|Born||Eric Scott Esch
August 3, 1966
Bay City, Michigan
|Height||5' 11" (1.80m)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
Eric Scott Esch (born August 3, 1966), commonly referred to as Butterbean, is an American boxer, kickboxer, mixed martial artist and professional wrestler who competes in the Heavyweight division. Esch transitioned to professional boxing in 1994 following a successful stint on the Toughman Contest scene and went on to capture the World Athletic Association (WAA) heavyweight and IBA super heavyweight championships. Beginning in 2003, he began fighting regularly as a kickboxer and mixed martial artist, most notably in K-1 and the Pride Fighting Championships. Butterbean's combined fight record stands at 94 wins (66 KO's), 24 losses, and 9 draws.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Media appearances
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Championships and awards
- 6 Boxing record
- 7 Kickboxing record
- 8 Mixed martial arts record
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Esch was born in Bay City, Michigan and raised in Jasper, Alabama. He had a difficult childhood; his mother died when he was eight years old, and he was frequently bullied at school for being overweight. While decking floors for manufactured homes at the Southern Energy Homes plant in Addison, Alabama, his colleagues dared him to enter a local Toughman Contest. He went on to win the tournament and begin his career in fight sports.
Boxing career and becoming "King of the 4 Rounders" (1994–2002)
Esch began his fighting career on the Toughman Contest scene in Texarkana, Arkansas in the early 1990s and went on to become a five-time World Toughman Heavyweight Champion with a record of 56–5 with 36 knockouts. He received the nickname "Butterbean" when he was forced to go on a diet (consisting mostly of chicken and butterbeans) in order to meet the Toughman 181 kilogram/400 pound weight limit.
He made his professional boxing debut on October 15, 1994, beating Tim Daniels by decision in Birmingham, Alabama. He soon developed a cult following and became known as "King of the 4 Rounders". Speaking of his popularity in a 2008 interview with BoxingInsider, Esch stated:
|“||"It took off pretty quick, my second pro fight was on national TV—it don't happen like that, normally you get 15, 20 fights and then you get a TV fight unless you’re very fortunate. Tyson, his second pro fight wasn’t on TV. He probably had five or six, seven fights before he got on TV. Me, my second pro fight was televised, it was on a Jed Hearns undercard. Then a couple more fights and I’m on TV again, and every fight since then was televised. It just don't happen like that. I've probably had more televised fights than any world champion out there."||”|
Esch ran up an impressive string of wins, mostly by knockout, before being stopped in two rounds by Mitchell Rose on December 15, 1995. Butterbean took the loss with a shrug of his shoulders and went on the road, barnstorming around the United States and winning fifty-one consecutive matches, with his best win coming against Peter McNeeley. While the majority of his opponents were technically limited club-level fighters early in his career, he did move up the ranks to win the IBA Super Heavyweight Championship on April 12, 1997 with a second round technical knockout of Ed White at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He made five successful title defences before relinquishing his championship in 2000.
Butterbean appeared twice in World Wrestling Federation professional wrestling events, competing in boxing matches both times. On December 7, 1997 at the D-Generation X: In Your House pay-per-view event, he defeated former Golden Gloves champion Marc Mero via disqualification in a worked match. Two years later, Butterbean defeated Bart Gunn in a legitimate shootfight at WrestleMania XV on March 28, 1999, defeating the Brawl For All champion with ease, violently knocking him out in 27 seconds.
After his five year winning streak was brought to an end with a majority decision defeat by non-script heavyweight Billy Zumbrun in August 2001, he fought his first ten rounder against fifty-two year old former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes at the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia on July 27, 2002. While Holmes won a unanimous decision, Esch was credited with a controversial knockdown in the final round. Holmes fought a fight on points, playing on his reach advantage, wary of Butterbean's knockout punch. This was one of only three fights in a 109 fight career that was scheduled for more than four rounds.
Butterbean ventured into the sport of kickboxing in 2003 when he was recruited by K-1 and debuted with a first round knockout of Yusuke Fujimoto at K-1 Beast II 2003 in Saitama, Japan on June 29, 2003. K-1 was then keen to match him up with Ernesto Hoost, but he declined to take the fight on the advice of a friend who warned him of the Dutchman's kickboxing prowess. He instead faced Mike Bernardo in a non-tournament bout at the K-1 Survival 2003 Japan Grand Prix Final in Yokohama, Japan on September 21, 2003. He was floored twice with low kicks in the first round before being finished with a high kick in the second.
