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Enrique "Wasabi" Marín Picón (Born September 2, 1986) is a Spanish professional mixed martial artist who competed in the UFC's Lightweight division. He was the runner up on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2. He trains in Sutemi Fight Academy, in Spain.

Enrique Marín
BornEnrique Marín Picón
(1986-09-02) September 2, 1986 (age 33)
Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Other namesWasabi
NationalitySpanish
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionWelterweight (2007-2015)
Lightweight (2016-present)
Reach74.0 in (188 cm)[1]
StyleKickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling
Fighting out ofHuntington Beach, California, United States
Seville, Andalusia, Spain
TeamSutemi Fight Academy
Kings MMA
TrainerRafael Cordeiro
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total16
Wins11
By knockout2
By submission5
By decision4
Losses5
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision2
Draws0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Enrique was born in Seville, a city in Spain, he studied in the university getting the title of teacher of primary education. Marín started training Jujutsu at the age of 15 and then he started in Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He knew he wanted to practice MMA after watching some videos on VHS cassettes. Marín started training just to practise a sport that put adrenaline in his body and to learn how to defend himself.[2]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

  • Marín made his professional MMA debut in 2007 against Rayco Cubas on November 3, 2007 at KO Arena 7. Marín lost the fight via submission in the first round.
  • Marín faced Alvaro Rodríguez on February 19, 2011 at Magna Bellum Championships 1. Marín won the fight via split decision.
  • Marín faced Daniel Requeijo on April 30, 2011 at Magna Bellum Championships 2. Marín won the fight via unanimous decision.
  • Marín faced Loic Marty on September 10, 2011 at IFC: King of the Castle. Marín lost the fight via submission in the first round.
  • Marín faced Ernesto Navas on October 1, 2011 at Magna Bellum Championships 3. Marín won the fight via submission in the first round.
  • Marín faced Sergey Malozenov on June 9, 2012 at Almogavers: The Chance 3. Marín won the fight via unanimous decision.
  • Marín faced Eliot Hernández on October 12, 2012 at Hombres de Honor 46. Marín won the fight via submission on the first round.
  • Marín faced Adrián Pérez on November 4, 2012 at Almogavers: The Chance 4. Marín won the fight via submission on the second round.
  • Marín faced Daniel Palomo Díaz on December 7, 2013 at Noche de Gloria. Marín won the fight via unanimous decision.
  • Marín faced Marko Vardjan on February 8, 2014 at Only Men Stuff: European MMA League 1. Marín won the fight via submission in the first round.
  • Marín faced Falco Neto on November 29, 2014 at AFL 2. Marín won the fight via submission in the first round.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

Marín is the first Spanish fighter to compete on The Ultimate Fighter, and the second (the first was Alberto Cerra Leon in UFC 2) Spanish fighter in the UFC.

In the first episode of the season, Marin was the second choice of Team Gastelum (Kelvin Gastelum). In his first match, Marín faced Kevin Medinilla. Marin won the fight via majority decision.

For his second bout in the semifinals, Marin faced Hector Aldana. Marin won the fight via submission in 1 minute.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

On November 21, 2015, the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 took place in UFC Fight Night 78, he faced Erick Montano. After a close fight, Marin lost the fight in a split decision.

On July 9, 2016, Marin faced Sage Northcutt at UFC 200. Marin lost the fight in a very close unanimous decision.[3] Marin was cut by the UFC following his loss to Sage Northcutt.[4]

Post UFC CareerEdit

Shortly after being cut by the UFC, Marin was signed by Euro FC. Marin is expected to face Aleksi Mäntykivi on February 2, 2016, in Prague, Czech Republic.[5]

Championships and achievementsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Marín has the title of teacher of primary education, especially, physical education. Enrique got his nickname Wasabi from going to a Japanese restaurant with friends, and seeing a bowl of wasabi, he thought it was guacamole and ate every last bite of it.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 11 wins 5 losses
By knockout 2 1
By submission 5 2
By decision 4 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11-6 Marco Antonio Elpidio Decision (unanimous) Combate Americas - La Batalla de Guadalajara October 26, 2018 3 5:00 Guadalajara, Mexico
Win 11–5 Yuki Yamasaki TKO (doctor stoppage) AFL 14 March 17, 2018 2 5:00 Gran Canaria, Spain
Loss 10–5 Ricardo Tirloni KO (punch) Fight Club Slam 2017 October 7, 2017 1 3:16 Leganes, Spain
Win 10–4 Gerson Cordeiro TKO (punches) AFL 11 March 25, 2017 1 2:28 Gran Canaria, Spain
Loss 9–4 Sage Northcutt Decision (unanimous) UFC 200 July 9, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lightweight debut.
Loss 9–3 Erick Montaño Decision (split) UFC Fight Night 78 November 21, 2015 3 5:00 Monterrey, Mexico Lost The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 Welterweight tournament.
Win 9–2 Falco Neto Submission (neck crank) AFL 2 November 29, 2014 1 4:58 Fuenlabrada, Spain
Win 8–2 Marko Vardjan Submission (rear-naked choke) Only Men Stuff: European MMA League 1 February 8, 2014 1 3:12 Zagreb, Croatia
Win 7–2 Daniel Palomo Díaz Decision (unanimous) Noche de Gloria December 7, 2013 2 4:00 Málaga, Spain
Win 6–2 Adrián Pérez Submission (kimura) Almogavers: The Chance 4 November 4, 2012 2 N/A Barcelona, Spain
Win 5–2 Eliot Hernández Submission (kneebar) Hombres de Honor 46 October 12, 2012 1 2:00 Madrid, Spain
Win 4–2 Sergey Malozenov Decision (unanimous) Almogavers: The Chance 3 June 9, 2012 3 5:00 Barcelona, Spain
Win 3–2 Ernesto Navas Submission (armbar) Magna Bellum Championships 3 October 1, 2011 1 N/A Seville, Spain
Loss 2–2 Loic Marty Submission (D'Arce choke) IFC: King of the Castle September 10, 2011 1 3:26 Fuengirola, Spain
Win 2–1 Daniel Requeijo Decision (unanimous) Magna Bellum Championships 2 April 30, 2011 2 5:00 Seville, Spain
Win 1–1 Alvaro Rodríguez Decision (split) Magna Bellum Championships 1 February 19, 2011 3 5:00 Seville, Spain
Loss 0–1 Rayco Cubas Submission (rear-naked choke) KO Arena 7 November 3, 2007 1 2:54 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2–1 Héctor Aldana Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 October 21, 2015 1 1:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Semifinal round.
Win 1–1 Kevin Medinilla Decision (majority) The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 September 16, 2015 (air date) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Preliminary round.
Loss 0–1 Andrés Rueda Submission (anaconda choke) KO Arena 3 July 30, 2005 1 N/A Málaga, Spain

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Enrique Marin".
  2. ^ MARCA.com (10 September 2015). "Enrique 'Wasabi' Marín".
  3. ^ Doyle, Dave (2016-07-10). "UFC 200 results: Sage Northcutt grinds out win over Enrique Marin". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  4. ^ Alexander, Mookie (2016-10-21). "UFC cuts Enrique Marin following loss to Northcutt". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  5. ^ "UFC 200's Enrique Marin to compete at EuroFC 02". European Fighting Challenge. 2016-11-03. Archived from the original on 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2016-12-21.

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