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Mike Bronzoulis

Mike Bronzoulis

American martial artist
Mike Bronzoulis
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American martial artist
A.K.A. Mikel Bronzoulis
Is Athlete Mixed martial artist
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 5 January 1979, Houston, Harris County, Texas, U.S.A.
Age 42 years
Residence Houston
The details (from wikipedia)


Mikel "Mike" Bronzoulis (born January 5, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist who is currently signed to Bellator MMA fighting in the Welterweight division, Bronzoulis has competed for Strikeforce and Shark Fights. Bronzoulis was a finalist on Spike TV's Bellator: Fight Master reality show.


Bronzolis began practicing martial arts when he was around seven years old, when his father, a martial artist himself, brought the young Bronzoulis to a karate school. From the beginning, Bronzoulis had found his passion, eventually learning Tae Kwon Do, Tang Shu Do, Shotokan, Shotoru, American Freestyle, and kickboxing. When he turned 16, Bronzoulis spent most of his time at the Fairtex Thai kickboxing camp and also watched Jean-Claude Van Damme movies.

Mixed martial arts career

Bronzoulis made his professional debut in 2007. On April 25, 2009 he fought UFC veteran Kamal Shalorus to a majority draw.

Shark Fights

Bronzoulis made his Shark Fights debut in 2010 at Shark Fights 12 where he defeated Anselmo Martinez via disqualification. His next fight under the organization was at Shark Fights 14: Horwich vs. Villefort against Lucas Lopes where he won via unanimous decision.

Legacy Fighting Championship

On March 20, 2010, Bronzoulis was defeated by Levi Forrest via unanimous decision at Legacy FC 2 for the Legacy Welterweight Title.

On November 5, 2010, Bronzoulis defeated Jonathan Harris at Legacy FC 4 via TKO due to punches in round one to win the Legacy FC Welterweight Championship.

On January 29, 2011, Bronzoulis defeated Joe Christoper at Legacy FC 5 via TKO due to punches in round three to retain the Legacy FC Welterweight Championship, he later vacated the title when he signed with Strikeforce.

On December 16, 2011, Bronzoulis returned to Legacy FC against Jorge Patino at Legacy FC 9 losing via unanimous decision.

On May 11, 2012, Bronzoulis lost to UFC vet Gerald Harris at Legacy FC 11 via split decision.

On November 16, 2012, Bronzoulis defeated Robert Shawn Machado at Legacy FC 15 via unanimous decision.


On May 25, 2011 it was announced that Bronzoulis had signed a four-fight deal with Strikeforce.

Bronzoulis made his debut for the promotion on June 18, 2011 against WEC veteran Todd Moore at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum. He lost the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Bronzoulis rebounded from this loss just two months later when he defeated Chad Leonhardt via TKO in the third round on the undercard of Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte.

Bellator MMA

On May 6, 2013, it was announced that Bronzoulis would be featured as a participant on Bellator MMA's reality TV show Fight Master: Bellator MMA.

In his preliminary fight to get on the show, Bronzoulis defeated Gareth Joseph by unanimous decision. During the team selection, he chose Randy Couture to be his coach. In his second fight, Bronzoulis defeated Jason Norwood by knockout in the third round. In the quarter-finals, Bronzoulis faced friend Chris Lozano and won via unanimous decision. In the semifinals, he fought Eric Bradley and, despite being controlled for most of two rounds, mounted a comeback and won via TKO in the second round. He was set to face Joe Riggs in the tournament final scheduled to take place at Bellator 98, but the bout was canceled after Riggs suffered an eye injury. The bout eventually took place on November 2, 2013 at Bellator 106 and Bronzoulis lost via unanimous decision.


Bronzoulis faced Brandon Farran at Triple A MMA 4: Caged Hostility on January 16, 2014. Bronzoulis lost the fight via TKO (punches) in the first round, marking the first KO/TKO loss of his career.

Bronzoulis faced Keith Johnson at Titan FC 29 on August 22, 2014. He lost via rear naked choke submission in the third round.

Return to Legacy FC

Bronzoulis returned to the promotion as he faced Justin Reiswerg at Legacy FC 37 on November 14, 2014. He won the fight by submission in the second round, ending his three-fight losing streak over the past year.