In his first mixed martial arts bout, Eric Esch took on Genki Sudo in an openweight affair at K-1 PREMIUM 2003 Dynamite!! in Nagoya, Japan on December 31, 2003. Despite having a 110 kg/242 lb weight advantage over his foe, Butterbean was unable to capitalize as Sudo was unwilling to exchange strikes. "The Neo-Samurai" took Butterbean to the mat with a low, single-leg takedown at the end of round one and attempted a leglock only to be halted by the bell signaling the end of the round, which had been a stalemate up until then. Early in round two, the fighters tumbled to the ground after Sudo attempted a flying kick on Esch, and the Japanese grappling ace took full advantage of the American boxer's lack of grappling skill by securing a heel hook submission at the 0:41 mark.
Returning to the kickboxing ring at K-1 Beast 2004 in Niigata on March 14, 2004, Butterbean lost a unanimous decision to Hiromi Amada as Amada peppered him with low kicks while Esch did little more than taunt his opponent throughout the match. He was scheduled to fight Bob Sapp soon afterwards, but claims that Sapp's management withdrew their fighter after discovering that Amada had needed hospital treatment after his bout with Esch. Butterbean lost his third consecutive K-1 match at K-1 Beast 2004 in Shizuoka on June 26, 2004, losing to 225 cm/7'5" giant Montanha Silva by unanimous decision.
Competing in the eight man tournament at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Hawaii in Honolulu on July 29, 2005, Esch put an end to his losing streak when he scored a third round standing eight count en route to a unanimous decision victory over 150 kg/330 lb brawler Marcus Royster in the quarter-finals. Despite the win, Butterbean sustained an injury to his left leg during the fight and could not continue and so Royster was entered back into the tournament in his place.
Pride Fighting Championships (2006–2007)
Having lost his MMA debut to Genki Sudo, Esch stuck with the sport and regrouped, going 6–0–1 in appearances in King of the Cage, Gracie Fightfest, and Rumble on the Rock which included a TKO stoppage of Wesley "Cabbage" Correira at Rumble on the Rock 8 in Honolulu on January 20, 2006 in a fight which took place under special rules, ground fighting being limited to fifteen seconds per instance regardless of the situation. He returned to Japan with the Pride Fighting Championships on August 26, 2006 to compete at Pride Bushido 12 in Nagoya against Ikuhisa Minowa, a catch wrestler known for his willingness to face much larger opponents, to whom he lost via armbar submission at 4:25 of round one.
Butterbean was set to fight Mark Hunt at the promotion's first North American show, Pride 32 in Las Vegas on October 21, 2006 but the Nevada State Athletic Commission would not allow the match-up as they argued that Hunt's wins over Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Cro Cop gave him an unfair mat advantage. Pride had stated that "visa issues" were preventing Hunt from competing in the bout, but it was later confirmed that Hunt could not compete due to the NSAC's ruling. Pro wrestler Sean O'Haire stepped in as Hunt's replacement and Eric Esch TKO'd him in under thirty seconds.
Departing Pride briefly to compete in Cage Rage, Eric Esch submitted to strikes from Rob Broughton in the second round of their contest at Cage Rage 19 in London, England on December 9, 2006. He then rebounded with a forty-three second knockout of James Thompson at Cage Rage 20 on February 10, 2007.
Butterbean returned to Pride for the promotion's last ever event, Pride 34 in Saitama on April 8, 2007, where he faced Zuluzinho in a bout where both men weighed in at 184.6/407 lb (although the Brazilian was 20 cm/8 in taller). Both fighters came out swinging before Zuluzinho scored a takedown. Esch reversed him, landing several hammer shots before finally submitting Zuluzinho with a key lock at 2:35 of the opening stanza.
