Mike Guymon

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Michael Guymon
Born (1974-09-17) September 17, 1974 (age 44)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Other namesThe Joker
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionLightweight, welterweight, and middleweight (MMA)
Fighting out ofLake Forest, California
TeamJokers MMA
Years active1999-2013
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission8
By decision2
By knockout1
By submission4
By decision1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michael Kevin Guymon (born September 17, 1974) is a retired American professional mixed martial artist who formerly competed in Bellator's Lightweight division. He has also competed for the UFC, as an alternate for the Tucson Scorpions in the IFL, BAMMA, and King of the Cage. He is the former King of the Cage Welterweight Champion.

Michael was featured in the movie documentary "The Hurt Business" that debuted September 29th 2016 playing himself.


Guymon was born in Newport Beach, CA but raised in Irvine, CA. He attended many different schools but graduated from Woodbridge High School and went to Orange Coast College to further his studies.[1] Guymon was trying to live his dream of playing professional baseball but while doing that he stumbled into mixed martial arts and instantly fell in love with the sport. He began training Muay Thai and kickboxing soon after finding out about the new combat sport. Once Guymon noticed that to become successful in MMA he would need to start developing a ground game, he started taking classes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

In 1999, Guymon had his first professional fight against Zach Turnage with the fight resulting in a draw after fighting in three five-minute rounds and a five-minute overtime. He won two straight before opening the eyes of the matchmaker for the King of the Cage promotion who offered him a fight against up and comer, Diego Sanchez. Guymon took the fight and lost by armbar submission with three seconds left in the first round.

Guymon's next four fights came inside the King of the Cage promotion all wins and all of them coming by submission in the first round. With the four wins he improved his overall record to 6-1-1 getting him signed to the IFL. He made his debut taking on Pat Healy losing via a split decision. Guymon then returned to King of the Cage and won five straight fights, the last one being for the King of the Cage Welterweight Championship just three weeks after his suicide attempt.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Four days after defending the King of the Cage Welterweight Championship against Quinn Mulhern, Guymon received a call from the UFC about signing a contract. Guymon accepted and signed onto a four-fight deal.

He lost his UFC debut on January 11, 2010 in Fairfax, Virginia at UFC Fight Night 20 against 20-year-old Canadian, Rory MacDonald. The fight stayed standing for the most part but ended when Rory took the fight to the ground and submission submitted Guymon with an armbar near the end of the first round.

Guymon defeated Yoshiyuki Yoshida on May 8, 2010 at UFC 113 by unanimous decision.[3]

Guymon faced Daniel Roberts on October 23, 2010 at UFC 121.[4] Guymon would go on to lose the fight after Roberts locked on an anaconda choke, following with a gator roll that tightened the squeeze forcing Guymon to tap.

Guymon next faced DaMarques Johnson on January 22, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 23[5] where he was injured early into the fight. He lost via verbal submission in the first round. After the fight, due to rupturing two discs in his back, Guymon announced his retirement from MMA.[6]


Guymon came out of retirement on March 16, 2012 dropping down to the Lightweight division where he defeated Chris Leyva by TKO due to punches in the second round at BAMMA USA: Badbeat 5. In his second fight at Lightweight in Bamma USA he beat Mike Dizack by split decision.

Guymon faced Savant Young at Bellator 85. He suffered the first knockout loss of his career after a left hook from Young put Guymon out cold, just under a minute into the second round.[7]

Days after his first Bellator win against Aaron Miller on November 2, 2013, Guymon announced his retirement from MMA for the second time.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Mike Guymon is currently married to Nicole Guymon.[9]

Suicide attempt[edit]

