Richard Walsh (fighter)

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Richard Walsh
BornRichard Walsh
(1988-12-01) 1 December 1988 (age 30)
Other namesFilthy Rich
ResidenceSydney, Australia
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Reach73 in (185 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofSydney, Australia
TeamVT1 Mixed Martial Arts Academy & Gracie Academy Chatswood
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission1
By decision4
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision2
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Richard "Richy" Walsh (born 1 December 1988) is an Australian mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of the UFC. He was also a semi-finalist on The Ultimate Fighter: Canada vs. Australia.


Walsh graduated from St. Ignatius College in Sydney in 2006. He went on to complete a bachelor's degree in construction at the University of New South Wales before going to study abroad at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Walsh also enrolled in postgraduate law, but chose instead to pursue mixed martial arts. He trains out of VT1 Martial Arts in Chatswood.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Walsh competed extensively before becoming a professional athlete. He has fought in both amateur Muay Thai and western boxing where he holds records of 10–0 and 6–0 respectively. He is also a former Brazilian jiu-jitsu state champion.[5]

Early professional career[edit]

Walsh made his professional mixed martial arts debut on 29 May 2009 when he defeated Tahu Pauro by first-round submission. He went on to fight seven more times, four of which ended in first round victories, before auditioning for TUF: Nations.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

On 5 December 2013, it was announced that Walsh had been selected as one of the welterweight fighters representing Australia for The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia. The reality show was led by Patrick Côté and Kyle Noke and premiered in early 2014.[6]

In episode five of the show Walsh, who was placed on Team Noke, faced Matt DesRoches from Team Cote. Dominating the fight from start to finish, Walsh scored a unanimous decision and earned the second win for his team. He proceeded to the semi-finals of the competition.[7]

In the semi-finals, Walsh faced the much-touted Olivier Aubin-Mercier. Walsh was defeated in the first round via rear-naked choke.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Walsh fought former teammate Chris Indich on the undercard of The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy.[9] The event took place on 16 April 2014 at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.[10] Walsh was able to control the fight for three rounds and was awarded a unanimous decision as a result.[11][12]

Walsh faced Kiichi Kunimoto at UFC Fight Night 52.[13] He lost the fight via controversial split decision. Many prominent MMA sites and fighters scored the bout in Walsh's favour given his dominance in the first two rounds of the fight.[14]

Walsh faced Alan Jouban on 28 February 2015 at UFC 184.[15] Jouban won the fight via knockout in the first round.[16]

Walsh faced Steve Kennedy on 15 November 2015 at UFC 193.[17] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[18]

Walsh faced Viscardi Andrade on 20 March 2016 at UFC Fight Night 85.[19] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[20]

Walsh next faced Jonathan Meunier on 27 November 2016 at UFC Fight Night 101.[21] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[22]

In May 2017, Walsh was released from the company.

Post Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Walsh was awarded his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in January 2018. Soon thereafter, he migrated to China to teach MMA full time.

Personal life[edit]

