Carlos Newton

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Carlos Newton
Born (1976-08-17) August 17, 1976 (age 44)
The Valley, Anguilla
Other namesThe Ronin
ResidencePickering, Ontario, Canada
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Light Heavyweight
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling, Judo
Fighting out ofNewmarket, Ontario, Canada
TeamNewton MMA, Warrior MMA
Rank3rd degree IBJJF black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1] Warrior MMA black belt
Years active1996–2010
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission10
By decision4
By knockout3
By submission4
By decision7
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Carlos Newton (born August 17, 1976) is an Anguillian-born Canadian retired mixed martial artist and one of the original MMA pioneers. He is a former UFC Welterweight Champion and Pride FC Japan MMA Legend. Known as "The Ronin", he competed worldwide in the biggest MMA organizations including UFC, Pride FC, IFL, K-1, Shooto and most recently W-1. He is a 3rd Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt alongside his coach Terry Riggs under Renzo Gracie, at Warrior MMA in Newmarket, Ontario. Newton has always been considered a fan favourite and a "Submission Master" and has dubbed his personal fighting style — an amalgam of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, judo, wrestling and boxing — as "Dragon Ball Jiu-Jitsu" in tribute to Dragon Ball, a Japanese manga and anime franchise. As a testament to his worldwide popularity, Newton is one of only a few MMA athletes to ever be allowed to compete in the UFC and Pride FC at the same time.

Early life[edit]

Carlos Newton was born in Anguilla and moved to Canada at a young age. He attended Westview Centennial Secondary School in the Jane and Finch area of Toronto, Ontario. Newton competed in numerous Jiu-Jitsu and BJJ competitions in Canada and across the world, starting under the legendary Tom Sharkey. Notably the prestigious Abu Dhabi Combat Club in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates against Rodrigo Gracie of the legendary Gracie family. Newton started his Jiu-Jitsu competing career out of the Samurai Club in Toronto. Shortly after, in 1996, Terry Riggs founded Warrior Mixed Martial Arts in Newmarket, Ontario, which was Canada's first official MMA Academy; Newton followed his long time training partner and made it his home. Out of Warrior MMA, Newton's career flourished under the coaching of Terry Riggs and Everton McEwan. Newton, a Toronto's York University student, did his study on geriatric medicine, having done research at Baycrest Hospital, one of the world leaders in geriatric care.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Newton's professional mixed martial arts career began at the early age of 19, as the youngest no-holds-barred extreme fighter ever. His first match was one of the most memorable "David vs Goliath" NHB fights in history, with Newton giving up over 100 lbs to a much larger Jean Rivière on the Extreme Fighting 2 card in April 1996. After dominating much of the fight, it ended with a submission loss due to sheer exhaustion for Newton, however, the spectacle of the brave smaller fighter launched his career. Newton competed in the world's top mixed martial arts organizations such as Shooto, K-1 and Pride Fighting Championships in Japan, UFC in America and W-1 in Canada.

Pride FC and Shooto Japan[edit]

Newton started his famed Japan fight career with a win over Erik Paulson to become the Vale Tudo Japan World Champion. After a few dominating fights in the Shooto organization he then moved on to PRIDE FC considered to be the top MMA show in the world along with the UFC. In June 1998, Newton lost a technical bout in Pride Fighting Championships against Kazushi Sakuraba. The Sakuraba vs. Newton fight is remembered today as a classic and one of the best MMA fights ever for Jiu-jitsu fans. This legendary fight propelled both fighters to MMA superstardom. Newton went on in the PRIDE Japan to rack up wins over Daijiro Matsui, Naoki Sano, Johil de Oliveira, all on his way to a spectacular armbar victory over "Pelé" José Landi-Jons at Pride 19 in February, 2002. After this win Pride President Naoto Morishita declared, "Newton is considered the unofficial PRIDE middle weight Champion". In October, 2003 Newton further solidified his place in history with a split-decision victory over the estimable Renzo Gracie at Pride Bushido 1.

Ultimate Fighting Championships[edit]

Newton's fourth and fifth fights marked his UFC debut at UFC 17, defeating Bob Gilstrap and losing a controversial decision to Dan Henderson on the same night for the middle weight tournament title. Newton's greatest professional accomplishment in his career was capturing the UFC Welterweight Championship from Pat Miletich in May 2001. The reign was short lived however, as Newton lost his first title defense in November of that same year at UFC 34 against accomplished wrestler Matt Hughes. Newton had a triangle choke locked in on Hughes, but Hughes picked up Newton, walked him to the corner and slammed Newton to the mat, causing Newton to hit his head. Both Hughes and Newton were unconscious however John McCarthy only saw the unconscious Newton and awarded Hughes the victory despite Hughes asking "What Happened?"

K-1 HEROs[edit]

Newton was set for a comeback fight at K-1's HEROs MMA promotion against Melvin Manhoef at the Ariake Coliseum on August 5, but had to pull out of the fight at the last minute due to a torn ligament in his knee. He made a second attempt at a comeback in K-1 HEROs, this time facing Tokimitsu Ishizawa. Newton made short work of the Japanese fighter, needing only four punches to score the TKO victory in just 22 seconds. He then faced Shungo Oyama at Hero's Korea 2007 where he lost by submission due to punches.

International Fight League[edit]

Newton and Riggs were the coaches of the Toronto Dragons in the IFL in the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Based out of Warrior MMA in Newmarket, the Dragons were made up of international notable fighters such as Claude Patrick, Wagnney Fabiano, Brent Beauparlant, Rafael Cavalcante, Leo Santos and Dennis Hallman. The Dragons made the play offs in 2006 season and went on as far as the semifinals round. Wagnney Fabiano from the team qualified and won the IFL Lightweight Championship. Newton fought in a superfight that year and lost to Renzo Gracie by way of an extremely controversial split decision at the IFL Championship Final. Gracie himself questioned the call after the fight.


