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Ian Freeman - The Machine

After training as a boxer for over ten years Ian William “The Machine” Freeman got into a street fight while working as a doorman. After a friend mentioned to him that a choke would have been more effective then the punch that was thrown, Freeman began training in Goshin Jui jitsu. After continuing his training with fighters such as Renzo Gracie, Freeman moved on to amateur vale tudo competitions before finally turning to a professional career in 1999.

After quickly making a name for himself “The Machine” was approached by the Ultimate Fighting Championship to take part in the UFC 24 event. Although he lost that first bout, Ian continued to win more fights then his lost. A huge win over Frank Mir at UFC 38 gave Freeman a big opportunity with the UFC but a subsequent loss to Andrei Arlovski and a draw with Vernon White ended that opportunity quickly. Freeman left the UFC to continue fighting with various MMA promotions in the United Kingdom, eventually retiring due to fatigue. The retirement was short-lived and Freeman returned to eventually win the title of British Light Heavyweight Champion.

In 2007, Freeman announced that he would be coaching the upcoming British team that would be joining the International Fight League.
 

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