|Association||Grudge Training Center|
|Weight Class||Heavyweight / Light Heavyweight|
|Height||6′ 4″ (194 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing / Muay Thai|
|Birth Date||October 24, 1980|
|Fighting Out Of||Denver, Colorado, USA|
”’James “The Hammer” McSweeney”’ is a British mixed martial artist who competes as a Light Heavyweight, though he competed most of his career as a Heavyweight. He was a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 10, where he was trained by Greg Jackson-trained teammate Rashad Evans.
== Professional Record ==
|Record||11 – 10 – 1 (Win ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚“ Loss ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚“ Draw)|
|Win||Dion Staring||TKO (Head Kick and Punches)||CFA 10: McSweeney vs Staring||3/2/2013||1||0:38|
|Loss||Matti Makela||TKO (Punches)||SC 8: Malmo||10/6/2012||2||N/A|
|Win||Jeff King||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Shamrock Events: Kings of Kombat 7||6/23/2012||1||N/A|
|Win||Kym Robinson||TKO (Punches and Elbows)||Shamrock Events: Night of Mayhem 4||4/14/2012||1||3:03|
|Win||Felise Leniu||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Shamrock Events: Kings of Kombat 6||3/17/2012||1||N/A|
|Win||Doug Viney||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Shamrock Events: Kings of Kombat 5||12/10/2011||1||2:30|
|Loss||Emanuel Newton||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||SCC: Superior Cage Combat 3||11/4/2011||1||4:25|
|Win||Sam Brown||Submission (Armbar)||Shamrock Events: Kings of Kombat 4||8/20/2011||1||2:25|
|Win||Lee Mein||TKO (Punches)||BFN: Bully’s Fight Night 2||7/22/2011||1||2:01|
|Loss||Francisco France||Submission (Kimura)||Crowbar MMA: Spring Brawl 2||4/29/2011||1||1:35|
|Loss||Ricco Rodriguez||Decision (Unanimous)||BAMMA British Association of Mixed Martial Arts 5||2/26/2011||3||5:00|
|Loss||Fabio Maldonado||TKO (Punches)||UFC 120 Bisping vs Akiyama||10/16/2010||3||0:48|
|Loss||Travis Browne||TKO (Punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale||6/19/2010||1||4:32|
|Win||Darrill Schoonover||TKO (Punches and Knees)||The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale||12/05/2009||3||3:20|
|Loss||Ricardo Romero||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||ROC 24 Ring of Combat 24||4/17/2009||1||2:27|
|Loss||Neil Grove||TKO (Punches)||Ultimate Challenge MMA: Bad Breed||12/06/2008||2||1:38||For Ultimate Challenge Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Roman Webber||KO (Knee)||CR 28: VIP||9/20/2008||1||0:10|
|Win||Chris Cooper||TKO (Punches)||FX3: Fight Night 9||9/13/2008||1||3:09|
|Loss||Mustapha al Turk||TKO (Punches)||CR 27: Step Up||7/12/2008||1||2:06||For Cage Rage British Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||Robert Paczkow||Submission (Smother)||CR 24 Feel the Pain||12/01/2007||1||2:09|
|Win||Mark Buchanan||TKO (Punches)||CR 22: Hard as Hell||7/14/2007||1||1:30|
== Biography ==
Born in London, England, McSweeney started Kickboxing when he was six years old. At 15, he left school and moved to Thailand to train full time. An accomplished kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter, McSweeney won numerous titles over his career, ending with a record of 136 wins and 9 losses.
In 2006, McSweeney made the transition to mixed martial arts. After appearing on British MMA shows, he made the move to the United States and began training at [[Greg Jackson’s MMA]].
== Mixed Martial Arts Career ==
=== The Ultimate Fighter ===
McSweeney was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 10 Heavyweights fighting alongside Team Rashad. McSweeney was the first overall pick and fought on the second episode of the show against Wes Shivers defeating him via Decision (Majority).
McSweeney moved on to the next round of the tournament, fighting teammate Matt Mitrione. Mcsweeney won via Guillotine Choke in the first round. Finally, in the semi-finals, McSweeney lost against Roy Nelson via TKO, who went on to win the show.
=== UFC Career ===
James was given another chance by the UFC despite losing on The Ultimate Fighter. He fought Darrill Schoonover on December 5, 2009 on The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale card in Las Vegas. McSweeney, fighting a fellow Team Rashad fighter, was gassed after winning the first two rounds, but a late flurry of knees and punches forced the TKO stoppage at 3:20 of the final frame.
McSweeney returned to action on June 19, 2010 at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, where he faced off against undefeated UFC newcomer Travis Browne. Browne remained patient and found his opening midway through the first round, when he used a body kick to set up a big left punch that dropped McSweeney. Browne followed his opponent to the mat, moved from side control to the mount position, and then rained down a barrage of punches to force the TKO (Punches) stoppage at the 4:32 mark of the opening frame.
McSweeney and his camp attempted to get the decision overturned for the TKO loss at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, as his camp believed the loss occurred because of illegal elbows to the back of the head that led to him losing the fight.
After the loss, McSweeney announced that he would compete his next fight at Light Heavyweight.