Mixed martial artists from California

Posted May 4, 2011
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  1. Ronda Rousey

    Ronda Rousey


    Ronda Jean Rousey (/ˈrzi/; born February 1, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist, judoka and actress. She is the first and current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, as well as the last Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. She is undefeated in mixed martial arts, having won eleven of her twelve fights in the first round and nine by armbar. Rousey was the first U.S. woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.

  2. Chuck Liddell

    Chuck Liddell


    Charles David "Chuck" Liddell (born December 17, 1969) is a retired American mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight Champion. Liddell has an extensive striking background in Kempo, Koei-Kan karate and kickboxing, as well as a grappling background in collegiate wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Liddell holds the record with the most knockouts in UFC history at thirteen. Liddell had 23 fights in the UFC, and along with Randy Couture, is widely credited for bringing mixed martial arts into the mainstream of American sports and entertainment. On July 10, 2009, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

  3. LaTasha Marzolla

    LaTasha Marzolla


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  4. Jon Koppenhaver

    Jon Koppenhaver


    War Machine (born Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, November 30, 1981) is an American professional mixed martial artist, and pornographic actor. In MMA, he competes in the welterweight division. He was a fighter on the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra as part of Team Serra.

  5. Daniel Puder

    Daniel Puder


    Daniel Puder (born October 9, 1981) is an American professional wrestler and retired professional mixed martial artist. In 2010, he founded My Life My Power World, an anti-bullying and youth development program.

  6. Cung Le

    Cung Le


    Cung Le (Vietnamese: Lê Cung; born May 25, 1972) is a Vietnamese-American retired mixed martial artist, actor, and former Sanshou kickboxer who competed as a middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), holding a record of 2-2 with the organization. In Sanshou, he is a former International Kickboxing Federation Light Heavyweight World Champion, having a professional Sanshou record of 16-0 before moving to mixed martial arts (Le also held a kickboxing record of 17-0). He defeated Frank Shamrock to become the second Strikeforce Middleweight Champion before vacating the title to further pursue his acting career. Le is perhaps best known in mixed martial arts for competing in Strikeforce, holding a record of 7-1 with the organization before its demise.

  7. Urijah Faber

    Urijah Faber


    Urijah Christopher Faber (born May 14, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist, fighting as a bantamweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Faber won the WEC Featherweight Championship at WEC 19 on March 17, 2006 and held the title for over two years until losing it to Mike Brown at WEC 36 on November 5, 2008. As of August 17, 2015, he is #4 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings and ranked the #4 bantamweight in the world by Sherdog. Faber is widely regarded as one of the sport's pioneers for establishing legitimacy to lighter weight classes in MMA.

  8. Nick Diaz

    Nick Diaz


    Nickolas Robert "Nick" Diaz (born August 2, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2001, Diaz has also formerly competed for PRIDE, Strikeforce, EliteXC, the WEC, DREAM, and Shooto. He is a former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion and former WEC Welterweight Champion.

  9. Johnnie Morton

    Johnnie Morton


    Johnnie James Morton, Jr. (born October 7, 1971) is a former American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons during the 1990s and 2000s. He played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and was recognized as an All-American in 1993. Originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round in the 1994 NFL Draft, he also played professionally for the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. Morton attempted a career in mixed martial arts fighting in 2007.

  10. Tito Ortiz

    Tito Ortiz


    Jacob Christopher "Tito" Ortiz (English: /tɪtɵ ɔərtɪs/; born January 23, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist and personality fighting for Bellator MMA. In the MMA world, he is known for his stint with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is a former Light Heavyweight Champion, having held the title from April 14, 2000 to September 26, 2003. Along with fighters like Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, he was one of the sport's early stars. Ortiz ultimately became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Ken Shamrock.

  11. Frank Shamrock

    Frank Shamrock


    Frank Shamrock (born Frank Alisio Juarez, III; December 8, 1972) is a retired Mexican-American mixed martial arts fighter. Shamrock was the first to hold the UFC Middleweight Championship (later renamed the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship) and retired as the four-time defending undefeated champion. Shamrock was the No. 1 ranked pound for pound UFC fighter in the world during his reign as the UFC Middleweight Champion. Shamrock has won numerous titles in other martial arts organizations, including the interim King of Pancrase title, the WEC Light Heavyweight Championship and the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.

