September 22, 1982 |
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Other names||The Watchman|
|Residence||Indiana, United States|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Team||Integrated Fighting Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Shamar Bailey is a retired American mixed martial artist who competed in the Lightweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2006, Bailey has formerly competed for the UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator, M-1 Global, and was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.
The son of a devoted pastor father, Shamar Bailey was raised in a strict Christian household which moved him across state lines six times before his 20th birthday. These moves were due to his dad's full-time corporate re-locations. Bailey was homeschooled until his senior year of high school when he elected to attend the local Greenwood, Indiana, public school. During his senior season at Center Grove High School, Bailey excelled on the varsity wrestling team, going undefeated over the course of the year. After high school, Bailey attended college and majored in church-ministry.
Mixed martial arts career
Building on his impressive senior year at Center Grove, Bailey entered Division III Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Wisconsin where he continued to thrive on the mats, earning All-Conference three times and being named NCAA National Qualifier. The Church Ministries major returned to Indianapolis after graduation and began to train with Jake O'Brien and Chris Lytle to stay active as he mulled over an offer to move to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center with the World Team training camp. Bailey began to feel more comfortable in the sport and decided to decline the invitation in order to pursue mixed martial arts and soon after, in 2006, Bailey had his first professional fight, a first-round TKO victory over Jason Cook.
For the past four years, Bailey has trained with Integrated Fighting Academy while also working part-time for the Indianapolis Fire Department with Chris Lytle. During this time, he has earned notable victories over John Kolosci and Waachiim Spiritwolf.
Bailey made his Strikeforce on November 7, 2009, when he faced John Kolosci at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers. He won his debut via unanimous decision. Bailey then replaced an injured Bryan Travers, as he fought Justin Wilcox at Strikeforce Challengers 7 on March 26, 2010. He lost via unanimous decision and was subsequently released.
The Ultimate Fighter
In 2011, it was announced that Bailey had signed with the UFC to compete in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.
Bailey was picked first on Team dos Santos and second overall. In the first preliminary bout of the season, Bailey was selected to fight Nordin Asrih. Bailey used his wrestling to control Asrih on the ground and win a clear-cut decision.
In the quarterfinals, he fought Chris Cope but lost via unanimous decision after two rounds. After the fight Shamar was visibly upset with the decision, saying numerous times, "he fought well, but not that good".
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Even though he lost in the quarterfinals, Bailey remained signed after the show. He made his official UFC debut June 4, 2011 on The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale card, fighting against fellow quarterfinalist and teammate, Ryan McGillivray. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Bailey faced Danny Castillo on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139. During the official weigh ins, Bailey failed to make the weight limit for the Lightweight division. Bailey came in three pounds over, which resulted being fined 20 percent of his earnings, and the bout took place at a Catchweight of 158 lb. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round. After the loss to Castillo, Bailey was released from the promotion.
Bailey was scheduled to face UFC veteran Karo Parisyan at ShoFight 20 on June 16, 2012 for the vacant ShoFight Welterweight Championship. However, due to a medical suspension, Bailey was pulled from the fight and replaced by John Gunderson
Xtreme Fighting Championships
On October 7, 2014, Bailey announced his retirement from MMA competition.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||16 wins||11 losses|
|Loss||16–11||Mark Stoddard||TKO (punches)||Pinnacle Combat XVII||October 4, 2014||1||1:44||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States||For the Pinnacle Combat Welterweight Championship.|
|Loss||16–10||Kevin Nowaczyk||Decision (unanimous)||HFC 19||February 8, 2014||3||5:00||Valparaiso, Indiana, United States|
|Win||16–9||Jordin Hinman||Decision (unanimous)||APFC 11: Champion vs. Champion||June 22, 2013||3||5:00||McCook, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||15–9||Luis Santos||TKO (head kick and punches)||XFC 23: Louisville Slugfest||April 19, 2013||1||1:02||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||15–8||Gideon Ray||Decision (unanimous)||Flawless FC 2: Hated||December 15, 2012||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||14–8||David Overfield||TKO (punches)||Colosseum Combat 22||September 29, 2012||2||0:18||Kokomo, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||13–8||Joshua Williams||Submission (armbar)||Warfare 6 - Fight Night||August 24, 2012||2||2:25||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States|
|Loss||13–7||Lucas Pimenta Borges||TKO (punches)||Ultimate Warrior Fighting: Tournament of Warriors||May 4, 2012||1||2:30||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Loss||13–6||Josh Shockley||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 60||March 9, 2012||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States||165 lb Catchweight|