Later career (2007–present)
Butterbean's next fight was on July 14, 2007 against reigning Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion Tengiz Tedoradze in a non-title bout at Cage Rage 25, losing via TKO. Global Fighting Championships had scheduled a main event bout between Esch and Ruben Villareal for their inaugural event, but the event was canceled when half the scheduled matchups could not take place due to medical issues (Esch vs. Villareal was the only viable main event). He was then set to fight Jimmy Ambriz as the main event of Xcess Fighting's debut card, but was a no show for the weigh-in citing scheduling conflicts.
Esch made a brief return to K-1 to fight at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 in Hawaii on August 9, 2008, rematching Wesley Correira in the quarter-finals and losing via a second round high kick KO.
Esch lost via 1st round KO for the EBF title against Mark Potter at the Syndicte Nightclub in Blackpool, England on the September 14, 2008. This fight has not been recorded on boxrec.com or any other site of the same nature, as Potter was not licensed at the time.
Butterbean made his independent wrestling debut at the Birmingham–Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama on March 28, 2009 at the ImagiCon horror movie, sci-fi movie, and comic book convention and was victorious against rapper/professional wrestler/film maker/actor Anthony "One Man Kru" Sanners via pinfall after smashing him with a vicious 400 lb. elbow drop. Butterbean won the Pro Wrestling Syndicate Heavyweight Championship on May 29, 2009 after defeating Trent Acid. Butterbean lost the belt to Kevin Matthews on May 8, 2010 in White Plains, New York.
On October 3, 2009 Esch lost a four round split decision to Harry Funmaker whom he earlier beat on two occasions. After the bout he announced his retirement. He seemingly changed his mind, however, and soon returned to competition.
On September 18, 2010, Esch was defeated by Mariusz Pudzianowski by submission due to strikes at KSW XIV in Łódź, Poland. After several exchanges of strikes on the feet, Pudzianowski attacked and took Esch down, proceeding to throw numerous punches from side control in a ground-and-pound attack. Esch, unable to get to his feet, submitted at just 1:15 into the first round.
Esch next took on up-and-coming super heavyweight Deon West at the LFC 43: Wild ThangMMA internet pay-per-view on October 12, 2010. After a heated contest, Deon did not rise for the third round. Butterbean humbled Deon West via TKO at 5:00 of round two.
On April 1, 2011, Butterbean returned to pro wrestling and teamed with his Walker County Sheriff Deputy partner Adam Hadder to take on Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake and One Man Kru in a tag-team match at the Battle Against Drugs charity benefit which was taped for Butterbean's reality show Big Law. He appeared in February 2012 at Wrestlerama in Georgetown, Guyana where on entering the ring he told the crowd Guyana is his second home and was booed off because he mispronounced Guyana.
Butterbean defeated Dean Storey at Elite 1 MMA: High Voltage on May 7, 2011 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada to claim the promotions super heavyweight title. He knocked out Storey 24 seconds into the 2nd round.
Big Law: Deputy Butterbean
Esch is a reserve deputy sheriff in his hometown of Jasper, Alabama and starred in the reality television documentary entitled Big Law: Deputy Butterbean which debuted on the Investigation Discovery channel in August 2011. "They came to me wanting to do a reality documentary on my restaurant and I was in the process of closing my restaurant down," he said. "I said 'If you want something interesting and fun to watch, follow us on our drug busts in the sheriff's department.' They agreed people would be interested in this. "They started following us, filming it and documenting us actually making the busts. You arrest somebody and say 'Look, if you don't want to go to jail you've got to help us bust a bigger guy.' We make a bigger bust from that. The whole goal is to get people on file and lessen the number of criminals on the streets." 
"I think this show is going to prove that people really care about the communities they lived in," said Esch. "There's going to be more people calling (the police station) saying 'Hey, this guy is doing this crime. You should look into it.' We want people to step forward and help the police clean up our communities." The show was not renewed for a second season.
Butterbean appeared in the film Jackass: The Movie, where he fought Johnny Knoxville in a department store. After the fight began, Knoxville fell, got up, was asked by Butterbean to hit him once at least. Knoxville did so, was easily floored by Esch and received several stitches in his head after the encounter (the camera catches Knoxville snoring). Knoxville stated that Esch is actually quite friendly outside of the ring, despite his fearsome ringside demeanor.
Butterbean also appeared in the film Chairman of the Board as the Museum Security Guard with the "chia hair", a fact that is pointed out on the DVD commentary by the movie's star Scott "Carrot Top" Thompson.
