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Odie Delaney biography: 13 things about MMA fighter born in Willow, Alaska

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Andrew Odie Delaney is an undefeated professional mixed martial artist and a grappling specialist originally from Alaska, United States. He is also a former police officer in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

Delaney is 6’4″ tall. He competes in the heavyweight division.

Delaney’s fight name is The Witness. Here are 13 more things about him:

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  1. He was born and raised in Willow, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska.
  2. He comes from a Christian family. As a young boy in Alaska, he was bullied in school due to his religious views and his awkward frame so he would come home crying to his mother.
  3. He is the second oldest of four siblings. He has an older sister, a younger brother and a younger sister. They were still living in Alaska when their parents divorced.
  4. In 2003, his mother married his stepfather and he moved from Alaska to Walton County, Florida, USA with them. He properly discovered wrestling in Florida.
  5. In 2004, he started wrestling while attending South Walton High School in Santa Rosa Beach, Walton County. Marty Chouinard was his wrestling mentor. Encouraged by his mother and his stepfather, he also played football while wrestling in high school.
  6. From 2008 to 2013, he attended The Citadel in Charleston where he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
  7. After graduating from The Citadel, he joined the Charleston Police Department. Fresh from earning his master’s degree in homeland security and emergency management through an online program, he was one of the first police officers on the scene on June 17, 2015 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston where Dylann Roof fatally shot nine African Americans. The incident caused him to have massive panic attacks that forced him to give up his career in law enforcement. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  8. As an amateur MMA fighter, he submitted Jamahl Tatum of Louisiana, USA at “Hub City Beatdown 2” in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA on January 12, 2019 and Hunter Jones of Louisiana at “Empire Fighting Championship 1” in Biloxi, Mississippi on March 30, 2019.
  9. On August 17, 2019, he made his professional MMA debut at “Gulf Coast MMA: Championship Fight Night” in Biloxi where he knocked out Dewayne McQueen of Alabama, USA.
  10. On October 11, 2019, he submitted John Faletagoai of Alaska at “Alaska Combat Entertainment: Rally To The Valley” in Wasilla, Alaska.
  11. Training at American Top Team in Arden, North Carolina, USA, he made his ONE Championship debut on February 11, 2022 at “ONE: Bad Blood” in Kallang, Singapore where he submitted Thomas Narmo of Norway.
  12. On June 3, 2022, he submitted Mehdi Barghi of Iran at “ONE 158” in Kallang.
  13. Married with two children, he was 32 years old when he won on June 3, 2022, which improved his professional MMA record to 4 wins and 0 loss.
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