August 14, 1987 |
Ankeny, Iowa, United States
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|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|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Rank||Sergeant first class|
|Unit||3d Cavalry Regiment|
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.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Army career
- 3 Mixed martial arts career
- 4 Accomplishments
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 Amateur mixed martial arts record
- 7 References
Smith, an infantryman, earned airborne, ranger, and sapper tabs and has served two tours in Iraq. While assigned to Echo Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment (Old Guard), Smith earned his Expert Infantryman Badge. 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. Smith currently serves as the chief Combatives Instructor at III Corps and Fort Hood. Smith has since been selected for promotion to Sergeant First Class and expects to refocus on Army training. 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.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
The Ultimate Fighter
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. 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
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 promotional newcomer Carlos Diego Ferreira on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens. He lost the fight via a modified rear-naked choke submission, and was subsequently released from the promotion shortly after.
World Series of Fighting
On August 20, 2015 it was announced that Smith signed with the World Series of Fighting. He made his eventual debut on October 17, 2015 at WSOF 24 against Washington Da Silva. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|11 matches||7 wins||4 losses|
|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
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|4 matches||4 wins||0 losses|
|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
|Amateur record breakdown|
|6 matches||5 wins||1 loss|
|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|
- Cerdenio, Jere R. (April 4, 2014). "95th MP Bn builds resiliency with combatives tournament". United States Army.
- "ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT TRAINING FOR THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER". Soldiers. 8 March 2013.
- "It's Time with Bruce Buffer". Interview with Colton Smith by Bruce Buffer and TJ DeSantis.
- Evans, Kevin (February 24, 2005). "Chase starts early". The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
- "Prep wrestling: Mohawks, Bulldogs split title at Ankeny". Mason City Globe Gazette. January 18, 2004.
- Holm, Dan (December 14, 2012). "Ankeny native one victory from being 'The Ultimate Fighter'". Asheville Citizen-Times.
- Tan, Michelle (October 1, 2012). "Soldier wins spot on 'The Ultimate Fighter'".
- Healy, John (November 6, 2013). "Fort Hood combatives instructor competes in 'Fight for the Troops 3'". Forth Hood Herald.
- Vinyard, Erica (March 25, 2010). "Soldiers test for EIB".
- "It's been settled. The Army has found its elite fighters for 2009.". Army Times. September 22, 2009.
- Cavallaro, Gina (2009-09-25). "Updated results of combatives event released". Army Times.
- Ierardi, Anthony (February 14, 2013). "Combatives: Rail Gunners defend title; combatives cultivates Warrior Ethos". Fort Hood Sentinel.
- Lilley, Kevin; Tan, Michelle (July 29, 2014). "UFC releases Colton Smith after third-straight loss". Army Times.
- Lombardo, Tony; Lilley, Kevin (July 2, 2014). "Staff Sgt. Colton Smith talks UFC loss, future career". Army Times.
- Cernero, Daniel (July 12, 2012). "Soldier MMA pro trains with III Corps team". Fort Hood Sentinel.
- "'TUF' champs Robert Whittaker and Colton Smith join UFC 160 lineup". MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
- John Petit (2013-08-23). "Michael Chiesa Vs Colton Smith Confirmed For Fight For The Troops". fighters.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
- Staff (2014-03-21). "Colton Smith vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira slated for UFC Fight Night in San Antonio". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
- "Report: TUF 16 winner Colton Smith among five fighters released from UFC". bloodyelbow.com. 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
- "Back on track: Colton Smith wins in return to MMA cage". armytimes.com. 2015-03-02.
- "The Ultimate Fighter 16 winner Colton Smith signs with WSOF". mmajunkie.com. 2015-08-20.
- "2013 AGF Southern Regionals - Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Colton Smith". YouTube.com. July 22, 2013.
- "Ricci, Smith, Ellis, Manley win $25,000 'TUF 16' season bonuses". MMAjunkie.com. 2012-12-16. Retrieved 2013-11-05.