Butterbean was featured on the cover of, and was the final boss character in, the EA Sports game Toughman Contest, released in 1995 for the Sega Genesis and Sega 32X. He also appeared as a playable character in all of the EA Sports boxing video games in the Knockout Kings series, and was featured in Fight Night Champion. In the 2007 PC game The Witcher, the main character can challenge a tavern fistfighter by the name of Butter Bean during the second chapter of the game. Butter Bean has a body structure similar to that of Esch. Butterbean is a playable fighter in EA's fifth installment of the Fight Night series Fight Night Champion.
Eric Esch is married and has three children: sons Brandon (born July 16, 1985) and Caleb (born September 3, 1988), who are both mixed martial artists, and daughter Grace.
Championships and awards
- International Boxing Association
- IBA World Super Heavyweight (+95.2 kg/210 lb) Championship (One time)
- World Athletic Association
- WAA World Heavyweight (+90.7 kg/200 lb) Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts
- Elite-1 MMA
- Elite-1 MMA Super Heavyweight (+120.2 kg/265 lb) Championship (One time)
- Pro Wrestling Syndicate
- Pro Wrestling Syndicate Heavyweight Championship
|77 Wins (58 knockouts, 19 decisions), 10 Losses (2 knockouts, 8 decisions), 4 Draws|
|Loss||77–10–4||Kirk Lawton||TKO (retirement)||2 (4), 3:00||2013-06-29||Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, New South Wales|
|Loss||77–9–4||Curt Allan||Decision (unanimous)||4 (4), 3:00||2012-01-13||Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Elizabeth, Indiana|
|Loss||77–8–4||Harry Funmaker||Decision (split)||4 (4), 3:00||2009-10-03||U.S. Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|Win||77–7–4||Joe Siciliano||KO||2 (4), 1:10||2007-03-09||Worcester Palladium, Worcester, Massachusetts|
|Win||76–7–4||Joaquin Garcia||KO||1 (4), 0:48||2006-12-16||Dow Event Center, Saginaw, Michigan|
|Win||75–7–4||Ed White||TKO (shoulder injury)||1 (4), 1:46||2006-09-23||Belterra Casino Resort & Spa, Florence, Indiana|
|Win||74–7–4||Daniel White||Decision (unanimous)||4 (4), 3:00||2006-03-24||Wing's Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan|
|Loss||73–7–4||Baden Oui||Decision (majority)||4 (4), 3:00||2005-10-15||Carrara Sports Complex, Gold Coast, Queensland|
|Loss||73–6–4||George Linberger||Decision (split)||4 (4), 3:00||2005-10-15||Chaparral Club, Akron, Ohio||For the NABC North American Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||73–5–4||Kenny Craven||Decision (unanimous)||4 (4), 3:00||2005-05-20||Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing|
|Win||73–4–4||Rick Zufall||KO||3 (4), 2:39||2005-08-09||Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California|
|Loss||72–4–4||Kenny Craven||Decision (majority)||4 (4), 3:00||2005-05-14||Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson, Mississippi|
|Win||72–3–4||Kenny Craven||TKO||3 (4), 1:23||2005-02-12||Magnolia Center, Laurel, Mississippi|
|Win||71–3–4||Brian McIntyre||Decision (unanimous)||4 (4), 3:00||2004-11-20||Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa|
|Win||70–3–4||Richie Goosehead||Decision (majority)||4 (4), 3:00||2004-09-24||Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|Win||69–3–4||Salvador Farnetti||TKO||1 (4), 0:50||2004-07-22||HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California|
|Win||68–3–4||Marcelo Aravena||Decision (split)||4 (4), 3:00||2004-05-15||4 Bears Casino & Lodge, New Town, North Dakota|
|Win||67–3–4||Rodney Phillips||KO||2 (4), 1:49||2004-05-08||Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi|
|Win||66–3–4||Troy Roberts||TKO||1 (4)||2003-06-13||Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon|
|Draw||65–3–4||Lewis Gilbert||Draw (split)||4 (4), 3:00||2003-03-28||Alario Center, Westwego, Louisiana|
|Loss||65–3–3||Larry Holmes||Decision (unanimous)||10 (10), 3:00||2002-07-27||Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia|
|Win||65–2–3||Craig Wolfley||KO||4 (4)||2002-02-02||Grand Casino Gulfport, Gulfport, Mississippi|
