Marcus LeVesseur in 2009
July 17, 1982 |
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
|Other names||The Prospect|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Eagan, Minnesota, United States|
|Team||Minnesota Fight Factory|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born and raised in Minneapolis, LeVesseur began wrestling at the age of five and went on to become a four-time State Champion at Roosevelt High School, and spent his senior year at Bloomington Kennedy High School. LeVesseur, who was also a talented football player as a quarterback and competed in track and field, had a 141-match win streak heading into college, and holds the high school wrestling state record for most wins, including one over future Olympian and Bellator Welterweight Champion, Ben Askren. LeVesseur, who also excelled academically, was offered a scholarship to compete at the University of Minnesota, but transferred to NCAA Division III Augsburg College before beginning his freshman season for Minnesota. As a college wrestler, LeVesseur was undefeated and untied, with a record of 155–0. He won four NCAA Division III Championships individually, and was a member of two teams that won National Championships. Since his last loss in high school competition LeVesseur compiled an amateur wrestling record of 296–0 through his senior year at Augsburg. He is only the second college wrestler ever to finish his career unbeaten and untied, with a 155–0 career record (Cael Sanderson was the first with a 159–0 record; Joey Davis has since joined them with a 130–0 record). LeVesseur ended his high school wrestling career 141-match unbeaten streak, which when combined with his unbeaten college career was 296–0. LeVesseur also continued with football at Augsburg, breaking multiple touchdown and rushing records for the conference and school as a quarterback.
Mixed martial arts career
LeVesseur made his MMA debut in 2003 against Doug Henkey. He won via KO 44 seconds into round one and went on to compiled a record of 21-5 while competing for regional promotions.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In April 2012 it was reported that LeVesseur had signed a four-fight deal with the UFC. He made his debut as a replacement for Aaron Riley against Cody McKenzie on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. He lost the fight via submission in the first round.
LeVesseur was expected to face Michael Chiesa on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5, replacing an injured Rafaello Oliveira. However, the week of the event, Chiesa was forced out of the bout with LeVesseur with an undisclosed illness and the bout was scrapped altogether. Then on the day of the weigh-ins for the event, Tim Means was forced from his bout with Abel Trujillo after sustaining a head injury caused by a fall in a hotel sauna and LeVesseur stepped up to face Trujillo. He lost the fight via TKO in the second round and was subsequently released from the promotion.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||22 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||22–7||Abel Trujillo||TKO (knees to the body)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz||December 8, 2012||2||3:56||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||22–6||Carlo Prater||Decision (split)||UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot||October 5, 2012||3||5:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||21–6||Cody McKenzie||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier||May 15, 2012||1||3:05||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||21–5||Taurean Bogguess||Decision (unanimous)||MSC: High Stakes||August 19, 2011||3||5:00||Hinckley, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||20–5||Brian Geraghty||TKO (punches)||Seconds Out/Vivid MMA: Combat on Capitol Hill 5||April 15, 2011||1||1:52||St. Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||19–5||Dane Sayers||Decision (unanimous)||Showdown at the Sheraton||February 4, 2011||3||5:00||St. Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||18–5||Dakota Cochrane||Submission (triangle choke)||Combat on Capitol Hill 4||November 12, 2010||1||4:08||St. Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||18–4||Josh Bumgarner||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Combat on Capitol Hill 3||September 17, 2010||2||4:21||St. Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||17–4||Morrison Lamb||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Combat on Capitol Hill 2||July 30, 2010||1||3:43||St. Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||16–4||Jay Ellis||KO (punches)||ECO: Extreme Cagefighting Organization 6||July 10, 2010||1||0:53||Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||15–4||Jason Buck||TKO (punches)||Havoc at the Hyatt II||June 19, 2010||2||4:20||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||15–3||Mike Plazola||Submission (rear-naked choke||Havoc at the Hyatt||March 27, 2010||1||4:45||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||14–3||Bruce Johnson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Seconds Out 11/20/09||November 20, 2009||1||2:04||St. Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||13–3||Eric Marriott||Decision (unanimous)||Seconds Out 2/13/09||February 13, 2009||3||5:00||Maplewood, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||12–3||RT Hicks||KO (punch)||MCS: Minnesota Combat Sports||January 17, 2009||1||0:10||St. Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Brian Cobb||Submission (rear-naked choke)||War Gods: Do or Die||November 8, 2008||2||2:35||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||11–2||Ismael Gonzalez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WG: War Gods||July 26, 2008||2||1:46||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||10–2||Henry King||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MF 4: Max Fights 4||July 19, 2008||1||1:06||Fargo, North Dakota, United States|
|Loss||9–2||Tom Belt||TKO (punches)||Adrenaline MMA: Guida vs Russow||June 14, 2008||1||4:10||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||9–1||John Case||KO (punch)||SO: Seconds Out||May 17, 2008||1||0:23||St. Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||8–1||Jesse Evans||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MF 3: Max Fights 3||April 26, 2008||1||1:30||Fargo, North Dakota, United States|
|Loss||7–1||Derek Abram||TKO (knee injury)||UCS: Battle on the Bay 9||November 30, 2007||1||0:15||Superior, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||7–0||Mike Sanchez||TKO (punches)||FCC 31: Freestyle Combat Challenge 31||November 10, 2007||1||1:23||Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||6–0||Richard Silva||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WFC - Downtown Throwdown||September 14, 2007||2||1:42||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||5–0||Josh Marker||TKO (doctor stoppage)||EFX: Fury||May 3, 2007||1||0:38||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||4–0||Billy Walters||KO (punches)||EFX: Fury||November 1, 2006||1||0:51||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||3–0||Jaxson Mason||Decision (unanimous)||EFX: Fury||October 5, 2006||3||5:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||2–0||Yancy Cueller||TKO (punches)||EFX: EFX||September 6, 2006||1||0:27||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||1–0||Doug Henkey||KO (punch)||EC: Best of the Best 1||May 10, 2003||1||0:44||Fridley, Minnesota, United States|
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