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Zelg Galešić
Born February 16, 1979 (1979-02-16) (age 30)
Pula, Croatia
Other names Benkei
Nationality Croatia Croatian
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Style ITF Taekwon-Do
Team Team Trojan
Rank     black belt, taekwondo
Years active 5 (2004-present)
MMA record
Total 14
Wins 9
By knockout 7
By submission 2
Losses 5
Other information
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Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Zelg "Benkei" Galešić (born February 16, 1979) is a Croatian mixed martial artist, currently fighting in DREAM. He has previously fought in Cage Rage, PRIDE and HERO'S. Galešić is a certified ITF Taekwon-Do 4th Degree Black belt.

MMA career

Zelg was undefeated in amateur rules in the UK at the Combat Sports Open Trials, where all but one of his fights were won in under a minute. His pro MMA debut was on 12 September 2004 at Ultimate Combat 11: Wrath of the Beast where Zelg won by referee stoppage after 16 seconds against Jim Bentley.

On 30 August 2007 he (at the time British Cage Rage Middleweight Champion) was made an offer to fight for HERO'S, which he accepted. He lost his only fight with them against Yoon Dong-sik.

He made his DREAM debut in 2008, defeating Magomed Sultanakhmedov then Taiei Kin. However, in Galešić's most recent fights he has lost to Ronaldo Souza and Kazushi Sakuraba.

Zelg is often called "Croatian Wonderkid" or "Little CroCop" but best known as Benkei, a legendary Japanese warrior. He is, like fellow Croatians Mirko Filipović and Branko Cikatić, known for his striking and stand-up fighting.

MMA Record

Record Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
9-5 Loss JapanKazushi Sakuraba Submission (Kneebar) DREAM.12 Cage of the Rising Sun 10/26/2009 1 1:40 Japan Osaka, Japan
9-4 Loss BrazilRonaldo Souza Submission (Armbar) DREAM.6 Middle Weight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round 9/23/2008 1 1:27 Japan Saitama, Japan
9-3 Win JapanTaiei Kin TKO (Elbow Injury) DREAM.4 Middle Weight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round 6/15/2008 1 1:05 Japan Yokohama, Japan
8-3 Win RussiaMagomed Sultanakhmedov Submission (Armbar) DREAM.2 Middle Weight Grand Prix 2008 First Round 4/29/2008 1 1:40 Japan Saitama, Japan
7-3 Win JapanTaiei Kin TKO (cut) K-1 - OLYMPIA HERO'S 2007 in KOREA 10/28/2007 1 0:36 South Korea Seoul, South Korea
6-3 Loss South KoreaYoon Dong-sik Submission (Armbar) K-1 HERO's - Tournament Final 9/17/2007 1 1:29 Japan Yokohama, Japan
6-2 Loss JapanMakoto Takimoto Submission (Kimura) PRIDE 34 - Kamikaze 4/8/2007 1 5:40 Japan Saitama, Japan
6-1 Win EnglandMark Weir TKO CR 19 - Fearless 12/9/2006 1 0:50 United Kingdom London, England,
5-1 Win EnglandJames Nicholl TKO (Strikes) CR 18 - Battleground 9/30/2006 1 2:02 United Kingdom London, England,
4-1 Win United StatesCurtis Stout Submission (Armbar) CR 17 - Ultimate Challenge 7/1/2006 1 1:10 United Kingdom London, England,
3-1 Win EnglandMichael Holmes TKO (Punches) CR 15 - Adrenalin Rush 2/4/2006 1 1:41 United Kingdom London, England,
2-1 Win EnglandJohn Flemming KO UD 2 - Urban Destruction 2 7/30/2005 1 United Kingdom Bristol, England,
1-1 Loss EnglandPaul Taylor TKO UD 1 - Urban Destruction 1 4/10/2005 3 United Kingdom Bristol, England,
1-0 Win EnglandJim Bentley TKO UC 11 - Wrath of the Beast 9/12/2004 1 1:16 United Kingdom Bristol, England,

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