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Kyle Watson (born August 9, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2003, Watson mostly competed in his regional circuit, before signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.[1]

Mixed martial arts career

Background

Watson is the head instructor at his gym Watson Martial Arts based in St. Louis,MO. Watson is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,[2] given to him by Jack McVicker and Megaton Diaz.[3] In addition, Watson also holds a red and black belt in Jeet Kune Do, also given to him by Jack McVicker.[3] Watson has "trained multiple times with Royler Gracie in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil" and "won well over 200 competition-grappling matches (winning or placing in almost every tournament)"[3]

In addition to his Jiu-Jitsu and Jeet Kune Do background, Watson also has over six years of experience in Muay Thai Kickboxing, having trained under Ryan Blackorby.[3]

Early career

Watson has faced the likes of Spencer Fisher and Bart Palaszewski in his early career. He has also won the Total Fight Challenge Lightweight title, fighting in that promotion seven times in total.[4]

Watson is a former Total Fight Challenge Lightweight champion and appeared for the promotion seven times.[4] After winning the belt, Watson successfully defended it against DeCarlo Johnson at TFC 12. Johnson was able to utilise his superior reach advantage, before taking Watson to the ground. Whilst there, Watson attempted a triangle choke late in the first round, before time ran out. The second round would be a near mirror image of the first, though Watson was able to win with a triangle choke.[5]

Watson then signed for Shine Fights and was scheduled to face Yves Edwards at "American Top Team vs. The World"[6] though the fight never transpired and Edwards faced a replacement fighter.[7]

Still with the Shine Fights promotion, Watson later signed to face Luciano Azevedo at the "World's Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas" event;[8] an event that was eventually cancelled after legal troubles involving Ricardo Mayorga's boxing contract.[9]

The Ultimate Fighter

Watson then signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.[1]

In the debut episode, Watson faced the unbeaten Joseph Duffy. Making short work of Duffy, Watson was able to secure a submission victory via rear naked choke part way through the first round. Watson then moved into the house.[10]

In the second episode, the team picks were made. Watson was picked by St-Pierre as his fifth pick (tenth overall).[11]

Watson competed against Andy Main in the preliminary round. Watson won the fight with a second round, rear naked choke. The win moved him into the quarter-final round.[12]

In the quarter-finals, Watson faced Aaron Wilkinson, who had just won the wildcard bout. Watson's ground game was too much for Wilkinson, as he secured an opening round rear naked choke victory.[13]

In the semi-finals, he faced team-mate Jonathan Brookins, who had also secured multiple rear naked choke victories previously. In a somewhat lopsided bout, Brookins controlled Watson, securing takedowns en route to a 30–27 victory.[14]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Watson's first post-TUF fight came against castmate Sako Chivitchian at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale. Watson won the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–55-66-77).

Watson faced John Makdessi on April 30, 2011 at UFC 129.[15] In the third round of the fight, Watson lost via KO when he was hit flush by a spinning backfist from Makdessi. Watson was unresponsive for many minutes before finally getting to his feet.

After the loss to Makdessi, Watson was released from the promotion.

Cage Warriors

On November 30, 2011, UK promotion Cage Warriors announced that Watson is to fight at CWFC Fight Night 3 in Beirut against Juha-Pekka Vainikainen on February 11, 2012. Watson lost the fight via TKO due to a cut he sustained at 4:26 of round 2. The doctor called the fight as he deemed the cut too dangerous to continue.

Personal life

Watson married his best friend, Laura Cepicky (now Laura Watson), on April 9th, 2011.[16] [17]

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–8–1 Finland Juha-Pekka Vainikainen TKO (cut) CWFC Fight Night 3 02012-02-11February 11, 2012 2 4:26 Beirut
Loss 13–7–1 Canada John Makdessi KO (spinning back fist) UFC 129 02011-04-30April 30, 2011 3 1:27 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 13–6–1 Armenia Sako Chivitchian Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale 02010-12-04December 4, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–6–1 United States Steve Reyna Submission (rear naked choke) C-3 Evolution 02009-02-07February 7, 2009 1 4:34 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 11–6–1 United States Josh Bernal TKO (punches) X-Treme Fight 1 02009-01-23January 23, 2009 1 2:05 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 10–6–1 United States DeCarlo Johnson Submission (rear naked choke) Total Fight Challenge 12 02008-06-28June 28, 2008 2 2:42 Hammond, Indiana, United States Retains the TFC Lightweight title
Win 9–6–1 United States Kevin English Submission (triangle choke) Total Fight Challenge 10 02007-09-15September 15, 2007 2 1:42 Cicero, Illinois, United States
Loss 8–6–1 Canada Tyler Jackson Decision (split) Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat 02007-02-16February 16, 2007 3 5:00 Costa Rica
Win 8–5–1 United States Dan Spychalski Submission (rear naked choke) IHC 11: Apocalypse 02006-11-18November 18, 2006 2 3:33 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 7–5–1 United States Chris Higi Submission (triangle choke) Total Fight Challenge 6 02006-09-09September 9, 2006 2 0:56 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Loss 6–5–1 United States Sherron Leggett Decision (unanimous) Madtown Throwdown 8 02006-07-15July 15, 2006 3 5:00 Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Win 6–4–1 United States Cory Conger Submission (triangle choke) Madtown Throwdown 8 02006-07-15July 15, 2006 3 5:00 Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 5–4–1 Poland
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Bart Palaszewski
KO (punches) Total Fight Challenge 4 02005-09-17September 17, 2005 1 0:25 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 5–3–1 United States Joe Voisin TKO Courage Fighting Championships 3 02005-06-11June 11, 2005 2 2:30 Decatur, Illinois, United States
Win 4–3–1 United States Chris Higi Submission (rear naked choke) Total Fight Challenge 3 02005-05-21May 21, 2005 1 2:30 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Loss 3–3–1 United States Spencer Fisher KO (punch) Courage Fighting Championships 2 02005-03-26March 26, 2005 1 0:33 Decatur, Illinois, United States
Win 3–2–1 United States Jason Bryar Submission (triangle choke) Total Fight Challenge 2 02005-02-19February 19, 2005 1 2:01 Hammond, Indiana, United States
vDraw 2–2–1 United States John Paun Draw IHC 8: Ethereal 02004-11-20November 20, 2004 2 5:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 2–2 United States Thomas Cubas Submission (rear naked choke) Total Fight Challenge 1 02004-04-24April 24, 2004 1 2:10 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Loss 1–2 United States Henry Matamoros TKO (punches) Freestyle Combat Challenge 13 02004-01-10January 10, 2004 3 3:52 Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 1–1 United States Tom Kirk Decision (split) Freestyle Combat Challenge 11 02003-06-28June 28, 2003 3 5:00 Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Win 1–0 United States Monte Skinner Submission (triangle choke) Freestyle Combat Challenge 10 02003-03-22March 22, 2003 3 N/A Racine, Wisconsin, United States

