Mike Richman

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Mike Richman
Mike "The Marine" Richman.png
Mike "The Marine" Richman
Born (1985-06-23) June 23, 1985 (age 31)
Rosemount, Minnesota, United States
Other names The Marine
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Bantamweight
Lightweight (formerly)
Reach 69.0 in (175 cm)
Style Boxing
Fighting out of Rosemount, Minnesota, United States
Team The Academy
Years active 2008–present
Professional boxing record
Total 2
Wins 2
By knockout 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 18
By knockout 9
By submission 7
By decision 2
Losses 6
By knockout 1
By decision 5
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michael Richman (born June 23, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's bantamweight division. A professional competitor in mixed martial arts since 2008, Richman is also 2-0 as a professional boxer.[1]


Born and raised in Rosemount, Minnesota, began competing in wrestling from a young age and was also a fan of boxing and mixed martial arts. Richman attended Rosemount High School where he competed in wrestling before joining the United States Marine Corps upon graduating. After serving three tours as an infantryman in Iraq and reaching the rank of Sergeant, Richman began training in mixed martial arts in 2008.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Richman made his professional debut in 2008 and compiled an undefeated record of 8-0 before competing on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Richman was one of 32 contestants selected to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck. In his opening bout to get into the house, Richman lost to Aaron Wilkinson by unanimous decision after two rounds.[3]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Richman made his Bellator MMA debut against WEC veteran Chris Horodecki at Bellator 64. In a huge upset, Richman won via KO at 1:23 of the first round.[4]

After his win over Horodecki, Richman competed in the Bellator Season Seven Featherweight Tournament. In the quarterfinal round at Bellator 76, Richman defeated Jeremy Spoon via head KO 23 seconds into the first round.[5] In the semifinals, he faced Shahbulat Shamhalaev and lost via brutal KO in the first round.

Richman proved he was the superior fighter in his Bellator 88 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal bout against Mitch Jackson. Richman won a decisive first-round TKO victory. Richman dominated Jackson on his feet, dropping him three times with short left hooks.[6]

Richman faced Alexandre Bezerra in the semifinals on March 7, 2013 at Bellator 92. He won the bout via split decision.

Richman faced Magomedrasul Khasbulaev in the Bellator Featherweight Tournament Final on April 4, 2013 in Atlantic City.[7] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Richman faced Akop Stepanyan at Bellator 106 on November 2, 2013.[8] Richman had been in trouble early in the fight, but floored Stepanyan with a left hook in the first round.[9] He then faced Desmond Green at Bellator 110 in the quarter-finals of the Featherweight Tournament.[10] Richman lost via unanimous decision.

Richman faced Goiti Yamauchi on May 17, 2014 at Bellator 120.[11] He lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.

In the fall of 2014, Richman moved down to the bantamweight division. He debuted at 135 against Ed West at Bellator 126 on September 26, 2014.[12] He won the fight via knockout in the first round. He also made his signature 'walk-off knockout', where he backs off the fighter before referee called stoppage on the fight.[13]

Richman faced promotional newcomer Nam Phan at Bellator 131 on November 15, 2014.[14] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.

Richman was expected to face former Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 135 on March 27, 2015.[15] However, the bout was removed from the fight card after Richman suffered an undisclosed injury.[16] The fight eventually took place at Bellator 137 on May 15, 2015.[17] Richman lost the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.

