Daniel wins by submission!

Drake was able to capture an amazing 22nd submission win as he left his Irish opponent Brian Moore without a chance in their featherweight fight at Bellator 169 in Dublin´s 3 Arena. The fight was stopped ... weiterlesen


Daniel returns to Europe!

Daniel will have his first fight in Europe in more than 3 1/2 years, which means that Bellator has fullfilled at least one of his dreams- although the fight won´t be against champion Daniel Straus, who ... weiterlesen


Daniel beats Sanchez!

Daniel beats Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 159 in Mulvane/Kansas. Follow the L I N K to read how it went down!
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Daniel vs. Sanchez!

Daniel returns to the cage July 22nd as he will face off with Emmanuel Sanchez (13-2) at Bellator 159 in Mulvane/Kansas. The fight marks his first in 2016 as a title fight against Daniel Straus could not ... weiterlesen


Daniel cruises to victory!

Daniel returns to winning ways after a dominant performance over the former WSOF champion Georgie Karakhanyan (24-5-1) at Bellator 147 in San Jose/California.

The Weasel stepped in the cage on December 4th for the first time ... weiterlesen


The Weasel returns in early December!

Not too long until the Weasel will return to the Bellator cage as he will square off with fellow featherweight Karakhanyan (24-4-1) as the co main event of Bellator 147. The event ist set ... weiterlesen


So close and yet so far!

Daniel looked almost certainly like the new Bellator featherweight champion, but it wasn´t meant to be. The Weasel was in full control throughout the first round, scoring with single punches, kicks and perfectly timed ... weiterlesen


The Weasel goes for gold!

It is on! Daniel will face Bellator´s featherweight champion Patricio Freire and challenge him for the world title. The fight is set to happen on June 19th and function as Bellator´s co-main event to "Kimbo ... weiterlesen


Daniel wins in return fight!

Daniel was able to score his 4th win in as many fights for the North American promotion Bellator as he was able to beat the 2 time tournament and former featherweight champion Pat Curran via ... weiterlesen


Daniel is on weight!

Daniel is right on weight as he tipped the scale at 145,5lbs to be cleared for his fight against Pat Curran who weighed in half a pound heavier. Tomorrow´s co-main event marks Daniel´s return to the ... weiterlesen


Daniel arrives in Cali!

Daniel and his team have finally made it to the US after a grueling 20 hours trip from Frankfurt to Frenso/California via Dallas. The featherweight´s focus will lie on light training as much as his weight ... weiterlesen


Daniel crowned fighter of the year 2014!

It can´t be denied that 2014 was a very successful year for the Weasel as he was able to capture the Bellator featherweight tournament in style. The online magazine "Käfiggeflüster" has now crowned ... weiterlesen


Daniel vs. Pat Curran!

We are proud and excited at the very same time to announce Daniel´s next fight for Bellator MMA, which is set to go down at Bellator 133 in Fresno/California.

The event takes place on Friday February ... weiterlesen


Daniel receives his blackbelt!

What a stunning year it has been thus far- today surely marks the second highlight after having won the Bellator featherweight tournament back in May!

Din Thomas, 2nd degree blackbelt, handed Daniel his blackbelt over after ... weiterlesen


Daniel becomes Bellator Season 10 featherweight tournament champion!

The Weasel came out on top at Bellator 119´s main event to crown himself the Season 10 featherweight tournament champion.

After a competitive first round to secure the right to face the ... weiterlesen


Daniel advances to finals!

Daniel was able to secure a spot in Bellator´s featherweight tournament as he overcome Matt Bessette in the semifinals due to a strong first and third round, which was sandwiched with a evenly matched second round. ... weiterlesen


Daniel at FIBO Cologne!

Don´t waste your chance to meet the Weasel at this year´s FIBO in Cologne, where he will be present on Saturday and Sunday, 5th and 6th of April- just a week after his semifinal Bellator bout ... weiterlesen


Daniel enters semifinals!

The double debutant (first fight as a featherweight and for Bellator MMA) was able to showcase his striking and submission skills as he was able to overcome the strong US fighter Scott Cleve (14-4-0) with a first ... weiterlesen


Daniel set for Bellator debut!