Titles and accomplishments

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • 2010 Pan Championships (Irvine, California) - Lightweight Brown Belt Master 1st Place
  • 2009 International Masters/Seniors Tournament (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) - Lightweight Brown Belt Division 2nd Place
  • 2009 International Masters/Seniors Tournament (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) - Open Weight Brown Belt Division 2nd Place
  • 2009 Naga Indiana Championships - Middleweight Brown Belt Division 1st Place
  • 2007 No-Gi World Championships - Lightweight Purple Belt 3rd Place
  • 2007 Extreme Grappling Open - Open Weight Purple Belt Champion
  • Multiple wins as Purple Belt in 2006 and 2007 Pan American Games and the 2005 Mundials (BJJ World Championships)
  • 2006 Extreme Grappling Open - Lightweight Invitational Pro Division Champion (defeated purple, brown and black belt consecutively)
  • 2006 Hoosier Open - Lightweight Purple Belt Champion
  • 2006 Corral's Combat Classic - Lightweight Purple Belt Champion
  • Multiple Time NAGA No-Gi, Blue, and Purple Belt Champion
  • 2005 Extreme Grappling Open - Lightweight Invitational Pro Division 2nd Place
  • 2004 Arnold / Gracie Worlds - Lightweight Blue Belt Champion
  • 2003 Relson Gracie Nationals - Lightweight Blue Belt Champion
  • 1st Southwest BJJ Championship (Phoenix, AZ) - Lightweight Blue Belt Champion[3]

Mixed martial arts

  • Total Fight Challenge 155 lb. Champion
  • Kage One 155 lb. Champion[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Meet the cast for "The Ultimate Fighter 12," field includes 28 lightweights. mmajunkie.com (August 3, 2010).
  2. Spike TV unveils TUF 12 cast. sherdog.com (August 3, 2010).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Head Jiu-Jitsu Instructor for the H.I.T. Squad: Kyle Watson. thehitsquad.com. Retrieved on September 11, 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kyle Watson. sherdog.com. Retrieved on September 19, 2010.
  5. Kyle Watson retains TFC Lightweight belt. mmaweekly.com (July 1, 2008).
  6. Kyle Watson to fight Yves Edwards at Shine Fights. fighters.com (August 12, 2009).
  7. Yves Edwards versus James Warfield at Shine Fights but no promises. fighters.com (August 25, 2009).
  8. Exclusive Interview with the H.I.T Squad's Kyle Watson. thegarv.com (January 14, 2010).
  9. With Mayorga out, North Carolina commission pulls the plug on Shine Fights. mmajunkie.com (May 15, 2010).
  10. Episode no.1 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck". mmajunkie.com (September 16, 2010).
  11. Episode No. 2 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck". mmajunkie.com (September 22, 2010).
  12. Episode No. 4 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck". mmajunkie.com (October 6, 2010).
  13. Kyle Watson's blog for the Ultimate Fighter 12 episode no. 10. mmajunkie.com (November 18, 2010).
  14. Episode No. 11 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck". mmajunkie.com (December 1, 2010).
  15. John Makdessi meets Kyle Watson, not Jonathan Brookins, at UFC 129. mmajunkie.com (January 11, 2011).
  16. A Very TUF Thanksgiving. Ultimatefighter.com (November 24, 2010).
  17. Kyle Watson-Man on a Mission. UFC.com (2011-04-01). Retrieved on 2011-04-01.

External links


The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck (season 12)
Team GSP
Jonathan Brookins · Alex Caceres · Michael Johnson · Cody McKenzie · Spencer Paige · Dane Sayers · Kyle Watson
Head Coach: Georges St-Pierre
Assistant Coaches: Phil Nurse  · John Danaher  · Sean Williams  · Jean-Charles Skarbowsky  · Firas Zahabi
Team Koscheck
Sako Chivitchian · Jeff Lentz · Sevak Magakian · Andy Main · Nam Phan · Marc Stevens · Aaron Wilkinson
Head Coach: Josh Koscheck
Assistant Coaches: Javier Mendez  · Bob Cook  · Dave Camarillo  · Teddy Lucio  · Daniel Cormier
Eliminated in
the first round
JJ Ambrose · Paul Barrow · Jason Brenton · Mike Budnik · Joseph Duffy · Pablo Garza · Toby Grear · Daniel Head
Amir Khillah · Steve Magdaleno · TJ O'Brien · Mike Richman · Ariel Sexton · Ran Weathers
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