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Zach Light

Zach Light

American martial artist
Zach Light
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Quick Facts

Intro American martial artist
Is Athlete Mixed martial artist
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 6 February 1974, Lisbon, Linn County, Iowa, U.S.A.
Age 47 years
The details (from wikipedia)


Zach Light (born February 6, 1974) is an American mixed martial artist, who fights at Welterweight. He has fought in a number of organizations including the Ultimate Fighting Championship, World Extreme Cagefighting and Strikeforce.


Light was an All-American freestyle wrestler in high school and college. After college, he worked construction and frequently got into bar fights. He then moved to California after a judge told him that he would go to prison for two years if he continued this lifestyle. He was inspired to take up mixed martial arts after seeing Tito Ortiz fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and he went on to win his first two fights before being given the chance to fight in the UFC himself. He took on Pete Spratt at UFC 37.5 and lost via submission in the first round. This would be his only UFC fight, and the first in a three-fight losing streak; he was defeated by Tony Fryklund and Jeremy Jackson later that year. In 2003, he beat Beto Ibarra before taking a 3-year hiatus from the sport.

He returned in 2006, winning against Nick Willert before being defeated by Jake Ellenberger in BodogFIGHT in his next bout. Light then notched up two wins either side of a submission loss to Toby Imada before a five-fight losing streak brought his record to 6-10. Among the fighters who beat him during this period were Tyron Woodley and War Machine.

Light was previously the wrestling coach at the Wolfslair MMA Academy in Liverpool, England where he has trained the likes of Michael Bisping, Quinton Jackson and Cheick Kongo until 2009.

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–11 Aleksey Shapovalov Submission (rear-naked choke) League S-70 Russia vs. Brazil 000000002011-08-05-0000August 5, 2011 1 1:45 Sochi, Russia
Win 9–10 Maurice Speirs Submission (arm-triangle choke) Extreme Challenge 187: Battle at the Ballpark 000000002011-07-23-0000July 23, 2011 1 3:02 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Win 8–10 Vic Hall Submission (armbar) Extreme Challenge 183 000000002011-01-29-0000January 29, 2011 1 1:30 Bettendorf, Iowa, United States
Win 7–10 Andre Kase Decision (unanimous) RCC 12-Hostile Takeover 000000002010-07-24-0000July 24, 2010 3 5:00 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Loss 6–10 War Machine Submission (rear-naked choke) BAMMA 3 000000002010-05-15-0000May 15, 2010 1 1:09 Birmingham, England
Loss 6–9 Tyron Woodley Submission (armbar) Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings 000000002009-09-25-0000September 25, 2009 2 3:38 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 6–8 Kajan Johnson KO (punches) Extreme Fighting Challenge 6: Home Coming 000000002008-10-11-0000October 11, 2008 1 2:47 Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 6–7 Joe Camacho Submission (verbal) Sparstar Promotions: Battle of the Rising Stars 000000002007-06-08-0000June 8, 2007 1 3:44 Montebello, California, United States
Loss 6–6 Thomas Schulte Submission (armbar) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 3: Invasion 000000002008-04-26-0000April 26, 2008 1 1:20 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 6–5 Nino Nino Submission (armbar) Platinum Fighting Productions: Ring of Fire 000000002007-12-09-0000December 9, 2007 1 N/A Quezon City, Philippines
Loss 5–5 Toby Imada Submission (armbar) Total Combat 21 000000002007-06-08-0000June 8, 2007 1 2:35 San Diego, California, United States
Win 5–4 Mario Rivera Decision (unanimous) Bring It On - Under Destruction 000000002007-04-28-0000April 28, 2007 1 1:57 Oxnard, California, United States
Loss 4–4 Jake Ellenberger TKO (punches) bodogFight 000000002007-02-16-0000February 16, 2007 1 3:51 Costa Rica
Win 4–3 Nick Willert TKO (punches) Invincible: Fist of Fury II 000000002006-11-18-0000November 18, 2006 2 2:29 Ontario, California, United States
Win 3–3 Beto Ibarra Submission (rear-naked choke) Pit-Fighting Championship 000000002003-07-16-0000July 16, 2003 1 N/A California, United States
Loss 2–3 Jeremy Jackson TKO (punches) Ultimate Athlete 4: King of the Mountain 000000002002-09-28-0000September 28, 2002 2 0:30 Auberry, California, United States
Loss 2–2 Tony Fryklund Submission (kimura) WEC 4 000000002002-08-31-0000August 31, 2002 1 4:06 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 2–1 Pete Spratt Submission (armbar) UFC 37.5 000000002002-06-22-0000June 22, 2002 1 2:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 2–0 Royden Demotta Decision (majority) SuperBrawl 23 000000002002-03-09-0000March 9, 2002 2 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 1–0 Adam Copenhaver TKO (punches) Iowa Challenge 4 000000002002-03-02-0000March 2, 2002 1 7:29 Iowa, United States
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