Curt Warburton

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Curt Warburton
Born1981 (age 37–38)
Bishop Auckland, England
Other namesThe War
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Welterweight (formerly)
Reach73 in (190 cm)
Fighting out ofBishop Auckland, England
TeamWolfslair MMA Academy
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission4
By decision5
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision2
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 15 December 2017 1 1:05 Newcastle, England
Loss 13–6 Stevie Ray Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Warriors 73 1 November 2014 2 2:00 Newcastle, England For Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship.
Loss 13–5 Stevie Ray Decision (split) Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 69 7 June 2014 5 5:00 London, England For Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship.
Win 13–4 Wesley Murch Submission (standing rear-naked choke) Cage Warriors 62 7 December 2013 1 0:49 Newcastle upon Tyne, England 160 Lbs. Catchweight.
Loss 12–4 Mansour Barnaoui TKO (punches & elbows) BAMMA 13: Night of Champions 14 September 2013 1 4:08 Birmingham, England For vacant BAMMA World Lightweight Championship.
Win 12–3 Stevie Ray Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 12: Walhead vs. Veach 9 March 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 15 September 2012 3 5:00 London, England
Win 10–3 Declan Larkin Submission (triangle armbar) Total Combat 46 10 March 2012 1 1:04 Spennymoor, England
Win 9–3 Artur Sowinski Submission (arm-triangle choke) KSW 18 25 February 2012 2 3:03 Plock, Poland
Win 8–3 Tim Newman Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 8: Manuwa vs. Rea 10 December 2011 3 5:00 Birmingham, England
Loss 7–3 Joe Lauzon Submission (triangle kimura) UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry 26 June 2011 1 1:58 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 7–2 Maciej Jewtuszko Decision (unanimous) UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch 27 February 2011 3 5:00 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Loss 6–2 Spencer Fisher Decision (unanimous) UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama 16 October 2010 3 5:00 London, England
Win 6–1 Tom Maguire Decision (unanimous) Strike and Submit 12 4 October 2009 3 5:00 Gateshead, England
Win 5–1 Toon Van Thielen Submission (guillotine choke) OMMAC 1 – Assassins 8 August 2009 1 1:34 Liverpool, England
Loss 4–1 Will Burke Submission (armbar) MMA Total Combat 24 31 May 2008 1 1:00 Durham, England
Win 4–0 Jamie McKenzie TKO (punches) MMA Total Combat 23 23 February 2008 1 4:20 Durham, England
Win 3–0 Ross Pearson TKO (doctor stoppage) MMA Total Combat 21 22 September 2007 1 N/A Durham, England
Win 2–0 Ian Margerison TKO (punches) MMA Total Combat 21 22 September 2007 1 2:43 Durham, England
Win 1–0 Mark Mills TKO (punches) Ultimate Force 5 19 May 2007 1 3:42 Doncaster, England


  1. ^ "Curt Warburton (14–4–0) Official Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Profile".
  2. ^ British Fighting Championship draw creates diverse contests. "British Fighting Championship draw creates diverse contests – TKO –'s MMA Blog".
  3. ^ "British Fighting Championship Grounded". MMA Weekly. 5 May 2009. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Ross Pearson expects big things of UFC debutant Curt Warburton".
  5. ^ "Spencer Fisher signs four-fight deal, meets newcomer Kurt Warburton at UFC 120". 5 July 2010. Archived from the original on 8 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Verbal agreements in place for Curt Warbuton vs. Maciej Jewtuszko at UFC 127". 3 December 2010. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Joe Lauzon Draws Curt Warburton at UFC on Versus 4 in Pittsburgh". 11 April 2011.

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