  12. Kathy Long

    Kathy Long


    Kathy Long (born April 21, 1964) is an American retired five time world kickboxing champion and mixed martial arts fighter.

  13. Ana Julaton

    Ana Julaton


    Ana Julaton (born Luciana Bonifacio Julaton, 5 July 1980) is a Filipino American boxer and MMA fighter. She was the first to win the Women's WBO Super Bantamweight and IBA Super Bantamweight titles. Nicknamed "The Hurricane", she is also one of the quickest boxers ever to win a world title, having fought just five previous professional bouts before winning the IBA Super Bantamweight title.

  14. Rolando Delgado

    Rolando Delgado


    Rolando Delgado (born November 22, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist. He has fought for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Bellator Fighting Championships. He was a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 8.

  15. Karo Parisyan

    Karo Parisyan


    Karapet "Karo" Parisyan (Armenian: Կարապետ Փարիզյան; born August 28, 1982) is an Armenian-American mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Welterweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 1999, Parisyan is a former WEC Welterweight Champion and has also competed for the UFC.

  16. Kyle Kingsbury

    Kyle Kingsbury


    Kyle Loren Kingsbury (born March 22, 1982) is a retired American professional mixed martial artist. A professional competitor from 2006-2014, Kingsbury also formerly competed for King of the Cage and was a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir.

  17. Antonio Banuelos

    Antonio Banuelos


    Juan Antonio Banuelos (born September 23, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division.

  18. Nate Diaz

    Nate Diaz


    Nathan Donald Diaz (born April 16, 1985), professionally known as Nate Diaz, is an American mixed martial artist currently competing for the UFC in the Lightweight division and won The Ultimate Fighter 5. He is the younger brother of mixed martial artist Nick Diaz. In addition to the UFC, Diaz has competed in the WEC, Strikeforce, and Pancrase in Japan.

  19. Zoila Gurgel

    Zoila Gurgel


    Zoila Frausto (born December 10, 1983) is an American professional female mixed martial artist. Her nickname comes from the popular 1990s TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. She was the first (and, to date, only) Bellator Women's Champion.

  20. Liz Carmouche

    Liz Carmouche


    Liz Carmouche (born February 19, 1984) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. Carmouche currently competes for UFC in the women's bantamweight division.

  21. Dan Henderson

    Dan Henderson


    Daniel Jeffery Henderson, (born August 24, 1970) is an American mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler, who competes as a middleweight and light heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was the last Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and was the last Welterweight 183 lb (83 kg; 13.1 st) and Middleweight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st) champion of Pride Fighting Championships. He was the only mixed martial artist to concurrently hold two titles in two different weight classes in a major MMA promotion. Henderson is also the UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament Winner, the 1997 Brazil Open Lightweight Tournament Champion, the RINGS King of Kings 1999 Tournament Winner, and the 2005 PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix Champion. As of April 11, 2015, Henderson is #14 in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings.

  22. Chad Mendes

    Chad Mendes


    Chad Edward Mendes (born May 1, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a Featherweight of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of August 17, 2015, he is #3 in the official UFC featherweight rankings and is ranked the #3 featherweight in the world by Sherdog and #4 featherweight in the world by Fight Matrix.

  23. Dominick Cruz

    Dominick Cruz


    Dominick Rojelio Cruz (born March 9, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a bantamweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the former UFC Bantamweight Champion as well as a former WEC Bantamweight Champion. As of August 17, 2015, he is #2 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings.

  24. Mighty Mo (kickboxer)

    Mighty Mo (kickboxer)


    Siala-Mou Siliga (born October 8, 1970), often billed as 'Mighty Mo' is an American kickboxer, boxer and mixed martial artist, who competed in the Heavyweight division of Bellator MMA. He is the K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Las Vegas II and the K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Hawaii tournament champion. In mixed martial arts, he has competed for K-1 Hero's, DREAM, and also participated in the Dynamite!! USA and Dynamite!! 2008 events.

  25. Brodie Farber

    Brodie Farber


    Brodie Kyle Farber (born July 5, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist.

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