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Nick Ring

Nick Ring
Born (1979-02-10) February 10, 1979 (age 35)
Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States
Other names The Promise
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)
Style Kickboxing, Boxing
Fighting out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Team Champions Creed Martial Arts
Tristar Gym
Rank      Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roy Harris
     Black belt in Muay Thai under Mike Miles
Years active 2002–present
Professional boxing record
Total 5
Wins 4
By knockout 2
Losses 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 13
By knockout 2
By submission 6
By decision 5
Losses 2
By decision 2
Other information

Nick Ring (born February 10, 1979) is an American-Canadian mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2002, Ring fought in various promotions. Ring was a competitor on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter 11.

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Ring's early background in fighting was as a kickboxer, where he compiled around 30 fights. His transition to MMA was quoted as being because "eventually what I liked about MMA versus kickboxing - and I love kickboxing - was just the whole ground aspect. I like the purity of an MMA fight."[1]

Ring was also a professional boxer (during his hiatus from MMA through injury) with a record of 4–1, with 2 victories coming by knockout.

Ring started his MMA career in 2002 in local promotions in his home region of Alberta, Canada against Bill Mahood. Ring was able to win via verbal submission just 22 seconds into the first round.

A year later, Ring made his second professional MMA appearance against Wyatt Lewis. Ring was again victorious, this time via decision after 2 rounds.

Just two weeks later, Ring fought again. Against Alex Gasson, Ring won another decision and followed this up with a submission (strikes) victory over Kevin Dolan.

Two years later, Ring made his return to mixed martial arts against Kimo Woelfel, winning via first round rear naked choke. Ring next fought Mike Malone and won via first round TKO; his first TKO of his career. Ring later won a unanimous decision over Ryuichi Murata.

Injury and return at Bellator

Ring suffered a knee injury which forced him out of competition for over three years. During this time, Ring took up a professional boxing career, compiling a record of 4–1, with three knockouts. He eventually made his return to MMA when he signed with Bellator.

At Bellator 9, Ring fought Isidro Gonzalez and was able to submit him in 39 seconds with a guillotine choke.[2] Ring then won his next two fights against Chester Post and Yannick Galipeau, both in the first round.

It was rumored that Ring was offered a place in Bellator at the same time as The Ultimate Fighter.[3]

The Ultimate Fighter

In March 2010, Ring was announced as part of the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter.[4]

In a dominant first performance, to gain entry into the TUF house, Ring defeated Woody Wetherby via TKO due to punches in round 1. Ring earned praise from Tito Ortiz, who expressed his interest in selecting Ring as the first member of Team Punishment. This was indeed to be the case as Ortiz selected him as his number one pick, making Ring the first overall pick of the competition.

For his second bout, Ring fought Court McGee, winning via majority decision (20–18, 19–19, 20–18).

Later on in the competition, McGee was reinstated and the two were set to have a rematch in the quarter-finals. However, after visiting the doctor, Ring discovered that he faced a third ACL reconstruction surgery and faced a choice; fight on injured and risk tearing his meniscus, or withdraw from competition and have surgery immediately. James Hammortree was named as Ring's replacement.

Due to his knee injury and surgery, Ring was not able to compete at the TUF 11 Finale. Ring's surgery took place on April 8, 2010 and afterwards, Ring faced a long period of recovery time, getting cleared to train in September.[5] After his recovery, Ring trained for his debut at UFC 127 at his home club, BDB Martial Arts in Calgary AB, and at Tristar Gym in Montreal QC, with the likes of Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Ring beat promotional newcomer and DEEP middleweight champion, Riki Fukuda on February 27, 2011 at UFC 127 via controversial unanimous decision.[7][8] All three judges gave Ring the first two rounds despite Fukuda controlling all three rounds with takedowns. Literally all major MMA media news organizations scored the fight as a decision win for Fukuda.[9][10][11][12] Regardless of Ring's win on the scorecards, UFC president Dana White, as well as many spectators, felt Fukuda won the bout. Dana stated on his Twitter account that Fukuda would be paid his win bonus.[13]

For his sophomore UFC bout, Ring faced promotional newcomer James Head on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131.[14] He won the fight via submission in the third round.

