Brent Weedman

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Brent Weedman
Born (1984-02-10) February 10, 1984 (age 33)
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Residence Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Lightweight
Fighting out of Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Team Team Haycraft
Derby City MMA
Rank      Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 32
Wins 22
By knockout 10
By submission 9
By decision 3
Losses 9
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 7
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Brent Weedman (born February 10, 1984) is a retired American mixed martial artist who has competed in Bellator's Welterweight division. He has competed in several Bellator Tournaments, including the: Bellator Season Four Welterweight Tournament, Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament, and the Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament.

Background[edit]

Weedman is from Louisville, Kentucky and began his formal training in the martial arts when he was four years old. Weedman's father, who was a police officer and a longtime martial artist himself, also ran a martial arts school. In addition to full-contact karate, Weedman began competitive judo when he was eight years old and also played football and soccer.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Weedman's professional career began in 2005. Making his debut in the HOOKnSHOOT promotion, Weedman finished his first fight with a draw after two rounds. Weedman later racked up two successive victories in the promotion before meeting future UFC veteran Gray Maynard. Weedman lost via unanimous decision,[2] which gave Maynard his entry onto The Ultimate Fighter 5.[3]

After a further win via TKO, Weedman was ranked as the number one 183 lb fighter in the Shooto rankings, despite him never competing in the Shooto organisation.[4] Amongst his next fights were losses to Dan Hornbuckle via triangle choke and Anthony Lapsley via TKO due to a cut over his right eye.[5]

In May 2008, with his record at 8–5–1, Weedman faced Douglas Lima for the AFL welterweight title. Weedman was reportedly brought in to the fight to showcase Lima's skills, as Weedman was expected to be an easy fight.[6] Weedman threatened early on with a triangle choke which was unsuccessful. Late in the second round, Weedman again caught Lima in a triangle choke, but transitioned to an armbar, which forced Lima to submit, giving Weedman the title.[6] He would go on to say "They brought me in because Douglas Lima would make a great champ for them. Now, it's my turn to step up. I feel good about the fact that I did a one-fight deal with them. We're going to talk a multi-fight contract now."[6] Weedman was scheduled to defend the belt at AFL's first ever pay-per-view,[7] though the bout failed to transpire and Weedman never fought for the promotion again.

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

Following five successive wins after his AFL title win, Weedman made his Bellator Fighting Championship debut at Bellator 16 against Rudy Bears. Weedman defeated Bears via KO at 4:19 of the opening round.[8]

Weedman returned at Bellator 23, where he faced John Troyer. Weedman made quick work of Troyer, finishing him via armbar just before the end of the opening round.[9]

At Bellator 30, Weedman faced Jacob McClintock, a former Bellator Welterweight Tournament competitor.[10] The winner would reportedly receive a slot in Bellator's fourth season welterweight tournament.[11] After just three minutes, Weedman was able to win the fight via TKO due to punches.[12]

With the win, Weedman officially qualified for the Bellator Season Four Welterweight tournament, alongside the likes of Jim Wallhead, Rick Hawn and Dan Hornbuckle.[13] Weedman fought Hornbuckle in the first round of the tournament, winning the fight by unanimous decision. However, due to the facial laceration he received during the fight, Weedman has been suspended 60 days, putting his position in the tournament in doubt.[14] In his next fight Weedman fought Jay Hieron for a spot in the finals at Bellator 40 and lost a controversial unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Weedman entered into the Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament. He fought Chris Lozano in the opening round held at Bellator 49 and lost the fight via unanimous decision.

After Weedman realized he was a very small Welterweight, he decided to drop to the lightweight division. He was granted instant entry to the Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament. In the quarter-finals of the tournament, Weedman fought J.J. Ambrose at Bellator 62 on March 23, 2012. Weedman won the fight via submission (VonFflue choke) in the second round.

In the semi-final round Weedman fought Thiago Michel at Bellator 66. He won the fight via split decision. Weedman then faced Rick Hawn in the finals on May 25, 2012 at Bellator 70 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

In the opening round of Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament Weedman faced off against Marius Zaromskis at Bellator 86. He won via unanimous decision. Weedman was supposed to face Douglas Lima in the semi-finals at Bellator 90. Weedman would be forced to withdraw from the fight due to injury. He was then replaced by Bryan Baker.

Weedman returned for the Season 9 Welterweight Tournament. He faced Justin Baesman in the quarterfinal opening round at Bellator 100 and won via first-round submission.

In the semifinals, he had a rematch with Rick Hawn and lost via unanimous decision.

Weedman has retired from MMA.[15]

Skepticism[edit]

Brent Weedman (center) at The Amaz!ing Meeting 2013 with Sifu Zeigler (left) and Jennifer Ouellette (right)

Weedman approached the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) expressing interest in representing the organization. In an interview with foundation president D.J. Grothe, Weedman discussed his interest in scientific skepticism. Weedman states, "The work that James Randi and the JREF do is very important, and I'm proud to be involved with you guys. I feel strongly about the cause." He cites James Randi, Carl Sagan, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Phil Plait as inspirations.[16]

