The Turtle Bird circa 2014
September 19, 1983 |
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
Wiman's initiation into professional fighting came on August 14, 2004. A relatively unknown fighter at the time, Matt entered the Extreme Fight Night tournament organized by kickboxer, Dale Apollo Cook. Matt won 3 fights that night to became the Extreme Fighting League Middleweight Champion. He defeated Joseph Garza and Greg Bossler, each by unanimous decision, before finishing Venn Johns by triangle choke for the championship belt.
Matt's first title defense came on November 13, 2004, when he defeated David Franks by armbar 42 seconds into the first round.
He defended the title again on February 5, 2005, with a 20-second KO of D.J. Randall.
Wiman first gained national attention at FFC 15-Fiesta Las Vegas on September 15, 2005 against fellow rising star Roger Huerta. It was a back and forth fight, with both fighters nearly finishing on several occasions. Matt lost a close decision. As a result of their impressive performances, Wiman and Huerta both caught the eyes of Dana White and UFC matchmaker, Joe Silva.
Wiman defended his Extreme Fight League championship belt for a third and final time on November 12, 2005 at Battle at the Brady 2 against Thomas Grissom. Matt won by referee stoppage in the 1st round due to multiple cuts sustained by Grissom.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
When an injury forced Leonard Garcia out of his scheduled fight with Spencer Fisher at UFC 60, Wiman agreed to replace Garcia on short notice. On May 27, 2006, Wiman he lost to Fisher by KO in the second round. 
The Ultimate Fighter Season 5
Wiman was a contestant on on The Ultimate Fighter 5. show. He was the second pick (after Gray Maynard) for B.J. Penn's team. His preliminary fight was against Marlon Sims. Wiman landed a devastating overhand right in the opening seconds of the fight, climbed on the back of Sims and choked him unconscious. Wiman was defeated by eventual finalist Manvel Gamburyan of Team Pulver in the quarterfinals by decision. Gamburyan and Wiman exchanged takedowns, but Gamburyan was on top most of the fight and got the victory, despite Dana White's thoughts that Wiman could make it to the finals of the show.
Wiman fought Brian Geraghty on June 23, 2007 at the The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale. He took his opponent down early and worked a ground and pound attack. Wiman landed strikes in Geraghty's guard and passed to full mount, where he unloaded with punches, causing referee Yves Lavigne to stop the fight due to unanswered strikes at 2:09 of round 1.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
His next fight was against Justin Buchholz at UFC Fight Night 12 on January 23, 2008. Wiman scored a takedown in the opening moments of the fight and worked quickly to the mount position. He landed an elbow below the right eye of Buchholz causing a cut. The UFC newcomer turned over to avoid further strikes to the face and Wiman secured the back position. After a brief struggle to secure the rear naked choke, Wiman forced Buchholz to submit at 2:58 of the first round, giving him his third straight UFC victory.
Wiman's next fight was against Thiago Tavares at UFC 85. After many back and forth grappling exchanges in round one, he eventually KO'd Tavares with a right hook in the second round , with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell in his corner.
On April 18, 2009, Wiman faced Canadian striker Sam Stout at UFC 97 in Montreal, Quebec. In a closely contested fight, Wiman seemed hurt from a flush liver shot late in round two, but rallied and controlled Stout for the final round. He lost via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Wiman defeated Mac Danzig via first round submission at UFC 115. However, the stoppage was apparently premature and mistaken as Wiman had Danzig in a tight guillotine choke and referee Yves Lavigne called a stoppage despite the fact that Danzig had not submitted and was still conscious.
Wiman was expected to face Danzig in a rematch on September 15, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 22, however Danzig was forced off the card with an injury. Wiman was then set to face Efrain Escudero, but Wiman was also forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Charles Oliveira.
Wiman was expected to face Cole Miller on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125, but the bout eventually took place on January 22, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 23. Wiman dominated Miller for all 3 rounds, resulting in a unanimous decision victory.
Wiman faced Dennis Siver on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132. He lost the fight via unanimous decision where UFC President Dana White stated he felt Wiman's pain at the post-fight press conference and understood why he wouldn't show up (to the post-fight press conference) after a fight like that.
After an absence of nearly two years, Wiman returned from an extended hiatus and faced Isaac Vallie-Flagg at UFC Fight Night 57 on November 22, 2014. He won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.
Wiman was expected to face Leonardo Santos on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62. However, Wiman was forced out of the bout on February 11 with a back injury and was replaced by Tony Martin.
