Tom Watson (fighter)

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Tom Watson
Born (1982-07-13) 13 July 1982 (age 32)
Southampton, England
Other names Kong
Nationality English
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 73.0 in (185 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Orange County, California, United States
Team Team Reign
Zahabi MMA
Jackson's Submission Fighting
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[2]
Years active 2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 17
By knockout 8
By submission 1
By decision 8
Losses 7
By submission 2
By decision 5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Tom Watson (born 13 July 1982) is an English mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC's Middleweight division. A professional competitor since 2006, he is the former BAMMA Middleweight Champion, the former UCMMA Middleweight Champion, and has also competed for Cage Rage and the MFC.

Background[edit]

Watson began training when he was 16 years old and has an extensive boxing background, winning two awards, Amateur Boxing Standout 2006, a three-time ABA Southern Counties Champion, and Full Contact Unlicensed Boxing Champion.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Cage Rage and early career[edit]

Watson held a 1-0-1 amateur record before turning professional in 2006. He won his first two fights and was then given the chance to fight in the UK's top MMA promotion, Cage Rage. His first fight was against Daijiro Matsui in February 2007 at Cage Rage 20, and he lost via an armbar in the first round. He returned to the cage a month later and impressively defeated Dorlan O'Malley via KO after a slam.

After this, he was given another chance against a higher profile opponent. He took on UFC veteran Xavier Foupa-Pokam at CageRage 21: Judgement Day in April, 2007, but was submitted again. He fought a further two times that year, and recorded a win and a loss. In 2008, he began to climb the ladder again by beating Pierre Guillet and John Phillips, but Cage Rage went into liquidation and he then went to Ultimate Challenge MMA.

Ultimate Challenge MMA[edit]

Watson's first Ultimate Challenge MMA bout came against Daniel Cubitt at Ultimate Challenge UK: Bad Breed in December 2008. He won the fight by knocking his opponent out less than two minutes into the first round to win the inaugural Ultimate Challenge UK title. He returned at Ultimate Challenge UK: Dynamite in October 2009 to take on Denniston Sutherland, and defeated him via split decision.

Maximum Fighting Championship[edit]

On 10 January 2010, Watson signed a three fight deal with the Maximum Fighting Championship, a Canadian promotion.[3] His first fight was on 26 February 2010, where he took on Travis Galbraith on MFC 24: Heat XC. In the second minute of the first round, Kong knocked his opponent out with a vicious right head kick. This won him knockout of the night and put him at the top of the list for knockout of the year.

His second fight for the Canadian promotion took place on the main card of MFC 26 card against Jesse Taylor.[4] Watson lost via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after being deducted a point for repeatedly grabbing the ropes.

BAMMA[edit]

On 27 June 2009, Watson fought at the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts' first event, BAMMA 1: The Fighting Premiership, after a hard fought battle, Watson defeated John Maguire via TKO at 2:47 of round 3. It was confirmed that Maguire had broken his arm during the fight after a takedown.

He was then scheduled to fight Celebrity Big Brother winner Alex Reid for the vacant Middleweight Championship at BAMMA 3 in May 2010.[5] However, Reid injured his knee while filming his documentary TV series Alex Reid: The Fight of His Life and was forced to pull out of the fight. This angered Watson, who claimed Reid was disrespecting him.[6] Watson also called him a "clown" and said that it was likely Reid pulled out to avoid an embarrassing defeat.[7] Reid was then replaced by UFC and IFL veteran Matt Horwich. After miraculously freeing himself from a rear-naked choke in the first round, Watson went on to dominate the fight with his superior striking and won via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-47, 49-46) to become the first BAMMA Middleweight Champion.[8]

Initially, Watson maintained that he did not want to waste any more time training for and fighting such a low-level opponent as Reid[9] but the Reid vs. Watson fight was rescheduled for BAMMA 4 on 25 September 2010.[9] Watson won by unanimous decision, as the judges scored the fight 49-46 49-46 49-47.[10]

On 21 May 2011, he faced former EliteXC Middleweight Champion Murilo Rua at Wembley Arena in London, England, defeating the PRIDE FC veteran by KO due to head kick followed up by punches in the third round, and defending his BAMMA Middleweight Title in the process.[11]

Watson was set to fight former UFC Welterweight contender and current BAMMA Middleweight, Frank Trigg, for Kong's BAMMA Middleweight Championship. However, Tom has suffered a back injury and was replaced by Jim Wallhead.

Watson defended his title at BAMMA 9 against BAMMA British Middleweight Champion Jack Marshman, winning via TKO in the second round.[12]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

After successfully defending his BAMMA Middleweight Championship title three times, Watson signed a contract with the UFC in July of 2012.[13][14]

In his debut, Watson fought Brad Tavares on 29 September 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 5.[15] He lost the fight via split decision.

Watson next faced undefeated Stanislav Nedkov on 16 February 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald.[16] He won the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the second round. Both participants earned Fight of the Night honors for their performance, while Watson also earned a Knockout of the Night bonus.

For his third fight with the promotion, Watson faced Thales Leites on 3 August 2013 at UFC 163.[17] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Watson was expected to face Alessio Sakara on 26 October 2013 at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz.[18] However, he was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Magnus Cedenblad.[19]

Watson fought Nick Catone on 1 February 2014 at UFC 169.[20] He lost the fight via split decision.

Watson faced promotional newcomer Sam Alvey on 16 August 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47.[21] He won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.