The wait is over as we can proudly and happily announce that Daniel will feature in Bellator´s featherweight tournament, which is set to start on the 28th of February in the Mohegan Sun Arena in ... weiterlesen


Daniel joins Bellator!

It has gotten a little bit quiet around Germany´s number 1 lightweight after the withdrawal of his scheduled opponent Ruben Crawford back in April.

We are proud to announce the fantastic news today as the Weasel ... weiterlesen


Daniel back in Germany!

Daniel unfortunately couldn´t inspire his training partner Sheila Gaff to a victory at UFC 163, which was also a result of her not being able to be cornered by her istructors due to visa issues, which ... weiterlesen


The Weasel underway to Rio!

Daniel is set to support his training partner Sheila Gaff in her second UFC outing at Rio´s HSBC arena, which will be held next Saturday.

The team consists of Striking Coach Mohamed Ouali, Daniel, Niels ... weiterlesen


Three fights and three wins!

The Weasel had a perfect debut at the DGL, where he helped his team to secure a spot in this year´s Grappling finals in November. Team Spirit were able to go one better and leapfrog ... weiterlesen


The Weasel goes Grappling!

The Weasel will join his teammates in the return leg of the DGL this Saturday in "Aschaffenburgs Ringerleistungszentrum" starting at 12.15pm.

The team will fight to progress to the semifinals and are in a good position ... weiterlesen


Daniel at Fibo 2013!

It´s been an exciting and pretty successful weekend although the Weasel has not been in action himself. Daniel first cornered his teammates, while also guiding Max Coga and Stephan Pütz to their feather- and lightheavyweight titles ... weiterlesen


The Weasel without a fight at Respect FC 9!

Daniel will not feature in this Saturday´s main event at Respect FC 9 as he has been left without an opponent. Ruben Crawford has badly injured his knee and is not ... weiterlesen


Daniel beats Damkovsky!

The Weasel was able to overcome the former and always impressive M1 lightweight champion Artiom Damkovsky at the M1 Challenge 37 in Orenburg/Russia.

The fight surely was one of the event´s highlights, which was sold out two ... weiterlesen


The Weasel talks about his upcoming fight!

Daniel gave an exclusive interview to Ground and Pound TV after having cornered his team mates Max Coga and Abu Azaitar, who both were able to overcome their foes with impressive first round ... weiterlesen


M1 Challenge 37 promo underway!

Daniel will step into M1´s ring on the 27th of February as already announced and his preparations are well underway. But it is not just him who has started to focus on the Challenge 37- ... weiterlesen


Daniel set to fight in Germany once more!

A so called dream match on German soil has been announced although Daniel´s focus fully lies on his clash with the former M1 lighweight champion Artiom Damkovsky on February 27th in Russia. ... weiterlesen


The Weasel needs your vote!

Daniel has once again been nominated for the "fighter of the year national 2012" GnP award, which he was able to capture last year. You can make sure that it will a good start to the year ... weiterlesen


Exclusive interview with "Wrestling Fever"!

Daniel took his time to reflect on the past 12 months, but also his first steps in martial arts and future plans- here therefore sat down with the Online MMA and Wrestling magazine "Wrestling Fever" ... weiterlesen


The Weasel vs. Damkovsky!

Daniel will kick off 2013 on the 27th of February in Russia´s Orenburg. The Weasel is set to face the former M1 Challenge lightweight Challenge Artiom Damkovsky (15-7-0) who is best known for his kickboxing abilities ... weiterlesen


The Weasel does it again!

It was yet another impressive performance by the Weasel - but his hunger for more hasn´t changed a bit. Daniel was eager to return to winning ways at the M-1 Challenge 36 in Moscow last ... weiterlesen


Georgi "Stanchev" Stoyanov awaits the Weasel!

We are happy to announce "Stanchev" as Daniel´s opponent for the 8th of December at the M-1 Challenge 36 in Moscow.

Stoyanov is known for his explosive wrestling skills and impressive fight record of ... weiterlesen


Das Wiesel im Dezember zurück in Action!

Daniel will return to M-1´s five rope ring on the 8th of December in Moscow. His opponent is yet to be announced as Yuri Ivlev -who was supposed to have a rematch with ... weiterlesen


MMA workshop in Bremerhaven!

