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. Watson defeated Gutierrez by Submission in the first round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||13 wins||7 losses|
|Win||13–7||Anthony Gutierrez||Submission (dead orchard armbar)||Titan FC 30||September 26, 2014||1||3:02||Cedar Park, Texas, United States|
|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||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|
|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 & 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.