10-3-1( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 5 fights.
Record: 10-3-1
Summary: Training partners, toughness

Fighter Info

Nickname: The Mangler
From: Riverside, California USA
Age: 34
Height: 5' 5" ( 165 cm )
Weight: 135 lb ( 61 kg )



Total Attempted Strikes
21% Successful
Types of Successful Strikes
71% Standing
Striking Defense
The percentage of total strikes avoided


Total Takedowns
40% Successful
Grappling Totals by Type
Takedown Defense
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Eddie Wineland
WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson
Oct 10, 2009
67 1 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Manny Tapia 38 0 0 0
Akitoshi Tamura
WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki
Apr 5, 2009
134 0 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Manny Tapia 34 0 0 0
Miguel Angel Torres
WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia
Dec 3, 2008
48 0 0 0 R2 KO/TKO
Manny Tapia 10 0 0 0
Manny Tapia
WEC 32: Condit vs. Prater
Feb 13, 2008
45 1 1 1 R3 Decision - Split
Antonio Banuelos 31 2 0 1
Manny Tapia
WEC 27: Marshall vs. McElfresh
May 12, 2007
38 1 0 2 R2 KO/TKO
Brandon Foxworth 11 0 0 0


When and why did you start training for fighting? I originally wanted to box, but my Aunt said I was already too dumb to get hit in the head.  After the death of my parents I had a lot of anger built up.  Instead of running with a street gang, I decided to try to do something positive with my life and took up contact sports like Judo and football.  Plus, I love to train.

What ranks and titles have you held?
King of The Cage 135-pound champion

Do you have any heroes?
Yes, my father for always providing for our family.  My older brother for not letting anything stop him from joining law enforcement, my uncle Tito for being such a great role model.

What is your favorite technique?
I love a good solid punch to the face of a wrestler

What does it mean for you to fight in the WEC?
It feels great to have been invited by the WEC; it’s an honor to fight the best 135 pounders in the world.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?
Yes – still attending.

What was your job before you started fighting?
I work for UPS

Most memorable professional fight? My most memorable fight was my last fight against Miguel Torres in Las Vegas, for many reasons. We were the main event, I lost my very first fight, and a lot of people consider him the best MMA fighter on the planet.

What was your most challenging professional fight?
See above

Did you compete in any other sport at college or professional level?

Who were your training partners for this fight?
I am blessed with a lot of strong and tough training partners like Javier Vasquez, and Charlie Valencia, who push me and beat me up every day!

Did you put more emphasis towards a fighting style or adjust your training to prepare for your opponent
? I tried to work more on  the basics from ground to stand up, just so that I can improve myself, not for any opponent.

What, other than WINNING, are you using for motivation for the fight?
My motivation for this fight other than winning and getting a bigger payday, is The People should see a new Manuel Tapia - the old one, the one that stands and bangs, takes people down, ground and pounds and even looks for the submission!

What is your favorite thing about this sport?
My favorite thing about this sport I would say has to be all the people and fans that I get to meet. Everyone is really cool

How long do you see yourself staying in this sport?
I see myself in the sport until I die whether it be fighting or training others. I still got some good years of fight in me. I’ll go until the wheels can’t go no more!


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