|Born||9 May 1983|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155.5 lb (70.5 kg; 11.11 st)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Rochdale, England|
|Team||Team Kaobon & Full Contact Performance Centre|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Martin Stapleton (born 9 May 1983 in Rochdale, England), is an English mixed martial artist who competes in the Lightweight division. A professional competitor since 2007, Stapleton has competed for Bellator, Cage Rage Cage Warriors, and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom. He is not the current BAMMA Lightweight Champion.
Mixed martial arts career
Stapleton who has a background in boxing and Muay Thai, made his professional mixed martial arts career in 2007, and compiled a record of 5-1 before being selected to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom. After he defeated fellow English fighter Dan James to get into the house, he lost against Team USA's Cameron Dollar in the quarterfinals.
Stapleton returned to mixed martial arts on 23 June 2012 where he faced BAMMA veteran Shahid Hussain on Full Contact Contender 3 (FCC) at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton where he defeated Hussain via submission (guillotine choke) 23 seconds into the second round to take his record to 8-1-0. Martin said after the fight that he felt "ring rust" after his three-year absence from the sport.
Less than one month later martin faced Jason Cooledge at OMMAC 14: Bring The Pain. Martin won via unanimous decision. During the fight Stapleton showed much improved stand up, Martin landed head kicks and punches throughout the fight as well as being able to stay out of range from the aggressive Cooledge.
On 1 December 2012, Stapleton took part in an eight-man Lightweight tournament at Cage Contender Fight Stars, where all the tournament fights would take place on the same night. Stapleton defeated Jamie Rogers, Arnold Quero and Tommy Maguire to win the tournament.
Stapleton signed with Bellator MMA and made his promotional debut at Bellator 101 on 27 September 2013 in the Bellator Season Nine Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal, facing Saad Awad. Stapleton lost via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.
Championships and accomplishments
- BAMMA World Lightweight Championship (1 Time, Current)
- Cage Contenders
- Cage Contender 2012 Lightweight Tournament Winner
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|24 matches||18 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||19–6||Soren Bak||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Warriors 88||28 October 2017||1||3:51||Liverpool, England|
|Win||19–5||Donovan Desmae||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Warriors 85||24 June 2017||3||5:00||Bournemouth, England|
|Loss||18–5||Anthony Dizy||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Warriors 80||18 February 2017||3||5:00||London, England||Catchweight (150 lbs) bout.|
|Win||18–4||Damien Lapilus||DQ (illegal knee to a downed opponent)||BAMMA 25: Champion vs. Champion||14 May 2016||2||0:38||Birmingham, England||Defended the BAMMA World Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||17–4||Gavin Sterritt||Submission (rear-naked choke)||BAMMA 23: Night of Champions||14 November 2015||1||1:15||Birmingham, England||Won vacant BAMMA World Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||16–4||Jeremy Petley||TKO (head kick)||BAMMA 19||28 March 2015||3||0:23||Blackpool, England|
|Win||15–4||Sebastian Fournier||Submission (rear naked choke)||BAMMA 18||6 December 2014||1||3:44||Manchester, England|
|Win||14–4||Kostadin Edev||TKO (punches)||Full Contact Contender 11||18 October 2014||2||3:57||Bolton, England|
|Loss||13–4||Goiti Yamauchi||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 125||19 September 2014||1||4:37||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||13–3||Stanislav Enchev||Submission (guillotine choke)||Full Contact Contender 3||21 June 2014||1||2:05||Bolton, England|
|Loss||12–3||Derek Campos||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 107||8 November 2013||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||12–2||Saad Awad||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 101||27 September 2013||1||3:46||Portland, Oregon, United States||Bellator Season Nine Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||12–1||Tommy Maguire||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Contender: Fight Stars||1 December 2012||3||5:00||Liverpool, England||Cage Contender 2012 Lightweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||11–1||Arnold Quero||Submission (heel hook)||Cage Contender: Fight Stars||1 December 2012||1||4:59||Liverpool, England||Cage Contender 2012 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||10–1||Jamie Rogers||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Contender: Fight Stars||1 December 2012||3||5:00||Liverpool, England||Cage Contender 2012 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||9–1||Jason Cooledge||Decision (unanimous)||OMMAC 14: Bring The Pain||28 July 2012||3||5:00||Liverpool, England|
|Win||8–1||Shah Hussain||Submission (guillotine choke)||Full Contender 3||23 June 2012||2||0:23||Bolton, England|
|Win||7–1||Ashley Smith||Decision (unanimous)||No Way Out||5 September 2009||3||5:00||Nottingham, England|
|Win||6–1||Andrew Fischer||TKO (punches)||Strike & Submit 11||5 July 2009||2||2:03||Gateshead, England|
|Win||5–1||Martin Bengley||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Cage Warriors: USA Unleashed||23 August 2008||2||2:25||England|
|Loss||4–1||Paul Sass||Submission (triangle choke)||Cage Gladiators 8||27 July 2008||1||3:18||England|
|Win||4–0||David Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Warriors: Enter the Rough House 6||19 April 2008||3||5:00||Nottingham, England|
|Win||3–0||Ingolf Nielson||TKO (corner stoppage)||Pride & Glory: Battle In The Boro||23 February 2008||1||N/A||Middlesbrough, England|
|Win||2–0||Steve Warris||TKO (punches)||Fightzone 3||8 December 2007||1||0:42||England|
|Win||1–0||Curtis Thompson||TKO (punches)||Quannum Fighting Championships 2||30 September 2007||1||1:00||Huddersfield, England|
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