Cal Worsham

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Cal Worsham
Worsham nearly thrown from cage.jpg
Cal Worsham nearly being extricated from the cage in a 1996 bout against Tank Abbott
Born (1963-06-11) June 11, 1963 (age 51)
California, United States
Residence Sacramento, California
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 230 lb (104 kg; 16 st 6 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 72.5 in (184 cm)
Style Boxing, Wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Folsom, California
Years active 1995-2013
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 13
By knockout 11
By submission 2
Losses 9
By knockout 5
By submission 3
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Cal Worsham (born June 11, 1963) is a retired American mixed martial arts fighter and former corrections officer. He is an early pioneer of mixed martial arts having competed in one of the earliest modern events in the UFC. Worsham has competed against notable fighters such as Tank Abbott, Travis Fulton, Gary Goodridge, Bo Cantrell, and Dan Severn.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]


Worsham would have his first three professional fights in the UFC and despite going 1-2, his bouts would prove quite notable. He first competed in mixed martial arts in UFC 6. His opponent was the much larger, Paul "The Polar Bear" Varelans. The fight was stopped after 1:02 after Varelans landed a devastating elbow to the spine and neck of Worsham. Worsham was winning the fight before the elbow. Worsham would return to action 10 months later at UFC 9, defeating journeyman Zane Frazier by TKO. His last foray in the UFC would occur at Ultimate Ultimate 1996 where Worsham would make UFC history by being the fighter who was closest to being thrown out of the cage. Ultimately this may have been a blessing in disguise for Worsham as by not having been extricated from the cage, he suffered another devastating TKO loss at the hands of Tank Abbott.


Worsham would lose 4 out of his next 5 bouts resulting in an abysmal 2-6 record having been finished quickly in all his losses. Worsham would participate in smaller shows during these 4 years in fringe promotions such as IFC, IVC, and IAFC.


In 2001, Worsham began competing in Gladiator Challenge. This would prove to be a resounding success for the pioneer mixed martial artist. Despite two losses to legend Dan Severn, Worsham would go 9-4 during the next 10 years in MMA and ascend to become the Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight champion. At Gladiator Challenge 67, Cal and his son Hunter would both fight on the same card. Both Worshams annihilated their opponents via 1st round TKO finishes. Cal recently fought against 0-15 journeyman Matt Anderson, winning the bout by third-round TKO. In his latest fight, Worsham defeated the 1-5 Chris Wood by devastating strikes in less than 90 seconds.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Champion (3 time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13–10 Chris Wood TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge: Ringside March 30, 2012 1 1:25 Lincoln, California, United States
Win 12–10 Matt Anderson TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge: Mega Stars December 11, 2011 3 2:22 Lincoln, California, United States
Loss 11–10 Dan Severn Decision (unanimous) Gladiator Challenge: Legends Collide February 20, 2011 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 11–9 Adam MacKay TKO (strikes) Gladiator Challenge 67: Vendetta August 4, 2007 1 1:16 Lakeport, California, United States
Loss 10–9 Bo Cantrell KO (punch) Gladiator Challenge 57: Holiday Beatings December 16, 2006 1 0:17 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 10–8 Harry Avis TKO (doctor stoppage) Gladiator Challenge 51: Madness at the Memorial July 1, 2006 1 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 9–8 Carlos Cantu TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge 44: Redemption November 10, 2005 1 1:55 Colusa, California, United States
Loss 8–8 Dan Severn TKO (doctor stoppage) Gladiator Challenge 34:Legends Collide January 27, 2005 3 3:29 Colusa, California, United States
Win 8–7 Will Scott TKO (punches) KOTC 44: Revenge November 14, 2004 1 0:52 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 7–7 Adrian Perez TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge 30 August 19, 2004 1 0:48 Colusa, California, United States
Win 6–7 Terry Davis TKO (knees and punch) Gladiator Challenge 27: Fight-Fest 2 June 3, 2004 1 2:35 Colusa, California, United States
Win 5–7 Carlos Garcia TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge 13 February 9, 2003 1 4:39 Colusa, California, United States
Loss 4–7 Carlos Garcia TKO (corner stoppage) Gladiator Challenge 12 September 8, 2002 1 5:00 Colusa, California, United States
Win 4–6 Rick Collup Submission (punches) KOTC 13 - Revolution May 17, 2002 1 1:37 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 3–6 David Fox KO (punch) Gladiator Challenge 9 February 10, 2002 1 4:02 San Jacinto, California, United States For Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 2–6 Travis Fulton TKO (corner stoppage) IFC Warriors Challenge 13 June 15, 2001 2 5:00 California, United States
Loss 2–5 Griffen Reynaud TKO (injury) Extreme Challenge 22 November 21, 1998 1 4:38 West Valley City, Utah, United States
Loss 2–4 Gary Goodridge Submission (keylock) IVC 1 July 6, 1997 1 0:43 Brazil
Win 2–3 Aloisio Freitas Neta Submission (guillotine choke) IVC 1 July 6, 1997 1 0:25 Brazil
Loss 1–3 Leonid Efremov Submission (rear-naked choke) Absolute Fighting Championship 2 April 30, 1997 1 2:49 Moscow, Russia
Loss 1-2 Tank Abbott Submission (punches) Ultimate Ultimate 1996 December 7, 1996 1 2:51 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 1–1 Zane Frazier TKO (punches) UFC 9 December 16, 1995 1 3:14 Detroit, Michigan, United States
Loss 0–1 Paul Varelans KO (elbow) UFC 6 July 14, 1995 1 1:02 Casper, Wyoming, United States

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