Carlos, motivated by a chance to compete in Canada, made a return to MMA again 2009 at Warrior-1: Inception. He scored a first round victory by way of KO against Nabil Khatib, this was Carlos's first fight on Canadian soil in 13 years. He again returned to action on October 10, 2009 against former UFC veteran "Mr. International" Shonie Carter at Warrior-1: High Voltage. The bout was to be for the Warrior-1 Welterweight Championship, but because Newton did not make weight, it was a non-title bout. Newton beat Carter by unanimous decision after three rounds.

In 2009, after his win over Shonie Carter, he stated in an interview to Sherdog that he was anticipating his return to fighting abroad with particular interest in Japan. However, after one more fight in Australia, Newton decided, that after a successful fight career that spanned 14 years, it was finally time to take a break and focus on coaching.

Following his retirement, Newton had coached at his home gym, Warrior Mixed Martial Arts, in Newmarket, Ontario, until he eventually opened and begun coaching at his own gym, Newton Mixed Martial Arts, in Pickering, Ontario.[2]


Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
30 matches 16 wins 14 losses
By knockout 2 3
By submission 10 4
By decision 4 7
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–14 Brian Ebersole Decision (unanimous) Impact FC 1 July 10, 2010 3 5:00 Brisbane, Australia
Win 16–13 Shonie Carter Decision (unanimous) Warrior-1: High Voltage October 10, 2009 3 5:00 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada Originally for W-1 Welterweight title; Newton failed to make weight and the match was ruled as a non-title bout.
Win 15–13 Nabil Khatib KO (punches) Warrior-1: Inception March 28, 2009 1 3:12 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Loss 14–13 Shungo Oyama Submission (punches) Hero's 2007 in Korea October 27, 2007 3 2:42 Seoul, South Korea
Loss 14–12 Matt Lindland Submission (guillotine choke) IFL – Houston February 2, 2007 2 1:43 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 14–11 Renzo Gracie Decision (split) IFL Championship Final December 29, 2006 3 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 14–10 Tokimitsu Ishizawa TKO (punches) Hero's 7 October 9, 2006 1 0:22 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 13–10 Ryo Chonan Decision (unanimous) Pride Bushido 5 October 14, 2004 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Loss 13–9 Daiju Takase Decision (split) Pride Bushido 3 May 23, 2004 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 13–8 Renato Verissimo Decision (unanimous) UFC 46 January 31, 2004 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–7 Renzo Gracie Decision (split) Pride Bushido 1 October 5, 2003 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 12–7 Anderson Silva KO (flying knee and punches) Pride 25 March 16, 2003 1 6:27 Yokohama, Japan
Win 12–6 Pete Spratt Submission (kimura) UFC 40 November 22, 2002 1 1:45 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–6 Matt Hughes TKO (punches) UFC 38 July 13, 2002 4 3:35 London, England For the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 11–5 Jose Landi-Jons Submission (armbar) Pride 19 February 24, 2002 1 7:16 Saitama, Japan
Loss 10–5 Matt Hughes KO (slam) UFC 34 November 2, 2001 2 1:27 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 10–4 Pat Miletich Submission (bulldog choke) UFC 31 May 4, 2001 3 2:50 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the UFC Welterweight Championship; Voted to the Top 20 of the greatest submissions in UFC history.
Loss 9–4 Dave Menne Decision (unanimous) Shidokan Jitsu – Warriors War 1 February 8, 2001 1 10:00 Kuwait
Win 9–3 Johil de Oliveira Decision (unanimous) Pride 12 - Cold Fury December 9, 2000 2 10:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 8–3 Yuhi Sano Submission (armbar) Pride 9 June 4, 2000 1 0:40 Nagoya, Japan
Win 7–3 Karl Schmidt Submission (armbar) WEF 9 – World Class May 13, 2000 1 1:12 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 6–3 Daijiro Matsui Decision (unanimous) Pride 6 July 4, 1999 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 5–3 Kenji Kawaguchi Submission (armbar) Shooto - 10th Anniversary Event May 29, 1999 1 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 4–3 Kazushi Sakuraba Submission (kneebar) Pride 3 June 24, 1998 2 5:19 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 4–2 Dan Henderson Decision (split) UFC 17 May 15, 1998 1 15:00 Mobile, Alabama, US UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament Final.
Win 4–1 Bob Gilstrap Submission (triangle choke) UFC 17 May 15, 1998 1 0:52 Mobile, Alabama, US UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 3–1 Kazuhiro Kusayanagi Submission (armbar) Shooto - Las Grandes Viajes 2 March 1, 1998 1 2:17 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–1 Haim Gozali Submission (armbar) Israel Fighting Championship - Israel vs. Canada January 1, 1998 1 N/A Israel
Win 1–1 Erik Paulson Submission (armbar) Vale Tudo Japan 1997 November 29, 1997 1 0:41 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0–1 Jean Rivière Submission (exhaustion) Extreme Fighting 2 April 26, 1996 1 7:22 Montreal, Quebec, Canada


  1. ^ "Newmarket Warrior MMA, Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Day Care".
  2. ^ "Newton MMA | BJJ | Grappling | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Jiu Jitsu". Retrieved 2019-03-05.

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Preceded by
Pat Miletich
2nd UFC Welterweight Champion
May 4, 2001 – November 2, 2001
Succeeded by
Matt Hughes