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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (2009 – present) & Heavyweight|
|Fighting out of||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Team||Integrated Fighting Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, O'Brien attended Franklin Central High School where he competed in wrestling, football, and track and field. In wrestling, O'Brien was a three-time State Champion as a sophomore, junior, and senior, compiling an overall record of 152-9. O'Brien also earned four letters in football and one in track and field. O'Brien continued wrestling at Purdue University, and after redshirting his freshman year, posted a record of 14-18 in his sophomore season as the starting Heavyweight. However, this would be O'Brien's only year of wrestling at Purdue.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
O'Brien made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 6 on August 17, 2006 against Kristof Midoux and won via TKO in the second round. O'Brien followed this up with a unanimous decision victory at UFC 65 before facing Heath Herring at UFC Fight Night 8 on January 25, 2007. O'Brien picked up perhaps the biggest victory of his career, defeating the PRIDE veteran via unanimous decision.
In his next appearance, O'Brien faced former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski and was handed his first professional loss via TKO in the second round. In his next fight, O'Brien was paired with future UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin on July 19, 2008 and was defeated again via TKO, in the first round.
After two consecutive losses, O'Brien dropped down to the Light Heavyweight division and faced Christian Wellisch, who was also making his Light Heavyweight debut, at UFC 94 on January 31, 2009. O'Brien won via split decision. In his next appearance at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009, O'Brien faced future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. O'Brien was defeated via guillotine choke submission in the second round.
O'Brien was expected to make his debut with the DREAM promotion on July 10 in a Light Heavyweight bout against former Strikeforce and DREAM Champion Gegard Mousasi at Dream 15. O'Brien failed to make weight, weighing in at 212 lbs therefore was given a 10% purse deduction as well as a yellow card at the start of the fight. O'Brien lost via guillotine choke submission in the first round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|19 matches||15 wins||4 losses|
|Win||15–4||Miodrag Petkovic||Decision (unanimous)||Flawless FC 1: The Beginning||August 4, 2012||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||14–4||James Shaw||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Indy MMA||March 31, 2012||1||1:06||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||13–4||Gegard Mousasi||Submission (guillotine choke)||Dream 15||July 10, 2010||1||0:31||Saitama, Japan||DREAM Light Heavyweight GP Semifinal; Catchweight bout 212 lb due to O'Brien missing weight.|
|Win||13–3||Toni Valtonen||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Festival 27||March 13, 2010||3||5:00||Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland|
|Win||12–3||Dave Hess||Submission (kimura)||MMA Big Show: Triple Threat||February 20, 2010||2||4:24||Florence, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Jon Jones||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 100||July 11, 2009||2||2:43||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–2||Christian Wellisch||Decision (split)||UFC 94||January 31, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Drops to Light Heavyweight|
|Loss||10–2||Cain Velasquez||TKO (punches)||UFC: Silva vs. Irvin||July 19, 2008||1||2:02||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||10–1||Andrei Arlovski||TKO (punches)||UFC 82||March 1, 2008||2||4:17||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||10–0||Heath Herring||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 8||January 25, 2007||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||9–0||Josh Schockman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 65: Bad Intentions||November 18, 2006||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||8–0||Kristof Midoux||TKO (referee stoppage)||UFC Fight Night 6||August 17, 2006||2||0:52||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–0||Pat Harmon||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFL: United Fight League||June 23, 2006||1||3:46||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||6–0||Antoine Hayes||TKO (punches)||LOF: Legends of Fighting 6||April 7, 2006||1||N/A||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||5–0||Jay White||KO (punch)||WEC 19: Undisputed||March 17, 2006||1||0:14||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||4–0||Johnathan Ivey||TKO (punches)||LOF: Legends of Fighting 4||January 20, 2006||1||N/A||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||3–0||Anthony Ferguson||TKO (punches)||LOF: Revolution||January 7, 2006||1||N/A||Plainfield, Indiana, United States|
|Win||2–0||Paul Bowers||TKO (punches)||IFC: Integrated Fighting Classic 3||June 21, 2005||1||N/A||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||1–0||Chris Clark||TKO (referee stoppage)||MT: Madtown Throwdown 3||May 21, 2005||1||N/A||Madison, Wisconsin, United States|