Brennan Ward

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Brennan Ward
Born (1988-06-28) June 28, 1988 (age 31)[1]
New London, Connecticut, United States
Other namesThe Irish Bad Boy
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
Fighting out ofWaterford, Connecticut, United States
TeamWhaling City Boxing
Rivera Athletic Center
WrestlingNCAA Division III Wrestling
Years active2008, 2012–2017
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout9
By submission4
By decision1
By knockout2
By submission4
UniversityJohnson & Wales University
Colby Community College
Notable school(s)Waterford High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Brennan Ward (born June 28, 1988) is a retired American professional mixed martial artist who most recently competed for Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2008, Ward formerly competed for CES MMA and was the Bellator Season Nine Middleweight Tournament Winner.


Ward was born in New London, Connecticut and raised in Waterford, Connecticut. Ward's father, Kent, owns a boxing gym, Whaling City Boxing (New London), where Ward began training from a young age.[2] He competed in wrestling at Waterford High School, graduating in 2006, before continuing his career at Colby Community College.[3] Ward later transferred to Johnson & Wales University, which has a Division III program. At Johnson & Wales, Ward demonstrated his talents, earning All-American honors and was also the runner-up in the nation for his weight class, after winning the New England title.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ward started his professional career in 2008, but only became active in 2012. He fought mainly for Rhode Island's promotion Classic Entertainment and Sports (CES MMA).

With a record of 5 and 0, Ward signed with Bellator.

Bellator MMA[edit]

Ward was expected to make his debut against Valter Roberto on November 16, 2012, at Bellator 81. However, Roberto was replaced by Sam McCoy due to undisclosed reasons.[5] Ward won via KO in the very first round.[6]

Ward faced Aaron Johnson on February 14, 2013, at Bellator 89. He had his first career's defeat via submission at 15 seconds of round one.[7]

Ward was expected to face Vadiano La Luz on February 28, 2013, at Bellator 91. However, La Luz was replaced by Yair Moguel due to undisclosed reasons.[8] Ward won via submission due to a rear-naked choke in the first round.[9]

Ward was expected to face Dave Vitkay on September 7, 2013, at Bellator 98. However, he was called to replace Andreas Spång against Justin Torrey in the quarterfinal match of Bellator Season Nine Middleweight Tournament at the same event.[10] Ward won via TKO in the second round and advanced to the semifinal.[11]

Ward was expected to face Perry Filkins in the semifinal on October 4, 2013, at Bellator 102. Filkins, however, was injured and replaced by Joe Pacheco.[12] Ward won the fight via submission in the second round.[13]

Ward faced Mikkel Parlo in the finals on November 8, 2013, at Bellator 107. He won the fight via TKO due to punches in the second round.[14]

Ward faced Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 114 on March 28, 2014.[15] Despite doing well in the first round, Ward lost the bout due to a submission early in the second round.

Ward was expected to face James Irvin at Bellator 123 on September 5, 2014, however, the bout was cancelled for unknown reasons. Ward instead faced Tamdan McCrory on the same card.[16] Ward lost the bout via knockout in the first round.

Ward was expected to make his Welterweight debut against Jesse Juarez on February 27, 2015, at Bellator 134.[17] However, Ward has been moved up to the main card to face Curtis Millender after Millender's opponent, Michael Page, pulled out of the fight due to a cut over his left eye.[18][19] Ward defeated Millender via submission in the first round.

Ward was expected to face English fighter Gavin Sterritt at Bellator 140 on July 17, 2015.[20] However, a week before the fight, his opponent was changed to Roger Carroll. Ward won the fight via knockout in the first round.

Ward next faced Dennis Olson at Bellator 144 on October 23, 2015. He won the fight via KO in the first round.

Ward made his international MMA debut on December 31, 2015, as a Bellator MMA representative at Rizin Fighting Federation 2. He faced Ken Hasegawa in a 179-pound catchweight bout and won the fight via submission in the second round.

On March 1, 2016, it was announced that Ward would face Strikeforce vet Evangelista Santos on April 22, 2016 at Bellator 153.[21] He lost the fight via heel hook submission in the first round.

Ward next faced Saad Awad at Bellator 163 on November 4, 2016. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.

Ward made a quick return to the cage, facing Paul Daley in the co-main event at Bellator 170 on January 21, 2017. He lost the fight due to a flying knee in the first round.

