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February 16, 1979
Pula, Republic of Croatia
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||72.0 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Pula, Croatia|
|Rank||4th degree black belt in Taekwondo|
|Years active||6 (2004-present)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Zelg Galešić (born February 16, 1979) is a Croatian mixed martial artist who competes in the Light Heavyweight division. He has previously fought for Bellator MMA, Cage Rage, PRIDE, DREAM, UCMMA, the SFL, and K-1 Hero's. Galesic is the former Cage Rage British Middleweight Champion. All but two of his wins have come by way of knockout.
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Galešić began Tae Kwon Do when he was 10 years old and is a master of the sport, being a three-time ITF European Champion, two-time ITF World Champion, and two-time ITC Full Contact World Champion. He was undefeated in amateur rules in the UK at the Combat Sports Open Trials, where all but one of his fights were won in under a minute.
Mixed martial arts career
His first professional MMA bout was on 12 September 2004 at Ultimate Combat 11: Wrath of the Beast, where he won against Jim Bentley when the referee stopped the fight after 16 seconds.
His first fights with DREAM, in 2008, were victories against Magomed Sultanakhmedov then Taiei Kin. However, in Galešić's most recent fights he has lost to Ronaldo Souza and Kazushi Sakuraba.
Having lost to former PRIDE veteran Kazushi Sakuraba, Galešić took 15 months off. He returned to fight on Liverpool's OMMAC promotion, where he took on a local fighter, Lee Chadwick. Galešić won the fight with a knockout in the first round.
He next competed on India's Super Fight League's third event, SFL 3, against former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Doug Marshall. He won the fight via KO early into the first round due to a flying knee.
Galešić moved to Light Heavyweight in order to compete in the Bellator 2012 Heavyweight Tournament. He was beaten by Attila Vegh at Bellator 71 in the quarter finals via a submission in the first round.
He fought Linton Vassell for UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship on February 2. 2013. Zelg opened the fight with few punches and kicks and proved that he is still great puncher but Vassell moved the fight on the ground and won the fight by 1st round TKO.
Championships and accomplishments
- Cage Rage
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||11 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||11-9||Ricco Rodriguez||Submission (armbar)||Final Fight Championship 8||October 25, 2013||1||2:10||Zagreb, Croatia||Catchweight 95 kg.|
|Loss||11-8||Linton Vassell||TKO (punches)||UCMMA 32||February 2, 2013||1||London, England||For UCMMA light heavyweight title.|
|Loss||11-7||Attila Vegh||Submission (rear naked choke)||Bellator 71||June 22, 2012||1||1:00||Chester, West Virginia, United States||Bellator 2012 Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarter Final|
|Win||11-6||Doug Marshall||KO (flying knee)||SFL 3||May 6, 2012||1||0:34||New Delhi, Delhi, India|
|Loss||10-6||Alexander Shlemenko||Submission (standing guillotine choke)||Bellator 50||September 17, 2011||1||1:55||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Bellator 2011 Middleweight Tournament Quarter Final|
|Win||10-5||Lee Chadwick||KO (punch)||OMMAC 9: Enemies||March 5, 2011||1||2:40||Liverpool, England|
|Loss||9-5||Kazushi Sakuraba||Submission (kneebar)||Dream 12||October 26, 2009||1||1:40||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||9-4||Ronaldo Souza||Submission (armbar)||Dream 6||September 23, 2008||1||1:27||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix Semi-finals|
|Win||9-3||Taiei Kin||TKO (elbow injury)||Dream 4||June 15, 2008||1||1:05||Yokohama, Japan||DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix Quarter-final|
|Win||8-3||Magomed Sultanakhmedov||Submission (armbar)||Dream 2||April 29, 2008||1||1:40||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix Opening Round|
|Win||7-3||Taiei Kin||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Hero's 2007 in Korea||October 28, 2007||1||0:36||Seoul, South Korea|
|Loss||6-3||Yoon Dong-sik||Submission (armbar)||Hero's 10||September 17, 2007||1||1:29||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||6-2||Makoto Takimoto||Submission (kimura)||Pride 34||April 8, 2007||1||5:40||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||6-1||Mark Weir||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 19||December 9, 2006||1||0:50||London, England||Won Cage Rage British Middleweight Championship|
|Win||5-1||James Evans-Nicolle||TKO (stomp and punches)||Cage Rage 18||September 30, 2006||1||2:02||London, England|
|Win||4-1||Curtis Stout||Submission (armbar)||Cage Rage 17||July 1, 2006||1||1:10||London, England|
|Win||3-1||Michael Holmes||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 15||February 4, 2006||1||1:41||London, England|
|Win||2-1||John Flemming||KO (punches)||Urban Destruction 2||July 30, 2005||1||N/A||Bristol, England|
|Loss||1-1||Paul Taylor||TKO (punches)||Urban Destruction 1||April 10, 2005||3||1:42||Bristol, England|
|Win||1-0||Jim Bentley||KO (punch)||UC 11: Wrath of the Beast||September 12, 2004||1||1:16||Bristol, England|
- "ZELG GALESIC ON HIS WAY TO K-1 HEROS?". fightersonlymag.com. Retrieved 09.12.2012.
- "Bellator 71". Bellator.com. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
- "Zelg se vraća u Englesku i bori se za UCMMA pojas!". fightsite.hr. Retrieved 2012-12-12.(Croatian)