Mark Bocek is a retired lightweight fighter with the UFC. He is known for his exceptional wrestling skill and improved standup.
His most recent fight was a controversial decision loss to Jim Miller.
He next greeted natural welterweight jiu jitsu ace Dustin Hazelett back to the lightweight division. Bocek became the first person to submit Hazelett, with a slick first-round triangle choke.
Bocek next fought the debuting former WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson. Henderson defeated Bocek via an entertaining unanimous decision.
Bocek next signed to face smothering wrestler Nik Lentz. He defeated Lentz via dominant unanimous decision, handing Lentz his first loss inside the UFC.
Bocek next signed to face the hard-hitting TUF veteran Matt Wiman. Wiman was injured shortly before the bout was set to take place and he was replaced by returning veteran John Alessio. Bocek defeated Alessio via a workmanlike unanimous decision.
Bocek then fought Rafael Dos Anjos in November 2012 and he was surprisingly outgrappled en route to another unanimous decision.
After a bit of a layoff, Bocek next signed in July 2013 to fight Brazilian Michel Prazeres who was coming down from welterweight. Bocek was injured in August 2013 and replaced by newcomer Jesse Ronson.
After recovering for several months Bocek signed in January 2014 to return against Evan Dunham. Dunham was unfortunately injured a little over a week before the fight. He was replaced by Mike De La Torre who he defeated via split decision.
Bocek announced his retirement from MMA on August 5th, 2014.
- Mark Bocek vs. Kevin Manderson
- Frank Edgar vs. Mark Bocek - The fight was Bocek's UFC debut.
- Mac Danzig vs. Mark Bocek - The fight was Mac Danzig's lightweight debut in the UFC after winning the welterweight division of TUF. It was the first time Bocek had been submitted and the only time thus far.
- Mark Bocek vs. Alvin Robinson - After the fight, Alvin Robinson was cut from the UFC.
- Mark Bocek vs. Dustin Hazelett - The fight was Dustin Hazelett's return to lightweight and it was also the first time that he had been submitted. Hazelett was cut after the fight.
- Ben Henderson vs. Mark Bocek - The fight was the UFC debut of Ben Henderson.
- Mark Bocek vs. Nik Lentz