Weedman presented at The Amaz!ng Meeting 2013 where he discussed pseudoscience in the martial arts.[17]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22–9–1 Rick Hawn Decision (unanimous) Bellator 104 October 18, 2013 3 5:00 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States Bellator Season 9 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 22–8–1 Justin Baesman Submission (armbar) Bellator 100 September 20, 2013 1 3:20 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Bellator Season 9 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 21–8–1 Marius Zaromskis Decision (unanimous) Bellator 86 January 24, 2013 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Loss 20–8–1 Rick Hawn Decision (unanimous) Bellator 70 May 25, 2012 3 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament Final
Win 20–7–1 Thiago Michel Decision (split) Bellator 66 April 20, 2012 3 5:00 Cleveland, Ohio, United States Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 19–7–1 J.J. Ambrose Submission (Von Flue choke)[18] Bellator 62 March 23, 2012 2 3:26 Laredo, Texas, United States Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Loss 18–7–1 Chris Lozano Decision (unanimous) Bellator 49 September 10, 2011 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Loss 18–6–1 Jay Hieron Decision (unanimous) Bellator 40 April 9, 2011 3 5:00 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States Welterweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 18–5–1 Dan Hornbuckle Decision (unanimous) Bellator 35 March 5, 2011 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 17–5–1 Jacob McClintock TKO (knee to the body & punches) Bellator 30 September 23, 2010 1 3:05 Louisville, Kentucky, United States Qualified for the Bellator Season Four tournament
Win 16–5–1 John Troyer Submission (armbar) Bellator 23 June 24, 2010 1 4:55 Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 15–5–1 Rudy Bears KO (punches) Bellator 16 April 29, 2010 1 4:19 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 14–5–1 Akbarh Arreola TKO (punches) MMA Xtreme 23 August 15, 2009 2 0:42 Cancun, Mexico
Win 13–5–1 Robert Thompson Submission (rear-naked choke) EFA: Rebels Without a Cause March 19, 2009 1 2:34 Monroe, Louisiana, United States
Win 12–5–1 John Mckean TKO (punches) EFA: Rebels Without a Cause March 19, 2009 1 2:48 Monroe, Louisiana, United States
Win 11–5–1 Tim Stout TKO (punches) Bullet Fight Gear: Last Man Standing February 21, 2009 1 4:03 Kennesaw, Georgia, United States
Win 10–5–1 David Gaston Submission (rear-naked choke) UFL: Fight Night at The Murat December 13, 2008 2 2:49 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 9–5–1 Douglas Lima Submission (armbar) AFL: Bulletproof May 30, 2008 2 4:39 Atlanta, Georgia, United States Won the AFL Welterweight Championship
Loss 8–5–1 Rhomez Brower Decision (split) Bullet Fight Gear: Showdown March 14, 2008 3 5:00 Kennesaw, Georgia, United States
Win 8–4–1 Matt Shaw Submission (punches) Wild Bill's: Fight Night 12 November 2, 2007 1 0:39 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 7–4–1 Anthony Lapsley TKO (cut) UFL: Fight Night at Conseco Fieldhouse August 11, 2007 1 3:24 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 7–3–1 Jake Short TKO (corner stoppage) Wild Bill's: Fight Night 9 June 8, 2007 1 4:28 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 6–3–1 David Hulett Submission Wild Bill's: Fight Night 8 April 13, 2007 1 2:41 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 5–3–1 Chris Connelly TKO (punches) Wild Bill's: Fight Night 8 April 13, 2007 1 0:52 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 4–3–1 Jake Short Decision (majority) Wild Bill's: Fight Night 7 March 2, 2007 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 4–2–1 Hans Marrero TKO (punches) Wild Bill's: Fight Night 7 March 2, 2007 1 1:29 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 3–2–1 Dan Hornbuckle Submission (triangle choke) LOF 12: Black Tie Battles December 31, 2006 2 3:31 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 3–1–1 Lucas Gwaltney TKO (corner stoppage) Legends of Fighting 8 July 28, 2006 3 1:45 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Loss 2–1–1 Gray Maynard Decision (unanimous) WEF: Orleans Arena June 10, 2006 3 5:00 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Win 2–0–1 Josh Cate KO (punch) HOOKnSHOOT: Live May 20, 2006 1 N/A Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 1–0–1 Anthony Stevens Submission HOOKnSHOOT: Grand Prix March 25, 2006 N/A N/A Evansville, Indiana, United States
Draw 0–0–1 Scott Henze Draw HOOKnSHOOT: The Final Showdown September 10, 2005 2 5:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/Reared-for-the-Cage-35288
  2. ^ "Eastman redeems himself, nabs WEF title". sherdog.com. June 11, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Source: Gray Maynard a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 5". mmajunkie.com. March 7, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Koubousen companion: News and Notes from Japan". sherdog.com. November 4, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Lytle submits Brown at Conseco Fieldhouse". sherdog.com. August 12, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c "Weedman submits Lima to claim AFL welterweight title". mmajunkie.com. May 31, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Tara LaRosa and Bobby Lashley booked for AFLs PPV debut". mmajunkie.com. August 12, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Baker, Hess, Schambari, Shlemenko advance at Bellator 16". sherdog.com. April 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Bellator 23 recap: Warren survives first round barrage, claims split win and tourney title". mmajunkie.com. June 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Bellator finalises Welterweight tournament pairings". sherdog.com. February 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Brent Weedman vs. Jacob McClintock tourney eliminator official for Bellator 30". mmajunkie.com. September 8, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Cancer survivor Baker beats Horn at Bellator 30". sherdog.com. September 23, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Six confirmed for Bellator Season 4 Welterweight tourney". sherdog.com. October 21, 2010. 
  14. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/7-Fighters-Suspended-Following-Bellator-35-30688
  15. ^ "Bellator Welterweight Brent Weedman retires at 29". sherdog.com. January 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ Groethe, D.J. "MMA Star Brent Weedman Fights the Fakers, Reps for the JREF". SWIFT. James Randi Education Foundation. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012 Schedule". The James Randi Foundation. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  18. ^ http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/3/26/2903527/bellator-62-judo-chop-brent-weedman-uses-the-rare-von-flue-choke-on-ambrose-j

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