Daniel will return to Bremerhaven for a second time to hold a mma workshop out our friend´s academy "Elite Sport Center" run by Roman Haack.

The workshop will start next Wednesday, 3rd of October at 12 ... weiterlesen


Daniel wins in style!

Daniel made a succesfull return after two years absence to a German ring. It was all Daniel, when he took on M-1 Belarus Selection Champion Semen Tyrlya after several changes of his supposed opponents.

The Weasel was ... weiterlesen


"The Weasel" vs. Tyrlya!

We can luckily announce that Daniel´s fight at Respect FC 8 is not off as the original scheduled champion Cengiz Dana and his late replacement K-1 Max fighter Saro Presti both had to cancel their participation ... weiterlesen


Daniel to fight for Respect FC lightweight crown!

It has been 2 years in the making as Daniel finally returns to a German (mma) ring on the 22nd of September and he simply can´t wait. The Weasel will square off ... weiterlesen


Daniel loses title!

It was supposed to become onother huge night in Daniel´s fabulous lightweight carreer and everything was set for the first title defense- but it wasn´t meant to be, as Daniel had to submit due to a perfectly ... weiterlesen


Daniel returning from US training camp!

Daniel will return to MMA Spirit tomorrow after a great and inspiring training camp with 2 of the best teams in the world speaking of Erik Paulson´s CSW and Dan Henderson´s Team Quest. Daniel ... weiterlesen


Daniel in the USA and on German TV!

We will be
able to watch a short documentary on German TV Channel "SWR" as Daniel´s
prepares himself in California for his title defense, which is ... weiterlesen


Daniel at Fibo 2012- a must see video!

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Daniel talks about the 21st of June!

The M-1 lightweight champion speaks about the reschedule of his title defense and everything around his camp, sponsors and mma in general.

Check this out:

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Title defense rescheduled and set for the 21st of June!

The schedule for Daniel´s first title defense has been some sort of misery - as was supposed to step in ring on the 16th of May to face Yuri Ivlev- ... weiterlesen


Thiago Meller to replace injured Yuri Ivlev!

Daniel´s oppponent had to be changed only three weeks before Daniel is set to defend his title for the first time. The Weasel was supposed to have met Yuri Ivlev in the ring, ... weiterlesen


Daniel features on Icelandic TV show!

Daniel took his time to have a special guest appearance on an Icelandic (comedy) TV show on Tuesday although he is deep into his preparations for his upcoming title defense.

The show will air this ... weiterlesen


Danielīs second appearance as Respekt ambassador with Fedor!

Daniel´s second appearance as "Respekt! No place for racism" ambassador can be called a great success as he had a huge audience at this year´s FIBO together with MMA legend Fedor and ... weiterlesen


New sponsorship deal with "Olimp" goes through!

We are happy and proud at the same time to announce Daniel´s latest sponsorship deal with one of the most prestigious nutrition companies in Europe. 

We can present "Olimp" as one of Daniel´s ... weiterlesen


Daniel is official >>Respekt!<< ambassador!

Daniel has been officially named >>Respekt! No place for racism<< ambassador after the great cooperation between MMA Spirit and was set to get into second gear.

The M1 world champion, European number 1 ... weiterlesen


Daniel is set to defend his title!

Daniel will enter the M-1 Ring as the reigning lightweight champion on May 17th, when the "M-1 Challenge 32" is set to take place at the "Crocus City Arena" in Moscow.

In November, ... weiterlesen

28.02.2012 is online!

It is finally done: MMA Spirit new Homepage has gone online and features tons of videos and all the information that is needed to get your training kicked off at the world champions home.

Check his introduction ... weiterlesen


M-1 and Daniel debut on Eurosport!

The good news certainly leave a bit of a bad taste. The November 2011 event "Battle of Legends" will air on one of the world´s biggest sports TV channels "Eurosport" tomorrow night at 10pm- ... weiterlesen


Daniel feat. as cover picture for the latest GīnīP magazine!

