|Born||3 June 1983|
Milton Keynes, England
|Other names||The Swarm|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||82 in (208 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Milton Keynes, England|
|Team||Hard Knocks 365|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: 27 February 2012
Linton Vassell (born 3 June 1983) is an English mixed martial artist, who competes in the Light Heavyweight division of Bellator. He is the former UCMMA Light Heavyweight Champion and has fought for Cage Warriors.
Mixed martial arts career
Vassell started training in mixed martial arts at the age of 23 in 2007 in Milton Keynes. After training for six months he won his first amateur fight against opponent Ian Tobell in October 2007, three weeks later he was fighting for the AMMA Championship Title against Danny Hudson, a fight he won by submission.
Vassell fought Stav Economou to a decision loss for the vacant UWC Heavyweight Championship.
After winning two fights on UCMMA he went on to win the UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship reign
He successfully defended his title for the first time when he defeated Nick Chapman by submission early into the second round.
Linton Vassell fought Zelg Galesic for UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship on 2 February 2013. Zelg opened the fight with impressive striking, but Vassell moved the fight on the ground where he dominated Galesic and won the fight by first-round TKO to retain the UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
On 7 August 2013 Bellator announced that Vassell has signed a contract with the promotion. He made his debut against Matt Jones on 8 November 2013 at Bellator 107. Vassell won the fight via unanimous decision.
Vassell challenged Emanuel Newton for his light heavyweight title at Bellator 130 on 24 October 2014. Despite winning the first two rounds of the fight due to a dominant ground game, Vassell lost the fight via submission in the fifth round.
Vassell was next a participant in Bellator's one-night Light Heavyweight tournament at Bellator MMA & Glory: Dynamite 1 on 19 September 2015. He faced Muhammed Lawal in the opening round and lost via unanimous decision.
Vassell was supposed to fight Francis Carmont at Bellator 158 but a cut over his left eye forced him to withdraw. The bout was re-booked for Bellator 165 on November 19, 2016. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Championships and Accomplishments
- Olympian MMA Championships
- OMMAC British Light Heavyweight Championship (One Time)
- Ultimate Challenge MMA
- UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship (One Time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||18 wins||8 losses|
|Loss||18–8 (1)||Valentin Moldavsky||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 218||March 22, 2019||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Return to Heavyweight.|
|Loss||18–7 (1)||Phil Davis||KO (head kick)||Bellator 200||May 25, 2018||3||1:05||London, England|
|Loss||18–6 (1)||Ryan Bader||TKO (punches)||Bellator 186||November 3, 2017||2||3:58||University Park, Pennsylvania, United States||For the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship.|
|Win||18–5 (1)||Liam McGeary||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Bellator 179||May 19, 2017||3||2:28||London, England|
|Win||17–5 (1)||Francis Carmont||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 165||November 19, 2016||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||16–5 (1)||Emanuel Newton||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 149||19 February 2016||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||15–5 (1)||Muhammed Lawal||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 142: Dynamite 1||19 September 2015||2||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||15–4 (1)||Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou||TKO (punches)||Bellator 134||27 February 2015||2||3:18||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||14–4 (1)||Emanuel Newton||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 130||24 October 2014||5||0:47||Mulvane, Kansas, United States||For the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship|
|Win||14–3 (1)||Virgil Zwicker||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 122||25 July 2014||1||1:07||Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||13–3 (1)||Trevor Carlson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 114||28 March 2014||2||1:54||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||12–3 (1)||Matt Jones||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 107||8 November 2013||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||11–3 (1)||Zelg Galešic||TKO (punches)||UCMMA 32||2 February 2013||1||4:31||England||Defended UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||10–3 (1)||Nick Chapman||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UCMMA 29||18 August 2012||2||0:55||London, England||Defended UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||9–3 (1)||Aurelijus Kerpe||Submission (armbar)||UCMMA 26: The Real Deal||4 February 2012||1||3:16||London, England||Won UCMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||8–3 (1)||Zsolt Balla||TKO (punches)||UWC 17: Bad to the Bone||8 October 2011||1||2:09||Essex, England|
|Win||7–3 (1)||Simon Carlsen||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Warriors: 41||24 April 2011||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||6–3 (1)||Rolandas Cizauskas||TKO (punches)||UCMMA 18: Face Off||5 February 2011||1||4:21||London, England|
|Loss||5–3 (1)||Matti Mäkelä||TKO (punches)||SC 6: Lion's Den||29 October 2010||3||4:10||Stockholm, Sweden|
|NC||5–2 (1)||Adrian Preda||No Contest||UCMMA 16: Unbelievable||23 October 2010||1||N/A||London, England||Accidental Eye Poke.|
|Win||5–2||Kevin Thompson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||OMMAC 5: Showdown||5 June 2010||1||4:21||Liverpool, England||Won OMMAC British Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||4–2||Nick Nembherd||TKO (punches)||UWC 12: Revolution||20 March 2010||1||2:49||Essex, England|
|Loss||3–2||Stav Economou||Decision (unanimous)||UWC 11: Onslaught||28 November 2009||3||5:00||Essex, England||For the Ultimate Warrior Challenge Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||3–1||Svajunas Siacuila||Submission (americana)||UWC 10||28 June 2009||1||0:48||Essex, England|
|Win||2-1||Reza Mahdavian||TKO (punches)||UWC 9||22 March 2009||1||2:35||Essex, England|
|Loss||1–1||Shola Adeniran||TKO (punches)||UWC 8: Vendetta||8 November 2008||3||3:43||Essex, England|
|Win||1–0||Chris Greig||Submission (rear-naked choke)||FX3: Fight Night 9||13 September 2008||1||3:19||Reading, England|
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