Martin Stapleton

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Martin Stapleton
Born (1983-05-09) 9 May 1983 (age 35)
Rochdale, England
Other names.50cal
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight155.5 lb (70.5 kg; 11.11 st)
Reach70.0 in (178 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofRochdale, England
TeamTeam Kaobon & Full Contact Performance Centre
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission6
By decision6
By disqualification1
By submission68
By decision2
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[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[2][3] After he defeated fellow English fighter Dan James to get into the house, he lost against Team USA's Cameron Dollar in the quarterfinals.

After leaving The Ultimate Fighter, Stapleton won two consecutive fights but did not fight again for almost three years due to his work commitment as a Royal Marine Commando.

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.[4]

Bellator MMA[edit]

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.

Stapleton again competed for at Bellator 107 on 8 November 2013, facing Derek Campos. Stapleton lost via unanimous decision.

Stapleton faced Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 125 in Fresno, California.[5] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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


  1. ^ "Martin Stapletons Official Tapology Profile". Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Martin Stapleton won't stop until he is the best Lightweight in the world - SplitDecision MMA UK". SplitDecision MMA UK.
  3. ^ ""I believe I have earned a shot at any title in the UK" – Martin "50.Cal" Stapleton on his next bout at OMMAC 17". LOVE 2 FIGHT - Your ultimate UK MMA source with a hint of Muay Thai and K1.
  4. ^ "Rochdale News | Sport News | Martin Stapleton wins Cage Contender Fightstars tournament". 2012-12-02. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  5. ^ "Manhoef vs. Marshall Headline Bellator 125". 12 August 2014. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014.

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