|Born||March 14, 1981|
Riverside, California, United States
|Other names||The Mangler|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||67.0 in (170 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Chino, California|
|Team||Millennia MMA Gym|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Manny Tapia (born March 14, 1981) is an American professional mixed martial arts fighter currently competing in the Bantamweight division. He has formerly competed for the WEC, King of the Cage, and Tachi Palace Fights. He is the former King of the Cage Flyweight Champion.
Tapia is from Riverside, California. After the death of his parents, Tapia used football, judo, and wrestling as outlets for his anger. He attended Don Lugo High School in Chino, California and Chaffey College. Tapia was originally introduced to mixed martial arts a year out of high school.
Mixed martial arts career
Tapia made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2003 for King of the Cage and compiled a record of 4-0-1 before winning the King of the Cage Flyweight Championship. He later signed with the WEC and was stripped of his title.
World Extreme Cagefighting
At WEC 37, Tapia suffered a second-round TKO loss in a title fight with the WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres and lost via unanimous decision to Akitoshi Tamura at WEC 40. Tapia then fought Eddie Wineland on October 10, 2009 on the undercard at WEC 43, losing via unanimous decision.
Tapia was then released from the WEC after this loss and it was announced on November 17, 2009 that he has signed with Tachi Palace Fights. He debuted on their February 4 event in Lemoore, California, facing current UFC fighter Michael McDonald and lost via TKO in the first round.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||12 wins||4 losses|
|Win||12–4–1||Pete Sabala||Decision (unanimous)||SCMMA 1 - Inland Empire Strikes||October 20, 2012||3||5:00||Ontario, California, United States|
|Win||11–4–1||Bobby Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||Respect in the Cage 10||March 12, 2011||3||5:00||Pomona, California, United States|
|Loss||10–4–1||Michael McDonald||TKO (punches)||TPF 3: Champions Collide||February 4, 2010||1||4:31||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||10–3–1||Eddie Wineland||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 43||October 10, 2009||3||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Loss||10–2–1||Akitoshi Tamura||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 40||April 5, 2009||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||10–1–1||Miguel Torres||TKO (punches and elbows)||WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia||December 8, 2008||2||3:02||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WEC Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||10–0–1||Antonio Banuelos||Decision (split)||WEC 32: Condit vs. Prater||February 13, 2008||3||5:00||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||9–0–1||Brandon Foxworth||TKO (punches)||WEC 27||May 12, 2007||2||3:17||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Featherweight bout.|
|Win||8–0–1||Richard Montano||TKO (knee & punches)||KOTC: Destroyer||December 1, 2006||3||3:24||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||7–0–1||Shad Smith||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Rapid Fire||August 4, 2006||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||6–0–1||Ed Newalu||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 63: Final Conflict||December 2, 2005||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||5–0–1||Gregory Vivian||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||KOTC 58: Prime Time||August 5, 2005||1||4:25||San Jacinto, California, United States||Won KOTC Flyweight Championship|
|Win||4–0–1||Richard Goodman||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Mortal Sins||May 7, 2005||2||2:07||Primm, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3–0–1||Ed Newalu||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 41: Relentless||September 29, 2004||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||2–0–1||Michael Welty||KO (punch)||KOTC 37: Unfinished Business||June 12, 2004||1||0:07||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Draw||1–0–1||Chad Washburn||Draw (split)||KOTC 33: After Shock||February 20, 2004||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Manuel Sawyze||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC 31: King of the Cage 31||December 6, 2003||1||2:07||San Jacinto, California, United States|
- "Manny Tapia - Official UFC® Profile". www.ufc.com.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Manny Tapia headlines a changing WEC". 3 December 2008.
- "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson on October 10 in San Antonio, Texas". MMAFrenzy.com. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-08-29.