In his third UFC fight, Ring faced Tim Boetsch on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, the first loss of his professional MMA career.[15]

Ring then fought Court McGee in a rematch from their time on The Ultimate Fighter on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. Ring won via unanimous decision. For the second time in a bout against McGee, the win was regarded as controversial by many media sources. Stats after the fight showed that McGee outstruck Ring 32-25 in the second round and 53-16 in the final round.[16] After the fight, McGee said "I felt like I had cage control, was more aggressive, out-struck him and attempted a submission in the third round. I should not have left it in the hands of the judges and finished the fight."[17]

Ring was expected to face Costa Philippou on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154[18] but the fight was cancelled due to Ring's illness on the day of the weigh ins.[19]

Ring faced Chris Camozzi on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158.[20] He lost the fight via split decision.

Ring was expected to meet Uriah Hall at UFC on Fox Sports 1: 1.[21] However, Ring was pulled from the bout and initially replaced by Josh Samman, who was ultimately pulled and replaced by UFC returnee John Howard.

Ring is expected to face Caio Magalhaes on December 7, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33.[22]

Personal life

On June 6, 2012, Ring was leaving a Starbucks at Macleod Trail and 94th Avenue in Calgary when he saw a group of about 6-10 people across the street beating up a couple to steal a young woman's backpack. One girl had another girl by her hair and was kneeing her in the face while her boyfriend was trying to protect her but was being held down. Ring got out of his car, checked on the victims, and along with another bystander who saw the fight in progress started to chase what he called the "wannabe gangsters" who ran when they saw them. As he chased the suspects, who appeared to be about 17 or 18 years old, Ring called police on his cellphone and the pair were able to catch one suspect. Ring says police caught another five or six suspects.[23]

Mixed martial arts record

|- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|13–2 | Chris Camozzi |Decision (split) |UFC 158 |02013-03-16March 16, 2013 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 | Montreal, Quebec, Canada | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|13–1 | Court McGee |Decision (unanimous) |UFC 149 |02012-07-21July 21, 2012 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 | Calgary, Alberta, Canada | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|12–1 | Tim Boetsch |Decision (unanimous) |UFC 135 |02011-09-24September 24, 2011 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 | Denver, Colorado, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|12–0 | James Head |Submission (rear naked choke) |UFC 131 |02011-06-11June 11, 2011 |align=center|3 |align=center|3:33 | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|11–0 | Riki Fukuda |Decision (unanimous) |UFC 127 |02011-02-27February 27, 2011 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Sydney, Australia | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|10–0 | Yannick Galipeau |Submission (armbar) |AMMA 1: First Blood |02009-10-24October 24, 2009 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:30 |Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|9–0 | Chester Post |TKO (punches) |Rumble in the Cage 36 |02009-09-12September 12, 2009 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:24 | Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|8–0 | Isidro Gonzalez |Submission (guillotine choke) |Bellator 9 |02009-05-29May 29, 2009 |align=center|1 |align=center|0:39 | Monroe, Louisiana, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|7–0 | Ryuichi Murata |Decision (unanimous) |Deep – 23 Impact |02006-02-05February 5, 2006 |align=center|2 |align=center|5:00 | Tokyo, Japan | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|6–0 | Mike Malone |TKO (punches) |Icon Sport – Opposites Attract |02005-10-28October 28, 2005 |align=center|1 |align=center|3:04 | Hawaii, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|5–0 |Kimo Woelfel |Submission (rear naked choke) |Superbrawl – Icon |02005-07-23July 23, 2005 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:06 | Honolulu, Hawaii, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|4–0 | Kevin Dolan |Submission (punches) |WFF 4 – Civil War |02003-04-04April 4, 2003 |align=center|1 |align=center|1:20 | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|3–0 | Alex Gasson |Decision (unanimous) |Calgary Max |02003-02-22February 22, 2003 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 | Calgary, Alberta, Canada | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|2–0 |Wyatt Lewis |Decision (unanimous) |Roadhouse Rumble 7 |02003-02-08February 8, 2003 |align=center|2 |align=center|5:00 | Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|1–0 | Bill Mahood |Submission (verbal) |Roadhouse Rumble 5 |02002-02-23February 23, 2002 |align=center|1 |align=center|0:22 | Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada | |}


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