|Win||64–2–3||Kevin Tallon||Decision (unanimous)||4 (4), 3:00||2001-12-12||Caesar's Casino, Elizabeth, Indiana|
|Loss||63–2–3||Billy Zumbrun||Decision (majority)||4 (4), 3:00||2001-08-19||Stateline Casino, West Wendover, Nevada|
|Win||63–1–3||Shane Woollas||TKO||1 (4), 2:38||2001-06-16||Wembley Conference Centre, London|
|Win||62–1–3||Tyrone Muex||TKO||2 (8), 2:49||2001-04-19||Grand Casino Tunica, Tunica, Mississippi|
|Draw||61–1–3||Abdul Muhaymin||Draw||4 (4), 3:00||2000-11-17||Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi|
|Win||61–1–2||Harry Funmaker||Decision (unanimous)||4 (4), 3:00||2000-11-03||Ho-Chunk Casino, Baraboo, Wisconsin|
|Win||60–1–2||Marcus Rhode||KO||3 (4), 2:06||2000-09-15||Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado|
|Win||59–1–2||Dan Kosmicki||TKO||2 (4), 2:40||2000-07-28||Selland Arena, Fresno, California|
|Win||58–1–2||Kerry Biles||KO||2 (4), 2:52||2000-06-17||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||57–1–2||Bill Johnson||KO||2 (4), 2:49||2000-05-19||Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills, California|
|Win||56–1–2||Dan Kosmicki||TKO||4 (4), 0:52||2000-05-05||Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona|
|Win||55–1–2||George Linberger||TKO||1 (4), 0:19||2000-03-04||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retains the IBA World Super Heavyweight Championship and wins the WAA World Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||54–1–2||Kevin Tallon||Decision (unanimous)||4 (4), 3:00||2000-02-17||Coeur d'Alene, Worley, Idaho|
|Win||53–1–2||Tim Ray||Decision (unanimous)||4 (4), 3:00||1999-12-10||Grand Casino Tunica, Tunica, Mississippi|
|Win||52–1–2||Allen Smith||TKO||2 (4), 2:16||1999-11-23||Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois|
|Win||51–1–2||Melvin Lumzy||KO||3 (4), 1:00||1999-11-11||Grand Casino Biloxi, Biloxi, Mississippi|
|Win||50–1–2||George Chamberlain||TKO||3 (4), 1:25||1999-10-21||Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.|
|Win||49–1–2||Kenny Craven||TKO||2 (4), 1:55||1999-09-18||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retains the IBA World Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Draw||48–1–2||Jason Farley||Draw||4 (4), 3:00||1999-08-06||State Fairgrounds, Columbus, Ohio|
|Win||48–1–1||Tim Burgoon||KO||2 (4)||1999-07-31||Plaza de Toros, Tijuana||Retains the IBA World Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||47–1–1||Peter McNeeley||TKO||1 (4), 2:59||1999-06-26||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||46–1–1||Russell Chasteen||Decision (unanimous)||4 (4), 3:00||1999-06-11||Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas|
|Win||45–1–1||Jason Hurley||TKO||2 (4), 2:16||1999-05-27||Gold Strike Casino Resort, Tunica, Mississippi|
|Win||44–1–1||Roy Bedwell||Decision (unanimous)||4 (4), 3:00||1999-04-16||Catfish Bend Casino, Burlington, Iowa|
|Win||43–1–1||Kevin Tallon||TKO||3 (4), 2:50||1999-04-02||Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee|
|Win||42–1–1||Patrick Graham||TKO||3 (4), 0:46||1999-02-13||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retains the IBA World Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||41–1–1||Troy Roberts||TKO||3 (4)||1998-09-18||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||40–1–1||Tim Pollard||KO||1 (4), 1:37||1998-08-25||Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Win||39–1–1||Billy Eaton||KO||3 (4), 2:38||1998-03-23||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut|
|Win||38–1–1||Warrant Williams||KO||1 (4)||1998-02-28||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||37–1–1||Harry Funmaker||Decision (unanimous)||4 (4), 3:00||1998-01-16||Bank of America Center, Boise, Idaho||Retains the IBA World Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||36–1–1||Doug Phillips||Decision||4 (4), 3:00||1997-12-06||Caesars Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||35–1–1||Ken Woods||TKO||4 (4)||1997-10-30||Washington, D.C.|
