Manuel Alcaraz Tapia (born March 14, 1981)[1] is an American professional mixed martial arts fighter currently competing in the Bantamweight division. He has formerly competed for the WEC, King of the Cage, and Tachi Palace Fights. He is the former King of the Cage Flyweight Champion.

Manny Tapia
BornManuel Alcaraz Tapia
(1981-03-14) March 14, 1981 (age 40)
Riverside, California, United States
Other namesThe Mangler
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Reach67.0 in (170 cm)
Fighting out ofChino, California
TeamMillennia MMA Gym
RankBlack belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active2003–2012
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission2
By decision6
By knockout2
By decision2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Tapia is from Riverside, California. After the death of his parents, Tapia used football, judo, and wrestling as outlets for his anger. He attended Don Lugo High School in Chino, California and Chaffey College. Tapia was originally introduced to mixed martial arts a year out of high school.[2][3][4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Tapia made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2003 for King of the Cage and compiled a record of 4-0-1 before winning the King of the Cage Flyweight Championship. He later signed with the WEC and was stripped of his title.

World Extreme CagefightingEdit

Tapia made his WEC debut at WEC 27 on May 12, 2007 in a Featherweight bout against Brandon Foxworth and won via TKO in the second round.

Tapia then fought at WEC 32 on February 13, 2008 against Antonio Banuelos and won via split decision. This brought Tapia's career record to 10-0-1.

At WEC 37, Tapia suffered a second-round TKO loss in a title fight with the WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres and lost via unanimous decision to Akitoshi Tamura at WEC 40. Tapia then fought Eddie Wineland on October 10, 2009 on the undercard at WEC 43,[5] losing via unanimous decision.

Tapia was then released from the WEC after this loss and it was announced on November 17, 2009 that he has signed with Tachi Palace Fights. He debuted on their February 4 event in Lemoore, California, facing current UFC fighter Michael McDonald and lost via TKO in the first round.

Personal lifeEdit

Aside from fighting, Tapia currently works in Law Enforcement.[2][3]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 12 wins 4 losses
By knockout 4 2
By submission 2 0
By decision 6 2
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–4–1 Pete Sabala Decision (unanimous) SCMMA 1 - Inland Empire Strikes October 20, 2012 3 5:00 Ontario, California, United States
Win 11–4–1 Bobby Sanchez Decision (unanimous) Respect in the Cage 10 March 12, 2011 3 5:00 Pomona, California, United States
Loss 10–4–1 Michael McDonald TKO (punches) TPF 3: Champions Collide February 4, 2010 1 4:31 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 10–3–1 Eddie Wineland Decision (unanimous) WEC 43 October 10, 2009 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Loss 10–2–1 Akitoshi Tamura Decision (unanimous) WEC 40 April 5, 2009 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 10–1–1 Miguel Torres TKO (punches and elbows) WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia December 8, 2008 2 3:02 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For WEC Bantamweight Championship
Win 10–0–1 Antonio Banuelos Decision (split) WEC 32: Condit vs. Prater February 13, 2008 3 5:00 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Win 9–0–1 Brandon Foxworth TKO (punches) WEC 27 May 12, 2007 2 3:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Featherweight bout.
Win 8–0–1 Richard Montano TKO (knee & punches) KOTC: Destroyer December 1, 2006 3 3:24 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 7–0–1 Shad Smith Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Rapid Fire August 4, 2006 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 6–0–1 Ed Newalu Decision (unanimous) KOTC 63: Final Conflict December 2, 2005 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 5–0–1 Gregory Vivian Submission (arm-triangle choke) KOTC 58: Prime Time August 5, 2005 1 4:25 San Jacinto, California, United States Won KOTC Flyweight Championship
Win 4–0–1 Richard Goodman TKO (punches) KOTC: Mortal Sins May 7, 2005 2 2:07 Primm, Nevada, United States
Win 3–0–1 Ed Newalu Decision (unanimous) KOTC 41: Relentless September 29, 2004 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 2–0–1 Michael Welty KO (punch) KOTC 37: Unfinished Business June 12, 2004 1 0:07 San Jacinto, California, United States
Draw 1–0–1 Chad Washburn Draw (split) KOTC 33: After Shock February 20, 2004 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 1–0 Manuel Sawyze Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC 31: King of the Cage 31 December 6, 2003 1 2:07 San Jacinto, California, United States


  1. ^ Mixed martial arts show results Date: May 7, 2005
  2. ^ a b "Manny Tapia - Official UFC® Profile".
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Manny Tapia headlines a changing WEC". 3 December 2008.
  5. ^ "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson on October 10 in San Antonio, Texas". 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-08-29.

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