Virgil Zwicker (born June 26, 1982) is a Native American professional Heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist, fighting out of Team Quest in Temecula, CA, USA.
A professional competitor since 2003, Zwicker has also formerly competed for STRIKEFORCE, KSW and BELLATOR.
Zwicker grew up on the San Pasqual Indian Reservation in North County, San Diego, to a father who was a truck driver and a mother who worked hard to support Zwicker and his 11 other siblings. Zwicker's older brother was a Golden Gloves boxer and aided Zwicker in his fighting career. Zwicker belongs to the Kumeyaay-Ipai tribe and grew up in a poverty stricken environment. There weren't a lot of opportunities for Zwicker to play organized sports growing up, but he was a star football player in Pop Warner, known as a smaller player who hit very hard. With little supervision on the reservation, by the age of eleven Zwicker was routinely fighting grown men. It was also when he was eleven years old that he was arrested for the first time, in 1994. The arrest was for assaulting his school's vice principal and from then until 2005, Zwicker spent most of his time in and out of juvenile halls and prisons for various offenses. He later attended Orange Glen High School in Escondido, California.
Zwicker signed with Strikeforce and fought Lavar Johnson at Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker. However, Zwicker lost via first round KO, after the two veterans exchanged wild punches.
Zwicker next fought against Brett Albee at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.
At Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier, Zwicker faced Guto Inocente. He lost the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
Zwicker faced Mike Hayes on December 7, 2013 at KSW 25. He won the fight via KO in the first round
Zwicker signed a mult-fight contract with Bellator, facing Nick Moghadden on September 13, 2013 at Bellator 99. He won the fight by TKO in round one.
In his second fight for the promotion, Zwicker faced Linton Vassell at Bellator 122 on July 25, 2014. He lost the fight via submission in the first round.
Zwicker filled in for an injured James Thompson against UFC veteran Houston Alexander on October 17, 2014 at Bellator 129. The fight ended in a majority draw as Alexander was docked a point for repeated illegal headbutting.
A rematch with Alexander took place at Bellator 132 on January 16, 2015. Zwicker won the bout via split decision.
Zwicker faced former UFC competitor Razak Al-Hassan at Bellator 137 on May 15, 2015. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.
Zwicker next faced Brian Rogers on December 4, 2015 at Bellator 147. He lost the fight via submission in the second round.
Zwicker faced Dan Charles at Bellator 162 on October 21, 2016. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.
For his 3rd kickboxing professional fights, Virgil becomes Heavyweight WCK Champion in Tijuana, Mexico.
In August 2017, WCK wants him to defend his title.
WFCA (WORLD FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP AKHMAT)
In March 2017, Zwicker signed a contract with the WFCA to fight in their Heavyweight division in Chechnya.
Zwicker faced Zelimhan Umiev at WFCA 38 on May 22. He lost via submission in the first round in Grozny, Chechnya.
Dec 17, 2017, Zwicker faced Alexander Emelianenko at WFCA 44. He lost via TKO in the first round in Grozny, Chechnya.
On Aug 8, 2017 in Sochi, Russia, Virgil faced Nikolay Rachek at "Plotforma S-70". He won the fight by KO R1 in front of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
On Aug 22, 2018 in Sochi, Russia, Virgil faced Alexander Romanov at "Plotforma S-70". He lost via submission in front of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
Zwicker faced UFC Veteran Attila Vegh at OKTAGON MMA 12 for the FAIR FC and back to the light heavyweight division. He won by TKO in the 1st Round.