July 16, 1984 |
El Paso, Texas
|Other names||The Gazelle|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||140 lb (64 kg; 10 st)|
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||San Diego, California|
|Team||Team Hurricane Awesome|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Watson made his professional debut in 2008 for MMA Xtreme in Mexico at the age of 24. He lost his debut via submission, but went undefeated in his next 7 bouts and never going to the third round. Prior to joining the UFC, he amassed a record of 8 wins and 2 losses.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In August 2011, it was announced that Watson signed with the UFC.
After posting a 1-3 record inside the promotion, Watson was released from the UFC.
A short two months after his UFC release, Watson signed on to face Anthony Moore at Xplode Fight Series: Damage on November 17, 2012. He won the fight via first round TKO. Watson then made a quick turnaround and faced Joey Apodaca at XFS: Vengeance on January 19, 2013. He won the fight via guillotine choke submission, just under twenty-seconds into the first round.
He then faced Rodrigo Almeida at CZ 46: Throwdown at The Rock on November 22, 2013. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. In his latest fight, Watson submitted William Joplin at Titan FC 28: Brilz vs. Davis on May 16, 2014.
Watson is expected to face Anthony Gutierrez at Titan FC 30 on September 26, 2014.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|19 matches||12 wins||7 losses|
|Win||12–7||William Joplin||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Titan FC 28: Brilz vs. Davis||May 16, 2014||3||2:29||Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||11–7||Rodrigo Almeida||Decision (unanimous)||CZ 46 - Throwdown at The Rock||November 22, 2013||3||5:00||Salem, New Hampshire, United States|
|Loss||11–6||Tom Niinimäki||Submission (kimura)||Cage 23||September 21, 2013||2||2:52||Vantaa, Finland||For the Cage Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||11–5||Joey Apodaca||Submission (guillotine choke)||Xplode Fight Series - Vengeance||January 19, 2013||1||0:17||Valley Center, California, United States|
|Win||10–5||Anthony Moore||TKO (punches)||Xplode Fight Series - Damage||November 17, 2012||1||1:22||Valley Center, California, United States|
|Loss||9–5||Mitch Gagnon||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 152||September 22, 2012||1||1:09||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||9–4||TJ Dillashaw||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger||February 15, 2012||3||5:00||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||9–3||Yves Jabouin||Decision (split)||UFC 140||December 10, 2011||3||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||9–2||Joseph Sandoval||TKO (punches)||UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson||October 1, 2011||1||1:17||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Win||8–2||Ismael Leon||Submission (anaconda choke)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge - To The Edge||June 25, 2011||1||4:58||Tijuana, Mexico|
|Loss||7–2||Cody Gibson||TKO (punches and elbows)||Tachi Palace Fights 9||May 6, 2011||2||4:09||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||7–1||Cristian Jimenez||Submission (triangle choke)||Baja Cage Fighting 2 - Bloody X-Mas||December 4, 2010||1||4:08||Tijuana, Mexico|
|Win||6–1||Manuel Gallareta||Submission (guillotine choke)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 8 - Mexican Championships||October 16, 2010||1||0:43||Tijuana, Mexico|
|Win||5–1||Joe Gustina||Submission (anaconda choke)||Baja Cage Fighting 1 - Return of the Champ||July 17, 2010||1||3:04||Tijuana, Mexico|
|Win||4–1||Cristian Jimenez||Submission (triangle armbar)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 7 - Evolution||June 26, 2010||2||2:26||Tijuana, Mexico|
|Win||3–1||Gabriel Godinez||KO (punches)||Native Fighting Championship 4||March 27, 2010||1||2:15||Campo, California, United States|
|Win||2–1||Kisack Monroy||Submission (guillotine choke)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 4 - Rebirth||November 28, 2009||2||1:33||Tijuana, Mexico|
|Win||1–1||Peter Martinez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Gladiator Challenge - Never Quit||November 8, 2009||2||1:33||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Enrique Cuellar||Submission (anaconda choke)||MMA Xtreme 22 - Revolution||August 16, 2008||1||N/A||Mexico|
- Tapology.com. "Walel Watson Official Tapology Profile". tapology.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
- "Newcomers Joseph Sandoval and Walel Watson to fight at UFC on Versus 6". mmajunkie.com. 2011-08-26.
- "Bantamweights Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson added to UFC 140 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. October 21, 2011.
- "UFC on FUEL TV 1 adds Dillashaw vs. Watson". mmajunkie.com. January 5, 2012.
- "Walel Watson vs. Mitch Gagnon slated for UFC 152 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. August 3, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
- Brian Hemminger (October 3, 2012). "Four more fighters released by the UFC including Michihiro Omigawa". MMAMania.com.
- Sherdog.com Staff (November 17, 2012). "Xplode Fight Series - Damage Results". Sherdog.com.
- MMAViking.com (July 5, 2013). "Tom Niinimäki to Defend Cage Title Against Walel Watson". mmaviking.com.
- Tapology.com (November 22, 2013). "Rodrigo Almeida vs. Walel Watson". tapology.com.
- SciFighting.com Staff (April 30, 2014). "Titan Fighting Prospects: "Gazelle" Walel Watson". scifighting.com.
- Matt Erickson (June 25, 2014). "Titan FC 29, 30 get title bouts, plus Walel Watson-Anthony Gutierrez". mmajunkie.com.