Mike Wessel

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Mike Wessel
Born Michael Wade Wessel
(1977-12-02) December 2, 1977 (age 39)
Celina, Ohio, United States
Other names The Juggernaut
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 253.8 lb (115.1 kg; 18.13 st)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 72.5 in (184 cm)
Fighting out of Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States
Team Westside Fight Team
Years active 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 23
Wins 15
By knockout 8
By submission 1
By decision 6
Losses 8
By knockout 7
By submission 1
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.[1]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[2] UFC's Dana White offered the fight to Wessel and he quickly accepted, signing a four-fight deal.[citation needed] Wessel lost in the second round via TKO stoppage after tiring from only having a few days to train.[3]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

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.[4] Wessel had his first fight on the show against Marcus Jones, losing via first round submission armbar.[5]

Wessel was not given a chance to fight on the finale card. After losing to Jones, Wessel was released from his contract.


Wessel's first fight after his stint on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, was against another Ultimate Fighter alumni, Dan Christison. Wessel lost the fight via submission kimura.[6]

Wessel also faced Bellator's veteran Scott Barrett and Strikeforce's veteran Matt Kovacs, losing against Barrett and winning against Kovacs.[7][8]

In the second half of 2012, Wessel signed with Bellator.[9]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Wessel made his debut on August 24, 2012 at Bellator 73 against fellow newcomer Ryan Martinez. He won via split decision (29-28 Wessel, 30-27 Martinez, 29-28 Wessel).[10]

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.[11]

Wessel faced Alexei Kudin on December 7, 2012 at Bellator 83. He won via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).[12]

Wessel then faced Justin Frazier at Bellator 120 on May 17, 2014. He defeated Frazier via first round TKO.[13]

Wessel faced Josh Diekmann at Bellator 123 on September 5, 2014.[14] He lost the fight via knockout 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[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Marcus Jones Submission (armbar) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights 1 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Preliminary bout


  1. ^ http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Mike-Wessel/media?id=
  2. ^ Mike Wessel replaces Mark Burch on UFC 92 preliminary card MMAJunkie.com (December 18, 2008)
  3. ^ UFC 92 results & recap by Robert Sargent (MMARising.com) on December 28, 2008
  4. ^ Episode No. 1 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights" by John Morgan (MMAJunkie.com) on September 16, 2009
  5. ^ Episode No. 8 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights" MMAJunkie.com (November 4, 2009)
  6. ^ CFC 4 play by play – Christison submits Wessel by Keith Grienke (Topmmanews.com) on February 26, 2010
  7. ^ “SportFight X: Middle Tennessee Mayhem” results and photo gallery Prommanow.com (January 30, 2011)
  8. ^ ShoFight 20 live results and play-by-play by Tim Burke (Bloodyelbow.com) on June 16, 2012
  9. ^ Bellator 73 lineup finalized with title fight, two tournament finals MMAJunkie.com (August 3, 2012)
  10. ^ Bellator 73 results: Vegh stops Wiuff; Galvao takes Season 6 bantamweight crown by Steven Marrocco (MMAJunkie.com) on August 24, 2012
  11. ^ Bellator 75 results: Santos, Volkov, Hale, Queiroz advance in heavyweight tourney by Steven Marrocco (MMAJunkie.com) on October 5, 2012
  12. ^ Bellator 83 results: Martinez vs. Shamhalaev by Bryan Tucker (MMAFighting.com) on December 7, 2012
  13. ^ "Bellator 120 Results: Rampage vs. King Mo". mmafighting.com. May 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ "BELLATOR MMA - BELLATOR 123". sherdog.com. 

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