June 26, 1982 |
San Pasqual Indian Reservation, San Diego, United States
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg; 14.7 st)|
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Temecula, California, United States|
|Years active||2003, 2005–present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
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.
Mixed martial arts career
Zwicker's first fight came when he was released from being incarcerated and took the fight on two weeks' notice. 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.
Zwicker filled in for an injured James Thompson against UFC veteran Houston Alexander on October 17, 2014 at Bellator 129. The fight ended in a majority draw as Alexander was docked a point for repeated illegal headbutting.
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. He will rematch Piqué at WCK Muay Thai: Matter of Pride in Temecula, California, US on February 15, 2014.
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.
0 wins (0 KOs), 2 loss, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||15 wins||5 losses|
|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|
- ""Rezdog" Virgil Zwicker Profile". tapology.com. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
- "Fight Path: Virgil Zwicker's ride from an Indian reservation to the Strikeforce cage". mmajunkie.com. 2010-10-20.
- "LAVAR JOHNSON TO MEET VIRGIL ZWICKER, TALENTED SHANA OLSEN, JULIA BUDD CLASH AT SAVE MART CENTER IN FRESNO, CALIF., FRIDAY, OCT. 22, LIVE ON SHOWTIME®". strikeforce.com. 2010-10-06.
- "Albee vs Zwicker added to prelims". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-03-29.
- 'Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final' results: Guto Inocente outstrikes Virgil Zwicker by John Morgan and Steven Marrocco (mmajunkie.com) on May 19, 2012
- "KSW 25: Virgil Zwicker vs. Mike Hayes". tapology.com. December 7, 2013.
- "Bellator 122 fight card finalized; Baroni/Parisyan added to the main card". themmareport.com. June 17, 2014.
- "James Thompson out, Virgil Zwicker in against Houston Alexander at Bellator 129". MMAFighting.com. October 12, 2014.
- "Bellator 132 Fight Card". bellator.com.
- Brent Brookhouse (March 31, 2015). "Three bouts announced for Bellator 137, including Mike Richman vs. Eduardo Dantas". mmajunkie.com.
- "Bellator 147 Fight Card". bellator.com. 2015-12-11.
- WCK Muay Thai "Bad to the Bone" results
- WCK Muay Thai "Matter of Pride" set for February 15th in Temecula, CA