Steve Carl

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Steve Carl
Born (1984-12-20) December 20, 1984 (age 32)
Belle Plaine, Iowa, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 72.0
Fighting out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Team American Top Team
Years active 2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 28
Wins 22
By knockout 2
By submission 17
By decision 3
Losses 6
By knockout 2
By submission 2
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Steven Joseph "Steve" Carl[1] (born December 20, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist. A professional MMA competitor since 2005, Carl previously competed for Bellator from 2010 to 2011 and currently competes in the Welterweight division for the World Series of Fighting. He is the former WSOF Welterweight Champion.


Carl was a 2003 graduate of Belle Plaine High School, in Belle Plaine, Iowa. While there he enjoyed a successful wrestling career where he qualified for the state tournament in 2001. He was also a S.I.C.L (South Iowa Cedar League) and Sectional Champion in 2003. He graduated from Kirkwood Community College with the class of 2009.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

While in the Army Carl started training at the Grapplers Lair, after two months of training and no amateur fights Carl made his professional debut on November 5, 2005 against Andrew Perkins, winning the fight via submission (strikes).

Carl went undefeated at 5-0 before taking his first loss to future UFC fighter, Brian Foster. Carl rattled off seven consecutive wins, six of which were finishes, before being signed by Bellator.


Carl made his debut for the promotion on April 22, 2010 at Bellator 15 in the Bellator Season 2 Welterweight Tournament. He was matched against Brett Cooper and after three close rounds, Carl won the fight via split decision.

In the semi-final round Carl was matched against Sengoku veteran, Dan Hornbuckle, at Bellator 19. Carl lost the fight midway into the first round via submission, eliminating him from the tournament.

Carl took an off-tournament fight against Tyler Stinson at Bellator 26. Midway into the first round Carl applied a guillotine choke and choked Stinson unconscious. The impressive win earned him entry into the next season Welterweight Tournament. However, Carl injured his foot and was unable to compete in the tournament.

Carl entered into the Bellator Season Five Welterweight Tournament, and was matched against the tournament favorite Douglas Lima. The fight took place at Bellator 49. Carl lost the fight via unanimous decision. Carl was released from the promotion after the loss.


In December 2011 Carl made his post-Bellator debut fighting for Far Eastern Federation of Modern Pankration in Russia. He defeated Rustam Bogatirev via submission in the first round.

On March 2, 2012 Carl fought Mason Temiquel, taking the fight on only one day's notice, winning via submission and then on July 28, 2012 later defeated Vic Hall via submission, both in the first round. Carl defeated Andrew Trace via first round submission at Madtown Throwdown on August 11, 2012.

World Series of Fighting[edit]

In late 2012, Carl signed with upstart Las Vegas promotion World Series of Fighting. His debut came at the promotion's first event, World Series of Fighting 1, held on November 3, 2012 against Ramico Blackmon. Steve Carl won the fight via rear naked choke submission in the first round.[3]

Steve Carl defeated Tyson Steele on June 14, 2013 at WSOF 3 via rear-naked choke submission in round one.[4]

Steve Carl fought Josh Burkman and won via triangle choke submission in the fourth round at WSOF 6 to become the first WSOF Welterweight Championship.[5]

Carl made his first title defense at WSOF 9 on March 29, 2014 against UFC vet Rousimar Palhares.[6] He lost the bout due to submission in the first round.

The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians[edit]

Steve Carl was confirmed as a cast member for The Ultimate Fighter 21 representing American Top Team[7]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22–6 Beslan Isaev Decision (unanimous) ACB 49: Rostov Onslaught November 26, 2016 3 5:00 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Loss 22–5 Belal Muhammad TKO (punches) Titan FC 38: Carl vs. Muhammad April 30, 2016 4 4:07 Florida, United States For The Titan FC Welterweight Title.
Win 22–4 Beslan Ushukov Submission (rear-naked choke) Akhmat Fight Show 13: Battle in Grozny December 26, 2015 3 3:17 Grozny, Russia
Loss 21–4 Rousimar Palhares Submission (inverted heel hook) WSOF 9 March 29, 2014 1 1:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost the WSOF Welterweight Championship.
Win 21–3 Joshua Burkman Technical Submission (triangle choke) WSOF 6 October 26, 2013 4 1:02 Coral Gables, Florida, United States Won the inaugural WSOF Welterweight Championship.
Win 20–3 Tyson Steele Submission (rear-naked choke) WSOF 3 June 14, 2013 1 1:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 19–3 Ramico Blackmon Submission (rear-naked choke) WSOF 1 November 3, 2012 1 2:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18–3 Andrew Trace Submission (rear-naked choke) Madtown Throwdown 28 August 11, 2012 1 0:55 Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Win 17–3 Vic Hall Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Challenge 216 July 28, 2012 1 1:25 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Win 16–3 Mason Temiquel Submission (kimura) Midwest Cage Championship 39 March 2, 2012 1 3:01 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 15–3 Rustam Bogatirev Submission (triangle choke) FEFoMP: Battle of Empires December 17, 2011 1 3:50 Khabarovsk Krai, Russia
Loss 14–3 Douglas Lima Decision (unanimous) Bellator 49 September 10, 2011 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Season Five Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinals.
Win 14–2 Tyler Stinson Technical Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 26 August 26, 2010 1 2:30 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 13–2 Dan Hornbuckle Submission (kimura) Bellator 19 May 20, 2010 1 2:31 Grand Prairie, Texas, United States Season Two Welterweight Tournament Semifinals.
Win 13–1 Brett Cooper Decision (split) Bellator 15 April 22, 2010 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Season Two Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinals.
Win 12–1 Mo Spears Submission (punches) Warriors 4 Warriors 2 November 27, 2009 1 1:19 Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Win 11–1 Victor Moreno Submission (armbar) MFDM: Maxfights 1 June 19, 2009 1 1:32 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 10–1 Ivan Ivanov Submission (rear-naked choke) M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 3 March 28, 2009 1 3:31 Bourgas, Bulgaria
Win 9–1 Matt Delanoit Submission (triangle choke) Midwest Cage Championships 18 January 16, 2009 3 1:27 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 8–1 James Warfield Decision (unanimous) Warriors 4 Warriors 1 November 8, 2008 3 5:00 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Win 7–1 Brian Green TKO (punches) Conquest Fighting Championship 1 September 27, 2008 1 3:34 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 6–1 Conan Cano Submission (guillotine choke) King of Kombat 4 July 26, 2008 1 0:59 Austin, Texas, United States
Loss 5–1 Brian Foster TKO (punches) Masters of the Cage 7 December 2, 2006 1 4:34 Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Win 5–0 Raheem Williams Submission Renegades Extreme Fighting September 30, 2006 2 2:59 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 4–0 James White Submission Ultimate Texas Showdown 5 April 29, 2006 1 2:25 Texas, United States
Win 3–0 Brandon Berkey TKO (punches) Ultimate Texas Showdown 4 February 25, 2006 2 2:08 Texas, United States
Win 2–0 Henry Buchanan Decision (unanimous) Renegades Extreme Fighting February 10, 2006 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 1–0 Andrew Perkins Submission (punches) Xtreme Fight Championship 4 November 5, 2005 1 N/A Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–2 Kamaru Usman Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 21 June 17, 2015 (airdate) 2 5:00 Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Loss 0–1 Valdir Araújo Submission (guillotine choke) The Ultimate Fighter 21 May 6, 2015 (airdate) 2 4:13 Boca Raton, Florida, United States


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