Ian William Freeman, also known as The Machine, is a retired mixed martial artist from England. He is the first British fighter to grace the UFC and the first person to beat the crowd favorite at the time, Frank Mir. He is known for his Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion and Cage Rage British Light Heavyweight Champion titles.
Freeman may not have started as early as some of the other MMA fighters, but even though he started boxing at 18 years of age, he’s been training for the bulk of 10 years. He was coached firsthand by his father, an ABA Boxing Champion. He later on trained for Goshin Jiu-Jitsu after being involved in a brawl where he felt he needed more than just boxing skills to beat his opponents.
Freeman’s introduction to the professional circuit began in 1999. A year later, he was approached to fight at UFC 24, the first British to do so but he lost to his first fight against Scott Adams. He bounced back by winning 2 of his next consecutive fights afterwards. Freeman also took several breaks from MMA, the first after citing chronic fatigue syndrome and the second after a horse-riding accident. His comeback was quite successful and officially retired after winning against Ricco Rodriguez where Ian won by TKO.
Ian’s MMA record stands at 20 wins, 7 losses, and 1 draw. He stands at 5’ 11” and weighs at 215 lbs. His favorite technique is the knockout punch, owing to his roots in boxing.