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Sean Michael Salmon (born September 11, 1977 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American mixed martial artist who currently competes as a middleweight. He has an overall record of 17 wins and 8 losses, with a UFC record of 0 and 2.

He is a member of Jorge Gurgel's fight team based in West Chester, Ohio.

Salmon is also a columnist for MMA news site

UFC careerEdit

Salmon made his UFC debut in the main event of UFC Fight Night 8 on January 25, 2007. In a nationally televised fight against Rashad Evans, the heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2, Salmon lost due to knockout from a head kick at 1:06 in the second round.

Salmon was then scheduled to fight Eric Schafer at UFC 71 on May 26, 2007, but he instead faced Alan Belcher after Schafer broke a rib during training. In the preliminary fight, Salmon lost due to guillotine choke submission in the first round.

After the consecutive losses, Salmon announced in a June 5, 2007 column that he was taking a temporary leave from the UFC to fight in smaller MMA organizations.[1].

Post UFCEdit

On June 9, 2007, Salmon submitted Jason Freeman at a North American Allied Fight Series event in Cleveland called Fite Nite at the Flats III, winning via keylock. On August 11, 2007, he defeated Bill Hall via unanimous decision at the Xtreme Fighting Organization's "XFO 19" show. On September 1, 2007, he was defeated via guillotine choke by UFC veteran Travis Wiuff in an International Fighting Organization title fight.

On November 16, 2007, Salmon lost to Jorge Santiago by knockout in a Strikeforce tournament. According to, and California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Armando Garcia, Salmon suffered a seizure in the ring after he was KO'ed by Santiago. Garcia also stated Salmon's career was in jeopardy.[1]

2008 saw Salmon's return to the cage, with a September 19 TKO victory over Mitch Whitesel in an NAAFS event. Barely three weeks later, however, on October 11, Salmon's fortunes reversed, as Josh Haynes forced him to tap to an ankle lock.

Personal lifeEdit

Sean has a son named Marcus.[2] He lives in Columbus, Ohio and trains full-time in mixed-martial arts.

MMA recordEdit

17-9-0 (wins-losses-draws)
Record Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time Location
17-9 Loss Russia flag Alexander Shlemenko KO (Knee to the Body) FF 27 - Fight Festival 27 3/13/2010 1 0:40 Finland flag Helsinki, Finland
17-8 Win Japan flag Yuki Sasaki Decision (Unanimous) FF 26 - Fight Festival 26 10/17/2009 3 5:00 Finland flag Helsinki, Finland
16-8 Loss United States flag Allan Weickert Submission (Armbar) NAAFS - Fight Nite in the Flats 5 6/6/2009 2 2:05 United States flag Cleveland, Ohio
16-7 Win United States flag John Doyle Decision (Unanimous) Ring of Combat 24 4/17/2009 3 5:00 United States flag Atlantic City, New Jersey
15-7 Loss Brazil flag Lucio Linhares Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Fight Festival 25 3/14/2009 1 2:07 Finland flag Helsinki, Finland
15-6 Loss United States flag Josh Haynes Submission (Achilles Lock) SuperFights MMA - Night of Combat 2 10/11/2008 2 2:49 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
15-5 Win United States flag Mitch Whitesel TKO NAAFS - Night of Pain 4 9/19/2008 2 N/A United States flag Columbus, Ohio, USA
14-5 Loss Brazil flag Jorge Santiago KO (Flying Knee) Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives 11/16/2007 1 0:24 United States flag San Jose, California, USA
14-4 Win Brazil flag Marcus Vinicios TKO HCF - Title Wave 10/19/2007 2 4:22 Canada flag Calgary, Alberta, Canada
13-4 Win Finland flag Mikko Rupponen TKO (Cut) FF 22 - Fight Festival 22 9/22/2007 1 3:32 Finland flag Helsinki, Finland
12-4 Win United States flag Jason Jones TKO (Cut) NAAFS - Rock n Rumble 09/8/2007 1 1:30 United States flag Cleveland, Ohio, USA
11-4 Loss United States flag Travis Wiuff Submission (Guillotine Choke) IFO:Wiuff vs. Salmon 09/1/2007 1 2:37 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
11-3 Win United States flag William Hill Unanimous Decision XFO 19 08/11/2007 3 5:00 United States flag Island Lake, Illinois, USA
10-3 Win United States flag Jason Freeman Submission (Keylock) NAAFS - Fight Night in the Flats III 06/9/2007 1 1:19 United States flag Cleveland, Ohio, USA
9-3 Loss United States flag Alan Belcher Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson 05/26/2007 1 0:51 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
9-2 Loss United States flag Rashad Evans KO (Head Kick) UFC Fight Night 8 01/25/2007 2 1:06 United States flag Hollywood, Florida, USA
9-1 Win United States flag Matt Hershberger Submission (Strikes) FF - Fightfest 8 10/20/2006 1 0:51 United States flag Cleveland, Ohio, USA
8-1 Win United States flag Bobby Martinez Submission (Keylock) LOF 9 - Legends of Fighting 9 09/29/2006 1 1:19 United States flag Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
7-1 Win United States flag Lucas Lopes Submission FF 6 - Fightfest 6 09/23/2006 2 2:44 United States flag Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
6-1 Loss United States flag David Heath Submission FF 5 - Korea vs USA 07/15/2006 1 0:50 United States flag McAllen, Texas, USA
6-0 Win 22px Hans Marrero Submission (Keylock) DFC 1 - Diesel Fighting Championships 1 06/30/2006 1 1:04 United States flag Dallas, Texas, USA
5-0 Win United States flag Danny Sheehan TKO FFP - Untamed 5 06/16/2006 1 1:42 United States flag Mansfield, Ohio, USA
4-0 Win United States flag Jim Bundy Submission (Armbar) FF 3 - Fightfest 3 05/6/2006 1 1:27 United States flag Youngstown, Ohio, USA
3-0 Win United States flag Bryan Zanders TKO KOTC - Redemption on the River 02/17/2006 2 1:46 United States flag Moline, Illinois, USA
2-0 Win Jerry Spiegel Decision KOTC - Raging Bull 12/16/2005 3 5:00 United States flag Cleveland, Ohio, USA
1-0 Win United States flag Rob Wince Submission (Keylock) HHCF 24 - Thanksgiving Throwdown 2 11/26/2005 1 N/A United States flag Columbus, Ohio, USA


  1. Full-Time Fighter: Sean Salmon Discusses a Departure from the UFC -
  2. [ Sean Salmon's Blog Catching Up....]. (2006-08-20). Retrieved on 2009-05-19.