October 3, 1978 |
Martinsburg, West Virginia, U.S.
|Other names||The Real Deal|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||167 lb (76 kg; 11.9 st)|
|Reach||80 in (203 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Brooksville, Florida|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Corey Cornelius Hill (born October 3, 1978) is an American mixed martial artist. He was a high school state champion wrestler on multiple occasions in Florida. Hill was a multi-time high school state champion wrestler in Florida and 2x National Finalist college wrestler.
Mixed martial arts career
The Ultimate Fighter
Hill competed as a lightweight on The Ultimate Fighter 5 television series. During tryouts and production for the show, he told the UFC that he was 4–0, but he was actually 2–0, both wins from amateur bouts. His first professional fight (albeit technically an exhibition) was on the show, a victory against Rob Emerson which he won by a very controversial unanimous decision after three rounds. After defeating Rob Emerson by decision in the preliminaries of TUF 5, Hill went on to lose in the quarterfinals via triangle choke in the first round to fellow Team Pulver teammate, and future TUF 5 champion, Nate Diaz. Although he lost, Hill's performance validated the comments made several weeks prior by guest coach Jeremy Horn, who suggested Hill had the potential to be a dominating force in the UFC Lightweight division—even going so far as to offer to train Hill after his run on the show.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 12, Corey Hill defeated Joe Veres with a second round TKO. Hill followed up with an appearance at UFC 86 against former ICON Sport Lightweight champion Justin Buchholz, who submitted him via rear-naked choke in the second round.
During the UFC: Fight for the Troops event in December 2008, Hill broke his right leg while throwing a kick that was checked by Dale Hartt in what is widely considered one of the most gruesome injuries in mixed martial arts history. Recovery for the injury was expected to take 12–18 months. With regard to organizational support, Hill told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, "The UFC was awesome throughout this whole thing and was so good to me, I feel indebted to them." An XFC event helped to raise money for the injured UFC fighter.
On January 23, 2010, Hill picked up a unanimous decision victory in his comeback fight against Jason Trzewieczynski just 13 months after his career threatening leg injury.
On March 20, 2010, Hill lost to Canadian Mark Holst via kimura submission at XKL: Evolution 1, On July 17, 2010, Hill defeated WEC Veteran Kit Cope at Raging Wolf 8: Cage Supremacy via triangle choke submission and on September 9, 2010, Hill lost to former WEC lightweight champion Rob McCullough at Tachi Palace Fights 6 via unanimous decision.
On July 14, 2012, Hill defeated Darryl Madison at Complete Devastation 5 via anaconda choke submission.
Xtreme Fighting Championships
Hill attended Springstead High School in Spring Hill, Florida. He and his wife Lauran have three children, daughter Seytia and sons Keynan and Corey, Jr. Hill currently lives in Spring Hill, FL.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|12 matches||6 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||6-6||Joe Frye||Decision (unanimous)||MMA 4||December 14, 2013||3||5:00||Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||6-5||Ryan Thomas||Submission (armbar)||XFC 21: Night of Champions 2||December 7, 2012||1||2:34||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||6-4||Darryl Madison||Submission (anaconda choke)||Complete Devastation 5||July 14, 2012||1||1:11||Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||5-4||Charlie Rader||Submission (brabo choke)||XFC 15: Tribute||December 2, 2011||1||3:58||Tampa, Florida, United States||Welterweight Debut|
|Loss||4-4||Rob McCullough||Decision (unanimous)||Tachi Palace Fights 6||September 9, 2010||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||4-3||Kit Cope||Submission (triangle choke)||Raging Wolf 8: Cage Supremacy||July 17, 2010||1||2:30||Salamanca, New York, United States|
|Loss||3-3||Mark Holst||Submission (kimura)||XKL: Evolution 1||March 20, 2010||2||4:06||Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States|
|Win||3-2||Jason Trzewieczynski||Decision (unanimous)||Raging Wolf 6: Mayhem in the Mist||January 23, 2010||3||5:00||Niagara, New York, United States|
|Loss||2-2||Dale Hartt||TKO (broken leg)||UFC: Fight for the Troops||December 10, 2008||2||0:20||Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States|
|Loss||2-1||Justin Buchholz||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 86||July 5, 2008||2||3:57||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||2-0||Joe Veres||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night 12||January 23, 2008||2||0:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||UFC Debut|
|Win||1-0||Stryder Fann||TKO (punches)||Kickdown Classic 31||November 18, 2006||1||0:34||Casper, Wyoming, United States|
- Mailbag: Here and there on Yahoo! Sports
- "The Real Deal Signs Long Term Deal With XFC". www.officialxfc.com. 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
- "XFC 15 results: Reynolds outlasts Novaes; Newell remains unbeaten". mmajunkie.com. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
- "King Of The Hill". herenandotoday.com. 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
- Corey Hill Interview on Complex magazine
- Radio interview with Corey Hill on Pro MMA Now