Guy Mezger

UFC, Pancrase, and Pride vet who fought from 1994 to 2003. Mezger's introduction to the UFC was largely unheralded. A prelim fighter in UFC 4, he won his first bout, but failed to make his way into the tournament itself. A collegiate wrestler and black belt karateka, he was the 1995 WKC world heavyweight kickboxing champion. He was also a 1993 & '94 full contact karate champion. His MMA training was based almost entirely with the Lions Den and Ken Shamrock for his career, with his kickboxing training coming under Billy Jackson. Mezger was one of the prize students of the catch wrestling focused Lions Den gym. He was molded very much in the style of Ken Shamrock and was one of the few Lions Den students to find success all the way through the 90s. Given his striking background and heavy catch wrestling training Mezger was one of the first fighters to demonstrate a high functioning transition game in MMA. He took his final fight in 2003, retiring with a record of 30-14-2. He had been scheduled to take on Tito Ortiz in 2005, but was forced to announce his official retirement after suffering "stroke like symptoms." He finished his career with victories over Tito Ortiz, Minoru Suzuki, Masakatsu Funaki, Semmy Schilt, and Yuki Kondo. After retiring from MMA, he dabbled in commentary, working with Dream in Japan and more recently started his own nutritional supplement company, Evolv Health. He is also the owner of his own gym, Guy Mezger's Combat Sports Club.

Fighter Stats

Nickname "The Sandman"
Height 6' 1"
Weight 200 lbs
Place of birth Houston, Texas, USA