Walel Watson

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Walel Watson
Born (1984-07-16) July 16, 1984 (age 30)
El Paso, Texas
Other names The Gazelle
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 140 lb (64 kg; 10 st)
Division Featherweight (current)
Bantamweight
Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)[1]
Fighting out of San Diego, California
Team Team Hurricane Awesome
Years active 2008-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 19
Wins 12
By knockout 3
By submission 9
Losses 7
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Walel Watson (born July 17, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight division.

MMA career[edit]

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[edit]

In August 2011, it was announced that Watson signed with the UFC.

Watson's UFC debut took place against Joseph Sandoval on October 1, 2011 at UFC on Versus 6.[2] He was successful in his debut, winning the fight early via TKO in the first round.

In his second fight, Watson faced Yves Jabouin on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140.[3] After three close rounds Watson lost via split decision.

Watson returned quickly to face T.J. Dillashaw on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1.[4] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Watson was defeated by Mitch Gagnon on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152 via first round rear naked choke.[5]

After posting a 1-3 record inside the promotion, Watson was released from the UFC.[6]

Post-UFC career[edit]

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.[7] 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.

Watson faced Tom Niinimaki at Cage 23 on September 21, 2013.[8] He lost the fight via kimura submission.

He then faced Rodrigo Almeida at CZ 46: Throwdown at The Rock on November 22, 2013. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[9] In his latest fight, Watson submitted William Joplin at Titan FC 28: Brilz vs. Davis on May 16, 2014.[10]

Watson is expected to face Anthony Gutierrez at Titan FC 30 on September 26, 2014.[11]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tapology.com. "Walel Watson Official Tapology Profile". tapology.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Newcomers Joseph Sandoval and Walel Watson to fight at UFC on Versus 6". mmajunkie.com. 2011-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Bantamweights Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson added to UFC 140 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. October 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 1 adds Dillashaw vs. Watson". mmajunkie.com. January 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Walel Watson vs. Mitch Gagnon slated for UFC 152 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. August 3, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ Brian Hemminger (October 3, 2012). "Four more fighters released by the UFC including Michihiro Omigawa". MMAMania.com. 
  7. ^ Sherdog.com Staff (November 17, 2012). "Xplode Fight Series - Damage Results". Sherdog.com. 
  8. ^ MMAViking.com (July 5, 2013). "Tom Niinimäki to Defend Cage Title Against Walel Watson". mmaviking.com. 
  9. ^ Tapology.com (November 22, 2013). "Rodrigo Almeida vs. Walel Watson". tapology.com. 
  10. ^ SciFighting.com Staff (April 30, 2014). "Titan Fighting Prospects: "Gazelle" Walel Watson". scifighting.com. 
  11. ^ Matt Erickson (June 25, 2014). "Titan FC 29, 30 get title bouts, plus Walel Watson-Anthony Gutierrez". mmajunkie.com. 

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