Mike "The Marine" Richman
June 23, 1985 |
Rosemount, Minnesota, United States
|Other names||The Marine|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||69.0 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Rosemount, Minnesota, United States|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
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.
Mixed martial arts career
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
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.
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. 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.
Richman faced Akop Stepanyan at Bellator 106 on November 2, 2013. Richman had been in trouble early in the fight, but floored Stepanyan with a left hook in the first round. He then faced Desmond Green at Bellator 110 in the quarter-finals of the Featherweight Tournament. Richman lost 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. 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.
Richman was expected to face former Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 135 on March 27, 2015. However, the bout was removed from the fight card after Richman suffered an undisclosed injury. The fight eventually took place at Bellator 137 on May 15, 2015. 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.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|24 matches||18 wins||6 losses|
|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|
- "Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck". MMA Junkie. 2010-09-20.
- "Watch Richman / Horodecki Fight".
- "Watch Richman / Spoon Fight".
- "Watch Richman / Jackson Fight".
- "Bellator Schedule". Bellator MMA. 2013-03-01.
- "Tourney finalist Mike Richman vs. Akop Stepanyan joins Bellator 106". mmajunkie.com. 2013-10-15.
- "Bellator 106 results/photos: Mike Richman drops Akop Stepanyan in first". mmajunkie.com. 2013-11-03.
- "Pairings revealed for featherweight-tourney opening round at Bellator 110". mmajunkie.com. January 24, 2014.
- Matt Erickson (April 18, 2014). "Bellator 120 pay-per-view adds Ivanov-Volkov, Held-Freire, three more bouts". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
- "BELLATOR 126". bellator.com.
- Bellator MMA Top Moments of 2014: Biggest Knockouts
- "Nam Phan signs with Bellator, meets Mike Richman in Bellator 131 main-card opener". MMAJunkie.com. October 17, 2014.
- "Bellator 135 Fight Card". bellator.com.
- 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.
- Brent Brookhouse (March 31, 2015). "Three bouts announced for Bellator 137, including Mike Richman vs. Eduardo Dantas". mmajunkie.com.
- 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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