Virgil Zwicker

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Virgil Zwicker
Born (1982-06-26) June 26, 1982 (age 34)
San Pasqual Indian Reservation, San Diego, United States
Other names Rezdog
Nationality Native American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14.7 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Temecula, California, United States
Team Team Quest
Years active 2003, 2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 21
Wins 15
By knockout 11
By submission 2
By decision 2
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 2
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Virgil Zwicker, (born June 26, 1982), is a Native American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division of Bellator. A professional competitor since 2003, Zwicker has also formerly competed for Strikeforce and KSW.

Background[edit]

Zwicker grew up on the San Pasqual Indian Reservation in North County, San Diego, to a father who was a truck driver and a mother who worked hard to support Zwicker and his 11 other siblings. Zwicker's older brother was a Golden Gloves boxer and aided Zwicker in his fighting career. Zwicker belongs to the Kumeyaay-Ipai tribe and grew up in a poverty stricken environment. There weren't a lot of opportunities for Zwicker to play organized sports growing up, but he was a star football player in Pop Warner, known as a smaller player who hit very hard. With little supervision on the reservation, by the age of eleven Zwicker was routinely fighting grown men. It was also when he was eleven years old that he was arrested for the first time, in 1994. The arrest was for assaulting his school's vice principal and from then until 2005, Zwicker spent most of his time in and out of juvenile halls and prisons for various offenses. He later attended Orange Glen High School in Escondido, California.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Zwicker's first fight came when he was released from being incarcerated and took the fight on two weeks' notice.[2] He defeated Denis Hall in under a minute via TKO. He then racked up a 9–1 record, defeating notables such as future UFC and Strikeforce competitor Ovince St. Preux.

Strikeforce[edit]

Zwicker signed with Strikeforce and fought Lavar Johnson at Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker.[3] However, Zwicker lost via first round KO, after the two veterans exchanged wild punches.

Zwicker next fought against Brett Albee at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley.[4] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

At Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier, Zwicker faced Guto Inocente. He lost the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).[5]

KSW[edit]

Zwicker faced Mike Hayes on December 7, 2013 at KSW 25. He won the fight via KO in the first round.[6]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Zwicker signed a mult-fight contract with Bellator, facing Nick Moghadden on September 13, 2013 at Bellator 99. He won the fight by TKO in round one.[7]

In his second fight for the promotion, Zwicker faced Linton Vassell at Bellator 122 on July 25, 2014.[8] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Zwicker filled in for an injured James Thompson against UFC veteran Houston Alexander on October 17, 2014 at Bellator 129.[9] The fight ended in a majority draw as Alexander was docked a point for repeated illegal headbutting.

A rematch with Alexander took place at Bellator 132 on January 16, 2015.[10] Zwicker won the bout via split decision.

Zwicker faced former UFC competitor Razak Al-Hassan at Bellator 137 on May 15, 2015.[11] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.

Zwicker next faced Brian Rogers on December 4, 2015 at Bellator 147.[12] He lost the fight via submission in the second round.

Zwicker faced Dan Charles at Bellator 162 on October 21, 2016. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Kickboxing[edit]

Zwicker debuted as a Muay Thai kickboxer in the main event of WCK Muay Thai: Bad to the Bone in Temecula, California on April 6, 2013, losing to Sergio Piqué via split decision.[13] He will rematch Piqué at WCK Muay Thai: Matter of Pride in Temecula, California, US on February 15, 2014.[14]

Personal life[edit]

On Christmas Eve of 2013, Zwicker was stabbed in an attempted carjacking, but was able to fend off the three assailants attempting to take his car and was not wounded fatally.[15]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–5–1 Dan Charles TKO (punches) Bellator 162 October 21, 2016 2 4:31 Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Loss 14–5–1 Brian Rogers Submission (arm-triangle choke) Bellator 147 December 4, 2015 2 4:38 San Jose, California, United States
Win 14–4–1 Razak Al-Hassan KO (punch) Bellator 137 May 15, 2015 1 3:51 Temecula, California, United States
Win 13–4–1 Houston Alexander Decision (split) Bellator 132 January 16, 2015 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States
Draw 12–4–1 Houston Alexander Draw (majority) Bellator 129 October 17, 2014 3 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States Catchweight bout of 215 lbs.
Loss 12–4 Linton Vassell Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 122 July 25, 2014 1 1:07 Temecula, California, United States
Win 12–3 Mike Hayes KO (punch) KSW 25: Khalidov vs. Sakurai December 7, 2013 1 1:12 Wroclaw, Poland KSW Fight of the Night.
Win 11–3 Nick Moghadden TKO (punches) Bellator 99 September 13, 2013 1 3:22 Temecula, California, United States
Loss 10–3 Guto Inocente Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier May 19, 2012 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 10–2 Brett Albee TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley April 9, 2011 1 1:46 San Diego, California, United States
Loss 9–2 Lavar Johnson KO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker October 22, 2010 1 2:17 Fresno, California, United States
Win 9–1 Eddie Sapp Submission (rear-naked choke) Native Fighting Championship 6 August 14, 2010 1 2:01 Campo, California, United States
Loss 8–1 Cody Goodale Decision (unanimous) Gladiator Challenge: Maximum Force April 25, 2010 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 8–0 Ovince Saint Preux TKO (punches) Top Combat Championship 1 September 26, 2009 2 0:46 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 7–0 William Richey Decision (unanimous) Called Out MMA 1 August 15, 2009 3 5:00 Ontario, California, United States
Win 6–0 Buckley Acosta TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge: Venom April 23, 2009 1 2:59 Pauma Valley, California, United States
Win 5–0 Dave Diaz Submission GC 85: Cross Fire October 25, 2008 1 1:41 San Diego, California, United States
Win 4–0 Abraham Ramirez TKO (punches) Apocalypse Fights 1 August 7, 2008 1 N/A Alabama, United States
Win 3–0 Ty Montgomery TKO (punches) Galaxy Productions August 24, 2007 1 0:41 California, United States
Win 2–0 Tom Hubert TKO (doctor stoppage) Total Combat 10 October 15, 2005 2 1:54 San Diego, California, United States
Win 1–0 Denis Hall TKO (punches) CFF: Cobra Classic 9 April 16, 2003 1 0:58 Anza, California, United States

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