|Draw||34–1–1||Billy Eaton||Draw (majority)||4 (4), 3:00||1997-09-13||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||34–1||Enrique Ruiz||DQ||4 (4)||1997-08-13||Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia|
|Win||33–1||Scott Lindecker||KO||4 (4), 1:20||1997-07-09||Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington|
|Win||32–1||Jason Farley||TKO||4 (4)||1997-06-15||Grand Casino Biloxi, Biloxi, Mississippi|
|Win||31–1||Bill Duncan||KO||2 (4)||1997-04-17||Adam's Mark Hotel, Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Win||30–1||Ed White||TKO||2 (4), 1:14||1997-04-12||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Wins the IBA World Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||29–1||Sean Jegen||TKO||3 (4), 1:33||1997-04-02||Station Casino, Kansas City, Missouri|
|Win||28–1||Ken Woods||KO||2 (4), 1:29||1997-03-22||Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas|
|Win||27–1||Nick Phillips||Decision (unanimous)||4 (4), 3:00||1997-02-12||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York|
|Win||26–1||Curt Allan||TKO||3 (4), 2:56||1997-01-18||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||25–1||Sean Jegen||KO||1 (4), 2:47||1996-12-06||Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada|
|Win||24–1||William Harris||TKO||4 (4)||1996-07-10||The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, California|
|Win||23–1||George Clarke||KO||1 (4), 1:54||1996-06-07||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||22–1||Jonathan Whitfield||TKO||4 (4), 1:44||1996-05-14||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut|
|Win||21–1||Richard Davis||KO||1 (4), 1:10||1996-04-30||San Antonio, Texas|
|Win||20–1||Jack Ramsey||TKO||1 (4), 1:28||1996-04-22||Prairie Meadows Racetrack, Altoona, Iowa|
|Win||19–1||James Baker||KO||1 (4), 0:18||1996-03-19||Spruce Goose, Long Beach, California|
|Win||18–1||Billy McDonald||KO||1 (4), 2:16||1996-03-13||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||17–1||Joe Wiggins||TKO||4 (4), 1:03||1996-02-25||Arizona Charlie's, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||16–1||Tim Ray||TKO||2 (4)||1996-01-25||Casino Magic Bay St. Louis, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi|
|Loss||15–1||Mitchell Rose||TKO||2 (4), 0:48||1995-12-15||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York|
|Win||15–0||Louis Monaco||KO||1 (4), 1:58||1995-12-01||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California|
|Win||14–0||Pat Jackson||TKO (retirement)||3 (4), 3:00||1995-10-25||Pontchartrain Center, Kenner, Louisiana|
|Win||13–0||Kenneth Myers||Decision (majority)||4 (4), 3:00||1995-09-29||Buffalo Bill's, Primm, Nevada|
|Win||12–0||Anthony Hunt||TKO||2 (4)||1995-09-16||Chillicothe, Ohio|
|Win||11–0||Adam Sutton||Decision||4 (4), 3:00||1995-09-09||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||10–0||Paul Springer||KO||1 (4), 0:47||1995-08-15||Arizona Charlie's[disambiguation needed], Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||9–0||Doug Norris||KO||2 (4), 1:19||1995-07-28||Casino Magic Bay St. Louis, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi|
|Win||8–0||Rogelio Ramirez||KO||1 (4)||1995-06-18||Las Cruces, New Mexico|
|Win||7–0||James Robinson||TKO||2 (4)||1995-04-21||Lansing, Michigan|
|Win||6–0||Jerry Michelson||KO||1 (4)||1995-04-15||Owensboro, Kentucky|
|Win||5–0||Alvin Ellis||TKO||1 (4)||1995-03-24||Detroit, Michigan|
|Win||4–0||Juan Ramon Perez||Decision (unanimous)||4 (4), 3:00||1995-03-11||Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||3–0||Ed Barry||Decision||6 (6), 3:00||1995-03-01||Saginaw, Michigan|
|Win||2–0||Doug Norris||TKO||4 (4)||1994-11-30||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Win||1–0||Tim Daniels||Decision||4 (4), 3:00||1994-10-15||Birmingham, Alabama|