While Daniel is on a trainings camp with Mairbek Taisumov in Vienna- he features as the new cover picture for the G´n´P magazine. If you don´t have a subscription for ... weiterlesen


New HD highlight reel is online!

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The champ gets crowned "fighter of the year 2011"!

The good news keep coming thick and fast- it has been just a couple of days since Daniel´s team has been announced "Team of the Year 2011"- now that Daniel gets ... weiterlesen


"MMA Spirit" wins "team of year 2011" award!

Besides the great training start to 2012, where the M1 lightweight world champion has been able to train with other European top athletes such as Pascal Krauss, Bruno Carvalho, Mairbek Taisumov, Dennis ... weiterlesen


Training with Wanderlei Silva in January- join the party!

After having the great success of last year´s MMA seminar with the Valetudo and Pride legend Wanderlei Silva- we were able to bring the Axe Murderer back one more time in ... weiterlesen


Daniel gets nomination for "best fighter national" award!

Happy New Year and we are happy and proud at the same time to start the year with some good news. Daniel has been nominated for the "best fighter national" G&P award, ... weiterlesen


Danielīs short bio in Russian language!

As everybody knows about Daniel´s deep connection with his Russian fans- we have decided to translate his short biography into Russian tongue:

Даниэль "The Weasel" Вайхель

Франкфурт, 02.12.2011


Имя: Даниэль Вайхельweiterlesen


The Weasel hits European top spot!

Daniel´s win of the M-1 Global lightweight championship belt didn´t stay unrecognized in the world of mma- he now hits top spot in G&P´s current European lightweight ranking.

Here is the full list: ... weiterlesen


Daniel in his latest interview with G&P radio station!

Listen to the "Weasel" after his famous win of the M-1 Challenge lighweight world championship against former champion Jose Figueroa. Daniel speaks about having captured gold, Fedor and his training in ... weiterlesen


The champ thanks his fans, sponsors and training partners!

After winning the M-1 lightweight title in epic fashion with a first round knockout victory over Jose Figueroa, Daniel will not be able to defend his belt on the 9th of ... weiterlesen


Daniel captures M-1 Challenge gold!

It couldn´t have gone any better for Daniel- but first back to the start of a week full of turbulences as there were quite some problems to overcome in his task to become the new ... weiterlesen


"I will do everything that is needed to capture the title!"

It is the begining of a week full of interviews and video shoots for "The Weasel" as he is heading into the final week before his title fight against ... weiterlesen


"Fedor vs. Monson feat. Figueroa vs. Weichel" live on ppv!

The M-1 Challenge XXX "Fedor vs. Monson feat. Figueroa vs. Weichel" will be the ultimate finale to a busy week of events held in Russia under the M-1 Global banner. ... weiterlesen


Daniel to fight in Russia!

We have just been informed that Daniel´s title fight against Jose Figueroa has been rescheduled. Daniel was supposed to feature on M-1 next main card in Phoenix/Arizona but a sudden change has been notified. Daniel ... weiterlesen


The Weasel returns to teaching ways!

Although Daniel is deep into his preparations for his upcoming title fight against the M-1 lightweight champion Jose Figueroa- Daniel takes his time to support the youth of mma the best way he can. ... weiterlesen


The "Weasel" fights for M-1īs lightweight belt!

It´s been the moment we have all been waiting and working for- Daniel will finally get his shot at the M-1 lightweight crown. He therefore will once again have to cross the sea ... weiterlesen


Daniel continues to impress (live at Showtime)!

Daniel was able to overcome his opponent Beau Baker with a commanding display- winning via unanimous decision. All judges having scored all three round in favour of the MMA Spirit product- one even ... weiterlesen


UFC veteran Frank Lester and Team Quest coach Heath Sims teaming up with Daniel!

The UFC veteran and Team Quest fighter Frank Lester has teamed up with MMA Spirit fighter Daniel- and so has one Of TQ´s head coaches Heath ... weiterlesen


Exclusive interview with mma weekly!

Daniel speaks about his upcoming bout against Beau Baker, his future goals and training at MMA Spirit. Follow the link to find the complete exclusive interview @


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Daniel weighs in perfectly!

