Mixed martial artist

Garreth McLellan (born 9 January 1982) is a South African professional mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Middleweight division of the EFC. A professional since 2009, he was one of the first South African MMA fighters to compete in the UFC.



Born and raised in South Africa, McLellan began training in karate at the age of nine and also played rugby union. At the age of 19, McClellan was playing flanker for the Crusaders Rugby Club in Durban when he was offered a contract to compete for the Natal Sharks. Working with Jason Vorster, the team’s fitness coach and an MMA trainer, McClellan would eventually make the transition to mixed martial arts. In karate, McClellan was a national champion and also won a national title in grappling.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

McLellan compiled an amateur record of 10-0 before making his professional debut in 2009, competing exclusively for regional promotions in his native South Africa, and was a two-time EFC AFRICA champion. He compiled a professional record of 12-2, before signing with the UFC in December 2014.[4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

McLellan made his promotional debut against Bartosz Fabiński on 11 April 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[5]

McLellan faced Bubba Bush on 24 October 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76.[6] He won the fight via TKO in the closing seconds of the third round.[7]

McLellan next faced Magnus Cedenblad on 8 May 2016 at UFC Fight Night 87.[8] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[9]

McLellan was defeated by Alessio Di Chirico on 27 August 2016 at UFC on Fox 21.[10] He lost the fight via split decision.[11]

McLellan faced promotional newcomer Paulo Costa on 11 March 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106.[12] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[13]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

See also[edit]


  • ^ “Garreth McLellan – Official UFC Fighter Profile”. UFC.com. Retrieved 5 August 2016..mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:”””””””‘””‘”}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background-image:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png”);background-image:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/65/Lock-green.svg”);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:9px;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background-image:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png”);background-image:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg”);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:9px;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background-image:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png”);background-image:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg”);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:9px;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background-image:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg/12px-Wikisource-logo.svg.png”);background-image:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg”);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:12px;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .citation .mw-selflink{font-weight:inherit}
  • ^ a b Alison De Villiers (13 December 2014). “‘Soldier Boy’ McLellan is on his way to UFC”. IOL.
  • ^ “Garreth McLellan – Official UFC® Fighter Profile”. Ufc.com. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  • ^ Zane Simon (10 December 2014). “Welcome to the UFC, Garreth McLellan”. bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  • ^ Matt Erickson (11 April 2014). “UFC Fight Night 64 results: Bartosz Fabinski overpowers, dominates Garreth McLellan”. mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  • ^ Staff (10 August 2015). “Garreth McLellan vs. Bubba Bush booked for UFC Fight Night 76 in Ireland”. themmareport.com. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  • ^ Steve Marrocco (24 October 2015). “UFC Fight Night 76 results: Garreth McLellan stops Bubba Bush with two seconds left”. mmafighting.com. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  • ^ Tristen Critchfield (26 February 2016). “Rashid Magomedov-Chris Wade, 2 other bouts set for UFC Fight Night Rotterdam”. sherdog.com. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  • ^ Steven Marrocco (8 May 2016). “UFC Fight Night 87 results: Magnus Cedenblad takes out Garreth McLellan in second”. mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  • ^ Staff (15 June 2016). “Garreth McLellan vs. Alessio Di Chirico added to August’s UFC on FOX 21 card in Vancouver”. mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  • ^ Brent Brookhouse (27 August 2016). “UFC on FOX 21 results: Alessio Di Chirico takes bloody split decision over Garreth McLellan”. mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  • ^ Staff (20 January 2017). “Garreth McLellan quickly replaces Alex Nicholson at UFC Fight Night 106”. mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  • ^ Ben Fowlkes (11 March 2017). “UFC Fight Night 106 results: Paulo Borrachinha thrashes Garreth McLellan for 77-second debut TKO”. mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
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