John Salter

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John Salter
Born (1985-03-21) March 21, 1985 (age 32)
Gardendale, Alabama, United States
Residence North Carolina
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Wrestling
Fighting out of Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Rank 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 15
By knockout 7
By submission 8
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

John Salter (born March 21, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist, who has fought in the middleweight division for the UFC, Strikeforce and now he is currently ranked #2 for Bellator MMA.

He began his career training out of Birmingham, AL before making the move to Nashville, TN to train with NMMA in 2010. After two years in Nashville and marrying his wife, Lindsey Cate Salter, John moved to Fresno, CA to join Josh Koscheck and his team at Dethrone Base Camp. In 2015, John and his wife moved to Wilmington, NC where he and middleweight for the UFC Derek Brunson train together.

MMA career[edit]

John Salter began training in wrestling at age 12, going on to win a 2002 state title while in high school. He went on to attend Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he won the 2007 NAIA National Wrestling Championship at 174 lbs.

Following college, Salter won various national grappling tournaments, including the 2007 NAGA Nationals (No-Gi, middleweight) Expert Division, as well as the 2007 Casca Grossa (No-Gi, 175 lb and up) Professional Division.

In addition, Salter began training kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He made his amateur MMA debut in 2007 and compiled an undefeated record of 7-0. He made his professional debut in March 2009 at middleweight and has maintained a record of 8-2.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On January 11, 2010, Salter made his UFC debut, stepping in as a last-minute replacement for Mike Massenzio against Gerald Harris at UFC Fight Night 20. Salter lost the fight due to TKO (strikes) in the 3rd round.

Salter was scheduled to face Nick Catone on May 8, 2010 at UFC 113,[1] but Catone was forced off the card with an injury and instead faced UFC veteran, Jason MacDonald.[2] After 2:42 of the first round, MacDonald suffered a suspected broken ankle and Salter was declared the winner by TKO (injury).

Salter was expected to face Phil Baroni on August 28, 2010 at UFC 118,[3] however Baroni was forced off the card with an injury.[4] Late replacement Dan Miller defeated Salter via guillotine choke in the 2nd round.

Salter was released from the UFC with a 1-2 record.


Salter was expected to make his Strikeforce debut against undefeated Yancy Medeiros at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine on January 7, 2011, but Medeiros was forced from the bout with an injury.[5] As a result, Salter was pulled from the card, but later re-added, fighting Casey Huffman who he defeated via TKO due to strikes in the 1st round.[6]


Salter defeated former UFC fighter Kalib Starnes in the main event of AFC 6: Conviction for Armageddon FC in Victoria, BC, Canada, on June 18. This fight was for the AFC middleweight title belt.

Bellator MMA[edit]

In his Bellator MMA debut, Salter faced Dustin Jacoby on January 16, 2015 at Bellator 132.[7] He won the fight via submission in the second round. On June 17, 2016 John faced the former Middle Weight title holder Brandon Halsey on the main card for Bellator 156. Salter won via submission by triangle choke.

Salter faced Kendall Grove at Bellator 181 on July 14, 2017. He won the fight via technical submission in the first round.[8]

Salter was expected to face Anatoly Tokov at Bellator 188 on November 16, 2017.[9] However, Tokov pulled out of the bout due to an ACL injury and was replaced by Jason Radcliffe. Salter won the fight via submission in the first round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Brazilian Ju-jitsu[edit]

  • 2017 ADCC West Coast Trials Winner

Mixed martial arts[edit]


  • 2017 ADCC West Coast Trials Winner
  • 2007 NAIA National Champion Wrestler for Lindenwood University, MO
  • 2007 All American Wrestler for Lindenwood University, MO
  • NAGA (North American Grappling Association) National Champion
    • Casca-Grossa Champion in professional division
  • UEP Professional Middle Weight Title Holder - 2009
  • 2002 State Champion Wrestler for Gardendale High School, Alabama

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–3 Jason Radcliffe Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 188 November 16, 2017 1 1:55 Tel Aviv, Israel
Win 14–3 Kendall Grove Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 181 July 14, 2017 1 4:37 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win 13–3 Claudio Annicchiarico TKO (punches) Bellator 168 December 10, 2016 1 1:40 Florence, Italy
Win 12–3 Brandon Halsey Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 156 June 17, 2016 1 4:03 Fresno, California, United States
Win 11–3 Dustin Jacoby Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 132 January 16, 2015 2 3:33 Temecula, California, United States
Win 10–3 Jaime Jara Submission (triangle choke) TWC 18: Halloween Havoc 3 October 25, 2013 1 2:20 Porterville, California, United States
Win 9–3 Fred Weaver TKO (punches) Strikehard 23 April 27, 2013 1 2:58 Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Loss 8–3 Reggie Peña Submission (guillotine choke) XFC 18: Music City Mayhem June 22, 2012 2 0:36 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 8–2 Ryan Machan Submission (rear-naked choke) PFC 8 December 9, 2011 1 2:47 Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Win 7–2 Kalib Starnes KO (punches) AFC 6: Conviction June 18, 2011 2 4:13 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Won AFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 6–2 Casey Huffman TKO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine January 7, 2011 1 2:59 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 5–2 Dan Miller Submission (ninja choke) UFC 118 August 28, 2010 2 1:53 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 5–1 Jason MacDonald TKO (leg injury) UFC 113 May 8, 2010 1 2:42 Montreal, Quebec, Canada MacDonald suffered a leg injury during a takedown attempt from Salter.
Loss 4–1 Gerald Harris TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz January 11, 2010 3 3:24 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 4–0 Jeremiah Riggs TKO (punches) CCCW: The 3rd Degree October 17, 2009 1 4:44 Springfield, Illinois, United States
Win 3–0 James Hammortree Submission (arm-triangle choke) Ultimate Event Promotions: Vendetta July 27, 2009 3 1:58 Daphne, Alabama, United States
Win 2–0 Roberto Traven KO (punches) Adrenaline MMA 3: Bragging Rights June 11, 2009 1 2:15 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 1–0 Patrick Mandio Submission (armbar) KOTC: Invincible March 27, 2009 1 4:35 Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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