On August 11, 2009, Guymon attempted to commit suicide after a dispute with his wife about possibly divorcing. Guymon wrote his family a suicide note and had planned to shoot himself with a handgun but before he could do so his wife was able to wrestle the gun away. Guymon then got into his truck and drove away but was stopped a few blocks away by the Orange County Sheriffs Department. Guymon tried numerous times to get the deputies to shoot and kill him but all refused. The deputies were able to calm Guymon down and get him some help.[9]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–6–1 Aaron Miller Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 106 November 2, 2013 2 4:20 Long Beach, California, United States
Loss 14–6–1 Savant Young KO (punch) Bellator 85 January 17, 2013 2 0:48 Irvine, California, United States
Win 14–5–1 Mike Dizak Decision (unanimous) BAMMA USA: Badbeat 6 July 13, 2012 3 5:00 Commerce, California, United States
Win 13–5–1 Cris Leyva TKO (punches) BAMMA USA: Badbeat 5 March 16, 2012 2 4:10 Commerce, California, United States Lightweight debut
Loss 12–5–1 DaMarques Johnson Submission (body triangle) UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 January 22, 2011 1 3:22 Killeen, Texas, United States
Loss 12–4–1 Daniel Roberts Submission (anaconda choke) UFC 121 October 23, 2010 1 1:13 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 12–3–1 Yoshiyuki Yoshida Decision (unanimous) UFC 113 May 8, 2010 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 11–3–1 Rory MacDonald Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz January 11, 2010 1 4:27 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 11–2–1 Quinn Mulhern TKO (punches) KOTC: Distorted October 1, 2009 4 4:32 Highland, California, United States Defended King of the Cage Welterweight Championship
Win 10–2–1 Kyacey Uscola TKO (punches) KOTC: Militia June 11, 2009 2 1:12 Highland, California, United States Defended King of the Cage Welterweight Championship
Win 9–2–1 Anthony Lapsley Submission (arm-triangle choke) KOTC: Prowler December 11, 2008 5 3:37 Highland, California, United States Won King of the Cage Welterweight Championship
Win 8–2–1 James Fanshier TKO (punches) KOTC: Bio Hazard August 14, 2008 1 2:54 Highland, California, United States
Win 7–2–1 Chris Moore TKO (punch) KOTC: Fight Nite @ The Shrine April 19, 2008 2 1:52 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 6–2–1 Pat Healy Decision (split) IFL: Las Vegas June 16, 2007 3 4:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–1–1 Josh Ramage Submission (triangle choke) KOTC: Destroyer December 1, 2006 1 1:52 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 5–1–1 Ken Cadoy Submission (guillotine choke) KOTC 63: Final Conflict December 2, 2005 1 N/A San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 4–1–1 Ray Perales Submission (triangle choke) KOTC 58: Prime Time August 5, 2005 1 4:02 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 3–1–1 Joe Frainee Submission (punches) KOTC 41: Relentless November 14, 2004 1 2:22 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 2–1–1 Diego Sanchez Submission (armbar) KOTC 23: Sin City May 16, 2003 1 4:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 2–0–1 Thomas Schulte Submission (armbar) Ultimate Athlete 3: Vengeance August 10, 2002 1 3:51 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 1–0–1 Eric Duus TKO (punches) Ultimate Athlete 2: The Gathering March 16, 2002 1 4:32 Cabazon, California, United States
Draw 0–0–1 Zach Turnage Draw Kage Kombat 15 May 3, 1999 1 10:00 Los Angeles, California, United States


  1. ^ http://www.kingofthecage.com/verbal_sparring_07.asp
  2. ^ http://www.jokersmma.com/whoweare.html
  3. ^ "Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Mike Guymon Added to UFC 113 Prelims". MMAWeekly.com. Archived from the original on 2010-02-07. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
  4. ^ "Mike Guymon vs. Daniel Roberts targeted for UFC 121 prelims". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  5. ^ "DaMarques Johnson vs. Mike Guymon slated for Jan. 22 UFC Fight Night 23 event". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  6. ^ "Mike Guymon says he's at peace with his retirement following latest octagon defeat". mmabay.co.uk. 2011-01-26. Archived from the original on 2011-10-09. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  7. ^ "BELLATOR 85 RESULTS: MICHAEL CHANDLER, PAT CURRAN DEFEND TITLES". MMA Junkie. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-01-19.
  8. ^ "Mike Guymon retires after recent Bellator win". fightline.com. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  9. ^ a b "Guymon: From Suicide Attempt to UFC Debut". Sherdog.com. 2010-01-08. Retrieved 2011-02-10.

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