12–3–4 Kousei Kubota Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Trans 1 January 23, 2000 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 11–3–4 Takafumi Ito Draw Pancrase - Breakthrough 10 November 28, 1999 1 15:00 Osaka, Japan
Loss 11–3–3 Steve Berger Decision (split) IHC 1 – Ironheart Crown November 6, 1999 2 2:00 United States
Loss 11–2–3 Sean Hughes Decision EC 27 – Extreme Challenge 27 August 21, 1999 1 20:00 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Draw 11–1–3 Simon Posner Draw SB 12 – SuperBrawl 12 June 1, 1999 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 11–1–2 Phil Johns Submission (knee injury) EC 23 – Extreme Challenge 23 April 2, 1999 1 2:59 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 10–1–2 Keith Wisniewski KO (spinning back fist) IMAC 3 – Indiana Martial Arts Challenge 3 March 6, 1999 1 0:40 Indiana, United States
Win 9–1–2 Robert Masko Decision EB 1 – Extreme Brawl 1 October 21, 1999 N/A N/A Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Draw 8–1–2 Dave Menne Draw EC 20 – Extreme Challenge 20 August 22, 1998 1 20:00 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 8–1–1 Carl Davis Submission (choke) Tropicana D'Cache Club Fights June 5, 1998 N/A N/A Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 7–1–1 Jesse Jones Submission (frustration) EC 16 – Extreme Challenge 16 March 26, 1998 1 9:05 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 6–1–1 James Clingerman Decision IMAC 1 – Indiana Martial Arts Challenge 1 March 6, 1998 1 15:00 Laporte, Indiana, United States
Win 5–1–1 Sean Brockmole Submission (choke from side mount) IMAC 1 – Indiana Martial Arts Challenge 1 March 6, 1998 1 6:04 Laporte, Indiana, United States
Win 4–1–1 Todd Taylor Submission (rear-naked choke) CF – Combat Fighting February 14, 1998 N/A N/A Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 3–1–1 Andy Sanders Submission (crucifix) EC 5 – Extreme Challenge 5 April 18, 1997 1 3:24 Iowa, United States
Win 2–1–1 Dave Menne Decision (split) EC 5 – Extreme Challenge 5 April 18, 1997 1 15:00 Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Draw 1–1–1 Daniel Vianna Draw CC 3 – Chicago Challenge 3 March 15, 1997 N/A N/A Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 1–1 Chad Cox KO EC 4 – Extreme Challenge 4 February 22, 1997 1 2:45 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 0–1 Laverne Clark KO (punches) EC 3 – Extreme Challenge 3 February 15, 1997 1 0:09 Davenport, Iowa, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry Athletic Commission (July 30, 2005). "IFC - Rock N' Rumble Show Results". Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Bushemi, Brian A. "Shonie Carter: Almost Famous". ChicagoFightingArts.com. Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b De Santis, TJ (June 25, 2008). "An Interview with Mr. International". Sherdog.com. Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Kolen, =Jarvis Cherron. "Shonie Carter...Judoka at Heart". JudoInfo.com. Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ Shonie Carter Shin Do Kumite profile
  6. ^ Shonie Carter Hangs Up The Gloves, Plans To Pursue Acting
  7. ^ "Dwyer to Defend BFL Title Against Shonie Carter". topmmanews.com. October 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "BFL 27 – Quick Results – Dwyer Stops Carter to Retain Welterweight Title". topmmanews.com. January 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ Rossen, Jake (April 23, 2008). "'Iron Ring' a Rusty Proposition". Sherdog.com. Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  10. ^ Strupp, Dan (May 19, 2008). "Guest referee Shonie Carter discusses eight-second double-knockout". MMAJunkie. Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  11. ^ Fowlkes, Ben (November 24, 2010). "After Retiring from MMA, Shonie Carter Eyes the WWE". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved November 25, 2010. 
  12. ^ 12/16/09 episode of Judge Greg Mathis

External links[edit]

Vacant
Title last held by
Nick Diaz
2nd WEC Welterweight Champion
October 17, 2003 – May 21, 2004
Succeeded by
Karo Parisyan