Walsh trained at the same gym as fellow UFC fighter and TUF 20 alumni Alex Chambers prior to the latter's departure in mid 2015. Unlike Chambers, Walsh originally had no intention of competing. However, he has been a longtime fan of MMA and combat sports which finally led to his decision to turn professional.[23]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–4 (1) Jonathan Meunier Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson 27 November 2016 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
NC 9–3 (1) Viscardi Andrade No Contest (overturned) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir 20 March 2016 3 5:00 Brisbane, Australia Originally a unanimous decision for Andrade, overturned when he tested positive for stanozolol
Win 9–3 Steve Kennedy Decision (unanimous) UFC 193 15 November 2015 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Loss 8–3 Alan Jouban KO (elbow and punches) UFC 184 28 February 2015 1 2:19 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 8–2 Kiichi Kunimoto Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson 20 September 2014 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 8–1 Chris Indich Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy 16 April 2014 3 5:00 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Win 7–1 Aaron Forsterling Decision (unanimous) BRACE 18 21 December 2012 3 5:00 Canberra, Australia
Win 6–1 Amer Hussein TKO (punches) Proud Warrior Productions 5: Magalhaes vs. Brown 14 September 2012 1 Sydney, Australia
Win 5–1 Callan Potter KO (knee) Gladiators Cage Fighting: Series 2 31 August 2012 1 4:15 Cronulla, Australia
Win 4–1 Josh Russell KO (punches) War on the North Shore 15 17 April 2012 1 1:10 Kallangur, Australia
Win 3–1 Adriano Magnani TKO (punches) Pro Cagefighting 1: Gladiators 12 June 2011 1 4:30 Sydney, Australia
Loss 2–1 Robert Whittaker Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fighting Championships 11 20 November 2009 2 2:40 Sydney, Australia
Win 2–0 Blake Doering Decision (unanimous) War on the North Shore 10 25 July 2009 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia
Win 1–0 Tahu Pauro Submission (rear-naked choke) Elite Fight Night 8 29 May 2009 1 3:30 Penrith, Australia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Richard Walsh – Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Richard Walsh's profile". Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Richy Walsh MMA – About". Facebook. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved on 23 July 2014.
  5. ^ "". Retrieved on 23 July 2014.
  6. ^ Helwani, Ariel. "TUF Nations: Canada vs. Australia cast revealed", "". 5 December 2013. Retrieved on 23 July 2014.
  7. ^ Downes, Dan. "TUF Nations: Episode 5 Recap", "". 12 February 2014. Retrieved on 23 July 2014.
  8. ^ Bohn, Mike. "TUF Nations: Canada vs. Australia cast revealed", "". 2 April 2014. Retrieved on 23 July 2014.
  9. ^ Ducey, Liam. "Perth mixed martial arts fighter Chris Indich needs decisive victory in UFC showdown", "The Sydney Morning Herald", Australia, 15 April 2014. Retrieved on 24 July 2014.
  10. ^ Grienke, Keith. "UFC Headed To Quebec City For April 16 Event", "",10 December 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  11. ^ Ducey, Liam. "Perth fighter Chris Indich outclassed in UFC debut", "The Sydney Morning Herald", Australia, 17 April 2014. Retrieved on 23 July 2014.
  12. ^ Herbertson, Lisa. "Polished Fighter Earns UFC Fans", "North Shore Times", Australia, 30 April 2014. Retrieved on 24 July 2014.
  13. ^ Neil Rooke (17 July 2014). "Richard Walsh vs. Kiichi Kunimoto Slated for UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan". Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  14. ^ Al-Shatti, Shaun. "UFC Fight Night 52 in Tweets: Pros react to Mark Hunt's walk-off KO of Roy Nelson, more", "MMA Fighting",20 September 2014. Retrieved on 21 September 2014.
  15. ^ Staff (11 December 2014). "Alan Jouban vs. Richard Walsh booked for UFC 184 in Los Angeles". Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  16. ^ Brent Brookhouse (28 February 2015). "UFC 184 results, photos: Alan Jouban devastates Richard Walsh with nasty elbow". Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  17. ^ Emma Shallands (20 August 2015). "Etihad Stadium official for UFC 193, a host of Australian fighters announced for lineup". Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  18. ^ Ben Fowlkes (14 November 2015). "UFC 193 results: Richard Walsh controls Steven Kennedy to take decision". Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  19. ^ Neil Rooke (19 January 2016). "Viscardi Andrade vs. Richard Walsh set for UFC Brisbane". Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  20. ^ Steven Marrocco (19 March 2016). "UFC Fight Night 85 results: Viscardi Andrade outgrapples Richard Walsh for decision win". Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  21. ^ Staff (29 September 2016). "Richard Walsh meets Jonathan Meunier at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  22. ^ Steven Marrocco (27 November 2016). "UFC Fight Night 101 results: Jonathan Meunier's kicks lead to decision over Richard Walsh". Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  23. ^ Murray, Oliver. "VT1 Academy fighters Richard Walsh and Alex Chambers take step closer to Ultimate Fighting Championship dreams", "Daily Telegraph", Sydney, 16 December 2013. Retrieved on 23 July 2014.

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