Ian William "The Machine" Freeman (born November 10, 1966 in Sunderland, England) is an English mixed martial arts fighter. He currently fights as a light heavyweight for Cage Rage. He is the reigning British Light Heavyweight champion. He is also the coach of the forthcoming British-based team in the International Fight League.
Ian's greatest triumph was arguably his win on home soil over Frank Mir at UFC 38. The heavy underdog, Ian Freeman lived up to his nickname as he systematically ground Mir down and broke his spirit, winning a first round stoppage in front of a British crowd. The match was bittersweet for Ian, having dedicated the match to his father who, unbeknownst to him, died the previous day of cancer. Victory saw Freeman with the chance to make his mark on the UFC heavyweight division but his next bout saw him stopped by Andrei Arlovski. A draw with Vernon White signalled the end of Freeman's second stint in UFC and saw him return to the fledgling UK MMA scene for which his win over Frank Mir had done so much.
Unfortunately, after one successful fight for the Cage Warriors promotion, Ian took a break from MMA, citing chronic fatigue syndrome and an intense training schedule which had caught up with him. He returned 11 months later to fight Ryan Robinson for the vacant Cage Rage Heavyweight title. Defeating Robinson inside one round with his now-customary ground and pound, Freeman vacated the title and announced he was dropping to Light Heavyweight. In early 2005, Ian again appeared to ebb away from MMA, appearing as a referee in ITV's ill-fated Celebrity Wrestling gameshow, that was quickly relegated to Sunday mornings and subsequently cancelled.
On May 10, 2008, Ian fought Paul Cahoon for the British Cage Rage Light Heavyweight title. He won after three rounds with a unanimous decision.
|19 wins (7 KO/TKO's, 8 Submissions, 4 Decisions), 7 Losses, 1 Draw .|
|10th May 2008||Win||Paul Cahoon||Decision (Unanimous)||Cage Rage 26||3, 5:00||Won the Cage Rage British Light Heavyweight Title|
|30th September 2006||Win||Mark Epstein||Decision (Unanimous)||Cage Rage 18||3, 5:00||Won the Cage Rage British Light Heavyweight Title|
|1st July 2006||Loss||Melvin Manhoef||KO||Cage Rage 17 - Ultimate Challenge||1, 0:17||For the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Title|
|12th December 2004||Win||Will Elworthy||TKO||House of Pain - Fight Night||1|
|27th September 2004||Win||Ryan Robinson||TKO||Cage Rage 9 - No Mercy||1, 3:21||Wins Cage Rage Heavyweight Title but vacates title shortly afterwards, signalling his intention to drop to light heavyweight.|
|2nd November 2003||Win||Keith Dace||TKO||CWFC - Cage Warriors 5||1, 0:47|
|6th June 2003||Draw||Vernon White||Split Draw||UFC 43 - Meltdown||3, 5:00||Scorecards: 30-27, 28-29, 29-29|
|22nd February 2003||Win||Gerhard Ettl||Submission (Armbar)||Free Fight Association Austria - Fight Night Championships 4||2, 1:40|
|22nd November 2002||Loss||Andrei Arlovski||TKO (Strikes)||UFC 40 - Vendetta||1, 1:25|
|13th July 2002||Win||Frank Mir||TKO||UFC 38 - Brawl at the Hall||1, 4:35|
|17th July 2001||Win||Carlos Barreto||Decision (Unanimous)||Hook N Shoot - Kings 1||3, 5:00|
|14th July 2001||Win||Stanislav Nuschik||Submission (Front Choke)||Free Fight Association Austria - Fight Night Championship 3||1, 1:57|
|27th April 2001||Loss||Stanislav Nuschik||KO||MFC - Russia vs the World 1||1, 0:20|
|18th March 2001||Loss||Valentijn Overeem||Submission (Knees)||2 Hot 2 Handle: Simply The Best||1, 1:42|
|4th February 2001||Loss||Osami Shibuya||Submission (Rib Injury)||Pancrase - Proof 1||1, 3:51|
|12th December 2000||Loss||Bob Schrijber||TKO||It's Showtime - Christmas Edition|
|22nd September 2000||Win||Tedd Williams||Decision||UFC 27 - Ultimate Bad Boyz||3, 5:00|
|23rd July 2000||Win||Bob Stines||KO (Punch)||Pancrase - 2000 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1||1, 2:38|
|9th June 2000||Win||Nate Schroeder||Submission (Strikes)||UFC 26 - Ultimate Field of Dreams||2|
|10th March 2000||Loss||Scott Adams||Submission (Heel Hook)||UFC 24 - First Defense||1, 3:09|
|5th December 1999||Win||Travis Fulton||TKO (didn't answer the bell)||Millennium Brawl 1 - The Beginning||3, 0:00|
|3rd October 1999||Win||Dave Shortby||TKO||Total Fight KRG 5||1, 2:02|
|28th August 1999||Win||Mark Lamborn||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||British Vale Tudo||1, 0:55|
|28th August 1999||Win||Keith Dace||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||British Vale Tudo||1, 0:46|
|27th June 1999||Win||Kemal Lock||Submission (Ankle Lock)||British Grand Prix '99||1, 3:55|
|27th June 1999||Win||Scotty Smith||TKO||British Grand Prix '99||1, 0:09|
|27th June 1999||Win||Tony Bailey||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||British Grand Prix '99||1, 1:32|