Ward faced Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 182 on August 25, 2017. He lost the fight via a guillotine choke submission in the third round.[22]

Ward was expected to face David Rickels at Bellator 185 on October 20, 2017.[23] Ward pulled out of the fight due to an injury and, as a result, Rickels was removed from the fight card.[24]

After a 15-month layoff, Ward was scheduled to face Andre Fialho on October 12, 2018, at Bellator 207.[25] However on September 10, 2018, Ward noticed the promotion that he will retire from MMA.[26]

Bare-knuckle boxing[edit]

Ward was expected to face former UFC Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks at World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation's inaugural event on November 9, 2018. During the fight week, Ward announced that he won't be fighting at the event due to a contract dispute.[27]

On April 8, 2019, Bare Knuckle FC president David Feldman announced that Ward had signed a contract with the organization.[28]

Personal life[edit]

On October 24, 2016, at approximately 7:00pm, Ward rescued a baby trapped in a stroller abandoned along a busy New London road. The baby was subsequently taken to a nearby fire department – and later hospital – where she was determined to be without injury.[29]


On July 4, 2016, at approximately 12:10pm, Ward was arrested by the Waterford Police Department on the charges of breach of peace, interfering with a police officer, threatening a public safety officer, and assault on a public safety officer.[30] According to the police report, an inebriated Ward got into an altercation with his female companion (who was also arrested for breach of peace) and subsequently resisted arrest by physically and verbally assaulting the officers present. Officers were also unable to process Ward at the time of his arrest due to his continued belligerence as he repeatedly banged his head on the Plexiglas divider of the squad car and “continued extreme aggression” in his jail cell. Ward proceeded to call three of the four policemen by their first names as well as threatened them and their families. Police also noted that Ward urinated all over the floor and door of his jail cell. He was released on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on August 16, 2016.[31] In December 2019, news surfaced that Ward was sentenced to 120 days in prison and is expected to be released early 2020.[32]

Ward also has a pending case from a January 3, 2014, incident, where he is charged with disobeying the signal of a police officer, reckless driving, and interfering with a police officer.[31]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 14 wins 6 losses
By knockout 9 2
By submission 4 4
By decision 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–6 Fernando Gonzalez Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 182 August 25, 2017 3 1:02 Verona, New York, United States Catchweight (180 lbs) bout.
Loss 14–5 Paul Daley KO (flying knee) Bellator 170 January 21, 2017 1 2:27 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 14–4 Saad Awad KO (punches) Bellator 163 November 4, 2016 1 1:26 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 13–4 Evangelista Santos Submission (heel hook) Bellator 153 April 22, 2016 1 0:30 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 13–3 Ken Hasegawa Submission (rear-naked choke) Rizin Fighting Federation 2 December 31, 2015 2 1:52 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Catchweight (179 lbs) bout.
Win 12–3 Dennis Olson KO (punches) Bellator 144 October 23, 2015 1 4:37 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 11–3 Roger Carroll KO (punch) Bellator 140 July 17, 2015 1 2:06 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 10–3 Curtis Millender Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 134 February 27, 2015 1 1:39 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Welterweight debut.
Loss 9–3 Tamdan McCrory KO (punches) Bellator 123 September 5, 2014 1 0:21 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 9–2 Alexander Shlemenko Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 114 March 28, 2014 2 1:22 West Valley City, Utah, United States For the Bellator Middleweight Championship.
Win 9–1 Mikkel Parlo TKO (punches) Bellator 107 November 8, 2013 2 1:39 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Bellator Season Nine Middleweight Tournament Final.
Win 8–1 Joe Pacheco Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 102 October 4, 2013 2 2:41 Visalia, California, United States Bellator Season Nine Middleweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 7–1 Justin Torrey TKO (punches) Bellator 98 September 7, 2013 2 3:28 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator Season Nine Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 6–1 Yair Moguel Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 91 February 28, 2013 1 0:57 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States Catchweight (187 lbs) bout; Moguel missed weight.[36]
Loss 5–1 Aaron Johnson Submission (armbar) Bellator 89 February 14, 2013 1 0:15 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 5–0 Sam McCoy KO (punches) Bellator 81 November 16, 2012 1 2:49 Kingston, Rhode Island, United States
Win 4–0 Shedrick Goodridge TKO (punches) CES MMA: Real Pain October 6, 2012 1 2:36 Providence, Rhode Island, United States Catchweight (188 lbs) bout.[37]
Win 3–0 Harley Beekman Decision (unanimous) CES MMA: Never Surrender April 13, 2012 3 5:00 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States
Win 2–0 Brennan Scholz TKO (punches) CES MMA: Extreme Measures February 3, 2012 1 1:32 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Catchweight (190 lbs) bout.[38]
Win 1–0 Mike Manna TKO (punches) USFL: War in the Woods 2 February 23, 2008 1 2:15 Ledyard, Connecticut, United States


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