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Shawn Bunch (born March 19, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in Bellator's bantamweight division.

Shawn Bunch
Born (1983-03-19) March 19, 1983 (age 36)
Columbus, Georgia, United States
Other namesBunch The Great
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
DivisionBantamweight (135 lb)
Reach66 in (168 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofSan Jose, California, United States
TeamAmerican Kickboxing Academy
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling
Olympic Alternate (freestyle wrestling)
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total13
Wins9
By knockout3
By decision6
Losses4
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision1
UniversityEdinboro University of Pennsylvania
Notable school(s)Leavenworth High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Wrestling careerEdit

Bunch competed in high school for Leavenworth High School[2] and in university for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he was a four-time NCAA qualifier and two-time All-American. He was also a U.S. national and Pan American champion, and two-time Olympic alternate at 133 lb (60 kg). In June 2012, he lost to Coleman Scott at a wrestle-off, which decided the final Olympic roster spot.[3][4][5]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Bellator MMAEdit

Bunch made his professional and promotional debut on November 30, 2012 at Bellator 82 against Chad Coon. He won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).[6]

Bunch was expected to face Steve Garcia on July 31, 2013 at Bellator 97. However, Garcia was replaced by Russell Wilson due to injury.[7] Bunch defeated Wilson via split decision (29-28 Bunch, 29-28 Wilson, 29-28 Bunch).[8]

Bunch/Garcia eventually took place on October 25, 2013 at Bellator 105. He had his first mixed martial arts defeat via TKO in the third round.[9]

After a long layoff, Bunch faced David Duran at Bellator 127 on October 3, 2014.[10] He won the fight via KO in the first round.

Bunch faced Rolando Perez at Bellator 137 on May 15, 2015.[11] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Bunch next faced Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 143 on September 25, 2015. He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Amateur wrestlingEdit

Mixed Martial ArtsEdit

  • Conquer Fighting Championships
    • Fight of the Night (1 Time)

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 9 wins 4 losses
By knockout 3 1
By submission 0 2
By decision 6 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–4 Leandro Higo Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 228 September 28, 2019 2 4:34 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 9–3 Dominic Mazzotta Decision (unanimous) Bellator 219 March 29, 2019 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States
Win 8–3 Joe Warren TKO (submission to punches) Bellator 210 November 30, 2018 1 1:42 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win 7–3 Rodrigo Lima Decision (unanimous) Conquer Fighting Championships 4 June 24, 2017 3 5:00 Richmond, California United States
Win 6–3 Josh San Diego Decision (unanimous) Dragon House 24 November 12, 2016 3 5:00 San Francisco, California United States
Win 5–3 Khomkrit Niimi TKO (punches) Conquer Fighting Championships 2 April 30, 2016 1 3:37 Richmond, California United States
Loss 4–3 Stephan Cervantes Decision (split) Conquer Fighting Championships 1 November 21, 2015 3 5:00 Richmond, California United States Fight of the Night
Loss 4–2 Darrion Caldwell Submission (rear naked choke) Bellator 143 September 25, 2015 1 2:35 Hidalgo, Texas, United States
Win 4–1 Rolando Perez Decision (unanimous) Bellator 137 May 15, 2015 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States
Win 3–1 David Duran TKO (punches) Bellator 127 October 3, 2014 1 3:11 Temecula, California, United States
Loss 2–1 Steve Garcia TKO (punches) Bellator 105 October 25, 2013 3 3:29 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Win 2–0 Russell Wilson Decision (split) Bellator 97 July 31, 2013 3 5:00 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Win 1–0 Chad Coon Decision (unanimous) Bellator 82 November 30, 2012 3 5:00 Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Shawn Bunch's profile". Tapology.com. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Biography: Shawn Bunch". TheMat.com. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  3. ^ Ariel Helwani (June 17, 2012). "Former Olympic hopeful Shawn Bunch signs with Bellator". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  4. ^ Luke Thomas (November 29, 2012). "For Bellator's Shawn Bunch, MMA was always part of the plan". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  5. ^ Tim Rohan (June 8, 2012). "Wrestle-off in Times Square decides final Olympic roster spot". NYtimes.com. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  6. ^ Brian Knapp (November 30, 2012). "Undefeated Andrey Koreshkov dismisses Lyman Good in welterweight final at Bellator 82". Sherdog.com. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  7. ^ Phillip Lujan (July 23, 2013). "Bellator 97: Russell Wilson steps in on short notice, replaces Steve Garcia against Shawn Bunch". Swfight.com. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  8. ^ Luke Thomas (July 31, 2013). "Bellator 97 results: Chandler vs. Rickels". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  9. ^ Brian Knapp (October 25, 2012). "Will Brooks, Alexander Sarnavskiy punch tickets to lightweight final at Bellator 105". Sherdog.com. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  10. ^ "Bellator 127 lineup again complete as Gonzalez replaces Zaromskis, Duran meets Bunch". mmajunkie.com. September 24, 2014.
  11. ^ Guilherme Cruz (April 16, 2015). "Bellator 137 card complete with addition of six new fights, including Darrion Caldwell vs. Rafael Silva". mmafighting.com.