In his next fight for the promotion, Bronzoulis faced Jonathan Harris at Legacy FC 39 on February 27, 2015. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Bellator MMA
    • Fight Master: Bellator MMA Season 1 Runner Up
  • Legacy Fighting Championship
    • Legacy FC Welterweight Championship (One time)
    • One successful title defense
    • Legacy FC Lightweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–9–1 Josh Thomson Submission (arm-triangle choke) Bellator 142: Dynamite 1 000000002015-09-19-0000September 19, 2015 3 0:39 San Jose, California, United States
Win 18–8–1 Dave Burrow Decision (unanimous) Legacy FC vs. RFA Superfight Card 000000002015-05-08-0000May 8, 2015 5 5:00 Robinsonville, Mississippi, United States Won the Vacant Legacy FC Lightweight Championship
Win 17–8–1 Jonathan Harris TKO (punches) Legacy FC 39 000000002015-02-27-0000February 27, 2015 1 1:43 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 16–8–1 Justin Reiswerg Submission (rear-naked choke) Legacy FC 37 000000002014-11-14-0000November 14, 2014 2 4:51 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 15–8–1 Keith Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) Titan FC 29: Ricci vs. Sotiropoulos 000000002014-08-22-0000August 22, 2014 3 3:31 Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
Loss 15–7–1 Brandon Farran TKO (punches) Triple A MMA 4: Caged Hostility 000000002014-01-16-0000January 16, 2014 1 0:43 Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Loss 15–6–1 Joe Riggs Decision (unanimous) Bellator 106 000000002013-11-02-0000November 2, 2013 3 5:00 Long Beach, California, United States Fight Master tournament final
Win 15–5–1 Robert Shawn Machado Decision (unanimous) Legacy FC 15 000000002012-11-16-0000November 16, 2012 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 14–5–1 Danny Salinas KO (head kick) UWF: Tournament of Warriors Round 2 000000002012-05-26-0000May 26, 2012 2 1:47 Laredo, Texas, United States
Loss 13–5–1 Gerald Harris Decision (split) Legacy FC 11 000000002012-05-11-0000May 11, 2012 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 13–4–1 Jorge Patino Decision (unanimous) Legacy FC 9 000000002011-12-16-0000December 16, 2011 5 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 13–3–1 Chad Leonhardt TKO (leg kick and punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte 000000002011-08-12-0000August 12, 2011 3 1:30 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–3–1 Todd Moore Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum 000000002011-06-18-0000June 18, 2011 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 12–2–1 Lucas Lopes Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 14: Horwich vs. Villefort 000000002011-03-11-0000March 11, 2011 3 5:00 Lubbock, Texas, United States
Win 11–2–1 Joe Christopher TKO (punches) Legacy FC 5 000000002011-01-29-0000January 29, 2011 3 3:33 Houston, Texas, United States Defended the Legacy FC Welterweight Championship
Win 10–2–1 Jonathan Harris TKO (punches) Legacy FC 4 000000002010-11-05-0000November 5, 2010 1 3:43 Houston, Texas, United States Won the Legacy FC Welterweight Championship
Win 9–2–1 Anselmo Martinez DQ (unintentional knee to downed opponent) Shark Fights 12: Unfinished Business 000000002010-06-26-0000June 26, 2010 2 3:54 Amarillo, Texas, United States
Loss 8–2–1 Levi Forrest Decision (unanimous) Legacy FC 2 000000002010-03-20-0000March 20, 2010 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 8–1–1 Cleburn Walker TKO (punches) Steele Cage 2 000000002009-11-07-0000November 7, 2009 1 4:39 Frisco, Texas, United States
Draw 7–1–1 Kamal Shalorus Draw (majority) KOK 6: Fists of Fury 000000002009-04-25-0000April 25, 2009 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 7–1 Joshua Lee TKO (punches) Urban Rumble Championships 3 000000002009-01-24-0000January 24, 2009 2 0:59 Pasadena, California, United States
Win 6–1 Keith Schneider TKO (punches) Renaissance MMA 10 000000002009-01-09-0000January 9, 2009 2 4:42 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 5–1 Mark Ortiz KO (punches) Katana Cagefighting: Conquest 000000002008-12-06-0000December 6, 2008 3 1:56 Robstown, Texas, United States
Win 4–1 George Sweeney Submission STFL 3: War Zone 000000002008-08-02-0000August 2, 2008 1 1:22 McAllen, Texas, United States
Win 3–1 Edwynn Jones Submission (rear-naked choke) Xp3: The Proving Ground 000000002008-07-26-0000July 26, 2008 1 1:23 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 2–1 Paul Hansen TKO (punches) SCP: South Coast Promotions 000000002008-07-18-0000July 18, 2008 1 0:57 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 1–1 Robert Larson TKO STFL 2: Aftershock 000000002008-05-03-0000May 3, 2008 1 2:41 Edinburg, Texas, United States
Loss 0–1 Matt Rangel Submission (armbar) Renegades Extreme Fighting 000000002007-10-20-0000October 20, 2007 1 1:18 Houston, Texas, United States MMA Debut

Mixed martial arts exhibition record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4–0 Eric Bradley TKO (punches) Fight Master: Bellator MMA 000000002013-08-29-0000August 29, 2013 2 N/A New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Semi-final bout
Win 3–0 Chris Lozano Decision (unanimous) Fight Master: Bellator MMA 000000002013-08-15-0000August 15, 2013 2 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Quarter-final bout
Win 2–0 Jason Norwood KO (punch) Fight Master: Bellator MMA 000000002013-07-24-0000July 24, 2013 3 N/A New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Preliminary bout
Win 1–0 Gareth Joseph Decision (unanimous) Fight Master: Bellator MMA 000000002013-07-10-0000July 10, 2013 2 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Elimination bout
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