March 13, 1977 |
|Other names||The Hillbilly Heartthrob|
|Height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight||265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st)|
|Fighting out of||Bettendorf, Iowa|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Bradley Imes Smith (March 13, 1977), is an American mixed martial artist. Imes appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 2, and has competed as a Heavyweight in the UFC, WEC, IFL, PFC, Titan FC, and King of the Cage.
Imes is from Maryville, Missouri and began wrestling when he was five years old. He also played high school football in Columbia, Missouri but did not start at a position on the team. Imes was 5'9 and weighed 165 pounds when he graduated before attending the University of Missouri. Within the next two years, Imes stood at 6'7, weighed 290 pounds, and walked on to the school's powerhouse football team as a sophomore before earning a scholarship as an offensive tackle and lettering in his senior season. After college, Imes played for the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League for two seasons and was a strength coach for TCU. Imes later moved to Sacramento, California where he worked as a general manager of a landscaping supply store, before being laid off, and then began pursuing mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Imes made his professional debut in 2004 for the WEC and won his first three fights before being invited to compete on The Ultimate Fighter 2.
The Ultimate Fighter 2
Imes was the last pick for his division, and was coached by his training partner and then-UFC Middleweight Champion, Rich Franklin. In his first fight in the house, Imes defeated Rob MacDonald via triangle choke submission in the first round. In the semi-finals, Imes faced Seth Petruzelli and won via split decision. At The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale on November 5, 2005, Imes faced future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans, and lost via split decision, the first loss of his career.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
At UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 on April 6, 2006, Imes faced Dan Christison and lost via armbar submission in the third round, but won "Fight of the Night" honors. He then won two fights for independent promotions before returning to the UFC at UFC 69 on April 7, 2007, and lost via unanimous decision.
After his last appearance in the UFC, Imes went 7-1, fighting in promotions such as the Palace Fighting Championship and King of the Cage before being signed by the International Fight League.
International Fight League
Imes went 1-2 in his last three professional fights before retiring for the first time. He returned from his near five year retirement and faced Josh Christensen at MCC 53. He won the fight via rear-naked choke submission.
Imes and his wife had their first child together in March 2011.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||14 wins||7 losses|
|Win||14–7||Josh Christensen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Midwest Cage Championship 53||April 11, 2014||1||3:42||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||13–7||Josh Queen||KO (punches)||Arena Rumble||September 12, 2009||1||0:36||Spokane, Washington, United States|
|Loss||13–6||Patrick Smith||KO (punches)||Titan FC 13||March 13, 2009||1||0:28||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||13–5||Chris Guillen||Submission (punches)||EC 109: Extreme Challenge 109||October 18, 2008||2||3:14||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||12–5||Roy Nelson||KO (punches)||IFL: Connecticut||May 16, 2008||1||2:55||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||12–4||James Jack||Decision (unanimous)||TFF: True Fight Fans||March 7, 2008||3||5:00||Missouri, United States|
|Loss||11–4||Anthony Ruiz||Decision (split)||PFC 6||January 17, 2008||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||11–3||Chris Blaire||TKO (punches)||PFC 5||November 10, 2007||1||4:13||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||10–3||Bo Cantrell||Submission (gogoplata)||KOTC: Arch Rivals||October 27, 2007||1||0:55||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–3||Zak Jensen||Submission (gogoplata)||WFC: Downtown Throwdown||September 15, 2007||1||1:31||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||8–3||Tony Mendoza||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ring Wars 15||August 7, 2007||1||2:50||South Dakota, United States|
|Win||7–3||Vince Lucero||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Tuff N-Uff 3||June 22, 2007||1||2:26||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||6–3||Heath Herring||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 69||April 7, 2007||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||6–2||Chris Adams||KO (punch)||Combat FC 3||February 17, 2007||1||0:18||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||5–2||Greg Hammer||Submission (triangle choke)||Winter War||February 4, 2007||2||1:44||Spirit Lake, Iowa, United States|
|Win||4–2||Cody Monroe||Submission (punches)||Ring Style - Bad Blood||April 22, 2006||1||N/A||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||3–2||Dan Christison||Submission (armbar)||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4||April 6, 2006||3||3:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||3–1||Rashad Evans||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale||November 5, 2005||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3–0||Mike Dexter||Submission (triangle choke)||WEC 14||March 17, 2005||1||3:44||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||2–0||Lace Pele||Submission (punches)||WEC 13||January 22, 2005||1||2:04||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jeremy Freitag||Decision (split)||WEC 12||October 21, 2004||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
- "History in the making: Rashad Evans beats Brad Imes, wins The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 2 as a heavyweight". mmamania.com. June 9, 2013.
- "MCC 53: Midwest Cage Championship 53". sherdog.com. April 11, 2014.
- "TUF 2 Finalist Imes Settling into Retirement". sherdog.com. February 2, 2011.
- "411mania MMA Interview: The “Hillbilly Heartthrob” Brad Imes". 411mania.com. April 25, 2008.
- "Ring Style - Bad Blood Results". Sherdog. April 22, 2006.