July 7, 1975 |
Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.
|Other names||The Hitman|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||204 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||71.5 in (182 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Omaha, Nebraska|
|Team||Elite Performance/Midamerica Martial Arts|
|Rank||NCAA Division II Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of Nebraska at Omaha|
|Notable school(s)||Omaha Central High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Wrestling career 
Brilz won the Nebraska Class A state championship in 1993 wrestling for Omaha Central High School; a school that was ranked the 10th best athletic program in the nation by Sports Illustrated in 2008. Along with his state title, Brilz was an Academic All American in 1993. At the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Brilz was a three time Academic All American, a four year letter winner and compiled a 63–34 career record.
Mixed martial arts career 
Brilz made his MMA debut in 2000. He went on to achieve an 11-win streak and has entered into various talks with the UFC throughout the years with the aim of joining the organization. Brilz finally secured his debut deal to fight in his native Omaha, Nebraska, at the UFC Fight Night 15 event.
Brilz defeated Brad Morris in his UFC debut via TKO (punches) midway through the second round.
Brilz' first loss in the UFC (and second in his career) came at the hands of The Ultimate Fighter 8 veteran Eliot Marshall, as Brilz lost via split decision, which was regarded as a controversial decision.
At UFC 114, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was scheduled to fight Forrest Griffin. However, Griffin had to pull out of the bout due to a shoulder injury, which left his slot open. With less than a month before the fight, Brilz stepped in to fight Nogueira. In a controversial split decision in which Brilz seemed to control the duration of the fight, Nogueira was declared the winner. The bout won Fight of the Night honors.
Brilz was expected to face former IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko on November 13, 2010, at UFC 122. However, Brilz was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Alexandre Ferreira.
Brilz was expected to face undefeated Phil Davis on April 30, 2011, at UFC 129, but Davis pulled from that bout and fought Brilz' UFC 114 opponent Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24, replacing an injured Tito Ortiz. Brilz instead faced Vladimir Matyushenko at the event and lost via KO 20 seconds into the first round.
Brilz faced Ryan Bader on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139. In the opening round, Bader caught Brilz with a straight right above the ear that knocked him out. Subsequently, Brilz was released from the promotion.
On November 16, 2012, Brilz then won against Will Dicke by KO 19 seconds into the second round.
Personal life 
Brilz was an assistant coach at back to back Division II National Wrestling champs, the University of Nebraska-Omaha prior to cancellation of the University's wrestling program. Along with wrestling at UNO, Brilz also trains at Omaha's new Premier Combat Center with fellow UFC fighters Ryan Jensen and Jake Ellenberger.
Mixed martial arts record 
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||20 wins||5 losses|
|Win||20–5–1||Josh Bryant||Decision (majority)||Victory Fighting Championship 39||March 30, 2013||3||5:00||Ralston, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||19–5–1||Will Dicke||KO (punch)||Disorderly Conduct 13: Legacy||November 16, 2012||2||0:19||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||18–5–1||Ryan Bader||KO (punch)||UFC 139||November 19, 2011||1||1:17||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||18–4–1||Vladimir Matyushenko||KO (punches)||UFC 129||April 30, 2011||1||0:20||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||18–3–1||Antônio Rogério Nogueira||Decision (split)||UFC 114||May 29, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||18–2–1||Eric Schafer||Decision (unanimous)||UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones||March 21, 2010||3||5:00||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||17–2–1||Eliot Marshall||Decision (split)||UFC 103||September 19, 2009||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||17–1–1||Tim Boetsch||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 96||March 7, 2009||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||16–1–1||Brad Morris||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer||September 17, 2008||2||2:54||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||15–1–1||Erik Jenks||Submission (rear naked choke)||Beatdown: 4 Bears Casino||May 10, 2008||1||4:46||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||14–1–1||Aaron Praschak||Submission (rear naked choke)||DFC 7: Revolution||October 7, 2007||1||4:55||Bismarck, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||13–1–1||Rob Wince||Submission (punches)||ACF: Exodus||May 6, 2006||1||2:37||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||12–1–1||Alex Schoenauer||Submission (guillotine choke)||VFC 11: Demolition||September 3, 2005||2||4:06||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||11–1–1||Jason MacDonald||Decision (split)||KOTC: Edmonton||April 16, 2005||2||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||10–1–1||Jerry Spiegel||KO||VFC: Madness||March 5, 2005||2||4:30||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||9–1–1||Kyle Olsen||TKO||XKK: Des Moines||October 30, 2004||2||N/A||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||8–1–1||Mike Patt||TKO (corner stoppage)||VFC 6: Overload||November 22, 2003||2||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Draw||7–1–1||Justin Eilers||Draw||VFC 4: Wildcard||April 19, 2003||3||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||7–1||Tony Mendoza||Submission (rear naked choke)||ROF 7: Meltdown||March 28, 2003||1||2:46||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||6–1||Nate Schroeder||Decision||Victory Fighting Championships 1||June 16, 2002||1||15:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Vince Fields||Submission (armbar)||UW: Caged Fights||September 9, 2001||1||1:45||St. Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||5–0||Dennis Reed||Submission (armbar)||Iowa Challenge 2||August 11, 2001||1||1:34||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States|
|Win||4–0||Brad Krane||Submission (strikes)||Gladiators 14||May 11, 2001||N/A||N/A||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||3–0||John Herrera||Submission (guillotine choke)||MSF: Night of Thunder||April 19, 2001||3||N/A||Fort Collins, Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–0||Gary Hicks||TKO||Extreme Challenge 38||November 16, 2000||1||2:29||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||1–0||Mitch Rosland||Submission (kimura)||Gladiators 4||March 2, 2000||3||N/A|
Notes and references 
- "2008-09 Wrestling Coaching Staff". omavs.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- Stupp, Dann; Huckfeldt, Bruce (2008-08-14). "Jason Brilz likely to meet Brad Morris at UFC Fight Night 15". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- "Dana White says UFC 114 judges got it wrong but Jason Brilz cost himself the fight". mmajunkie.com. May 30, 2010.
- "Jason Brilz vs. Vladimir Matyushenko targeted for UFC 122 in Germany". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- "RInjury forces Brilz out of UFC 122, Matyushenko expected to meet Ferreira". mmajunkie.com. October 6, 2010.
- "Jason Brilz and Phil Davis targeted for UFC 129 matchup". mmajunkie.com. February 16, 2011.
- "Tito Ortiz out, Phil Davis faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24". mmajunkie.com. February 19, 2011.
- "Jason Brilz meets replacement Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 129 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. February 21, 2011.
- "Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz added to UFC 139 in San Jose". mmajunkie.com. August 23, 2011.
- "Jason Brilz leaves the UFC". thefightlounge.co.uk. December 2, 2011.
- "Premier Combat Center". premiercombatcenter.com.
- Hammond, Mick (2008-09-29). "Jason Brilz: UFC Hometown Standout". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- "LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT BRILZ JUGGLES FIREFIGHTING AND FIGHTING". TSN.ca. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-09-16.