|Born||Michael Wade Wessel
December 2, 1977
Celina, Ohio, United States
|Other names||The Juggernaut|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||253.8 lb (115.1 kg; 18.13 st)|
|Reach||72.5 in (184 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States|
|Team||Westside Fight Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Michael Wade Wessel (born December 2, 1977) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Heavyweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2007, Wessel formerly competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championships and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.
Born and raised in Celina, Ohio, Wessel played football at Celina High School as a defensive tackle and was talented, earning a scholarship to the University of St. Francis where he played nose tackle. Wessel later competed in the Arena Football League before accepting a strength and conditioning coaching job at the University of Arkansas. It was during his time in Arkansas when Wessel began to train mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts
Ultimate Fighting Championship
He made his UFC debut against Antoni Hardonk at UFC 92. He accepted the fight on a week notice after Hardonk's original opponent dropped out due to injury. UFC's Dana White offered the fight to Wessel and he quickly accepted, signing a four-fight deal. Wessel lost in the second round via TKO stoppage after tiring from only having a few days to train.
The Ultimate Fighter
After losing to Hardonk in his UFC debut, Wessel took a spot on the Spike TV reality show, The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights. He was the last pick for Team Rashad Evans. Wessel had his first fight on the show against Marcus Jones, losing via first round submission armbar.
Wessel was not given a chance to fight on the finale card. After losing to Jones, Wessel was released from his contract.
Wessel next entered the Bellator season seven heavyweight tournament, facing Rich Hale on October 5, 2012 at Bellator 75 for a spot in the semifinals. Hale defeated Wessel via TKO in the first round.
Wessel faced Frank Tate at Bellator 162 on October 21, 2016. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||15 wins||8 losses|
|Win||15–8||Frank Tate||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 162||October 21, 2016||3||5:00||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||14–8||Josh Diekmann||KO (punches)||Bellator 123||September 5, 2014||1||0:47||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||14–7||Justin Frazier||TKO (punches)||Bellator 120||May 17, 2014||1||4:28||Southaven, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||13–7||Michal Kita||TKO (punches)||Pro MMA Challenge 1: Drwal vs. Heleno||March 1, 2014||1||2:11||Wroclaw, Poland|
|Loss||13–6||Robert Neal||TKO (punches)||PFMMAC: PrizeFight MMA Championships||July 13, 2013||1||0:13||Tunica, Mississippi, United States||For the PrizeFight Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||13–5||Alexei Kudin||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 83||December 7, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||12–5||Rich Hale||TKO (punches)||Bellator 75||October 5, 2012||1||1:19||Hammond, Indiana, United States||Bellator Season Seven Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||12–4||Ryan Martinez||Decision (split)||Bellator 73||August 24, 2012||3||5:00||Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||11–4||Matt Kovacs||TKO (punches)||SF: ShoFight 20||June 16, 2012||2||4:50||Springfield, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||10–4||Scott Barrett||TKO (punches)||SportFight X: Middle Tennessee Mayhem||January 29, 2011||1||3:53||Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||10–3||Chris Hawk||TKO (punches)||AXC 10: War of the Machines||October 9, 2010||1||2:19||Little Rock, Arkansas, United States|
|Win||9–3||Jack Armstrong||TKO (punches)||AXC 8: Friday Fury||June 18, 2010||1||2:39||Little Rock, Arkansas, United States|
|Loss||8–3||Dan Christison||Submission (kimura)||CFC 4: Wessel vs. Christison||February 26, 2010||3||3:56||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Loss||8–2||Antoni Hardonk||TKO (punches)||UFC 92||December 27, 2008||2||2:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–1||Aaron Winterlee||Submission||Subzero Fighting||August 2, 2008||1||1:59||Little Rock, Arkansas, United States|
|Win||7–1||Rudy Lindsey||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Fighting League||May 17, 2008||2||5:00||Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||6–1||Patrick Castillo||Decision (split)||AOW: GIs vs. Pros||April 19, 2008||3||5:00||Tunica, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||5–1||Mark Bier||TKO (punches)||Ring Rulers||March 8, 2008||1||0:45||Shreveport, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||4–1||Matt Thomas||TKO (punches)||Subzero Fighting||January 12, 2008||1||N/A||Little Rock, Arkansas, United States|
|Win||3–1||Matt Thomas||KO (punches)||AOW: Art of War 4||October 27, 2007||1||2:42||Tunica, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Aaron Wintterle||KO (punch)||Xtreme Fighting League||August 11, 2007||2||0:28||Alabama, United States|
|Win||2–0||Rudy Lindsey||Decision (unanimous)||Xtreme Fighting League||August 11, 2007||3||2:00||Alabama, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jason Lee||TKO (punches)||Xtreme Fighting League||August 11, 2007||3||1:18||Alabama, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||0–1||Marcus Jones||Submission (armbar)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights||1||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Preliminary bout|
- Mike Wessel replaces Mark Burch on UFC 92 preliminary card MMAJunkie.com (December 18, 2008)
- UFC 92 results & recap by Robert Sargent (MMARising.com) on December 28, 2008
- Episode No. 1 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights" by John Morgan (MMAJunkie.com) on September 16, 2009
- Episode No. 8 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights" MMAJunkie.com (November 4, 2009)
- CFC 4 play by play – Christison submits Wessel by Keith Grienke (Topmmanews.com) on February 26, 2010
- “SportFight X: Middle Tennessee Mayhem” results and photo gallery Prommanow.com (January 30, 2011)
- ShoFight 20 live results and play-by-play by Tim Burke (Bloodyelbow.com) on June 16, 2012
- Bellator 73 lineup finalized with title fight, two tournament finals MMAJunkie.com (August 3, 2012)
- Bellator 73 results: Vegh stops Wiuff; Galvao takes Season 6 bantamweight crown by Steven Marrocco (MMAJunkie.com) on August 24, 2012
- Bellator 75 results: Santos, Volkov, Hale, Queiroz advance in heavyweight tourney by Steven Marrocco (MMAJunkie.com) on October 5, 2012
- Bellator 83 results: Martinez vs. Shamhalaev by Bryan Tucker (MMAFighting.com) on December 7, 2012
- "Bellator 120 Results: Rampage vs. King Mo". mmafighting.com. May 17, 2014.
- "BELLATOR MMA - BELLATOR 123". sherdog.com.