Michael Kuiper

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Michael Kuiper
Born (1989-06-07) June 7, 1989 (age 28)
Riel, Netherlands
Other names Judo
Nationality Dutch
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Style Judo, Dutch kickboxing, Boxing, Dutch Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, BJJ, Wrestling,
Fighting out of Tilburg, Netherlands
Team Team Topfighter Belgium (www.teamtopfighter.com)
Rank purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
black belt in Judo
Years active 2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 13
By knockout 8
By submission 4
By decision 1
Losses 4
By submission 3
By decision 1
Website www.teamtopfighter.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: January 14, 2015

Michael Jan Hugo Kuiper[1] (born June 7, 1989) is a Dutch mixed martial artist, best known for competing in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kuiper comes from a judo background and holds a black belt in the discipline.[2] He made his mixed martial arts debut in February 2009 and defeated his opponent, Ahmed Sultan, with a triangle choke. He went on to have a further six fights that same year, winning all of them in the first or second round. In 2009 he won the Belgium MMA title, and was rewarded with the MMA fighter of the year 2009.

After defeating David Marcina on November 20, 2010, he was set to return to the cage on December 4, 2010 to face Welsh boxer John Phillips at BAMMA 5: The Beast vs. Crazy Bear in Newcastle, England.[3] But due to snowstorms in the UK the event was cancelled.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In his UFC debut Kuiper faced Rafael Natal on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143.[4] He lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.

Kuiper faced Jared Hamman on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150.[5] Kuiper defeated Hamman via second-round TKO.

Kuiper was expected to face Thiago Perpetuo on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7.[6] However, Perpetuo suffered an injury and was replaced by Caio Magalhaes.[7] On December 27, it was announced that Magalhaes had also pulled out of the bout and that Kuiper would be shifted to UFC on Fox 6 on January 26, 2013 to face Buddy Roberts.[8] It was then announced on January 8 that Roberts had been forced out of the bout with an illness and was replaced by promotional newcomer Josh Janousek.[9] Then just days before the event, Janousek himself pulled out of the bout citing an injury. With no time to find a suitable replacement for Kuiper, he was pulled from the event as well.[10][11] This meant that 4 potential opponents for Kuiper (Perpetuo, Magalhaes, Roberts and Janousek) had all pulled out of the proposed bout.

Kuiper next faced Tom Lawlor on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9.[12] He lost via submission early in the second round.

Kuiper faced Brad Scott on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30.[13] He lost the fight via front choke submission in the first round, and was subsequently released from the promotion shortly after.[14]

Titan FC[edit]

Kuiper fought fellow former UFC fighter Matthew Riddle in the co-main event of Titan FC 27 on February 28, 2014.[15] Kuiper lost by guillotine choke in the second round.[16]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13–4 Lutciano Zimmerman KO (punches) Strength and Honour Championship 10 October 4, 2014 1 N/A Dessel, Belgium
Loss 12–4 Matt Riddle Submission (guillotine choke) Titan Fighting Championship 27 February 28, 2014 2 2:29 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Loss 12–3 Brad Scott Submission (standing guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz October 26, 2013 1 4:17 Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Loss 12–2 Tom Lawlor Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi April 6, 2013 2 1:05 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 12–1 Jared Hamman TKO (punches) UFC 150 August 11, 2012 2 2:16 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 11–1 Rafael Natal Decision (unanimous) UFC 143 February 4, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–0 Morris Cilfoni TKO (punches) Milano in the Cage May 7, 2011 1 N/A Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Win 10–0 Clearance Noordzee KO (punches) Staredown 5 March 19, 2011 1 N/A Deurne, Belgium
Win 9–0 David Marcina TKO (punches) Live 2 Fight November 20, 2010 1 2:14 Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Win 8–0 Baudin Egoluev Submission (armbar) Ultimate Takedown: Brazil vs. Belgium November 6, 2010 2 2:42 Herstal, Belgium
Win 7–0 Ivan Brguljan TKO (punches) One Gate 2 Far November 7, 2009 1 N/A Heerlen, Netherlands
Win 6–0 Patrice Wagemans KO (punch) Strength and Honour 5 October 3, 2009 1 0:10 Dessel, Belgium
Win 5–0 Bert Van Geystelen Submission (armbar) Bulls Gym Gala May 30, 2009 2 N/A Putte, Belgium
Win 4–0 Saigan Muradov TKO (punches) The Battle of Akersloot May 10, 2009 N/A N/A Akersloot, Netherlands
Win 3–0 Bert Van Geystelen Submission (armbar) Staredown April 26, 2009 1 N/A Antwerp, Belgium
Win 2–0 Kevin Goodliff Decision (unanimous) Battle of South 7 April 11, 2009 2 5:00 Hoensbroek, Netherlands
Win 1–0 Ahmed Sultan Submission (triangle choke) Outsider Cup 12 February 14, 2009 2 4:00 Mülheim, Germany

External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/2012%20Results%20Web/02-04-12%20MMA.pdf[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Michael Kuiper's official site Archived 2010-11-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "BAMMA 5". Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Rafael 'Sapo' Natal welcomes newcomer Michael Kuiper at UFC 143". mmajunkie.com. November 29, 2011. Archived from the original on December 3, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jared Hamman vs. Michael Kuiper added to UFC 150 in Denver". mmajunkie.com. May 22, 2012. Archived from the original on May 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "UFC makes official Jan. 19 card in Brazil". MMAjunkie.com. November 3, 2012. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ Staff (2012-12-01). "Caio Magalhaes replaces Thiago Perpetuo, faces Michael Kuiper at UFC on FX 7". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  8. ^ Staff (2012-12-27). "Kuiper-Magalhaes off UFC on FX 7, Kuiper-Roberts joins UFC on FOX 6". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  9. ^ Staff (2013-01-15). "Josh Janousek replaces Buddy Roberts, meets Michael Kuiper at UFC on FOX 6". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  10. ^ Staff (2013-01-21). "Josh Janousek vs. Michael Kuiper scratched from Saturday's UFC on FOX 6 event". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  11. ^ Mookie Alexander (2013-01-21). "Michael Kuiper removed from UFC on FOX 6 following injury to Josh Janousek". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  12. ^ "Michael Kuiper vs tom Lawlor added to UFC on Fuel TV 9". mmajunkie.com. February 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Two Middleweight Bouts Confirmed For UFC Manchester 2013". YourMMA.tv. 2013-08-22. Archived from the original on January 2, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ "UFC releases middleweight Michael Kuiper". bloodyelbow.com. 2013-11-03. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ Ariel Helwani (January 13, 2013). "Matt Riddle returns, meets Michael Kuiper in Titan FC 27 co-main event". mmafighting.com. 
  16. ^ "Titan FC 27 Results: Ricci Crushes Gurgel, Riddle Chokes Kuiper". themmacorner.com. February 28, 2014.