March 21, 1985 |
Gardendale, Alabama, United States
|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|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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.
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
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, but Catone was forced off the card with an injury and instead faced UFC veteran, Jason MacDonald. 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, however Baroni was forced off the card with an injury. 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. 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.
In his Bellator MMA debut, Salter faced Dustin Jacoby on January 16, 2015 at Bellator 132. 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 was expected to face Anatoly Tokov at Bellator 188 on November 16, 2017. 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
- 2017 ADCC West Coast Trials Winner
Mixed martial arts
- 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
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||15 wins||3 losses|
|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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- Steven Marrocco. "Source: Jason MacDonald will face John Salter at UFC 113 in May". MMAjunkie. Archived from the original on 2010-04-30.
- "Pearson-Miller at UFN 22; Baroni-Salter at UFC 118". MMAFighting.com. 2010-05-29.
- "Phil Baroni off UFC 118 card due to collarbone injury". mmajunkie.com. July 27, 2010.
- Dann Stupp. "St. Preux-Humphrey replaces Medeiros-Salter at Strikeforce Challengers 13". MMAjunkie.
- Dann Stupp. "Massive 13-fight preliminary card set for Strikeforce Challengers 13". MMAjunkie. Archived from the original on 2011-01-06.
- MMAjunkie Staff (January 8, 2015). "Bellator 132 complete with seven prelims, including Dustin Jacoby vs. John Salter". mmajunkie.com.
- John Morgan (July 14, 2017). "Bellator 181 results: Derek Campos scores trilogy win over Brandon Girtz in blood-soaked instant classic". mmajunkie.com.
- Steven Marrocco (August 23, 2017). "Bellator 188 features title rematch between champ Patricio Freire, Daniel Weichel". mmajunkie.com.