Abe Wagner

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Abe Wagner
Born Abraham Wagner
(1980-03-04) March 4, 1980 (age 34)
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Other names Honest, The Hurricane[1]
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 248.8 lb (113 kg; 17 st 11 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Style Boxing
Fighting out of Omaha, Nebraska
Team Mid America Martial Arts
Rank purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2006 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 10
By knockout 6
By submission 3
By decision 1
Losses 7
By knockout 3
By submission 3
By decision 1
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Abraham Wagner (born March 4, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Heavyweight division. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, but has not fought for the UFC. In addition to his fights in Bellator, Wagner has also fought in Titan FC. He gained fame for defeating former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, in only 32 seconds via TKO.

Background[edit]

Abe describes his childhood something he survived more than enjoyed. Abe's father would continuously violently beat Abe throughout his childhood. Then in one incident, his father had repeatedly beat his head in with a hammer leaving him unconscious and bloody. Abe said "he thought he was going to die". He had enough and went and notified the police. Abe was then placed into foster care after his father was put into prison. The foster family he had moved in with owned a dairy farm in Wisconsin, where he helped work. Abe earned a football scholarship to Michigan Tech where he excelled at the linebacker position and earned a mechanical engineering degree.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Wagner earned a professional record of 7-2 on the local circuit before being picked to become a member of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights. Wagner was featured in the inaugural fight of the season and lost his first fight to Jon Madsen via unanimous decision.

Wagner's first fight after being on TUF was against Travis Browne. Wagner lost via first round technical knockout.

After bouncing back with one more win, Wagner was set to face Todd Duffee at Titan Fighting Championships 16. Duffee, however, pulled out of the fight and former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia stepped in as a replacement. Wagner upset Sylvia, needing only 32 seconds in the first round to stop Sylvia via punches. However the fights' stoppage has since been deemed controversial, due to Sylvia's post-fight comments where he stated that the referee came and apologized to his corner for stopping the fight too quickly and that despite stumbling when he got up, he gave the referee signs that he was still able to continue the fight.[3]

Wagner's next fight was at Titan FC 17: Lashley vs. Ott where he lost to Aaron Rosa via Submission in the second round.

Wagner fought against Justin Grizzard at Victory Fighting Championship 35, Wagner won the bout via submission in the first round.

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

Wagner faced Eric Prindle at Bellator 52 in the opening round of the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament.[4] He lost the back-and-forth bout via unanimous decision.

Wagner then faced Mark Holata at Bellator 69 on May 18, 2012. Wagner was submitted at 2:24 in the first round via achilles lock.[5]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
NC 10–7 (1) Rob Mitchell No Contest Dynasty Combat Sports 7: Spring Brawl 2 April 25, 2014 1 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States Won DCS Heavyweight Championship
Loss 10–7 Bob Brents KO CCCW: The Uprising March 2, 2013 3 Springfield, Illinois, United States
Loss 10–6 Mark Holata Submission (achilles lock) Bellator 69 May 18, 2012 1 2:24 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Loss 10–5 Eric Prindle Decision (unanimous) Bellator 52 October 1, 2011 3 5:00 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season Five Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 10–4 Justin Grizzard Submission (rear-naked choke) Victory Fighting Championship 35 July 30, 2011 1 1:36 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 9–4 Aaron Rosa Submission (rear-naked choke) Titan Fighting Championships 17 March 25, 2011 2 0:35 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 9–3 Tim Sylvia TKO (punches) Titan Fighting Championships 16 January 28, 2011 1 0:32 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 8–3 Vinny Pallone TKO (punches) Fight to Win: The Professionals November 12, 2010 1 2:34 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 7–3 Travis Browne TKO (punches) VFC 30: Night of Champions February 5, 2010 1 0:08 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States For VFC Heavyweight Championship
Win 7–2 Jeff Ford Submission (armbar) Fight To Win: Colorado vs. Nebraska March 14, 2009 1 1:49 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 6–2 Sherman Pendergarst Decision (split) VFC 25: Primetime December 5, 2008 5 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 5–2 Matt Andersen TKO (punches) VFC 21: Infamous December 7, 2007 1 N/A Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 4–2 Steve Pilkington Submission (armbar) VFC 20: Aces September 7, 2007 1 N/A Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 3–2 Chris Blaire Submission (armbar) Punch Promotions June 23, 2007 2 2:45 Nebraska, United States
Win 3–1 Joel Traves TKO (punches) Good Guys Promotions February 10, 2007 1 1:42 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Win 2–1 Nick Rogers KO (punch) VFC 17: Predators December 9, 2006 1 2:16 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 1–1 Sunia Filikitonga TKO (punches) Diesel Fighting Championships 1 June 30, 2006 2 0:11 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 1–0 Matt Justice TKO (punches) AFC 5: Lights Out January 6, 2006 1 N/A Omaha, Nebraska, United States

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Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Lose 0–1 Jon Madsen Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada Preliminary bout

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