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19 September 1967 |
|Other names||The Wizard|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Fighting out of||Gloucester, England|
|Team||Range Fighting, Icon BJJ|
|Rank||Black belt in Tae Kwon Do|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mark Anthony Weir (19 September 1967) is an English mixed martial artist usually fighting in the middleweight division at 185 lbs. He has fought in the UFC, the WEC, PRIDE, Cage Rage, UCMMA, Pancrase, and BodogFIGHT. He is the former Cage Rage British Middleweight Champion.
Weir began his martial arts training with judo and boxing, but later switched to Tae Kwon Do because his mother did not want him to box full-time. He gained his Tae Kwon Do black belt in 1988 from Hee Il Cho, then 3 months later went on to win two World Titles and, at the age of 20, became the youngest fighter to ever win a World Championship. Proving his consistency Weir went on to win another two world titles in 1991. Weir not only went undefeated in Tae Kwon Do competitions, but also held an undefeated record in kickboxing.
Mixed martial arts career
Weir made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 1996, however he continued to practice both the traditional art and MMA. This was until 2000 when Weir made the decision to solely concentrate on his MMA fighting career.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Weir made his UFC debut at UFC 38 on 13 July 2002 against Eugene Jackson. This was the UFC's inaugural appearance in the United Kingdom, and Weir won via knockout due to a punch only 10 seconds into the fight.
Weir made his next appearance for the promotion at UFC 40, in 'the fight of the year' against Phillip Miller and was defeated in the second round via rear-naked choke submission. Weir then fought at UFC 42 against David Loiseau and was defeated via knockout in the first round. Loiseau continued on his winning streak to gain a title shot, against Richard Franklin.
Cage Rage and WEC
Weir then signed with Cage Rage in his home country of England and made his promotional debut at Cage Rage 4 and won via rear-naked choke submission in the first round. Weir would go 3-2 in his next five fights before making his debut in the WEC. Weir made his debut at WEC 12 and won in the first round via guillotine choke submission.
Weir returned to Cage Rage with mixed fortune, however it wasn't long until Weir was back on winning form. At Cage Rage 12, Weir defeated Sol Gilbert via TKO at the end of the second round to become the inaugural Cage Rage British Middleweight Champion. Weir went on to defend his title against Akri Shoji, winning by KOREA in 16 secs.
After the win over Shoji, Weir had to make a huge decision whether to return to UFC or make his name in Japan. Weir decided on Japan and made his PRIDE debut at Pride Bushido 10 on 2 April 2006 against Denis Kang who was on a 16 fight winning streak. Weir sadly lost after he submitted due to knee strikes at the end of the first round.
On his return to the UK, Weir captured the UCMMA Middleweight Championship at UCMMA 11: Adrenaline Rush on 27 March 2010, defeating Jack Mason at the end of the second round via knockout. Weir then lost his first title defense at UCMMA 21: Stand Your Ground when he was knocked out by Denniston Sutherland. Weir made his most recent appearance at SFC: Supremacy Fight Challenge 9 on 17 February 2013 and won via rear-naked choke submission in the first round. This was to be Weir's final appearance in MMA before he announced his retirement in 2014.
In 2010, Weir won the vacant UCMMA Kickboxing Championship by defeating Mark Epstein. Weir also won the Middleweight Championship by defeating Jack Mason via knockout. Weir then successfully defended his title at Unbelievable 16 on 23 October 2010 against Luke Sines.
Weir then lost his Middleweight Championship, being defeated via knockout by Louis King.
Weir lives in Hempsted, England with his wife and four children. He runs a successful MMA Academy and is enjoying being recognised as one of the pioneers of UK MMA and continues to accept numerous awards for his dedication to the sport.
