Tim Carpenter (fighter)

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Tim Carpenter
Born (1980-07-24) July 24, 1980 (age 36)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Fighting out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Team Nak Muay Gym
Rank Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 9
By knockout 1
By submission 4
By decision 4
Losses 2
By knockout 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Tim Carpenter (born July 24, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Light Heavyweight division.

Early life[edit]

Tim Carpenter was born in West Chester Pa. He was the youngest of 5 kids. His father was a public school social studies teacher and his mother worked at west chester university. He was a very fat child and teenager growing up. At the age of 15 he began training in Judo under Pa state Champion Joe Condello who was one of Ishikawa senseis top american students. Through his training in judo he began to lose weight and get in shape and began to compete in Judo competitions. He went on to become one of the top ranked junior judo athletes in the country placing 2nd in the 97 USJI highschool nationals, 1st in the 98 USJI National Junior Olympic championships, 1st place in the 98 Pa state Judo championship. His success in competition earned him an opportunity to train for a short time at the US olympic training center. Living and training with some of the top athletes in the world.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Judo and Jiu Jistu[edit]

In 1997 he began training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Steve Maxwell and Phil Migliarese at Maxercise in Philadelphia. Maxercise was one of the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu academies in the united states and was frequently visited by Gracie family members, notably Royce, Rorion, Relson, as well as many of their top instructors. Tim was awarded his blue belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu by Royce Gracie after attending a seminar in philadelphia and Royce watching him roll with several more advanced students after only 4 months of training in jiu jitsu.

When Maxercise closed Tim became a member of Team Balance under Relson Gracie Blackbelt Phil Migliarese. He was one of the original instructors at Balance Headquarters for several years as well as one of the top competitors for the team winning numerous grappling and Jiu Jitsu titles including

2004 purple belt Pan American Jiu Jitsu Champion

2004 Arnold World Gracie Jiu Jitsu Champion Purple belt

2004 IBJJF US national silver medalist

2005 IBJJF Brown Belt USA vs. Brazil Champion

2005 Arnold World Gracie Jiu Jitsu Champion Brown Belt

2005 Gracie Worlds Submission wrestling Champion

Multiple Time Grapplers Quest Champion

NAGA Champion

2007 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling world Championship Invitee and semi finalist

After years of competing in and winning some of the top Jiu Jitsu and Grappling competitions on the planet Tim was awarded his black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu from Phil Migliarese and Relson Gracie.

Early MMA career[edit]

After receiving his black belt, Tim decided to pursue a career in MMA. He went undefeated in his first seven fights, winning the light heavyweight title for two separate organizations, and both the Sportfighting and Combat in the Cage light heavyweight belts belonged to Tim.


Despite being undefeated in his first seven fights, he did not have an easy path. He fought and defeated three world class BJJ blackbelts including Guybson Sa, fellow American BJJ phenom Jamal Patterson, and Daniel Gracie.

His victory over Jamal Patterson in Bellator 33[1] earned him a slot in the very first Bellator LHW tournament against Patterson's team mate and BJJ Blackbelt world champion Daniel Gracie.[2][3] The fight lasted all three rounds, with Tim Carpenter dominating both the striking and grappling, scoring several knockdowns and close submission attempts on the Brazilian and earning him a hard fought decision victory and advancing to the next round of the tournament where he suffered an early stoppage loss to Christian M’pumbu.[4]

Carpenter rebounded from this loss with a spectacular highlight reel Knockout victory over MMA veteran and D-1 wrestler Ryan Contaldi at Bellator 54.[5]

His next fight saw him fighting in the second Bellator LHW tournament, Bellator 71. Carpenter won the fight via armbar submission in the second round.[6] He was scheduled for an undercard fight against the durable John Hawk, but earned a spot as a last minute replacement when Richard Hale failed to make weight.

He took on the hard hitting former heavyweight Beau Tribolet. He dominated the action in the first round before weathering a storm of hard punches in the second round to secure a text book armbar from the guard and earning a submission victory with only seconds left on the clock.

His next fight was a decision loss to hulking American wrestler Travis Wiuff.[7]

After his last fight, Carpenter decided to retire from MMA and open his own martial arts academy in order to share his knowledge with others. In his time as an instructor, coach, and mentor, he has helped countless people improve their lives and pursue their dreams through the martial arts. He has produced BJJ world champions, and successful grappling competitors, along with professional and amateur MMA fighters.

His academy, Nak Muay Gym is not focused on producing cage fighters, but rather on helping people improve their lives through training in the martial arts.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–2 Travis Wiuff Decision (unanimous) Bellator 72 July 20, 2012 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States Bellator 2012 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 9–1 Beau Tribolet Submission (armbar) Bellator 71 June 22, 2012 2 4:51 Chester, West Virginia, United States Bellator 2012 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 8–1 Ryan Contaldi TKO (punch) Bellator 54 October 15, 2011 1 2:16 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 7–1 Christian M'Pumbu TKO (punches) Bellator 42 April 23, 2011 1 2:08 Concho, Oklahoma, United States Bellator Season 4 Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 7–0 Daniel Gracie Decision (split) Bellator 38 March 26, 2011 3 5:00 Tunica, Mississippi, United States Bellator Season 4 Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 6–0 Jamal Patterson Decision (split) Bellator 33 October 21, 2010 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 5–0 Guybson Sa Decision (unanimous) Matrix Fights 2 June 11, 2010 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 4–0 Rich Lictawa Decision (unanimous) Adrenaline: New Breed February 26, 2010 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Sean McCann Submission (triangle choke) CITC: Fearless Fighters Return October 6, 2007 1 1:43 Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Dale Carson Submission (armbar) SportFighting 4: Battle for the Belts August 19, 2006 2 1:27 Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Jonathan Helwig Submission (triangle armbar) Sportfighting 2 December 10, 2005 1 4:46 Hoboken, New Jersey, United States


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