November 21, 1985 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Fighting out of||Paris, France|
American Top Team
|Rank||black belt in Judo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Bertrand Amoussou-Guenou, brother|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Karl Amoussou (born November 21, 1985) is a French professional mixed martial artist currently signed with Bellator and competing in the Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2006, he has also formerly competed for Strikeforce, DREAM, M-1 Global, Pancrase, and Cage Warriors.
Amoussou was born in Paris, France. His martial arts background is in judo, his older brother Bertrand being a medal-winning judoka for France in the 1990 European Judo Championships, while Amoussou's Beninese father was also a successful karate stylist. Before becoming a full-time fighter, Amoussou worked full-time as an undercover agent in his native France, mostly tracking down drug dealers and thieves.
Mixed martial arts career
Amoussou was set to headline M-1 Global Presents: Breakthrough against top contender Nick Thompson but his opponent was later changed to journeyman John Doyle due to an injury Thompson suffered during training.
Amoussou signed an exclusive four fight contract with top Japanese promotion Dream and North American promotion Strikeforce. He fought in Strikeforce against UFC veteran Trevor Prangley and in Dream against Pride veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura. In April 2011, he defeated Nathan Shouteren via decision after a spectacular fight where he showed his "Psycho" style again.
In November 2010, he went to The Ultimate Fighter selections in Las Vegas, but his weight class was not selected.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Amoussou then signed for Bellator and he made his debut on May 21, 2011 against Sam Alvey at Bellator 45, losing via split decision. He rebounded with a TKO victory over Jesus Martinez at Bellator 59 in November 2011.
Amoussou then took part in the Welterweight Tournament scheduled to take place in Bellator's sixth season. He was expected to fight War Machine in the opening round of the tournament at Bellator 63. However, War Machine was sentenced to a year in prison for an assault in Las Vegas, Nevada and was forced out of the bout and the tournament. Instead, he faced Chris Lozano and won via submission in the first round.
In the semifinals at Bellator 69, Amoussou faced undefeated David Rickels. The bout was back-and-forth with Amoussou on the receiving end of multiple groin shots. In the end, Amoussou won the fight via split decision.
Amoussou faced Bryan Baker on July 20, 2012 in the finals at Bellator 72. He won the fight via submission in just under a minute, earning $100,000 and a title shot. He faced welterweight champion Ben Askren in Bellator's seventh season in the fall of 2012. He then lost by TKO to Askren for the title.
Amoussou next faced promotional newcomer Paul Bradley on October 18, 2013 at Bellator 104. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Amossou then faced David Gomez on April 18, 2014, at Bellator 117. He won fight via split decision, snapping his two fight losing streak.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament Winner
- 2012 Bellator Submission of the Year (against Bryan Baker)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||18 wins||7 losses|
|Win||18–7–2||Christos Plasaris||Submission (armbar)||Fightor 1: Lister vs. Knaap||January 17, 2015||3||N/A||Charleroi, Belgium|
|Loss||17–7–2||Fernando Gonzalez||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 122||July 25, 2014||3||5:00||Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||17–6–2||David Gomez||Decision (split)||Bellator 117||April 18, 2014||3||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||16–6–2||Paul Bradley||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 104||October 18, 2013||3||5:00||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||16–5–2||Ben Askren||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bellator 86||January 24, 2013||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||For the Bellator Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||16–4–2||Bryan Baker||Submission (inverted heel hook)||Bellator 72||July 20, 2012||1||0:56||Tampa, Florida, United States||Bellator Welterweight Tournament Final|
|Win||15–4–2||David Rickels||Decision (split)||Bellator 69||May 18, 2012||3||5:00||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States||Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||14–4–2||Chris Lozano||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 63||March 30, 2012||1||2:05||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Bellator Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||13–4–2||Jesus Martinez||TKO (punches)||Bellator 59||November 26, 2011||1||2:20||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||175 lb catchweight|
|Loss||12–4–2||Sam Alvey||Decision (split)||Bellator 45||May 21, 2011||3||5:00||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||12–3–2||Nathan Schouteren||Decision (split)||Pancrase Fighting Championship 3||April 2, 2011||2||5:00||Marseille, France|
|Loss||11–3–2||Kazuhiro Nakamura||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 15||July 10, 2010||2||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Draw||11–2–2||Trevor Prangley||Technical Draw (thumb to eye)||Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi||February 26, 2010||1||4:14||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||11–2–1||John Doyle||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Global: Breakthrough||August 28, 2009||1||3:15||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||10–2–1||Kazuhiro Hamanaka||KO (flying knee)||M-1 Challenge 14: Japan||April 29, 2009||1||0:23||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–2–1||Grégory Babene||Submission (armbar)||100 Percent Fight 1||January 10, 2009||2||3:05||Paris, France|
|Loss||8–2–1||Lucio Linhares||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge 10: Finland||November 26, 2008||1||4:52||Helsinki, Finland|
|Win||8–1–1||Min Suk-Heo||Decision (split)||M-1 Challenge 8: USA||October 29, 2008||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||7–1–1||Mike Dolce||TKO (kick to the body)||M-1 Challenge 5: Japan||July 17, 2008||2||0:41||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–1–1||Dmitry Samoilov||KO (head kick)||M-1: Slamm||March 2, 2008||1||0:18||Flevoland, Netherlands|
|Loss||5–1–1||Arman Gambaryan||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 MFC: Battle on the Neva||July 21, 2007||3||5:00||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||5–0–1||Mark O'Toole||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CWFC: Enter The Rough House 2||April 28, 2007||1||2:38||Nottingham, England|
|Win||4–0–1||Alexander Yakovlev||Submission (armbar)||M-1 MFC: International Mix Fight||March 17, 2007||1||1:44||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||3–0–1||Brian Maulany||Submission||Kickboxing Gala Free-Fight||October 15, 2006||1||N/A||Beverwijk, Holland|
|Win||2–0–1||Lee Chadwick||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CWFC: Showdown||September 16, 2006||1||0:31||Sheffield, England|
|Win||1–0–1||Colin McKee||Submission (triangle choke)||2H2H: Road to Japan||June 18, 2006||1||0:35||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Draw||0–0–1||Marcello Salazar||Draw||Championnat D'Europe||May 6, 2006||2||N/A||Geneva, Switzerland|
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- "Karl "Psycho" Amoussou vs. David Gomez". tapology.com. April 18, 2014.