Colton Smith

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Colton Smith
Born (1987-08-14) August 14, 1987 (age 29)
Ankeny, Iowa, United States[1]
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Lightweight (2013-present)
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)
Style Freestyle, Grappling, Boxing
Fighting out of Fort Hood, Texas, United States
Rank      Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 7
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 4
Losses 4
By knockout 2
By submission 2
Amateur career
Total 6
Wins 5
By knockout 2
By submission 3
Losses 1
By knockout 0
By submission 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Military career
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Rank Sergeant first class[2]
Unit 3d Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars Iraq War

Colton Smith (born August 14, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist and Combatives and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Matt Larsen and Alliance Jiu-Jitsu who formerly competed in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Smith is best known for competing on, and winning The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson.

His dominant wrestling style allowed him to defeat all five fighters he faced in the tournament by decision. He is currently an active member of the U.S. Army.[3]

Early life[edit]

Smith started wrestling at an early age. During high school, Smith wrestled for Ankeny High School at 145 pounds.[4][5] Smith graduated high school in 2005.[6]

Army career[edit]

Smith, an infantryman, earned airborne, ranger, and sapper tabs and has served two tours in Iraq.[7][8] While assigned to Echo Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment (Old Guard), Smith earned his Expert Infantryman Badge.[9] Representing the "Old Guard", Smith finished 2nd in the 185 lbs division in the 2009 Army Combatives tournament after being submitted by Lt. Col. Larry McCord of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment in their final fight.[10][11] Smith currently serves as the chief Combatives Instructor at III Corps and Fort Hood.[12] Smith has since been selected for promotion to Sergeant First Class and expects to refocus on Army training.[13] The Army Times admitted, after criticizing Smith's recent MMA performances, that they received backlash from their vocal readership indicating Smith's popularity among fellow sevicemembers.[14]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Smith started his career with a 2–1 record, including a win in M-1 Challenge. Smith trained Brazilian Jiujitsu under Relson Gracie earning his purple belt and developed his MMA skill under Lloyd Irvin and Vanguard Gym in Manassas, Virginia.[15]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Smith was selected as a cast member for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson. He had to receive special permission in order to participate in the reality series during active duty.[3] In the elimination fight in order to get into the house, Smith defeated Jesse Barrett by unanimous decision. Smith was the subject of controversy for putting his hand out to touch gloves, but faking and immediately shooting for a take down.

In his first fight inside the house, Smith won a majority decision over Eddie Ellis.

In the quarterfinal round Smith won another decision over Igor Araujo to advance to the semifinal round.

In the semifinals, Smith advanced to the finals with a unanimous decision win over Jon Manley.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Smith made his official UFC debut on December 15, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale against Mike Ricci. Smith won the fight via unanimous decision to become the Ultimate Fighter 16 winner. He was once again the subject of controversy after he kicked Ricci in the groin and continued to attack despite Ricci's obvious pain and his attempts to wave Smith off.

Smith faced Robert Whittaker on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[16] He lost the fight by TKO in the third round.

Smith next faced Michael Chiesa in a lightweight bout on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 31.[17] He was defeated via rear naked choke in the second round.

Smith faced promotional newcomer Carlos Diego Ferreira on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens.[18] He lost the fight via a modified rear-naked choke submission, and was subsequently released from the promotion shortly after.[19]


Eight months after his last UFC fight, Smith returned to compete on the local circuit where he picked up two victories in the Rocks Xtreme MMA promotion.[20][21]

World Series of Fighting[edit]

On August 20, 2015 it was announced that Smith signed with the World Series of Fighting.[22] He made his eventual debut on October 17, 2015 at WSOF 24 against Washington Da Silva. He won the fight via unanimous decision.


On July 22, 2013, Colton Smith competed in a no gi super fight against Carlos Diego Ferreira at the American Grappling Federation's Southern Regionals.[23] Ferreira won the match by points.


Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 7–4 Joseph Valadez Decision (unanimous) OCFN: Honoring America's Warriors April 30, 2016 3 5:00 Weatherford, Oklahoma, United States
Win 6–4 Washington Da Silva Decision (unanimous) WSOF 24 October 17, 2015 3 5:00 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States WSOF debut.
Win 5–4 Marcus Andrusla TKO (punches) Rocks Xtreme MMA 14 May 16, 2015 1 2:35 Harker Heights, Texas, United States
Win 4–4 Evan Cutts Decision (unanimous) Rocks Xtreme MMA 12 February 28, 2015 3 5:00 Harker Heights, Texas, United States
Loss 3–4 Carlos Diego Ferreira Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens June 28, 2014 1 0:38 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Loss 3–3 Michael Chiesa Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 November 6, 2013 2 1:41 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States Lightweight debut.
Loss 3–2 Robert Whittaker TKO (punches) UFC 160 May 25, 2013 3 0:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3–1 Mike Ricci Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale December 15, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 16.
Loss 2–1 Steve Montgomery KO (punch) Championship Fighting Alliance 5 February 24, 2012 2 0:08 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Win 2–0 Walter Coles Submission (punches) Demolition Combat October 29, 2011 1 1:52 Winchester, Virginia, United States
Win 1–0 Brian Nielson Submission (rear-naked choke) M-1 Challenge 24: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa March 25, 2011 1 4:19 Norfolk, Virginia, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4–0 Jon Manley Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Semi-Final round
Win 3–0 Igor Araujo Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Quarter-Final round
Win 2–0 Eddy Ellis Decision (Majority) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Preliminary round
Win 1–0 Jesse Barrett Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Elimination round

Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 5–1 Gary Wilkins TKO (punches) Barbarian Fight Club - 2011 Matinee January 15, 2011 1 1:57 Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
Loss 4–1 Chad Malone Decision (split) Operation Octagon 11 June 26, 2010 3 5:00 Sterling, Virginia, United States
Win 4–0 William Bookwalter Submission (rear-naked choke) Operation Octagon 9 November 7, 2009 1 4:29 Sterling, Virginia, United States
Win 3–0 Jarreau Mobley Submission (rear-naked choke) Operation Octagon 8 August 15, 2009 1 1:33 Manassas, Virginia, United States
Win 2–0 Cody Toy Submission (anaconda choke) Operation Octagon 5 December 6, 2008 1 2:42 Manassas, Virginia, United States
Win 1–0 Rob Wine TKO (punches) Gladiator Fight Club 2 - Call to Glory January 12, 2008 1 0:52 Winchester, Virginia, United States


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  13. ^ Lilley, Kevin; Tan, Michelle (July 29, 2014). "UFC releases Colton Smith after third-straight loss". Army Times. 
  14. ^ Lombardo, Tony; Lilley, Kevin (July 2, 2014). "Staff Sgt. Colton Smith talks UFC loss, future career". Army Times. 
  15. ^ Cernero, Daniel (July 12, 2012). "Soldier MMA pro trains with III Corps team". Fort Hood Sentinel. 
  16. ^ "'TUF' champs Robert Whittaker and Colton Smith join UFC 160 lineup". Archived from the original on March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  17. ^ John Petit (2013-08-23). "Michael Chiesa Vs Colton Smith Confirmed For Fight For The Troops". Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  18. ^ Staff (2014-03-21). "Colton Smith vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira slated for UFC Fight Night in San Antonio". Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
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  20. ^ "Back on track: Colton Smith wins in return to MMA cage". 2015-03-02. 
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  22. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter 16 winner Colton Smith signs with WSOF". 2015-08-20. 
  23. ^ "2013 AGF Southern Regionals - Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Colton Smith". July 22, 2013. 
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