|Born||December 20, 1984|
Belle Plaine, Iowa, United States
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Steven Joseph "Steve" Carl (born December 20, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist. A professional MMA competitor since 2005, Carl previously competed for Bellator from 2010 to 2011 and currently competes in the Welterweight division for the World Series of Fighting. He is the former WSOF Welterweight Champion.
Carl was a 2003 graduate of Belle Plaine High School, in Belle Plaine, Iowa. While there he enjoyed a successful wrestling career where he qualified for the state tournament in 2001. He was also a S.I.C.L (South Iowa Cedar League) and Sectional Champion in 2003. He graduated from Kirkwood Community College with the class of 2009.
Mixed martial arts career
While in the Army Carl started training at the Grapplers Lair, after two months of training and no amateur fights Carl made his professional debut on November 5, 2005 against Andrew Perkins, winning the fight via submission (strikes).
Carl made his debut for the promotion on April 22, 2010 at Bellator 15 in the Bellator Season 2 Welterweight Tournament. He was matched against Brett Cooper and after three close rounds, Carl won the fight via split decision.
Carl took an off-tournament fight against Tyler Stinson at Bellator 26. Midway into the first round Carl applied a guillotine choke and choked Stinson unconscious. The impressive win earned him entry into the next season Welterweight Tournament. However, Carl injured his foot and was unable to compete in the tournament.
Carl entered into the Bellator Season Five Welterweight Tournament, and was matched against the tournament favorite Douglas Lima. The fight took place at Bellator 49. Carl lost the fight via unanimous decision. Carl was released from the promotion after the loss.
In December 2011 Carl made his post-Bellator debut fighting for Far Eastern Federation of Modern Pankration in Russia. He defeated Rustam Bogatirev via submission in the first round.
On March 2, 2012 Carl fought Mason Temiquel, taking the fight on only one day's notice, winning via submission and then on July 28, 2012 later defeated Vic Hall via submission, both in the first round. Carl defeated Andrew Trace via first round submission at Madtown Throwdown on August 11, 2012.
World Series of Fighting
In late 2012, Carl signed with upstart Las Vegas promotion World Series of Fighting. His debut came at the promotion's first event, World Series of Fighting 1, held on November 3, 2012 against Ramico Blackmon. Steve Carl won the fight via rear naked choke submission in the first round.
The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||22 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||22–6||Beslan Isaev||Decision (unanimous)||ACB 49: Rostov Onslaught||November 26, 2016||3||5:00||Rostov-on-Don, Russia|
|Loss||22–5||Belal Muhammad||TKO (punches)||Titan FC 38: Carl vs. Muhammad||April 30, 2016||4||4:07||Florida, United States||For The Titan FC Welterweight Title.|
|Win||22–4||Beslan Ushukov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Akhmat Fight Show 13: Battle in Grozny||December 26, 2015||3||3:17||Grozny, Russia|
|Loss||21–4||Rousimar Palhares||Submission (inverted heel hook)||WSOF 9||March 29, 2014||1||1:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost the WSOF Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||21–3||Joshua Burkman||Technical Submission (triangle choke)||WSOF 6||October 26, 2013||4||1:02||Coral Gables, Florida, United States||Won the inaugural WSOF Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||20–3||Tyson Steele||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WSOF 3||June 14, 2013||1||1:32||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||19–3||Ramico Blackmon||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WSOF 1||November 3, 2012||1||2:11||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–3||Andrew Trace||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Madtown Throwdown 28||August 11, 2012||1||0:55||Madison, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||17–3||Vic Hall||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Extreme Challenge 216||July 28, 2012||1||1:25||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States|
|Win||16–3||Mason Temiquel||Submission (kimura)||Midwest Cage Championship 39||March 2, 2012||1||3:01||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||15–3||Rustam Bogatirev||Submission (triangle choke)||FEFoMP: Battle of Empires||December 17, 2011||1||3:50||Khabarovsk Krai, Russia|
|Loss||14–3||Douglas Lima||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 49||September 10, 2011||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Season Five Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinals.|
|Win||14–2||Tyler Stinson||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 26||August 26, 2010||1||2:30||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||13–2||Dan Hornbuckle||Submission (kimura)||Bellator 19||May 20, 2010||1||2:31||Grand Prairie, Texas, United States||Season Two Welterweight Tournament Semifinals.|
|Win||13–1||Brett Cooper||Decision (split)||Bellator 15||April 22, 2010||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Season Two Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinals.|
|Win||12–1||Mo Spears||Submission (punches)||Warriors 4 Warriors 2||November 27, 2009||1||1:19||Iowa City, Iowa, United States|
|Win||11–1||Victor Moreno||Submission (armbar)||MFDM: Maxfights 1||June 19, 2009||1||1:32||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||10–1||Ivan Ivanov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 3||March 28, 2009||1||3:31||Bourgas, Bulgaria|
|Win||9–1||Matt Delanoit||Submission (triangle choke)||Midwest Cage Championships 18||January 16, 2009||3||1:27||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||8–1||James Warfield||Decision (unanimous)||Warriors 4 Warriors 1||November 8, 2008||3||5:00||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States|
|Win||7–1||Brian Green||TKO (punches)||Conquest Fighting Championship 1||September 27, 2008||1||3:34||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||6–1||Conan Cano||Submission (guillotine choke)||King of Kombat 4||July 26, 2008||1||0:59||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Brian Foster||TKO (punches)||Masters of the Cage 7||December 2, 2006||1||4:34||Norman, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||5–0||Raheem Williams||Submission||Renegades Extreme Fighting||September 30, 2006||2||2:59||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–0||James White||Submission||Ultimate Texas Showdown 5||April 29, 2006||1||2:25||Texas, United States|
|Win||3–0||Brandon Berkey||TKO (punches)||Ultimate Texas Showdown 4||February 25, 2006||2||2:08||Texas, United States|
|Win||2–0||Henry Buchanan||Decision (unanimous)||Renegades Extreme Fighting||February 10, 2006||3||5:00||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||1–0||Andrew Perkins||Submission (punches)||Xtreme Fight Championship 4||November 5, 2005||1||N/A||Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|2 matches||0 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||0–2||Kamaru Usman||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 21||June 17, 2015 (airdate)||2||5:00||Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Valdir Araújo||Submission (guillotine choke)||The Ultimate Fighter 21||May 6, 2015 (airdate)||2||4:13||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
- "Steve Carl Facebook Bio".
- "World Series of Fighting 1 results: Arlovski drops Cole, Johnson blasts Linderman". Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- "World Series of Fighting 3 results: Burkman chokes Fitch unconscious". Retrieved 2012-06-15.
- "WSOF 6 results: Steve Carl downs Josh Burkman in fourth to claim belt". Retrieved 2013-10-26.
- "Rousimar Palhares to Fight for Welterweight Title at WSOF 9 vs. Steve Carl". Retrieved 2014-01-27.
- "TUF 21 ATT vs Blackzilians". Archived from the original on 2015-09-29. Retrieved 2014-01-28.