NameJames McSweeney
NicknameThe Hammer
AssociationGrudge Training Center
Weight ClassHeavyweight / Light Heavyweight
Height6′ 4″ (194 cm)
StyleKickboxing / Muay Thai
Birth DateOctober 24, 1980
Fighting Out OfDenver, Colorado, USA

”’James “The Hammer” McSweeney”’ is a British mixed martial artist who competes as a Light Heavyweight, though he competed most of his career as a Heavyweight. He was a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 10, where he was trained by Greg Jackson-trained teammate Rashad Evans.

== Professional Record ==

Record11 – 10 – 1 (Win â€Â“ Loss â€Â“ Draw)
Wins7 (T)KOs
4 Submissions
0 Decisions
Losses5 (T)KOs
4 Submissions
1 Decisions
ResultOpponentMethodEvent TitleDateRoundTimeNotes
WinDion StaringTKO (Head Kick and Punches)CFA 10: McSweeney vs Staring3/2/201310:38
LossMatti MakelaTKO (Punches)SC 8: Malmo10/6/20122N/A
WinJeff KingSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)Shamrock Events: Kings of Kombat 76/23/20121N/A
WinKym RobinsonTKO (Punches and Elbows)Shamrock Events: Night of Mayhem 44/14/201213:03
WinFelise LeniuSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)Shamrock Events: Kings of Kombat 63/17/20121N/A
WinDoug VineySubmission (Rear Naked Choke)Shamrock Events: Kings of Kombat 512/10/201112:30
LossEmanuel NewtonSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)SCC: Superior Cage Combat 311/4/201114:25
WinSam BrownSubmission (Armbar)Shamrock Events: Kings of Kombat 48/20/201112:25
WinLee MeinTKO (Punches)BFN: Bully’s Fight Night 27/22/201112:01
LossFrancisco FranceSubmission (Kimura)Crowbar MMA: Spring Brawl 24/29/201111:35
LossRicco RodriguezDecision (Unanimous)BAMMA British Association of Mixed Martial Arts 52/26/201135:00
LossFabio MaldonadoTKO (Punches)UFC 120 Bisping vs Akiyama10/16/201030:48
LossTravis BrowneTKO (Punches)The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale6/19/201014:32
WinDarrill SchoonoverTKO (Punches and Knees)The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale12/05/200933:20
LossRicardo RomeroSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)ROC 24 Ring of Combat 244/17/200912:27
LossNeil GroveTKO (Punches)Ultimate Challenge MMA: Bad Breed12/06/200821:38For Ultimate Challenge Heavyweight Championship
WinRoman WebberKO (Knee)CR 28: VIP9/20/200810:10
WinChris CooperTKO (Punches)FX3: Fight Night 99/13/200813:09
LossMustapha al TurkTKO (Punches)CR 27: Step Up7/12/200812:06For Cage Rage British Heavyweight Championship
LossRobert PaczkowSubmission (Smother)CR 24 Feel the Pain12/01/200712:09
WinMark BuchananTKO (Punches)CR 22: Hard as Hell7/14/200711:30

== Biography ==
Born in London, England, McSweeney started Kickboxing when he was six years old. At 15, he left school and moved to Thailand to train full time. An accomplished kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter, McSweeney won numerous titles over his career, ending with a record of 136 wins and 9 losses.

In 2006, McSweeney made the transition to mixed martial arts. After appearing on British MMA shows, he made the move to the United States and began training at [[Greg Jackson’s MMA]].

== Mixed Martial Arts Career ==
=== The Ultimate Fighter ===
McSweeney was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 10 Heavyweights fighting alongside Team Rashad. McSweeney was the first overall pick and fought on the second episode of the show against Wes Shivers defeating him via Decision (Majority).

McSweeney moved on to the next round of the tournament, fighting teammate Matt Mitrione. Mcsweeney won via Guillotine Choke in the first round. Finally, in the semi-finals, McSweeney lost against Roy Nelson via TKO, who went on to win the show.

=== UFC Career ===
James was given another chance by the UFC despite losing on The Ultimate Fighter. He fought Darrill Schoonover on December 5, 2009 on The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale card in Las Vegas. McSweeney, fighting a fellow Team Rashad fighter, was gassed after winning the first two rounds, but a late flurry of knees and punches forced the TKO stoppage at 3:20 of the final frame.

McSweeney returned to action on June 19, 2010 at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, where he faced off against undefeated UFC newcomer Travis Browne. Browne remained patient and found his opening midway through the first round, when he used a body kick to set up a big left punch that dropped McSweeney. Browne followed his opponent to the mat, moved from side control to the mount position, and then rained down a barrage of punches to force the TKO (Punches) stoppage at the 4:32 mark of the opening frame.

McSweeney and his camp attempted to get the decision overturned for the TKO loss at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, as his camp believed the loss occurred because of illegal elbows to the back of the head that led to him losing the fight.

After the loss, McSweeney announced that he would compete his next fight at Light Heavyweight.

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