July 16, 1984 |
El Paso, Texas
|Other names||The Gazelle|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|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.
In his second fight, Watson faced Yves Jabouin on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. After three close rounds Watson lost via split decision. Many fans in attendance booed the decision believing Watson had won the fight.
After posting a 1-3 record inside the promotion, Watson was released from the UFC.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||9 wins||6 losses|
|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||T.J. 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||UFC debut|
|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|
- "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.