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Matt Wiman

Born September 19, 1983 (1983-09-19) (age 26)
Denver, Colorado
Other names Handsome
Nationality United States American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Style Wrestling
MMA record
Total 16
Wins 11
By knockout 4
By submission 3
Losses 5
Draws 0

Matthew Charles Wiman (born September 19, 1983 in Denver, CO) is an American mixed martial arts fighter, fighting out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wiman currently competes in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and is a team member and coach of Tulsa Top Team. He has a mixed martial arts record of 11-5, and to date, has only been finished by Spencer Fisher.


Mixed martial arts career

Wiman's initiation into professional fighting came on August 14, 2004. He became the Extreme Fighting League Middleweight champion by defeating Joseph Garza and Greg Bossler each by unanimous decision before defeating his third opponent of the night, Venn Johns, by triangle choke. Wiman's nickname "Handsome" was given to him by his friends when they overheard his mother call him a handsome pup.

His first title defense came on November 13, 2004, when he defeated David Franks by armbar in 42 seconds of the first round. He defended the title again on February 5, 2005, knocking D.J. Randall unconscious in 20 seconds of the first round.

Wiman first gained national attention at FFC 15-Fiesta Las Vegas on September 15, 2005 against UFC star Roger Huerta.The fight was a back and forth candidate for fight of the year, with both fighters close to ending the fight on several occasions. Wiman lost a controversial decision.

Next, Thomas Grissom challenged Wiman for the Extreme Title at Battle at the Brady 2 in Tulsa on November 12, 2005. Matt won by referee stoppage in the 1st round due to multiple cuts sustained by Grissom.

His next fight was at MFC-Boardwalk Blitz on March 14, 2006 in Atlantic City, New Jersey against UFC veteran Nick Agallar, where Matt was defeated by decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championships

He agreed to make his UFC debut on two weeks notice at UFC 60 against Spencer Fisher at the Staples Center, Los Angeles on May 27, 2006. After getting a takedown and taking the back of Fisher, he nearly finished a guillotine choke and ended up mounting his opponent. Fisher eventually regained top position and opened a cut on Wiman's head. The second round saw a few brief exchanges on the feet before Fisher delivered a flying knee, forcing a referee stoppage at 1:43 of the second round.

The Ultimate Fighter

Wiman was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5 show, featuring Lightweights. He fought on B.J. Penn's team. His preliminary fight was against Marlon Sims. Wiman landed a devastating overhand right in the opening seconds of the fight, climbed on the back of Sims and choked him unconscious. Wiman was defeated by eventual finalist Manvel Gamburyan of Team Pulver in the quarterfinals by decision. Gambaryan and Wiman exchanged takedowns, but Gamburyan was on top most of the fight and got the victory, despite Dana White's thoughts that "Handsome" could make it to the finals of the show.

Wiman fought Brian Geraghty on June 23, 2007 on the Finale of The Ultimate Fighter 5. He took his opponent down early and worked a ground and pound attack. Wiman landed strikes in Geraghty's guard and passed to full mount, where he unloaded punches to the head, causing referee Yves Lavigne to stop the fight due to strikes on the ground at 2:09 of round 1.

Wiman's next fight was against Japanese Judoka fighter Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 76. Wiman controlled the fight with takedowns and ground control, and won a unanimous decision victory.

His next fight was against Justin Buchholz at UFC Fight Night 12 on January 23, 2008. Wiman scored a takedown in the opening moments of the fight and worked quickly to the mount position. He landed an elbow below the right eye of Buchholz causing a cut. The UFC newcomer turned over to avoid further strikes to the face and Wiman secured the back position. After a brief struggle to secure the rear naked choke, Wiman forced Buchholz to submit at 2:58 of the first round, giving him his third straight victory in the UFC. [1]

Wiman's next fight was against Lightweight contender Thiago Tavares at UFC 85. After an impressive grappling exchange in round one, he eventually beat Tavares by knockout from a right hook in the second round [1], with former Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell in his corner. At UFC: Fight for the Troops he struggled with a physically more dominant opponent in Jim Miller, and lost via unanimous decision. On April 18, 2009, Wiman faced Canadian Sam Stout at UFC 97 in Montreal, Quebec. It was a closely constested fight, Wiman seemed hurt from a flush liver shot late in round two, but rallied and controlled Stout for the final round. Most mixed martial arts fans were very upset with the judges decision. He lost via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). He was scheduled to fight Rafael dos Anjos on September 19, 2009 at UFC 103, but was forced to withdraw because of a knee injury. He was replaced by Rob Emerson.[2]

On December 12, 2009, Wiman defeated Shane Nelson via unanimous decision at UFC 107.

Personal life

Matt and his fiancée Courtney were married on June 14, 2008. [3]

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Win 11-5 United States Shane Nelson Decision (Unanimous) UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez 02009-12-12 December 12, 2009 3 5:00 United States Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Loss 10-5 Canada Sam Stout Decision (Unanimous) UFC 97: Redemption 02009-04-18 April 18, 2009 3 5:00 Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 10-4 United States Jim Miller Decision (Unanimous) UFC: Fight for the Troops 02008-12-10 December 10, 2008 3 5:00 United States Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA
Win 10-3 Brazil Thiago Tavares KO (Punch) UFC 85: Bedlam 02008-06-07 June 7, 2008 2 1:57 England London, England
Win 9-3 United States Justin Buchholz Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC Fight Night 12 02008-01-23 January 23, 2008 1 2:56 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 8-3 Japan Michihiro Omigawa Decision (Unanimous) UFC 76: Knockout 02007-09-22 September 22, 2007 3 5:00 United States Anaheim, California, USA
Win 7-3 United States Brian Geraghty TKO (Strikes) The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale 02007-06-23 June 23, 2007 1 2:09 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Loss 6-3 United States Spencer Fisher KO (Flying Knee) UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie 02006-05-27 May 27, 2006 2 1:43 United States Los Angeles, California, USA
Loss 6-2 United States Nick Agallar Decision MFC - Boardwalk Blitz 02006-03-04 March 4, 2006 3 5:00 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Win 6-1 United States Thomas Grissom TKO (Corner Stoppage) EK - Battle at the Brady 2 02005-11-12 November 12, 2005 1 United States Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Loss 5-1 United States Roger Huerta Decision (Unanimous) FFC 15 - Fiesta Las Vegas 02005-09-14 September 14, 2005 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 5-0 United States DJ Randall TKO OEF 3 - Superbrawl 02005-02-05 February 5, 2005 1 0:20 United States Oklahoma, USA
Win 4-0 United States David Franks Submission (Armbar) EK 14 - X-14 Heavyweight Gladiators 02004-11-13 November 13, 2004 1 0:42 United States Oklahoma, USA
Win 3-0 United States Vern Johns Submission (Triangle Choke) EK 13 - Elimination 02004-08-14 August 14, 2004 N/A United States Oklahoma, USA
Win 2-0 United States Greg Bossler Decision EK 13 - Elimination 02004-08-14 August 14, 2004 2 1:30 United States Oklahoma, USA
Win 1-0 United States Joe Garza Decision EK 13 - Elimination 02004-08-14 August 14, 2004 N/A United States Oklahoma, USA


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