June 26, 1982 |
San Diego, California, United States
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Temecula, California|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Virgil Zwicker, (born June 26, 1982), is an American mixed martial artist of Native American descent who fights in Bellator's Light Heavyweight division. He has also fought in the now-defunct Strikeforce organization as a Heavyweight.
Zwicker grew up on San Pasqual Indian Reservation in North County, San Diego, to a father who was a truck driver and a mother who also worked very hard to support Zwicker and his 11 other siblings. One of Zwicker's many siblings, his older brother, was a Golden Gloves boxer and aided Zwicker in his fighting career. Zwicker belongs to the Kumeyaay-Ipai tribe and grew up in a poverty stricken environment. There weren't a lot of opportunities for Zwicker to play organized sports growing up, but he was a star football player in Pop Warner, known as a smaller player who hit very hard. With little supervision on the reservation, by the age of eleven was routinely fighting grown men. It was also when he was eleven years old that he was arrested for the first time, in 1994. The arrest was for assaulting his school's vice principal and from then until 2005, Zwicker spent most of his time in and out of juvenile halls and prisons for various offenses. He later attended Orange Glen High School in Escondido, California. 
Mixed martial arts career
Virgil Zwicker's first fight came when he was released from being incarcerated and took the fight on two week's notice. He defeated Denis Hall in under a minute via TKO. He then racked up a 9-1 record, defeating notables such as future UFC and Strikeforce competitor Ovince St. Preux.
He debuted as a Muay Thai kickboxer in the main event of WCK Muay Thai: Bad to the Bone in Temecula, California on April 6, 2013, losing to Sergio Piqué via split decision. He will rematch Piqué at WCK Muay Thai: Matter of Pride in Temecula, California, US on February 15, 2014.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Zwicker is expected to face Mike Hayes on December 7, 2013 at KSW 25.
0 wins (0 KOs), 1 loss, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||12 wins||3 losses|
|Win||12-3||Mike Hayes||KO (punch)||KSW 25: Khalidov vs. Sakurai||December 7, 2013||1||1:12||Wrocław, Poland|
|Win||11–3||Nick Moghadden||TKO (punches)||Bellator 99||September 13, 2013||1||3:22||Temecula, California, United States||Bellator debut|
|Loss||10–3||Guto Inocente||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier||May 19, 2012||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Light Heavyweight debut|
|Win||10–2||Brett Albee||TKO (strikes)||Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley||April 9, 2011||1||1:46||San Diego, California, United States|
|Loss||9–2||Lavar Johnson||KO (punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker||October 22, 2010||1||2:17||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||9–1||Eddie Sapp||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Native Fighting Championship 6||August 14, 2010||1||2:01||Campo, California, United States|
|Loss||8–1||Cody Goodale||Decision (unanimous)||Gladiator Challenge: Maximum Force||April 25, 2010||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||8–0||Ovince St. Preux||TKO (punches)||Top Combat Championship 1||September 26, 2009||2||0:46||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Win||7–0||William Richey||Decision (unanimous)||Called Out MMA 1||August 15, 2009||3||5:00||Ontario, California, United States|
|Win||6–0||Buckley Acosta||TKO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge: Venom||April 23, 2009||1||2:59||Pauma Valley, California, United States|
|Win||5–0||Dave Diaz||Submission||GC 85: Cross Fire||October 25, 2008||1||1:41||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||4–0||Abraham Ramirez||TKO (punches)||Apocalypse Fights 1||August 7, 2008||1||N/A|
|Win||3–0||Ty Montgomery||TKO (punches)||Galaxy Productions||August 24, 2007||1||0:41||California, United States|
|Win||2–0||Tom Hubert||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Total Combat 10||October 15, 2005||2||1:54||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Denis Hall||TKO (punches)||CFF: Cobra Classic 9||April 16, 2003||1||0:58||Anza, California, United States|
- "Fight Path: Virgil Zwicker's ride from an Indian reservation to the Strikeforce cage". mmajunkie.com. 2010-10-20.
- "LAVAR JOHNSON TO MEET VIRGIL ZWICKER, TALENTED SHANA OLSEN, JULIA BUDD CLASH AT SAVE MART CENTER IN FRESNO, CALIF., FRIDAY, OCT. 22, LIVE ON SHOWTIME®". strikeforce.com. 2010-10-06.
- "Albee vs Zwicker added to prelims". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-03-29.
- 'Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final' results: Guto Inocente outstrikes Virgil Zwicker by John Morgan and Steven Marrocco (mmajunkie.com) on May 19, 2012
- WCK Muay Thai "Bad to the Bone" results
- WCK Muay Thai "Matter of Pride" set for February 15th in Temecula, CA