Watson is expected to face Rafael Natal on 31 January 2015 at UFC 183.[22]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • BAMMA
    • BAMMA World Middleweight Championship (One Time)
    • Three successful title defenses
    • Fight of the Night (Five Times)
    • Knockout of the Night (Three Times)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 17–7 Sam Alvey Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux 16 August 2014 3 5:00 Bangor, Maine, United States
Loss 16–7 Nick Catone Decision (split) UFC 169 1 February 2014 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss 16–6 Thales Leites Decision (unanimous) UFC 163 3 August 2013 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 16–5 Stanislav Nedkov TKO (knees & punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald 16 February 2013 2 4:42 London, England Fight of the Night; Knockout of the Night.
Loss 15–5 Brad Tavares Decision (split) UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic 29 September 2012 3 5:00 Nottingham, England
Win 15–4 Jack Marshman TKO (punches & elbows) BAMMA 9 24 March 2012 2 4:50 Birmingham, England Defended the BAMMA Middleweight Championship.
Win 14–4 Murilo Rua KO (head kick & punches) BAMMA 6 21 May 2011 3 2:06 London, England Defended the BAMMA Middleweight Championship.
Win 13–4 Alex Reid Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 4 25 September 2010 5 5:00 Birmingham, England Defended the BAMMA Middleweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Loss 12–4 Jesse Taylor Decision (unanimous) MFC 26 10 September 2010 3 5:00 Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Win 12–3 Matt Horwich Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 3 15 May 2010 5 5:00 Birmingham, England Won the BAMMA Middleweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Win 11–3 Travis Galbraith KO (head kick) MFC 24 26 February 2010 1 1:56 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada MFC 24 Knockout of the Night & MFC Knockout of the Year 2010.
Win 10–3 Denniston Sutherland Decision (split) UCMMA 8: Dynamite 24 October 2009 3 5:00 London, England Defended the UCMMA Middleweight Championship.
Win 9–3 John Maguire TKO (punches) BAMMA 1 27 June 2009 2 3:47 London, England Fight of the Night; Knockout of the Night.
Win 8–3 Daniel Cubitt TKO (punches) Ultimate Challenge MMA: Bad Breed 6 December 2008 1 1:57 London, England Won the UCMMA Middleweight Championship.
Win 7–3 Lloyd Clarkson Decision (unanimous) Atlas Fighting Challenge 9 August 2008 3 5:00 England
Win 6–3 John Phillips Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 27 12 July 2008 3 5:00 London, England
Win 5–3 Pierre Guillet KO (upkick) Cage Rage 25 8 March 2008 1 1:05 London, England
Loss 4–3 Mark Epstein Decision (split) Cage Rage 24 1 December 2007 3 5:00 London, England
Win 4–2 Ed Smith Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 22 14 July 2007 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 3–2 Xavier Foupa-Pokam Submission (triangle kimura) Cage Rage 21 21 April 2007 2 2:27 London, England
Win 3–1 Dorlan O'Malley KO (slam & punches) Cage Rage Contenders 4 3 March 2007 1 2:21 London, England
Loss 2–1 Daijiro Matsui Submission (armbar) Cage Rage 20 10 February 2007 1 0:59 London, England
Win 2–0 Tulio Palhares Decision ZT Fight Night 2 25 June 2006 3 5:00 London, England
Win 1–0 Michael Watson Submission (guillotine choke) ZT Fight Night 1 19 February 2006 1 1:11 London, England

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Bader vs. Saint Preux". UFC.com. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Tom Watson - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Maximum Fighting Championship signs Tom ‘Kong’ Watson". Aroundtheoctagon.com. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Alex Reid vs Tom Watson". Bamma.net. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Alex Reid Pulls Out of Controversial Title Fight with Tom Watson". Bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  7. ^ "Cage fighter Tom "Kong" Watson calls Alex Reid ‘a clown’". Unrealitytv.co.uk. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  8. ^ BAMMA 3 - Full Review. "BAMMA 3 - Full Review". Blogs.mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  9. ^ a b "BAMMA: Reid v Watson WILL happen, but not at BAMMA 3". Blogs.mirror.co.uk. 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  10. ^ http://www.bamma.net/index.php/schedule/event-results/bamma-4.html
  11. ^ "BAMMA 6 Results: Tom Watson Retires Murilo 'Ninja' Rua". Mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  12. ^ Head, Simon (9 February 2012). "Serving paratrooper Jack Marshman gets BAMMA world title shot". mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Brits Watson and Manuwa heading to the UFC". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  14. ^ YourMMA.tv. "Tom Watson Joins British Legion In UFC". YourMMA.tv. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  15. ^ "UFC: Nottingham Adds Tom ‘Kong’ Watson vs. Brad Tavares". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 7 adds Tom Watson vs. Stanislav Nedkov". mmajunkie.com. 16 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson added to UFC 163". themmareport.com. 30 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Watson Draws Sakara In UFC Manchester Stand Up Battle". YourMMA.tv. 21 August 2013. 
  19. ^ http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/09/tom-watson-out-magnus-cedenblad-meets-alessio-sakara-at-ufc-fight-night-31
  20. ^ Matt Erickson (5 December 2013). "Nick Catone vs. Tom Watson booked for UFC 169 on Super Bowl weekend". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  21. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-06-14). "Sam Alvey signs with the UFC, meets Tom Watson at UFN 47". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  22. ^ Staff (2014-11-13). "Rafael Natal vs. Tom Watson set for UFC 183 in Las Vegas". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 

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