Oluwale Bamgbose

Oluwale Bamgbose (born August 4, 1987) is a Nigerian-American mixed martial artist[3] who most recently competed in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Oluwale Bamgbose
Born (1987-08-04) August 4, 1987 (age 35)
Lagos, Nigeria
Other namesThe Holy War Angel
ResidenceThe Bronx, New York, United States
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Reach78 in (200 cm)
StyleMuay Thai, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Shotokan Karate, BJJ
Fighting out ofThe Bronx, New York, United States
Boxers Of Wushu
RankBlack prajied in Muay Thai[2] under Luiz Azeredo[citation needed]
Black belt in Taekwondo[2] under Joel Montero[citation needed]
Black sash in Kung Fu[2]
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jose Luis Castro Cademartori[2]
Green belt in Shotokan Karate[citation needed]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By knockout3
By decision1
UniversitySUNY Morrisville,

SUNY Oneonta,

Alfred University
ChildrenOlugo Bamgbose (Son)
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Oluwale was raised by traditional parents who were very strict. While growing up, Oluwale's parents instilled and encouraged high standards in education and values in Christianity. Oluwale credits God and his parents for his assertive understanding of what it takes to succeed in life. Bamgbose began training in karate at the age of 12 before later transitioning to Taekwondo.[2]

Oluwale currently holds an associate degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Morrisville, a bachelor's degree in "Child and Family Studies" from SUNY Oneonta and a master's degree in "Public Administration" from Alfred University. It was during his time in college that Bamgbose began training in mixed martial arts.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

After competing as an amateur for one year and compiling a record of 2-1, Bamgbose made his professional debut in June 2013. While competing exclusively for the regional promotion Ring of Combat, he amassed a record of 5-0, finishing all of his opponents in the first round before signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the summer of 2015.[3]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Bamgbose made his promotional debut as a short notice replacement against Uriah Hall on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73.[4] Bamgbose lost the fight by TKO in the first round.[5]

Bamgbose next faced Daniel Sarafian on February 21, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 83, again as a short notice replacement, filling in for an injured Sam Alvey.[6][7] Bamgbose won the fight via knockout in the first round.[8]

For a third straight fight, Bamgbose was tabbed as an injury replacement and faced Cezar Ferreira on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19, filling in for an injured Caio Magalhães.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[10]

Bamgbose was briefly linked to a bout with Josh Samman on December 9, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 102. However the pairing never materialized as Samman died on October 5, 2016.[11] He was replaced by Joe Gigliotti.[12] In turn, Bamgbose pulled out of the fight in mid-November citing an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Gerald Meerschaert.[13]

Bamgbose was expected to face Tom Breese on March 18, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 107.[14] However, the day of the event Breese was deemed unfit to compete and the bout was cancelled.[15]

Bamgbose faced Paulo Costa on June 3, 2017 at UFC 212.[16] He lost the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the second round.[17]

Bamgbose faced Alessio Di Chirico on December 16, 2017 at UFC on Fox 26.[18] He lost the fight via knockout in the second round.[19]

Bamgbose was released from UFC on December 28, 2017.[20]


  • Ring of Combat
    • Middleweight Champion (One defense)

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
10 matches 6 wins 4 losses
By knockout 6 3
By decision 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 6–4 Alessio Di Chirico KO (knee) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos December 16, 2017 2 2:14 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Loss 6–3 Paulo Costa TKO (punches) UFC 212 June 3, 2017 2 1:06 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 6–2 Cezar Ferreira Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 2016 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 6–1 Daniel Sarafian KO (head kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy February 21, 2016 1 1:00 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 5–1 Uriah Hall TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux August 8, 2015 1 2:32 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 5–0 Brian Booth TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 51 June 5, 2015 1 0:24 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Defended the Ring of Combat Middleweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Devon Morris TKO (head kick and punches) Ring of Combat 50 January 23, 2015 1 3:18 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the vacant Ring of Combat Middleweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Steve Nichols TKO (doctor stoppage) Ring of Combat 49 September 19, 2014 1 1:24 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Michael Elshamy TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 47 January 24, 2014 1 2:51 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Fikret Darzanoff TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 45 June 14, 2013 1 2:45 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Evans". UFC.com. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Oluwale Bamgbose". UFC.com. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Simon, Zane (2015-07-27). "Welcome to the UFC, Oluwale Bamgbose". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  4. ^ Staff (2015-07-23). "UFC Fight Night 73 fight card lineup finalized following Urethra Hall and Dustin Ortiz receiving new opponents". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  5. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-08-08). "UFC Fight Night 73 results: Uriah Hall thumps Oluwale Bamgbose in first". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-08-08.
  6. ^ Staff (2015-12-29). "Sam Alvey suffers broken jaw, out of UFC Fight Night 82 vs. Daniel Sarafian". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  7. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-01-05). "Oluwale Bamgbose replaces injured Sam Alvey, meets Daniel Sarafian at UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  8. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-02-21). "UFC Fight Night 83 results: Oluwale Bamgbose flattens Daniel Sarafian for 1st UFC win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  9. ^ Damon Martin (2016-04-09). "Caio Magalhaes out; Oluwale Bamgbose to face Cezar Ferreira in Tampa". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  10. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-04-16). "UFC on FOX 19 results: Cezar Ferreira grinds out Oluwale Bamgbose after wobbly start". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  11. ^ Marc Raimondi (2016-10-05). "UFC fighter Josh Samman dead at the age of 28". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  12. ^ Staff (2016-10-14). "UFC Fight Night 102 gets eight new fights". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  13. ^ Dale Jordan (2016-11-16). "Gerald Meerschaert replaces Oluwale Bamgbose; faces Joe Gigliotti at UFC Albany". mmamad.com. Archived from the original on 2017-01-13. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  14. ^ Staff (2017-01-11). "UFC Fight Night 107 gets 6 fights". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  15. ^ Staff (2017-03-18). "Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Tom Breese also pulled from today's UFC Fight Night 107 lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  16. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2017-03-29). "Paulo 'Borrachinha,' Oluwale Bamgbose to clash at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  17. ^ Dave Doyle (2017-06-03). "UFC 212 results: Paulo Borrachinha blasts Oluwale Bamgbose". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-06-03.
  18. ^ Staff (2017-08-17). "Nogueira-Cannonier, Bamgbose-Di Chirico added to UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  19. ^ "UFC on FOX 26 results: Alessio Di Chirico starts slow but sleeps Oluwale Bamgbose". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-16. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  20. ^ "Oluwale Bamgbose curses Dana White, claims mistreatment in announcing UFC release". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-27. Retrieved 2017-12-29.

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