On June 9, 2015 the California State Athletic Commission confirmed that Richman had failed a post fight drug test following his fight against Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 137. He tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs according to CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster and will be suspended two years and fined $2,500 for the rule infraction.[18]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18-7 Lazar Stojadinovic Decision (unanimous) LFA 2: Richman vs. Stojadinovic January 20, 2017 3 5:00 Prior Lake, Minnesota, United States
Loss 18–6 Eduardo Dantas Decision (unanimous) Bellator 137 May 15, 2015 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States Tested positive for banned substances in post-fight drug test.
Win 18–5 Nam Phan KO (punches) Bellator 131 November 15, 2014 1 0:46 San Diego, California, United States
Win 17–5 Ed West KO (punches) Bellator 126 September 26, 2014 1 2:44 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Bantamweight debut.
Loss 16–5 Goiti Yamauchi Decision (unanimous) Bellator 120 May 17, 2014 3 5:00 Southaven, Mississippi, United States
Loss 16–4 Desmond Green Decision (unanimous) Bellator 110 February 28, 2014 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator Season 10 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 16–3 Akop Stepanyan TKO (punches) Bellator 106 November 2, 2013 1 4:05 Long Beach, California, United States
Loss 15–3 Magomedrasul Khasbulaev Decision (unanimous) Bellator 95 April 4, 2013 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season Eight Featherweight Tournament Final.
Win 15–2 Alexandre Bezerra Decision (split) Bellator 92 March 7, 2013 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States Bellator Season Eight Featherweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 14–2 Mitch Jackson TKO (head kick and punches) Bellator 88 February 7, 2013 1 4:57 Duluth, Georgia, United States Bellator Season Eight Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 13–2 Shahbulat Shamhalaev KO (punches) Bellator 79 November 2, 2012 1 1:45 Rama, Ontario, Canada Bellator Season Seven Featherweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 13–1 Jeremy Spoon KO (head kick and punch) Bellator 76 October 12, 2012 1 0:23 Windsor, Ontario, Canada Bellator Season Seven Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 12–1 Chris Horodecki KO (punches) Bellator 64 April 6, 2012 1 1:23 Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Win 11–1 Morgan Sickinger Decision (unanimous) Driller Promotions / SEG: Downtown Showdown 1 November 26, 2011 3 5:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 10–1 Christopher Lane TKO (punches) Riot at the Hyatt: Packer vs. Viking September 23, 2011 1 1:43 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss 9–1 Brian Pearman Decision (split) Seconds Out / Vivid MMA: Showdown at the Sheraton 2 February 26, 2011 3 5:00 Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Win 9–0 Mike Lindquist Submission (rear-naked choke) Seconds Out / Vivid MMA: Combat on Capital Hill 4 November 12, 2010 1 1:14 Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 8–0 Ryan Stock TKO (punches) Seconds Out / Vivid MMA: Tour of Duty 1 February 27, 2010 1 1:14 Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 7–0 Derek Getzel Submission (anaconda choke) Ambition Promotions: The Crucible September 12, 2009 1 3:36 Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 6–0 Wes Ronchi Submission (triangle choke) Brutaal: Fight Night June 3, 2009 2 0:42 Shakopee, Minnesota, United States
Win 5–0 Chris Coplan Submission (rear-naked choke) Brutaal: Fight Night February 13, 2009 1 3:07 Shakopee, Minnesota, United States
Win 4–0 Deryck Ripley Submission Brutaal: Fight Night December 5, 2008 1 4:50 Shakopee, Minnesota, United States
Win 3–0 Mel Ott Submission (armbar) Brutaal: Fight Night September 5, 2008 1 1:10 Shakopee, Minnesota, United States
Win 2–0 Rob Degroot Submission (armbar) Brutaal: Fight Night June 27, 2008 1 0:48 Shakopee, Minnesota, United States
Win 1–0 Jason Trett TKO (punches) Brutaal: Fight Night April 25, 2008 1 1:45 Shakopee, Minnesota, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1231685-bellator-mmas-mike-richman-earns-second-professional-boxing-win-in-minnesota
  2. ^ http://www.mikerichman.com/aaron-wilkinson-v-mike-richman-dont-count-me-out/
  3. ^ "Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck". MMA Junkie. 2010-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Watch Richman / Horodecki Fight". 
  5. ^ "Watch Richman / Spoon Fight". 
  6. ^ "Watch Richman / Jackson Fight". 
  7. ^ "Bellator Schedule". Bellator MMA. 2013-03-01. 
  8. ^ "Tourney finalist Mike Richman vs. Akop Stepanyan joins Bellator 106". mmajunkie.com. 2013-10-15. 
  9. ^ "Bellator 106 results/photos: Mike Richman drops Akop Stepanyan in first". mmajunkie.com. 2013-11-03. 
  10. ^ "Pairings revealed for featherweight-tourney opening round at Bellator 110". mmajunkie.com. January 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ Matt Erickson (April 18, 2014). "Bellator 120 pay-per-view adds Ivanov-Volkov, Held-Freire, three more bouts". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ "BELLATOR 126". bellator.com. 
  13. ^ Bellator MMA Top Moments of 2014: Biggest Knockouts
  14. ^ "Nam Phan signs with Bellator, meets Mike Richman in Bellator 131 main-card opener". MMAJunkie.com. October 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Bellator 135 Fight Card". bellator.com. 
  16. ^ Jason Floyd (March 9, 2015). "Mike Richman vs. Eduardo Dantas scratched from Bellator 135; L.C. Davis vs. Hideo Tokoro elevated from prelims to co-main event". themmareport.com. 
  17. ^ Brent Brookhouse (March 31, 2015). "Three bouts announced for Bellator 137, including Mike Richman vs. Eduardo Dantas". mmajunkie.com. 
  18. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-06-09). "Bellator's Mike Richman suspended two years after failed drug test". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 

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