Ed West (fighter)

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Ed West
Born (1983-10-30) October 30, 1983 (age 33)
Olongapo, Philippines
Other names Wild
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Reach 68.0 in (173 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Tucson, Arizona, United States
Team Apex MMA
Trainer Rocco DePalo
Rank      3rd degree Black Belt in WTF Taekwondo
     Black Belt Shotokan Karate
Years active 2003–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 31
Wins 21
By knockout 1
By submission 12
By decision 8
Losses 10
By knockout 3
By submission 1
By decision 6
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ed West, a.k.a. Ed "Wild" West (born October 30, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist. He competed in the Bantamweight division of Bellator MMA, where he held a 4–4 record with the promotion. Currently, he competes in the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) as well as taking out his frustrations on local fast-food employees.

Early life[edit]

West was born in Olongapo, Philippines[2] where both his mother and father served in the US Navy. He attended kindergarten, first grade and his first Tae kwon do classes there and then moved to the States with his parents when he was 7 years old.

A few years after arriving in America, Ed became re-involved in martial arts when he was 9 years old. He was inspired by watching Jean-Claude Van Damme movies and practiced styles like karate, taekwondo, and kung fu. At 16, Ed met a man who told him he was a cage fighter, which led West to travel down the road of Mixed Martial Arts. West's first cage fight was in March 2003 fighting in the Rage in the Cage organization.

West also attended Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona where he studied nutrition and sports medicine.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

West currently trains at Apex MMA in Tucson, Arizona. Since 2003, West has fought in many MMA organizations in the United States, where he finished 9 of his 17 victories with a submission (particularly armbars) as a professional fighter. He made his debut in the Rage in the Cage tournaments and piled up a successful winning record.

International Fight League[edit]

In 2006-2007, West competed in the team-based International Fight League as a member of Ken Yasuda's Tokyo Sabres. Despite his three losses in the IFL, West proved himself by moving up two weight classes and fighting against bigger fighters in the lightweight division.[3] Although West's first IFL match was a loss to his opponent, Chris Horodecki, after having to be decided by the judges, the pair put on a tough battle that was awarded "Fight of the Night" honors.[2]

Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting[edit]

In 2010, West won Arizona's Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting bantamweight championship when he defeated Tyler Bialecki.[2] West then defended his belt against Sam Rodriguez the following year.[4]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

West quickly became a fan favorite when he entered the Bellator Fighting Championships bantamweight tournament in 2010. At Bellator 32, West fought Zach Makovsky in the finals for the chance to become the Bellator bantamweight champion. Despite a noble effort, fighting a war for five rounds, Makovsky received the unanimous decision.

West took on Luis Nogueira at Bellator 51 in the opening round of the season 5 tournament. He won by unanimous decision. West would then take Eduardo Dantas in the semi-finals at Bellator 55. He lost by Split Decision.

West took on Marcos Galvão at Bellator 65 in the season six quarter-finals match up. He lost via unanimous decision.

At Bellator 91 West would take on Josh Montoya. He won via Knockout, which happens to be his first win by knockout.

After his win over Montoya, West was granted his release from Bellator MMA and became a free agent.[5]

Independent promotions[edit]

After parting ways with Bellator, West returned almost a year later and faced Antonio Duarte at MF - Mexico Fighter 5 on February 15, 2014. West lost the bout via anaconda choke submission in the first round, the first submission loss of his career.

Return to Bellator[edit]

On May 29, 2014, it was announced that West re-signed with Bellator.[6]

West faced Mike Richman on September 26, 2014 at Bellator 126.[7] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

World Series of Fighting[edit]

West signed with World Series of Fighting and faced Russian fightier Timur Valiev in his debut on March 28, 2015.[8] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

