Curt Warburton

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Curt Warburton
Born 1981 (age 36–37)
Bishop Auckland, England
Other names The War
Nationality English
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Welterweight (formerly)
Reach 73 in (190 cm)
Fighting out of Bishop Auckland, England
Team Wolfslair MMA Academy
Years active 2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 20
Wins 14
By knockout 5
By submission 4
By decision 5
Losses 6
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 17 October 2010

Curt Warburton (born 1981) is an English mixed martial artist from Coundon, County Durham. He trains at Wolfslair MMA Academy in Liverpool, England.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Warburton's most notable achievement in the domestic circuit is his 1–1–1 record against The Ultimate Fighter 9 Lightweight Winner Ross Pearson. The first two fights took place at the semi-professional level, at Total Combat (UK) 18 and 19, which resulted in a draw in their first bout (in November 2006) and a submission (armbar) victory for Pearson (in February 2007). Warburton would gain a measure of revenge in September 2007, when he was victorious via TKO (doctor stoppage) in the only bout to feature on both competitors' professional records.[1]

In February 2009, Warburton was entered into the draw for the British Fighting Championship organisation, which was intended to be one of the top tournaments in England, to serve as a showground for the top domestic fighters to participate in a knockout style tournament. Warburton was drawn against top domestic prospect in Che Mills.[2]

However, a few months later, just before the start of the organisation's tournaments, the organisation was forced to disband due to the lack of progress in securing a television deal and financial issues, which meant the Mills fight was scrapped.[3] This failure led to Warburton, who signed a contract months in advance, failing to compete, which led to over a year's gap between fights for Warburton. He finally returned against Toon Van Thielen and was victorious via submission (guillotine choke).

Warburton's final pre-UFC fight was against Tom Maguire and Warburton was victorious via unanimous decision. This win won him the Strike and Submit Lightweight title.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Warburton, along with Wolfslair teammates Rob Broughton and Tom Blackledge joined the UFC. Shortly after joining the UFC, former opponent Ross Pearson gave Warburton a big endorsement of his skills, stating: "I expect big things from Curt, he's a good guy, he's a good friend now even if we have had three wars together." [4]

Warburton made his UFC debut against UFC veteran, Spencer Fisher on 16 October 2010 at UFC 120.[5] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Warburton faced Maciej Jewtuszko on 27 February 2011 at UFC 127.[6] He handed Jewtuszko his first professional loss via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).

Warburton next faced Joe Lauzon on 26 June 2011 at UFC on Versus 4.[7] He lost the fight via first round submission. Following the loss, Warburton was released from the UFC.


Warburton made his BAMMA debut against Tim Newman on 10 December 2011 at BAMMA 8. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Next he faced Lee Wieczorek at BAMMA 10 on 15 Sep 2012, where he continued his winning streak via unanimous decision to earn himself a BAMMA British Lightweight Title shot.

Warburton received that title shot against Stevie Ray on 9 March 2013 at BAMMA 12. He won the fight via unanimous decision to become the new BAMMA British Lightweight champion.

Cage Warriors[edit]

Warburton made his Cage Warriors debut against Wesley Murch in December 2013. He win the fight in the 1st round via rear naked choke. The fight was a catchweight bout and se Curt on the part to a Lightweight title shot.

Warburton was supposed to fight the Lightweight champion in Jordan but the champion decided to rescind his title and step aside.

Warburton faced Stevie Ray at Cage Warriors 69 on 7 June 2014 on Super Saturday for the vacant Cage Warriors Lightweight Title. He lost the bout via split decision.


After a break of over 3 years Warburton returned to action with BAMMA on their return to his native North East. He won the bout against Warren Kee via TKO in the 1st round.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–6 Warren Kee TKO (strikes) BAMMA 33 December 15, 2017 1 1:05 Newcastle, England
Loss 13–6 Stevie Ray Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Warriors 73 November 1, 2014 2 2:00 Newcastle, England For Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship.
Loss 13–5 Stevie Ray Decision (split) Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 69 June 7, 2014 5 5:00 London, England For Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship.
Win 13–4 Wesley Murch Submission (standing rear-naked choke) Cage Warriors 62 December 7, 2013 1 0:49 Newcastle upon Tyne, England 160 Lbs. Catchweight.
Loss 12–4 Mansour Barnaoui TKO (punches & elbows) BAMMA 13: Night of Champions September 14, 2013 1 4:08 Birmingham, England For vacant BAMMA World Lightweight Championship.
Win 12–3 Stevie Ray Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 12: Walhead vs. Veach March 9, 2013 5 5:00 Newcastle upon Tyne, England Won the BAMMA British Lightweight Championship.
Win 11–3 Lee Wieczorek Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 10: Sinclair vs. Winner September 15, 2012 3 5:00 London, England
Win 10–3 Declan Larkin Submission (triangle armbar) Total Combat 46 March 10, 2012 1 1:04 Spennymoor, England
Win 9–3 Artur Sowinski Submission (arm-triangle choke) KSW 18 February 25, 2012 2 3:03 Plock, Poland
Win 8–3 Tim Newman Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 8: Manuwa vs. Rea December 10, 2011 3 5:00 Birmingham, England
Loss 7–3 Joe Lauzon Submission (triangle kimura) UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry June 26, 2011 1 1:58 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 7–2 Maciej Jewtuszko Decision (unanimous) UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch February 27, 2011 3 5:00 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Loss 6–2 Spencer Fisher Decision (unanimous) UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama October 16, 2010 3 5:00 London, England
Win 6–1 Tom Maguire Decision (unanimous) Strike and Submit 12 October 4, 2009 3 5:00 Gateshead, England
Win 5–1 Toon Van Thielen Submission (guillotine choke) OMMAC 1 – Assassins August 8, 2009 1 1:34 Liverpool, England
Loss 4–1 Will Burke Submission (armbar) MMA Total Combat 24 May 31, 2008 1 1:00 Durham, England
Win 4–0 Jamie McKenzie TKO (punches) MMA Total Combat 23 February 23, 2008 1 4:20 Durham, England
Win 3–0 Ross Pearson TKO (doctor stoppage) MMA Total Combat 21 September 22, 2007 1 N/A Durham, England
Win 2–0 Ian Margerison TKO (punches) MMA Total Combat 21 September 22, 2007 1 2:43 Durham, England
Win 1–0 Mark Mills TKO (punches) Ultimate Force 5 May 19, 2007 1 3:42 Doncaster, England


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