Marcin Held

Marcin Held (born January 18, 1992) is a Polish mixed martial artist and currently competes in Professional Fighters League. He formerly competed in the Lightweight division of the Absolute Championship Berkut and Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Held has competed frequently in his home country of Poland and is highly touted by the media, often being regarded as "the prodigy of Polish MMA".[3] He fought in Bellator MMA from 2010 to 2016, challenging for the Bellator Lightweight Championship in 2015.

Marcin Held
Marcin Held.jpg
BornMarcin Held
(1992-01-18) January 18, 1992 (age 29)
Tychy, Poland
Other namesThe Polish Prodigy
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach71 in (180 cm) [1]
StyleSubmission wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofTychy, Poland
TeamGracie Barra Bastion Tychy
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active2008-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission14
By decision9
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Marcin Held
Medal record
Representing  Poland
Men's Submission grappling
FILA Grappling World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2010 Kraków -70 kg (Gi)
FILA Grappling European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Yuzhny -75 kg (No-Gi)
ADCC Submission Wrestling European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Zagreb -76.9 kg
Men's Submission wrestling
IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Lisbon -70 kg (purple belt)
FIJJA World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup
Silver medal – second place 2012 Warsaw Absolute (black/brown belt)
Men's Pankration
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2010 Kraków -75 kg


Held began training in Submission grappling at the age of nine, with emphasis on submission wrestling controls and Sambo style leglock system. He also received a jiu-jitsu black belt at the age 21, becoming the youngest black belt in Poland.[3] Held is well known for winning multiple submission grappling competitions in his home country. Since his MMA career has taken off, he still competes regularly in Submission Grappling, most notably for Quintet and Polaris.[4] Though he fights at lightweight, he has expressed a desire to compete at featherweight, should the right fight become available.[3]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Held began his professional mixed martial arts career and compiled a 3–0 record before joining Shooto. His debut fight for the organisation was at Shooto Poland, where he headlined and defeated Rafal Lasota via TKO (leg injury). Just prior to the Shooto fight, Held was named as one of the top ten unsigned prospects to watch for 2009.[3]

In December 2009, Held competed in an eight-man tournament, defeating all three opponents; the latter two by submission. Following this, Held defeated Przemyslaw Zbiciak via submission (rear naked choke) midway through the first round.[5]

Held's first professional loss came at the hands of Lukasz Sajewski, a fellow highly rated prospect from Poland. Sajewski was able to neutralise the submission game of Held, before gaining top position and riding out a unanimous decision victory.[6]

Held rebounded to defeat the former Cage Rage Lightweight Champion Jean Silva. Held attacked his opponent with a lot of leg locks, Jean didn't tap very good leg lock and after he stand up he fall down because of knee injury. Held won the fight via TKO.[7]

Held was scheduled to participate in the inaugural event of a new Polish promotion - Infinite Fighting Federation - in October in Dąbrowa Górnicza, against German fighter Franco de Leonardis. However, due to an accident involving de Leonardis,[8] he faced Bojan Kosednar.[9] Held won the fight with a kneebar submission in the second round.

According to mmarocks, Held signed a contract to compete against Juha-Pekka Vainikainen in November at Iron Fist 3.[10] However, for unknown reasons, Held was forced to pull out of the fight and was replaced by Anthony Durnell.

Bellator MMAEdit

On October 14, Held signed with Bellator MMA to compete in their Season Four Lightweight Tournament.[11] He faced wrestler Michael Chandler in the opening quarterfinal round at Bellator 36. He lost via arm-triangle choke submission in the first round.

Held faced Phillipe Nover at Bellator 59. He won the fight via split decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28). scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Nover.[12]

Held faced Murad Machaev in the opening round of the Bellator Season 7 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal on October 19, 2012 at Bellator 77.[13] He won the fight via unanimous decision. He faced Rich Clementi in the semifinals on November 16, 2012 at Bellator 81 and won via submission in the second round.

Held was expected to face Dave Jansen for the Season Seven Tournament Final at Bellator 84 but Held was not allowed in the Horseshoe casino, in Hammond, Indiana where the event was being held since he was only 20 years old, and therefore the fight has been pushed to sometime during Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Eight.[14]

The bout with Jansen was rescheduled for March 21, 2013 at Bellator 93.[15] Held lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Held rebounded with a first-round KO win over Ryan Healy at Bellator 101.