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Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 20–10 Jose Carbajal Submission (rear-naked choke) RITC: Rage in the Cage 179 August 15, 2015 1 3:05 Yuma, Arizona, United States
Loss 19–10 Timur Valiev TKO (punches) WSOF 19: Gaethje vs. Palomino March 28, 2015 1 1:39 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Loss 18–9 Mike Richman KO (punches) Bellator 126 September 26, 2014 1 2:44 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Loss 18–8 Antonio Duarte Submission (anaconda choke) MF - Mexico Fighter 5 February 15, 2014 1 4:42 Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Win 18–7 Josh Montoya KO (head kick) Bellator 91 February 28, 2013 2 2:51 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Loss 17–7 Marcos Galvão Decision (unanimous) Bellator 65 April 13, 2012 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Loss 17–6 Eduardo Dantas Decision (split) Bellator 55 October 22, 2011 3 5:00 Yuma, Arizona, United States Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 17–5 Luis Nogueira Decision (unanimous) Bellator 51 September 24, 2011 3 5:00 Canton, Ohio, United States Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 16–5 Sam Rodriguez Submission (armbar) Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting 9 March 18, 2011 1 1:22 Yuma, Arizona, United States Defended Desert Rage Bantamweight Championship.
Loss 15–5 Zach Makovsky Decision (unanimous) Bellator 32 October 14, 2010 5 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Bellator Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament Final.
Win 15–4 Jose Vega Decision (split) Bellator 30 September 23, 2010 3 5:00 Louisville, Kentucky, United States Bellator Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 14–4 Bryan Goldsby Decision (unanimous) Bellator 27 September 2, 2010 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States Bellator Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 13–4 Tyler Bialecki Submission (triangle choke) Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting 7 April 24, 2010 1 1:25 Yuma, Arizona, United States Won the Desert Rage Bantamweight Championship.
Win 12–4 Jose Carbajal Submission (guillotine choke) Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting 6 November 7, 2009 1 1:38 Yuma, Arizona, United States Bantamweight debut.
Win 11–4 Del Hawkins Decision (unanimous) Apocalypse Fights 1 August 7, 2008 3 N/A United States
Win 10–4 Austin Pascucci Submission (armbar) Rage in the Cage 109 April 26, 2008 2 0:28 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 9–4 Nick Hedrick Submission (rear-naked choke) CS - Cage Supremacy 2 July 22, 2007 1 2:26 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Loss 8–4 Savant Young Decision (unanimous) IFL: Houston February 2, 2007 3 4:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 8–3 Erik Owings Decision (unanimous) IFL: Championship Final December 29, 2006 3 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 8–2 Chris Horodecki Decision (unanimous) International Fight League: Portland September 9, 2006 3 4:00 Portland, Oregon, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 8–1 Carlos Ortega Decision (unanimous) RITC 79: The Rage Returns February 24, 2006 3 3:00 Tucson, Arizona, United States Won RITC Lightweight Championship; Earned RITC "Fighter of the Night" Honors.
Win 7–1 Reynaldo Walter Duarte Decision (split) RITC 76: Hello Tucson November 11, 2005 3 3:00 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 6–1 Chris David Decision (unanimous) RITC 64: Heart & Soul August 7, 2004 3 3:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 5–1 Amos Sotelo Submission (kimura) RITC 61: Relentless April 30, 2004 1 1:01 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Loss 4–1 Harris Sarmiento TKO (punches) SuperBrawl 34 March 28, 2004 1 2:08 Wailuku, Hawaii, United States
Win 4–0 Carlos Ortega Decision (unanimous) RITC 59: Let the Punishment Begin February 7, 2004 3 3:00 Casa Grande, Arizona, United States
Win 3–0 Troy Tolbert Submission (armbar) RITC 57: Tucson Revisited December 13, 2003 1 0:34 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 2–0 Joe Vigil Submission (armbar) RITC 47: Unstoppable April 12, 2003 1 1:57 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 1–0 Troy Tolbert Submission (armbar) RITC 46: Launching Pad March 27, 2003 1 1:16 Tempe, Arizona, United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ed "Wild" West Tapology Profile". tapology.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ed West MMA UFC Ultimate Fighter Don Frye IFL". Knucklepit.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  3. ^ Todd Jackson (2010-04-23). "Competition-Starved Fighter Ed West Finally Finds Opponent To Challenge Him". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  4. ^ "Know your Bellator: MMAmania interview exclusive with bantamweight Ed West". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 18, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ed West re-signs to Bellator, makes return in season eleven". themmareport.com. May 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "BELLATOR 126". bellator.com. 
  8. ^ "WSOF 19: Gaethje vs. Palomino | MMA Event Page". Tapology. 2015-03-28. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 

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