Charlie Ward (fighter)
Charlie Ward (born 17 December 1980) is an Irish mixed martial artist currently competing in the middleweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2014, he formerly competed for the UFC. As of October 26, 2021, he is #7 in the Bellator Middleweight Rankings.
|Born||17 December 1980|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||186 lb (84.5 kg; 13 st 4 lb)|
|Reach||73.5 in (187 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Dublin, Ireland|
|Team||Straight Blast Gym - Ireland|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Ward held an amateur record of 2–0 before beginning his professional MMA career in 2015, competing for regional promotions in the United Kingdom and Ireland. He lost his debut where he was stopped in round two by John Phillips. He rebounded with three straight victories, winning over Ciaran Daly, João Carvalho and Gareth Williams.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Ward was expected to make his promotional debut against Randy Brown on 9 December 2016 at UFC Fight Night 102. However, Ward was pulled from that fight in early November due to alleged visa issues which restricted his travel to the United States and was replaced by fellow newcomer Brian Camozzi. In turn, he was quickly rescheduled to face Abdul Razak Alhassan on 19 November 2016 at UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2. Ward suffered a quick defeat where he was finished via knockout in the fight's opening minute.
Ward faced Galore Bofando at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio on 16 July 2017. He lost the fight via knockout after Bofando slammed him to the mat with a hip toss early in the first round. He was subsequently released from the promotion.
Ward made the move to join Bellator MMA and made his debut on 10 November 2017 at Bellator 187 in Dublin against John Redmond. Ward knocked out Redmond at the end of round one, however referee Marc Goddard needed to verify that the knock out was before the buzzer. Conor McGregor, Ward's teammate, jumped the cage to celebrate with Ward before the fight was officially declared over. McGregor was separated Goddard, who in turn charged towards Goddard and pushed and confronted Goddard in a wild melee which caused an official to bump into Redmond as he was getting up.
McGregor did a lap of the cage and exited a few minutes later but then scaled and straddled the cage apron to continue the celebration of Ward's winning. He was stopped by a commissioner and McGregor was agitated and slapped the commissioner's face as McGregor admitted saying "Did you see your man trying to grab me and I gave him a clatter in the face" Redmond stated after the fight that Goddard had intended to continue to fight to round two but Mohegan Sun commission who oversaw the event decided to end the fight and declared the win to Ward due to McGregor's behaviour in the ring.
On 15 August 2019, it was announced that Ward had signed an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year contract extension with Bellator. Ward was expected to face Pietro Penini at Bellator Dublin on 27 September 2019, but the bout was scrapped due to Ward's injury. Subsequently, the bout was rescheduled to Bellator London 2 on 23 November 2019. Ward lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Ward was scheduled to face Norbert Novenyi Jr. at Bellator 270 on November 5, 2021. On October 6, Norbert announced that he had suffered a torn ACL and had to pull out of the bout and was replaced by Fabian Edwards.
Death of João CarvalhoEdit
Ward's victory over João Carvalho by knockout at Total Extreme Fighting 1 on 9 April 2016 was overcast with a tragic circumstance. Carvalho felt unwell, suffering from a headache 20 minutes after the fight and was sent to a hospital for a brain surgery. He died at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin 48 hours later as a result of injuries he suffered in the defeat. His death sparked outpouring grief from the MMA community.
The death of Carvalho aroused considerable debate, focusing on the sentiment that the fight should have been stopped much earlier. The referee who was in charge of the fight, Mariusz Domasat, defended his decision and said "If you watch the fight you see clearly there was no reason to stop the fight earlier. I stopped the fight when there was a reason to stop the fight, when the fighter wasn't willing to fight anymore, that's it. Everyone who has any idea about MMA knows the fight was stopped at the exact proper time. I am an experienced referee and part of the Irish Amateur Pankration Association of Safe MMA and I know what I am doing." Subsequently, Minister for Travel, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring, reiterated his long concern of the safety aspect of the sport which he had written to 17 MMA promoters in Ireland where he expected MMA should adhere to the safety standards as applied in other sports.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||9 wins||4 losses|
|Win||9–4||Andy Manzolo||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator Milan 3||3 October 2020||3||5:00||Milan, Italy|
|Win||8–4||Kyle Kurtz||TKO (punches)||Bellator 240||22 February 2020||3||4:24||Dublin, Ireland|
|Loss||7–4||Pietro Penini Jr.||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator London 2||23 November 2019||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||7–3||Justin Moore||TKO (punches)||Bellator 223||22 June 2019||2||3:23||London, England|
|Win||6–3||Jamie Stephenson||KO (punch)||Bellator 217||23 February 2019||1||0:34||Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||5–3||Martin Hudson||TKO (punches)||Bellator 200||25 May 2018||1||2:23||London, England|
|Win||4–3||John Redmond||KO (punch)||Bellator 187||10 November 2017||1||4:59||Dublin, Ireland||Return to Middleweight.|
|Loss||3–3||Galore Bofando||KO (slam and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio||16 July 2017||1||2:10||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Loss||3–2||Abdul Razak Alhassan||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2||19 November 2016||1||0:53||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||3–1||Gareth Williams||Decision (majority)||Adrenalin Fight Nights: Adrenalin Blast||4 June 2016||3||5:00||Swansea, Wales||Middleweight bout.|
|Win||2–1||João Carvalho||TKO (punches)||Total Extreme Fighting 1||9 April 2016||3||N/A||Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||1–1||Ciaran Daly||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Kings 2||9 August 2015||3||5:00||Dublin, Ireland||Welterweight debut.|
|Loss||0–1||John Phillips||KO (punch)||Fightstar Promotions: Rage in the Cage 3||21 March 2015||2||0:00||Paisley, Scotland||Rage in the Cage Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
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