Championships and accomplishments
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- WEC North American Middleweight Championship (One time)
- Cage Rage
- Cage Rage British Middleweight British Championship (One time) First
- Ultimate Challenge MMA
- Ultimate Challenge MMA Middleweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|40 matches||21 wins||18 losses|
|Win||21–18–1||Mickey Burns||Submission (rear-naked choke)||SFC: Supremacy Fight Challenge 9||17 February 2013||1||1:04||Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England|
|Loss||20–18–1||Denniston Sutherland||KO (punches)||UCMMA 21: Stand Your Ground||25 June 2011||1||3:20||London, England||Lost UCMMA Middleweight Championship|
|Win||20–17–1||Jack Mason||KO (knee and punches)||UCMMA 11: Adrenaline Rush||27 March 2010||2||4:57||London, England||Won UCMMA Middleweight Championship|
|Loss||19–17–1||Tor Troéng||Submission (triangle choke)||Superior Challenge 4||31 October 2009||3||2:05||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Draw||19–16–1||Jean-François Lénogue||Draw||Furious Fighting Championship 2||21 February 2009||3||5:00||Casablanca, Morocco|
|Loss||19–16||Mohamed Khacha||TKO (punches)||UCMMA 2: Unbreakable||7 February 2009||1||4:26||London, England|
|Win||19–15||Marius Buzinskas||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||CFC 4: No Way Out||25 October 2008||2||2:04||England|
|Loss||18–15||Drew Fickett||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Rage 24||1 December 2007||1||3:55||London, England|
|Loss||18–14||Paul Daley||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 23||22 September 2007||2||2:14||London, England||For Cage Rage World Welterweight Championship and Cage Rage British Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||18–13||Nick Thompson||TKO||Bodog Fight: Vancouver||24 August 2007||1||4:01||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||18–12||Daijiro Matsui||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Rage 21||21 April 2007||3||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||17–12||Zelg Galešic||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 19||9 December 2006||1||0:50||London, England|
|Loss||17–11||Murilo Rua||Submission (arm triangle choke)||Cage Rage 18||30 September 2006||2||1:15||London, England|
|Loss||17–10||Denis Kang||Submission (knees)||Pride - Bushido 10||2 April 2006||1||4:55||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||17–9||Akira Shoji||KO (head kick)||Cage Rage 14||3 December 2005||1||0:17||London, England|
|Win||16–9||Kyosuke Sasaki||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 13||10 September 2005||1||1:52||London, England|
|Win||15–9||Sol Gilbert||TKO (corner stoppage)||Cage Rage 12||2 July 2005||2||5:00||London, England||Won Cage Rage British Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||14–9||Curtis Stout||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 11||30 April 2005||1||1:45||London, England|
|Loss||14–8||Alex Serdyukov||Submission (arm triangle choke)||WEC 14: Vengeance||17 March 2005||2||2:56||Lemoore, California, United States||Lost WEC North American Middleweight Championship|
|Loss||14–7||Gabriel Santos||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Rage 10||26 February 2005||3||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||14–6||Matt Lindland||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Cage Rage 9||27 November 2004||1||5:00||London, England|
|Win||14–5||Will Bradford||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 12||21 October 2004||1||2:11||Lemoore, California, United States||Won vacant WEC North American Middleweight Championship|
|Win||13–5||Johil de Oliveira||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Cage Rage 8||11 September 2004||1||1:35||London, England|
|Loss||12–5||Jorge Rivera||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Cage Rage 7||10 July 2004||1||5:00||London, England|
|Win||12–4||Gen Isono||TKO (corner stoppage)||Pain and Glory||24 April 2004||England|
|Win||11–4||Alex Reid||TKO (cut)||Extreme Brawl 6||21 March 2004||2||Bracknell, England|
|Loss||10–4||Gregory Bouchelaghem||Submission (rear-naked choke)||XFC 2: The Perfect Storm||9 November 2003||1||Cornwall, England|
|Win||10–3||Jean-François Lénogue||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Rage 4||12 October 2003||1||4:13||London, England|
|Loss||9–3||David Loiseau||KO (punches)||UFC 42||25 April 2003||1||3:55||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Loss||9–2||Phillip Miller||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 40||22 November 2002||2||4:50||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–1||Eugene Jackson||KO (punch)||UFC 38||13 July 2002||1||0:10||London, England|
|Win||8–1||Ben Earwood||Submission (punches)||MB 5: Unfinished Business||16 December 2001||2||High Wycombe, England|
|Win||7–1||Shannon Ritch||Submission (choke)||MB 3: Independence Day||1 July 2001||1||High Wycombe, England|
|Win||6–1||Paul Jenkins||KO||Grapple & Strike 3||19 May 2001||1||0:18||Worchester, England|
|Win||5–1||CJ Fernandes||TKO||MB 2: Capital Punishment||11 March 2001||High Wycombe, England|
|Win||4–1||Sean Cocharin||TKO||Ultimate Fight Night||9 December 2000||1||High Wycombe, England|
|Win||3–1||Frank Ledroumaguet||Submission (armbar)||Pancrase: Pancrase UK||25 November 2000||London, England|
|Win||2–1||John Andrews||Submission (choke)||Grapple & Strike 2||12 November 2000||1||Worchester, England|
|Win||1–1||Dale Houghton||Submission (forearm choke)||Ring of Truth 3||17 October 2000||1||1:16||England|
|Loss||0–1||Trevor Cunningham||KO||Grapple & Strike 1||29 May 2000||2||4:17||Worchester, England|
1.^ ‘A Day in the Life Of…’, Helen Blow, ‘’The Citizen’’, 4 February 1999
2.^ ‘Scott hopes for a box office hit’, Annelisa Macaulay-Lowe, ‘’The Citizen’’, 19 August 1999
3.^ ‘Scott’s a dead ringer for a film mogul’, ‘’The Citizen’’, 3 September 2001
4.^ ‘Horton is choked at loss’, ‘’The Citizen’’, 27 October 2000
6.^ ‘Horton is choked at loss’, ‘’The Citizen’’, 27 October 2000