Tim McKenzie is a retired American professional mixed martial artist. A professional competitor from 2001 until 2011, he fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, World Extreme Cagefighting, Pancrase, and Tachi Palace Fights.[1][2]

Tim McKenzie
BornSanta Clara, California, United States
Other namesWrecking Machine
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Light Heavyweight
Fighting out ofStockton, California, United States
Tempe, Arizona, United States
Lodi, California, United States
TeamTeam Cesar Gracie
AZ Combat Sports
Years active2001-2011
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission5
By decision1
By knockout4
By submission5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Born and raised in California, McKenzie began training in MMA while attending University of the Pacific alongside fellow fighters Nick Diaz and his younger brother Nate Diaz, under the tutelage of head coach Cesar Gracie. Later during his career McKenzie moved to Tempe, Arizona to train with AZ Combat Sports[3]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

World Extreme CagefightingEdit

McKenzie made his debut for the pre-Zuffa owned WEC at WEC 6 on March 27, 2003. McKenzie won via TKO in the first round.

McKenzie then won his next four consecutive fights, bringing his career record to an undefeated 7-0 before making his next WEC appearance at WEC 10 against Alex Stiebling. McKenzie was handed his first professional loss via arm-triangle choke in the second round. McKenzie made his next promotional appearance at WEC 17 against Scott Smith and was defeated via first-round TKO.

After the loss to Smith, McKenzie fought Doug Marshall at WEC 17 and won in dominating fashion, finishing the future WEC Light Heavyweight Champion in the first round via TKO. After a loss to Steve Cantwell via rear-naked choke submission at WEC 33, McKenzie made his last appearance for the promotion at WEC 34 against Jeremy Lang and won via guillotine choke submission in the third round.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

McKenzie made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann on April 1, 2009 against Aaron Simpson. McKenzie was defeated in the first round via TKO.[4]


Since leaving the UFC, McKenzie has gone 2-3 in his last five fights. McKenzie most recently competed on April 16, 2011 at Showdown Fights: Shootout against Jordan Smith. McKenzie won via knockout 11 seconds into the fight.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
23 matches 14 wins 9 losses
By knockout 8 4
By submission 5 5
By decision 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–9 Jordan Smith TKO (punches) Showdown Fights: Shootout April 16, 2011 1 0:11 Orem, Utah, United States
Loss 13–9 Seth Baczynski TKO (elbows & punches) TPF 7: Deck the Halls December 2, 2010 1 2:15 Lemoore, California, United States Catchweight (174 lbs) bout. Controversial loss due to Baczynski "phantom tapping" due to an armbar, prompting McKenzie to release it before referee stoppage.
Loss 13–8 Josh Thornburg Submission (armbar) Global Knockout: Fall Brawl September 18, 2010 1 0:59 Jackson, California, United States
Win 13–7 Marcus Gaines Submission (armbar) RF: Rebel Fighter August 21, 2010 1 2:58 Placerville, California, United States
Loss 12–7 David Mitchell Submission (guillotine choke) TPF 4: Cinco de Mayhem May 5, 2010 1 1:10 Lemoore, California, United States Return to Welterweight; for the inaugural Tachi Palace Fights Welterweight Championship.
Loss 12–6 Aaron Simpson TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann April 1, 2009 1 1:40 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 12–5 Jeremy Lang Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 34 June 1, 2008 3 0:40 Sacramento, California, United States Return to Middleweight.
Loss 11–5 Steve Cantwell Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 33 March 26, 2008 1 2:13 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–4 Yuichi Nakanishi Submission (rear-naked choke) BODOGFight: Vancouver August 25, 2007 2 1:12 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 10–4 Chael Sonnen Submission (D'arce choke) BODOGFight: Costa Rica Combat February 18, 2007 1 0:13 Costa Rica
Win 10–3 Mike McGuinnes TKO ICFO 1: Stockton May 13, 2006 1 N/A Stockton, California, United States
Win 9–3 Doug Marshall TKO (punches & elbows) WEC 19 March 17, 2006 1 3:35 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 8–3 Scott Smith TKO (punches) WEC 17 October 14, 2005 1 2:25 Lemoore, California, United States
xWin 8–2 Bill Mahood KO (punches) Freedom Fight: Canada vs USA July 9, 2005 1 0:06 Hull, Quebec, Canada
Loss 7–2 Akihiro Gono TKO (punches) Pancrase: Brave 10 November 7, 2004 2 2:53 Chiba, Japan
Loss 7–1 Alex Stiebling Submission (arm-triangle choke) WEC 10 May 21, 2004 2 2:25 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 7–0 Emanuel Newton Decision ROTR: Rage on the River April 7, 2004 3 3:00 Redding, California, United States
Win 6–0 Kenny Kingsford TKO IFC: Battleground Tahoe January 31, 2004 2 2:02 Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 5–0 Chris Kiever Submission (heel hook) IFC: Rumble on the Rio December 6, 2003 1 0:29 Hidalgo, Texas, United States Heavyweight debut.
Win 4–0 Shane Davis Submission (armbar) IFC WC 18: Big Valley Brawl July 19, 2003 1 1:31 Lakeport, California, United States
Win 3–0 John Appleby TKO (punches) WEC 6 March 27, 2003 1 1:03 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 2–0 Paul Ward TKO IFC: Night of the Warriors 3 November 16, 2002 1 1:04 Iona, California, United States Middleweight debut.
Win 1–0 Dax Bruce TKO (punches) IFC WC 16: Warriors Challenge 16 November 9, 2001 1 N/A Orville, California, United States


  1. ^ Martin, Damon (2009-04-02). "UFC hands out $30K bonuses at Fight Night in Nashville". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  2. ^ Sloan, Mike (2008-03-27). "Stann Captures WEC Crown with KO". ESPN. Sherdog. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  3. ^ https://prommanow.com/2008/06/24/wrecking-shop-%e2%80%93-cashing-checks-and-breaking-necks-fast-eddies-interview-of-tim-mckenzie/
  4. ^ http://prommanow.com/2009/01/28/tim-mckenzie-talks-about-move-to-ufc-with-the-info/

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