While Daniel was able to get rid of the last pounds in the sauna- it went all perfect on the official weigh ins as Daniel hit the scale at 156lbs- at the famous Hooters in California. ... weiterlesen


Missed flights and other stories...

It took quite some time to finally get Daniel´s P1 visa done- but it was picture perfect in the end, when Daniel was able to pick it up at the American Consulate past Friday to ... weiterlesen


Live on Showtime July 8th!

Daniel will be heading towards Orange County/California this coming Saturday, July 2nd to prepare himself for the last week before his US American tv debut, which will air live on Showtime on Friday 8th of ... weiterlesen


Jose Figueroa is out injured- Beau Baker to jump in!

It can´t be said to have been an easy week thus far- there were a couple of mixed news for Daniel as M1´s lightweight champion Jose Figueroa injured his ribs. ... weiterlesen


Daniel and Christian both to feature at FIBO 2011!

Daniel and Christian will both feature at this year´s FIBO in Essen/Germany, where they will represent MMA Spirit, M-1 Global and the sport in general. You will be able to meet ... weiterlesen


Daniel set to fight for the M-1 lightweight title!

Although Daniel is staying in Makhachkala at the moment to support his team mate Jack Magee- he won´t hold back his grin. The great news will surely give him a great ... weiterlesen


Daniel keeps winning at M1!

After having fought in a great battle against Yuri Ivlev last October- Daniel was able to overcome the combat sambo world champion Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (17-4-0) in the very first round. Both started the fight cautiously ... weiterlesen


Daniel is ready to fight!

After having arrived in Moscow on Thursday to shred the last kilos for Daniel´s weigh in on Friday- everything is set for the fight! Daniel is joined by Christian Eckerlin and Niels Schlaegel who will ... weiterlesen


ALO joins Fightnature and Joya Sports!

We are happy to announce that ALO has joined Daniel´s other sponsors just before we are on our way to Moscow this Thursday, as Daniel is set to face Magomedrasul Khasbulaev at the M1 ... weiterlesen


Daniels signs with Joya Sports and Fightnature!

We are happy that Daniel commits himself to both brands for another year as we have enjoyed working with them in the past already. It is clear that Daniel´s gym- the MMA Spirit ... weiterlesen


Exclusive interview at the latest G&P magazine!

After Daniel´s most important trainings partner Christian Eckerlin gave an insight about his life at MMA Spirit in the last G&P magazine it is now Daniel´s turn to talk about his move to ... weiterlesen


Daniel signs 6 fight contract with M1!

It certainly became clear that Daniel would enter the ring under the M1 banner rather sooner than later- but as we already knew that he would get back to Russia in March, M1 ... weiterlesen


Daniel returns to the M1 Challenge XXIII!

After being unable to face Jason Ball in December ("Superior FC" was cancelled only three day prior to the event) we are now happy to announce Daniel´s first fight in 2011! Daniel will ... weiterlesen


Daniel finally arrives in European top ten!

After having defeated the top Russian fighter Yuri Ivlev at M1´s Challenge XXI in St Petersburg, Daniel is finally ranked as number 8 in Europe in the groundandpound ranking. Every fighter listed above ... weiterlesen


Daniel beats Russian light weight star at M1 XXI...

Daniel was able to overcome the strong Russian with a great performance while sticking to his gameplan for the whole fight. Daniel used his reach advantage and a number of various ... weiterlesen


Thatīs the way life goes...

Nobody feels as sorry as Daniel does as he wasn´t able to compete against Jarkko Latomäki at the Botnia Punishment main event in Finnland last weekend. It has been the first time that Daniel couldn´t ... weiterlesen


Daniel heads north with some old and some new sponsors!

Daniel can´t wait to return to the European circus of MMA, as he will face the tough finnish fighter Jarkko Latomäkki this Saturday. We will head north tomorrow morning and ... weiterlesen


Daniel back on track!

Daniel was able to find back to winning ways after replacing Mario Stapel on short notice in the Merseburger Fight Night 3 last Sunday. But one has to admit that he didn´t have it all his way ... weiterlesen


Daniel returns to the ring!

After the big dissappointment which have been caused by the outcome of Daniel´s last fight- he will finally return to the ring. He has taken the fight on short notice to support the promoter of ... weiterlesen