|Win||13–5||Darrell Smith||Submission (D'arce choke)||Colosseum Combat XIX||January 7, 2012||3||3:53||Kokomo, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||12–5||Danny Castillo||TKO (punches)||UFC 139||November 19, 2011||1||4:52||San Jose, California, United States||Bailey missed weight; 158 lb Catchweight|
|Loss||12–4||Evan Dunham||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger||September 17, 2011||3||5:00||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States||Return to Lightweight|
|Win||12–3||Ryan McGillivray||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale||June 4, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Welterweight bout|
|Loss||11–3||Kurt Kinser||TKO (cut)||LOF 41: Damage Incorporated||September 10, 2010||1||5:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Lightweight debut|
|Loss||11–2||Justin Wilcox||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe||March 26, 2010||3||5:00||Fresno, California, United States||160 lb Catchweight|
|Win||11–1||John Kolosci||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers||November 7, 2009||3||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States|
|Win||10–1||Raymond Jarman||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge 18: Netherlands Day Two||August 16, 2009||2||3:15||Hilversum, Netherlands|
|Win||9–1||Rodney Sleepers||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: The Renewal||June 20, 2009||3||5:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||8–1||James George||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFL: Fight Night at The Murat||December 13, 2008||1||2:04||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||7–1||Roger Bowling||TKO (punches)||RFL: Hostile Takeover||April 26, 2008||1||0:28||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||7–0||Gabriel Miranda||DQ||Warriors Collide 2||February 9, 2008||3||3:30||Pueblo, Colorado, United States|
|Win||6–0||Waachiim Spiritwolf||Decision (unanimous)||Revolution Fight League 1||December 1, 2007||3||5:00||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||5–0||Matt Delanoit||Decision (unanimous)||UFL: Fight Night at Conseco Fieldhouse||May 19, 2007||3||5:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4–0||Mike Firari||TKO (punches)||Madtown Throwdown 10||January 12, 2007||N/A||N/A||Madison, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||3–0||Salazar Sanchez||TKO (punches)||LOF 12: Black Tie Battles||December 31, 2006||2||2:39||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||2–0||Courtney Ray||Submission||United Fight League 3||October 20, 2006||1||N/A||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jason Cook||TKO (punches)||United Fight League 2||August 25, 2006||1||N/A||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
Amateur mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||1 win||0 losses|
|Win||1–0||Rod Montoya||Decision (unanimous)||United Fight League 1||June 23, 2006||3||5:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
- "Meet "The Ultimate Fighter 13" cast: Shamar Bailey, the church-ministry major". mmajunkie.com. April 4, 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
- "Report: John Kolosci vs. Shamar Bailey set for "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers" prelims". mmajunkie.com. October 10, 2009. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
- "Shamar Bailey replaces injured Bryan Travers on Strikeforce Challengers VII main card". mmajunkie.com. February 19, 2010. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
- "Ultimate Fighter 13: Episode 1 Recap and Discussion for 'Lesnar vs dos Santos'". mmamania.com. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
- "Episode No. 8 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 13: Team Lesnar vs. Team Dos Santos"". mmajunkie.com. May 19, 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
- "TUF 13 Finale prelims add Edwards vs. Harvison, Bailey vs. McGillivray". mmajunkie.com. June 2, 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
- "UFC Results TUF 13 Finale: Shamar Bailey Smothers Ryan McGillivray, Wins by Unanimous Decision". bloodyelbow.com. June 4, 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
- "Evan Dunham vs. Shamar Bailey set for UFC Fight Night 25". mmajunkie.com. July 17, 2011.
- "Shamar Bailey vs. Danny Castillo is 12th addition to UFC 139 fight card". mmajunkie.com. October 18, 2011.
- "UFC 139 official weigh-in results: Henderson (203), 'Shogun' (205) on weight (Updated)". MMAJunkie.com. November 18, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
- "UFC 139 results: Danny Castillo stops Shamar Bailey via ground and pound". mmajunkie.com. November 19, 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
- "The axe falls on Shamar Bailey’s short octagon career". mmabay.co.uk. December 2, 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
- "Karo Parisyan vs. John Gunderson Now Headlines ShoFights on June 16 in Missouri". mmaweekly.com. May 25, 2012. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
- "Why XFC 23 headliner Shamar Bailey wanted an opponent with 54 career victories". mmajunkie.com. April 17, 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
- "XFC 23 results: Luis Santos makes quick and easy work of Shamar Bailey". MMAJunkie.com. April 20, 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
- "UFC, 'TUF 13,' Bellator vet Shamar Bailey announces MMA retirement". MMAJunkie.com. October 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-07.
- "HFC 19 Official Results". mixedmartialarts.com. February 8, 2014.
- "APFC 11: Champion vs Champion Official Results". mixedmartialarts.com. June 22, 2013.