Championships and Accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||16 wins||7 losses|
|Win||16–7||Isaac Vallie-Flagg||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson||November 22, 2014||3||5:00||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Loss||15–7||TJ Grant||KO (elbows and punches)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson||January 26, 2013||1||4:51||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||15–6||Paul Sass||Submission (armbar)||UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic||September 29, 2012||1||3:48||Nottingham, England||Submission of the Night|
|Win||14–6||Mac Danzig||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson||October 1, 2011||3||5:00||Washington D.C., United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||13–6||Dennis Siver||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 132||July 2, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–5||Cole Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight for the Troops 2||January 22, 2011||3||5:00||Fort Hood, Texas, United States|
|Win||12–5||Mac Danzig||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 115||June 12, 2010||1||1:45||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||11–5||Shane Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 107||December 12, 2009||3||5:00||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||10–5||Sam Stout||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 97||April 18, 2009||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||10–4||Jim Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight for the Troops||December 10, 2008||3||5:00||Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||10–3||Thiago Tavares||KO (punches)||UFC 85||June 7, 2008||2||1:57||London, England||Fight of the Night|
|Win||9–3||Justin Buchholz||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Swick vs. Burkman||January 23, 2008||1||2:56||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–3||Michihiro Omigawa||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 76||September 22, 2007||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||7–3||Brian Geraghty||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale||June 23, 2007||1||2:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||6–3||Spencer Fisher||KO (flying knee)||UFC 60||May 27, 2006||2||1:43||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||6–2||Nick Agallar||Decision (unanimous)||MFC: Boardwalk Blitz||March 4, 2006||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||6–1||Mark Thomas Grissom||TKO (corner stoppage)||XFL 18: Battle at the Brady 2||November 12, 2005||1||3:00||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Roger Huerta||Decision (unanimous)||FFC 15: Fiesta Las Vegas||September 14, 2005||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–0||D.J. Randall||TKO (punches)||XFL: Xtreme Fighting 3: Superbrawl||February 5, 2005||1||0:20||Miami, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||4–0||David Frank||Submission (armbar)||XFL: EK 14: Heavyweight Gladiators||November 13, 2004||1||0:42||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||3–0||Venn Johns||Submission (triangle choke)||XFL: EK 13: Elimination||August 14, 2004||2||1:30||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||2–0||Greg Bossler||Decision (unanimous)||XFL: EK 13: Elimination||August 14, 2004||3||5:00||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||1–0||Joe Garza||Decision (unanimous)||XFL: EK 13: Elimination||August 14, 2004||3||5:00||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
- "Matt Wiman UFC Profile". UFC. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- "SHERDOG.COM PREVIEW: UFC 60 “HUGHES VS. GRACIE” PT I". Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "UFC 60 - Hughes vs. Gracie". sherdog.com. 2006-05-27. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
- "The Ultimate Fighter 5: Team Penn vs. Team Pulver". UFC. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
- Bolduc, Justin (August 5, 2007). "Nakamura to Make UFC Debut at UFC 76". Nokaut. Retrieved 2007-08-03.
- Morgan, John. "Injury forces Matt Wiman out of UFC 103, Rob Emerson expected to face Rafael dos Anjos". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
- "Matt Wiman vs. Mac Danzig Rematch Set for UFC Fight Night 22 in September". Heavy.com. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
- "Escudero vs. Wiman new UFN 22 co-headliner, Edwards vs. Gunderson on prelims". mmajunkie.com. August 18, 2010.
- "Matt Wiman vs. Cole Miller in the works for UFC 125 in January". mmajunkie.com. October 20, 2010.
- "UFC NEWS: Miller vs. Wiman moved from UFC 125 to UFC Fight for the Troops 2 in January". mmatorch.com. November 16, 2010.
- "Dennis Siver Faces Matt Wiman in Lightweight Bout at UFC 132". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 2011-03-17.
- "White supports Siver's UFC 132 win; Bieber, Fertitta felt Wiman rightful victor". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
- "UFC on Versus 6: Matt Wiman vs Mac Danzig rematch set for October event". mmamania.com. July 16, 2011.
- "UFC 145; seven bouts shift to Atlanta". mmajunkie.com. January 20, 2012.
- "John Alessio returning to octagon, replaces Matt Wiman at UFC 145". mmmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
- "Paul Sass vs. Matt Wiman added to UFC on FUEL TV 5 in September". mmajunkie.com. June 18, 2012.
- "T.J. Grant vs. Matt Wiman set for UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago". mmajunkie.com. November 7, 2012.
- "Matt Wiman returns at UFC Fight Night 57 in Austin, meets Isaac Vallie-Flagg". mmajunkie.com. August 27, 2014.
- Guilherme Cruz (2015-01-22). "UFC Fight Night 62 filling up fast with addition of three new match-ups". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-01-22.
- Jason Floyd (2015-02-11). "Matt Wiman out of UFC Fight Night 62 due to back injury, Leonardo Santos will now meet Tony Martin". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Matt Wiman.|
- Official UFC Profile
- Professional MMA record for Matt Wiman from Sherdog
- Matt Wiman's official website