3 wins (2 KOs), 4 losses, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||17 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||17–10–1||Sandy Bowman||Submission (punches)||Prestige Fighting Championship 3||October 21, 2011||1||0:54||Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||17–9–1||Eric Barrak||Submission (guillotine choke)||Instinct MMA 1||October 7, 2011||3||2:56||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||17–8–1||Dean Storey||TKO (punches)||Elite-1 MMA: Moncton||May 7, 2011||2||0:20||Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada||Wins the Elite-1 MMA Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||16–8–1||Deon West||TKO||LFC 43: Wild Thang||December 10, 2010||2||5:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||15–8–1||Mariusz Pudzianowski||Submission (punches)||KSW 14: Judgment Day||September 18, 2010||1||1:15||Łódź, Poland|
|Loss||15–7–1||Jeff Kugel||Submission (punches)||Xtreme Cagefighting Championship 46: Beatdown at the Ballroom 9||March 6, 2010||1||0:40||Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States||For the XCC Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||15–6–1||Chris Cruit||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Moosin: God of Martial Arts||December 11, 2009||1||1:38||Birmingham, Alabama, United States|
|Win||14–6–1||Tom Howard||Submission (neck crank)||Extreme Cage Fighting||September 9, 2009||1||1:40||Laredo, Texas, United States|
|Win||13–6–1||Jefferson Hook||TKO (punches)||Lockdown in Lowell||June 26, 2009||1||?:??||Lowell, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||12–6–1||Pat Smith||Submission (punches)||YAMMA Pit Fighting||April 11, 2008||1||3:17||Atlantic City, New Jersey. United States|
|Loss||12–5–1||Nick Penner||Submission (punches)||The Fight Club: First Blood||December 28, 2007||1||2:28||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||12–4–1||Tom Howard||Submission (armlock)||The Final Chapter MMA||December 1, 2007||1||4:47||Jasper, Alabama, United States|
|Win||11–4–1||Pete Sischo||Submission (americana)||Combat Warfare X||October 13, 2007||3||2:35||United States|
|Loss||10–4–1||Tengiz Tedoradze||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 22||July 14, 2007||1||4:26||London, England|
|Win||10–3–1||Zuluzinho||Submission (americana)||Pride 34||April 8, 2007||1||2:35||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||9–3–1||James Thompson||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 20||February 10, 2007||1||0:43||London, England|
|Win||8–3–1||Charles Hodges||KO (punch)||Palace Fighting Championship: King of the Ring||January 18, 2007||1||0:45||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||7–3–1||Rob Broughton||Submission (punches)||Cage Rage 19||December 9, 2006||2||3:43||London, England|
|Win||7–2–1||Sean O'Haire||TKO (punches)||Pride 32||October 21, 2006||1||0:29||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||6–2–1||Ikuhisa Minowa||Submission (armbar)||Pride Bushido 12||August 26, 2006||1||4:25||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||6–1–1||Rich Weeks||Submission (choke)||Fightfest 5: Korea vs. USA||July 15, 2006||1||1:29||McAllen, Texas, United States|
|Win||5–1–1||Matt Eckerle||Submission (punches)||Fightfest 4||May 20, 2006||1||0:56||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–1–1||Aaron Aguilera||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rumble on the Rock 9||April 21, 2006||2||1:15||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||3–1–1||Leo Sylvest||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Fightfest 2: Global Domination||April 14, 2006||1||0:35||Canton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||2–1–1||Wesley Correira||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Rumble on the Rock 8||January 20, 2006||2||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Correira broke his arm.|
|Win||1–1–1||Walley Keenboom||Submission||Fightfest 1: Royce Gracie Fightfest||December 9, 2005||1||2:37||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Draw||0–1–1||Michael Buchkovich||Draw||King of the Cage 48: Payback||February 25, 2005||2||5:00||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Genki Sudo||Submission (heel hook)||K-1 PREMIUM 2003 Dynamite!!||December 31, 2003||2||0:41||Nagoya, Japan|
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|IBA Super Heavyweight Champion
1997-04-12 – 2000 (Vacated)