Charlie Valencia

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Charlie Valencia
Born Carlos Enrique Valencia
(1974-10-31) October 31, 1974 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Residence California
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Fighting out of Ontario, California, United States
Team Valencia Freestyle Fighting
Years active 2000–2002; 2003–2011
Mixed martial arts record
Total 19
Wins 12
By knockout 1
By submission 5
By decision 6
Losses 7
By knockout 3
By submission 3
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Carlos Enrique Valencia (born October 31, 1974) is an American mixed martial artist. He has fought for the WEC and UFC in their Bantamweight divisions, and is the former King of the Cage Bantamweight Champion. He is the only man to ever finish McCall in a professional MMA fight.


Valencia grew up in Rosemead, California as the son of a machinist for an aerospace company and a stay-at-home mother. He has three brothers, two older and one younger. He attended Mark Keppel High in Monterey Park, California.[1] He took sixth in the state championships in his senior year. After high school, he went on to East Los Angeles College where he won a junior college state championship.[1] He moved on to Fresno State where he had a successful career on the Bulldogs wrestling team.[1] He graduated from Fresno State in 1995.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Valencia made his WEC debut on March 24, 2007 at WEC 26: Condit vs. Alessio and was victorious over Antonio Banuelos via KO. Valencia defeated Ian McCall at WEC 31 via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:19 of the first round. He most recently defeated Coty Wheeler on October 10, 2009 at WEC 43.[2]

Valencia most recently defeated Japanese striker Akitoshi Tamura on January 10, 2010 at WEC 46.[3]

Valencia was scheduled to face former WEC Bantamweight Champion Eddie Wineland on June 20, 2010 at WEC 49,[4] but Valencia was forced off the card with an injury.[5]

Valencia faced former WEC Bantaweight Champion Miguel Torres on September 30, 2010 at WEC 51.[6] He lost the fight via submission in the second round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[7]

Valencia faced Ivan Menjivar on April 30, 2011 at UFC 129.[8] Valencia lost via first round TKO after a series of elbow strikes and punches.

After the loss, Valencia was released from the promotion.

Personal life[edit]

Valencia and his wife Cris have three children.[1]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–7 Ivan Menjivar TKO (elbow and punches) UFC 129 April 30, 2011 1 1:30 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 12–6 Miguel Torres Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 51 September 30, 2010 2 2:25 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 12–5 Akitoshi Tamura Decision (split) WEC 46 January 10, 2010 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 11–5 Coty Wheeler Decision (unanimous) WEC 43 October 10, 2009 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 10–5 Seth Dikun Decision (unanimous) WEC 38 January 25, 2009 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Loss 9–5 Dominick Cruz Decision (unanimous) WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver July 1, 2008 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 9–4 Yoshiro Maeda KO (kick to the body) WEC 32: Condit vs. Prater February 13, 2008 1 2:29 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Win 9–3 Ian McCall Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 31 December 12, 2007 1 3:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–3 Brian Bowles Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 28 June 3, 2007 2 2:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–2 Antonio Banuelos KO (punch) WEC 26: Condit vs. Alessio March 24, 2007 1 3:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Drops to Bantamweight
Loss 7–2 Cub Swanson TKO (punches) KOTC: BOOYAA October 13, 2006 1 4:52 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 7–1 Urijah Faber Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC: Predator May 13, 2006 1 3:09 Globe, Arizona, United States For King of the Cage Bantamweight Championship
Win 7–0 Del Hawkins Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC: The Return 2 March 25, 2006 1 2:04 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 6–0 Bobby Gamboa Decision KOTC 33: After Shock February 20, 2004 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 5–0 Greg Mayer Submission (heel hook) KOTC 29: Renegades September 5, 2003 2 1:43 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 4–0 David Velasquez Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC 12: Cold Blood February 9, 2002 1 4:43 San Jacinto, California, United States Won KOTC Bantamweight (145 lb) Championship. Later vacates title.
Win 3–0 Bobby Gamboa Submission (injury) KOTC 11: Domination September 29, 2001 1 0:41 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 2–0 David Velasquez Decision (unanimous) GC 2: Collision at Colusa February 18, 2001 3 5:00 Colusa, California, United States
Win 1–0 Octavio Moreles Decision (unanimous) CFF: Cobra Open March 11, 2000 N/A N/A Anza, California, United States


  1. ^ a b c d e "MMA: Fighting a family affair for Valencias". 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  2. ^ "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson on October 10 in San Antonio, Texas". 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  3. ^ "WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson results". 2010-01-11. 
  4. ^ "Eddie Wineland vs. Charlie Valencia on tap for WEC 49 prelims". Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Charlie Valencia off WEC 49 with injury; Eddie Wineland awaits new opponent". Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Miguel Torres vs. Charlie Valencia in the works for WEC 51 in September". Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  7. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". October 28, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-10-31. 
  8. ^ "Ivan Menjivar vs. Charlie Valencia in the works for UFC 129 in April". January 7, 2011. 

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