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"The Apache Kid"

17-9-0

Cole Escovedo

Cole "The Apache Kid" Escovedo

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  • Given Name: Coleman Ruben Escovedo
  • Professional MMA Record: 17-9-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Apache Kid
  • Current Streak: 3 Losses
  • Age: 33 | Date of Birth: 1981.08.30
  • Last Fight: November 12, 2011 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Bantamweight | Last Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Pacific Martial Arts
  • Height: 5'7" (171cm) | Reach: 72.0" (183cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $12,000 USD
  • Born: Fresno, California, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Fresno, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter

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After starting his career off at 145 lbs. and winning 11 of his first 12, including the first-ever WEC Featherweight Championship, Cole Escovedo looked to be the future of the lighter weight classes. Unfortunately, after suffering three back-to-back losses in the WEC and IFL to Urijah Faber, Jens Pulver, and Antonio Banuelos respectively, Escovedo was almost forced into retirement in 2006 after suffering a serious staph infection that left him partially paralyzed. In 2009, Escovedo made a triumphant return to the ring, winning five straight fights, including a pair of victories in Strikeforce and Dream, to usher in a new chapter to his storied career. A 2010 head kick knockout of Yoshiro Maeda capped off the inspiring comeback story in emphatic fashion.


After defeating eventual TUF 14 fighter Steven Siler by first round triangle choke, Escovedo would earn a spot in the UFC. He would go back to bantamweight to take on future UFC bantamweight title holder Renan Barao, where he lost a unanimous decision. Escovedo would drop his next two fights to Takeya Mizugaki and Alex Caceres, which would lead to his release from the UFC. Escovedo has since retired from MMA.


'The Apache Kid' will be remembered for a ten year long MMA career that saw him pick up victories against Bart Palaszewski, Steven Siler, as well as a brutal head kick knockout of Yoshiro Maeda in Dream. Escovedo also holds a victory over current UFC bantamweight contender Michael McDonald.

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Cole Escovedo MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Alex Caceres
17-8-0 5-4-0

UFC on FOX 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2011.11.12
Odds: -295 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 Base | Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:30 Round 2 of 3, 9:30 Total

Takeya Mizugaki
17-7-0 14-6-2

UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2011.09.24
Odds: +185 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs | Referee: Adam Martinez
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Renan Barão
17-6-0 25-1-0

UFC 130: Rampage vs Hamill
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2011.05.28
Odds: +300 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 Base | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Cancelled Bout Tommy Vargas Tachi PF 9 2011.05.06
Reason: Escovedo to UFC
Win | Submission | Choke

Steven Siler

Showdown Fights

2011.01.28
Loss | Submission
2:29 Round 1 of 2

Michihiro Omigawa
16-5-0 11-8-1

Dream 16
Main Card | Featherweight | 63 kg

2010.09.25
Odds: +250 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 143.3 lbs | Referee: Samio Kimura
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Michael McDonald

Tachi Palace Fights

2010.07.09
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
2:29 Round 1 of 2

Yoshiro Maeda
15-4-0 26-7-4

Dream 13
Main Card | Featherweight | 63 kg

2010.03.22
Odds: +185 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 138.4 lbs | Referee: Samio Kimura
#36 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
Win | Submission | Choke

Jeff Bedard

Tachi Palace Fights

2010.02.04
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:47 Round 1 of 3

Maurice Eazel
13-4-0 7-10-0

Strikeforce Challengers 4: Gurgel vs. Evangelista
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2009.11.06
Weigh-In: 135.5 lbs
Win | Decision | Split

Tyler Weathers

California Regional

2009.06.27
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Michael McDonald

Palace Fighting Championship

2009.05.08
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Antonio Banuelos
11-3-0 11-3-0

WEC 23: Hot August Fights
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2006.08.17
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
0:56 Round 1 of 3

Jens Pulver
11-2-0 20-6-1

IFL 1: Legends Championship 2006
Main Card

2006.04.29
Loss | KO/TKO | Retired

Urijah Faber

WEC

2006.03.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Joe Martin

WEC

2005.10.14
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Poppies Martinez

WEC

2005.05.19
Win | Submission | Choke

Randy Spence

International Fighting Championship

2005.03.05
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Anthony Hamlett

WEC

2003.10.17
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Bao Quach

Gladiator Challenge

2003.04.13
Win | Submission | Choke

Noah Schnable

Gladiator Challenge

2003.02.16
Win | Submission | Choke

Philip Perez

WEC

2002.10.18
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes

Christian Allen

Colorado Regional

2002.08.10
Win | Submission | Choke

Paul Morris

WEC

2002.06.07
Win | Submission | Choke

Jay Valencia

California Regional

2002.03.16
Win | Submission | Punches

Bart Palaszewski

Indiana Regional

2002.01.27
Win | Submission | Choke

Terry Dull

WEC

2001.10.04

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