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.
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.
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
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||18 wins||9 losses|
|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
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|4 matches||4 wins||0 losses|
|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|