Held next faced Rodrigo Cavalheiro in the Bellator Season 10 Lightweight Tournament quarterfinals at Bellator 113. He won the fight via submission in the first round. He faced Derek Anderson in the semifinals at Bellator 117 and won via submission in the second round. He faced Patricky Freire in the finals at Bellator 126 on September 26, 2014.[16] Held dominated the fight and won via unanimous decision.

Held faced Alexander Sarnavskiy at Bellator 136 on April 10, 2015.[17] He won the fight via verbal submission in the third round.

Held faced Will Brooks for the Bellator Lightweight Championship on November 6, 2015 at Bellator 145.[18] Despite popping Brooks' knee in the opening round, Held lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Held had a rematch with Dave Jansen on May 20, 2016 at Bellator 155.[19] He won the fight via unanimous decision. Despite getting the win, Bellator MMA announced they had released Held from his contract.[20] Held, however, wrote a Facebook post citing that he terminated his own contract.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

On August 30, Held officially signed with the UFC.[21]

Held made his promotional debut against UFC veteran Diego Sanchez on November 5, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale.[22] Despite having some success with his boxing and remaining active off his back looking for submissions, Held lost the bout by unanimous decision.[23]

Held next faced Joe Lauzon on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[24] He lost the fight via a controversial split decision, with even his opponent Lauzon saying he felt he lost the bout post-fight.[25] Likewise, 16 out of 17 media pundits scored the bout for Held; the lone holdout scored the fight a draw.[26]

Held faced Damir Hadžović on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109.[27] After handily winning the first two rounds, he lost the fight via knockout in the opening seconds of the third round.[28]

Held was expected to face Teemu Packalen on October 21, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 118.[29] Teemu injured his knee and was replaced by Nasrat Haqparast.[30] Held won the fight via unanimous decision to earn his first UFC win.[31]

Absolute Championship BerkutEdit

After being released from the UFC, Held signed a contract with Absolute Championship Berkut and he faced Callan Potter in his debut at ACB 88.[32] Held won the bout via submission in the first round.

Professional Fighters LeagueEdit

In March 2020, Held signed with Professional Fighters League.[33]

Held made his PFL debut against Natan Schulte on April 23, 2021 at PFL 1.[34] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[35]

Held is scheduled to face Olivier Aubin-Mercier at PFL 4 on June 10, 2021.[36]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Submission grapplingEdit

Brazilian Jiu-JitsuEdit

  • International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
    • 2010 IBJJF European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championships Purple Belt Gold Medalist
  • Federation International of Jiu-Jitsu Association
    • 2012 FIJJA World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup Warsaw Trials Absolute Brown/Black Belt Runner-up
    • 2012 FIJJA World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup Warsaw Trials Brown/Black Belt 3rd Place


Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
34 matches 27 wins 7 losses
By knockout 4 1
By submission 14 1
By decision 9 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 27–7 Natan Schulte Decision (unanimous) PFL 1 April 23, 2021 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 26–7 Diego Brandão Decision (unanimous) ACA 96: Goncharov vs. Johnson June 8, 2019 3 5:00 Lodz, Poland
Win 25–7 Musa Khamanaev Submission (heel hook) ACB 90 Moscow November 10, 2018 1 2:09 Moscow, Russia
Win 24–7 Callan Potter Submission (heel hook) ACB 88 June 16, 2018 1 1:09 Brisbane, Australia
Win 23–7 Nasrat Haqparast Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till October 21, 2017 3 5:00 Gdańsk, Poland
Loss 22–7 Damir Hadžović KO (knee) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira May 28, 2017 3 0:07 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 22–6 Joe Lauzon Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn January 15, 2017 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Loss 22–5 Diego Sanchez Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson November 5, 2016 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 22–4 Dave Jansen Decision (unanimous) Bellator 155 May 20, 2016 3 5:00 Boise, Idaho, United States
Loss 21–4 Will Brooks Decision (unanimous) Bellator 145 November 6, 2015 5 5:00 St. Louis, Missouri, United States For the Bellator Lightweight Championship.
Win 21–3 Alexander Sarnavskiy Submission (kneebar) Bellator 136 April 10, 2015 3 1:11 Irvine, California, United States
Win 20–3 Patricky Freire Decision (unanimous) Bellator 126 September 26, 2014 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Bellator Season 10 Lightweight tournament final.
Win 19–3 Nate Jolly Submission (armbar) Bellator 120 May 17, 2014 1 4:20 Southaven, Mississippi, United States
Win 18–3 Derek Anderson Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 117 April 18, 2014 2 3:07 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States Bellator Season 10 Lightweight tournament semifinal.
Win 17–3 Rodrigo Cavalheiro Submission (toe hold) Bellator 113 March 21, 2014 1 1:56 Mulvane, Kansas, United States Bellator Season 10 Lightweight tournament quarterfinal.
Win 16–3 Ryan Healy KO (punches) Bellator 101 September 27, 2013 1 1:12 Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 15–3 Dave Jansen Decision (unanimous) Bellator 93 March 21, 2013 3 5:00 Lewiston, Maine, United States Bellator Season 7 Lightweight tournament final.
Win 15–2 Rich Clementi Submission (toe hold) Bellator 81 November 16, 2012 2 3:04 Kingston, Rhode Island, United States Bellator Season 7 Lightweight tournament semifinal.
Win 14–2 Murad Machaev Decision (unanimous) Bellator 77 October 19, 2012 3 5:00 Reading, Pennsylvania, United States Bellator Season 7 Lightweight tournament quarterfinal.
Win 13–2 Derrick Kennington Submission (heel hook) Bellator 68 May 11, 2012 1 2:08 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 12–2 Phillipe Nover Decision (split) Bellator 59 November 26, 2011 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–2 Kaleo Kwan Submission (inverted heel hook) AFC 2: Lombard vs. Taylor September 3, 2011 1 0:55 Melbourne, Australia
Loss 10–2 Michael Chandler Technical Submission (arm triangle choke) Bellator 36 March 12, 2011 1 3:56 Shreveport, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season 4 Lightweight tournament quarterfinal.
Win 10–1 Bojan Kosednar Submission (kneebar) Infinite Fighting Federation October 8, 2010 2 3:24 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
Win 9–1 Jean Silva TKO (knee injury) Pro Fight 5 June 18, 2010 2 2:30 Wrocław, Poland
Loss 8–1 Łukasz Sajewski Decision (unanimous) AOF 7: Support for Haiti May 29, 2010 2 5:00 Płock, Poland
Win 8–0 Przemysław Zbiciak Submission (rear-naked choke) Ring XF 1: First Battle March 13, 2010 1 3:11 Zgierz, Poland
Win 7–0 Borys Mańkowski Submission (armbar) MMA Challengers 2 December 6, 2009 1 2:10 Bytom, Poland Won the MMA Challengers 2 Lightweight Tournament.
Win 6–0 Mariusz Abramiak Submission (rear-naked choke) MMA Challengers 2 December 6, 2009 1 3:23 Bytom, Poland
Win 5–0 Ireneusz Mila Decision (unanimous) MMA Challengers 2 December 6, 2009 2 4:00 Bytom, Poland
Win 4–0 Rafał Lasota TKO (leg injury) Shooto Poland: Held vs. Lasota November 21, 2009 3 N/A Kielce, Poland
Win 3–0 Mariusz Pioskowik TKO (punches) Bytomska: Gala MMA 2 May 23, 2009 2 2:49 Bytom, Poland
Win 2–0 Artur Sowiński Decision (majority) MMA Challengers 1 May 3, 2009 2 5:00 Mysłowice, Poland
Win 1–0 Mateusz Piórkowski Submission (armbar) Abak Moto September 28, 2008 1 4:01 Muchowiec, Poland

Submission grappling recordEdit

Result Marcin Najman Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Draw   Marius Žaromskis Draw Quintet April 11, 2018 1 10:00
Win   Teodoras Aukstuolis Submission (kneebar) Quintet April 11, 2018 1
Win   Viktor Tomasevic Submission (kneebar) Quintet April 11, 2018 1

See alsoEdit


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