The Kid Veteran: Brad Wheeler

One of Cage Warriors top fighters, ‘The Crazy Kid’ Brad Wheeler has been a staple of the European promotion for well over half a decade.

Wheeler, who fights out of The MMA Clinic in Romford has shown a fantastic amount of development since his debut for the promotion, while also delivering some fantastic fights and finishes.

The Romford native has been covered in MMAUK in the past, however, now seems to be a fitting time to revisit his career as he has hinted that it is nearing an end.

Following his most recent victory against UFC veteran John Maguire at Cage Warriors 102, Wheeler stated on his social media platforms that he is “currently not looking to fight anytime soon” but also “not officially retiring”.

Whether this was Wheeler’s last professional Mixed Martial Arts fight or just the beginning of a long break it seems like a fitting time to shine a light on the London fan favourite’s fantastic run.

Wheeler made his professional MMA debut over 10 years ago now, going 3-4-0 in UCMMA. It was a rough start, but Wheeler was facing off against some of the UK’s top fighters such as Dino Gambatesa and Paul Reed.

He then began his Cage Warriors career in February of 2011 at CWFC 40, he won his promotional debut by way of rear naked choke.

Wheeler has always been an established dominating grappler with I high finishing rate. 11 of Wheeler’s 18 victories coming by way of submission.

With a brown belt under Michael Russel, Wheeler has finished fights mainly by way of rear naked choke or triangle. Somewhat notably submitting a then-undefeated Ian Entwistle in 2011 via. inverted triangle prior to Ian’s 3 fight run in the UFC

It has been his that striking has looked exceptional as of late however, Wheeler is one of the fighters in MMA who reaps the benefits of going to the body. In 2017 he scored a liver shot knock out over Warren Kee.

His most recent outing against John Maguire last March Wheeler’s experience that he had collected over his previous 30 fights was on show.

His composure was apparent from the first bell, he maintained distance well and invested with shots to the body in the form of a long jab. By the second round, Maguire began to fade and Wheeler turned up the pace, finishing the fight by TKO just under seven minutes in.

Wheeler is a game fighter, he undoubtedly deserves his nickname, ‘The Crazy Kid’, as he is more than happy to take on anyone even in today’s age of unblemished records and favourable matchups.

With 18 wins and 13 losses, Wheeler’s experience in Mixed Martial Arts is undeniable. And at only 28 years of age; Wheeler has garnered hours of cage time and is one of Cage Warriors most active fighters. He always brought excitement to both the lightweight and welterweight divisions.

Having fought for Cage Warriors 18 times he always brings a huge crowd, especially at the shows that Cage Warriors have in London. Wheeler is true Cage Warriors veteran and the London cards will seem like they’re missing something without him.

‘The Crazy Kid’ also had success in other promotions, such as Cage Fighters Championships as well as Warrior Fight Series in which he picked up the Lightweight title which he earned by a three-round decision over Jefferson George

Brad Wheeler is a fantastic fighter with perseverance to match his skill which will unquestionably benefit him in whatever he is choosing to peruse in life at this point.

If this is the end of the road for Wheeler’s career as a professional Mixed Martial Artist, he can walk away with his head held high. Wheeler has had a roller-coaster career in which he always brought an exciting fight, all topped off by his spectacular finish of Maguire.

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