Ed West, a.k.a. Ed "Wild" West (born October 30, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist. He competed in the Bantamweight division of Bellator MMA, where he held a 4–4 record with the promotion. Currently, he competes in the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) as well as taking out his frustrations on local fast-food employees.
West was born in Olongapo, Philippines where both his mother and father served in the US Navy. He attended kindergarten, first grade and his first Tae kwon do classes there and then moved to the States with his parents when he was 7 years old.
A few years after arriving in America, Ed became re-involved in martial arts when he was 9 years old. He was inspired by watching Jean-Claude Van Damme movies and practiced styles like karate, taekwondo, and kung fu. At 16, Ed met a man who told him he was a cage fighter, which led West to travel down the road of Mixed Martial Arts. West's first cage fight was in March 2003 fighting in the Rage in the Cage organization.
West also attended Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona where he studied nutrition and sports medicine.
Mixed martial arts career
West currently trains at Apex MMA in Tucson, Arizona. Since 2003, West has fought in many MMA organizations in the United States, where he finished 9 of his 17 victories with a submission (particularly armbars) as a professional fighter. He made his debut in the Rage in the Cage tournaments and piled up a successful winning record.
International Fight League
In 2006-2007, West competed in the team-based International Fight League as a member of Ken Yasuda's Tokyo Sabres. Despite his three losses in the IFL, West proved himself by moving up two weight classes and fighting against bigger fighters in the lightweight division. Although West's first IFL match was a loss to his opponent, Chris Horodecki, after having to be decided by the judges, the pair put on a tough battle that was awarded "Fight of the Night" honors.
Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting
In 2010, West won Arizona's Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting bantamweight championship when he defeated Tyler Bialecki. West then defended his belt against Sam Rodriguez the following year.
Bellator Fighting Championships
West quickly became a fan favorite when he entered the Bellator Fighting Championships bantamweight tournament in 2010. At Bellator 32, West fought Zach Makovsky in the finals for the chance to become the Bellator bantamweight champion. Despite a noble effort, fighting a war for five rounds, Makovsky received the unanimous decision.
West took on Luis Nogueira at Bellator 51 in the opening round of the season 5 tournament. He won by unanimous decision. West would then take Eduardo Dantas in the semi-finals at Bellator 55. He lost by Split Decision.
West took on Marcos Galvão at Bellator 65 in the season six quarter-finals match up. He lost via unanimous decision.
At Bellator 91 West would take on Josh Montoya. He won via Knockout, which happens to be his first win by knockout.
After his win over Montoya, West was granted his release from Bellator MMA and became a free agent.
After parting ways with Bellator, West returned almost a year later and faced Antonio Duarte at MF - Mexico Fighter 5 on February 15, 2014. West lost the bout via anaconda choke submission in the first round, the first submission loss of his career.
Return to Bellator
On May 29, 2014, it was announced that West re-signed with Bellator.
West faced Mike Richman on September 26, 2014 at Bellator 126. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
World Series of Fighting
West signed with World Series of Fighting and faced Russian fightier Timur Valiev in his debut on March 28, 2015. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- International Fight League
- Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Chris Horodecki
- Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting
- DRFCF Bantamweight Championship (One time; Current)
- Rage in the Cage
- RITC Lightweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||20 wins||10 losses|
|Win||20–10||Jose Carbajal||Submission (rear-naked choke)||RITC: Rage in the Cage 179||August 15, 2015||1||3:05||Yuma, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||19–10||Timur Valiev||TKO (punches)||WSOF 19: Gaethje vs. Palomino||March 28, 2015||1||1:39||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||18–9||Mike Richman||KO (punches)||Bellator 126||September 26, 2014||1||2:44||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||18–8||Antonio Duarte||Submission (anaconda choke)||MF - Mexico Fighter 5||February 15, 2014||1||4:42||Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico|
|Win||18–7||Josh Montoya||KO (head kick)||Bellator 91||February 28, 2013||2||2:51||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||17–7||Marcos Galvão||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 65||April 13, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Bellator Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Loss||17–6||Eduardo Dantas||Decision (split)||Bellator 55||October 22, 2011||3||5:00||Yuma, Arizona, United States||Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||17–5||Luis Nogueira||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 51||September 24, 2011||3||5:00||Canton, Ohio, United States||Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||16–5||Sam Rodriguez||Submission (armbar)||Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting 9||March 18, 2011||1||1:22||Yuma, Arizona, United States||Defended Desert Rage Bantamweight Championship.|
|Loss||15–5||Zach Makovsky||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 32||October 14, 2010||5||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Bellator Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||15–4||Jose Vega||Decision (split)||Bellator 30||September 23, 2010||3||5:00||Louisville, Kentucky, United States||Bellator Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||14–4||Bryan Goldsby||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 27||September 2, 2010||3||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States||Bellator Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||13–4||Tyler Bialecki||Submission (triangle choke)||Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting 7||April 24, 2010||1||1:25||Yuma, Arizona, United States||Won the Desert Rage Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||12–4||Jose Carbajal||Submission (guillotine choke)||Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting 6||November 7, 2009||1||1:38||Yuma, Arizona, United States||Bantamweight debut.|
|Win||11–4||Del Hawkins||Decision (unanimous)||Apocalypse Fights 1||August 7, 2008||3||N/A||United States|
|Win||10–4||Austin Pascucci||Submission (armbar)||Rage in the Cage 109||April 26, 2008||2||0:28||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||9–4||Nick Hedrick||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CS - Cage Supremacy 2||July 22, 2007||1||2:26||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||8–4||Savant Young||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: Houston||February 2, 2007||3||4:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||8–3||Erik Owings||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: Championship Final||December 29, 2006||3||4:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||8–2||Chris Horodecki||Decision (unanimous)||International Fight League: Portland||September 9, 2006||3||4:00||Portland, Oregon, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||8–1||Carlos Ortega||Decision (unanimous)||RITC 79: The Rage Returns||February 24, 2006||3||3:00||Tucson, Arizona, United States||Won RITC Lightweight Championship; Earned RITC "Fighter of the Night" Honors.|
|Win||7–1||Reynaldo Walter Duarte||Decision (split)||RITC 76: Hello Tucson||November 11, 2005||3||3:00||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||6–1||Chris David||Decision (unanimous)||RITC 64: Heart & Soul||August 7, 2004||3||3:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||5–1||Amos Sotelo||Submission (kimura)||RITC 61: Relentless||April 30, 2004||1||1:01||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||4–1||Harris Sarmiento||TKO (punches)||SuperBrawl 34||March 28, 2004||1||2:08||Wailuku, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||4–0||Carlos Ortega||Decision (unanimous)||RITC 59: Let the Punishment Begin||February 7, 2004||3||3:00||Casa Grande, Arizona, United States|
|Win||3–0||Troy Tolbert||Submission (armbar)||RITC 57: Tucson Revisited||December 13, 2003||1||0:34||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||2–0||Joe Vigil||Submission (armbar)||RITC 47: Unstoppable||April 12, 2003||1||1:57||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||1–0||Troy Tolbert||Submission (armbar)||RITC 46: Launching Pad||March 27, 2003||1||1:16||Tempe, Arizona, United States|