Jerry Bohlander

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Jerry Bohlander
Born (1974-02-12) February 12, 1974 (age 40)
Napa, California, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg; 14.2 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Style Submission fighting, wrestling
Fighting out of Dallas, Texas
Team Lion's Den[1]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 11
By submission 10
By decision 1
Losses 4
By knockout 3
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jerry Bohlander (born on February 12, 1974) is an American former mixed martial artist. He is most notable for his UFC appearances and was a former UFC champion, winning the first lightweight (under 200 lb) tournament at UFC 12. He was a member of the legendary fight team the Lion's Den alongside other notable fighters such as Ken Shamrock, Guy Mezger, and Frank Shamrock. Bohlander was considered one of the best under 200 lb. fighters in the world during his time with the UFC.[2]

Early life[edit]

Jerry Bohlander was first exposed to combat sports in the form of highschool wrestling. He was team mates with UFC fighter Pete Williams.[3]

Mixed Martial Arts Career[edit]

Jerry Bohlander began his MMA career on November 9, 1995 at United Full Contact Federation 2, where he defeated Phil Benedict by armbar.[4]

With his victory at UFCF 2, Bohlander received an invitation to the open-weight UFC 8 tournament.[5] Jerry won his quarter final fight against Scott Ferrozzo, who outweighed him by nearly 120 pounds.[5][6] Jerry would then lose his semi-final bout to K1 and future Pride veteran Gary Goodridge via TKO.[5]

After losing his fight with Goodridge, Bohlander would go on a 5 fight win streak that would culminate in him winning the UFC 12 Lightweight tournament.[7]

Following his victory at the UFC 12 Lightweight Tournament, Bohlander was knocked out by future UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante[8]

Bohlander would bounce back from this knockout loss by putting on arguably the finest performance of his career against Kevin Jackson. Kevin Jackson (an olympic gold medalist at the 1992 Barcelona games)[9] was 3-1 at the time with his one loss being to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Frank Shamrock. Jackson and Bohlander fought for ten minutes ending with Bohlander securing the armbar victory.[10] The bout won Wrestling Observer Newsletter's "Fight of the Year" category for 1998.

Subsequent to his victory over Jackson, Bohlander was defeated by future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Tito Ortiz.[11] Bohlander would go on to fight 3 more times in his career before retiring from the sport with a record of 11-4.[12]

Personal life[edit]

On June 30, 2010, he was involved in the fatal shooting of 38 year old Jose Luis Martinez Chavez.[13]

At the time of the shooting, Jeremiah Bohlander was a Napa County Sheriff's Deputy working with The Napa County Special Investigations Bureau (NSIB). Jeremiah Bohlander had been with NSIB six months. Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein said that the shooting of Jose L. Martinez Chavez was justified.[13]

In 2005, during Jerry's first year of service as a peace officer, he shot and fatally wounded Samuel Paul Rodriguez.[14] As Jerry waited to be cleared of any wrongdoing, he was afforded paid administrative leave.[15]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–4 Kenny Kingsford Submission (armbar) Gladiator Challenge 24 March 20, 2004 1 1:40 Hopland, California, United States
Loss 10–4 Romie Aram Decision (unanimous) Gladiator Challenge 2 February 18, 2001 3 5:00 Colusa Rancheria, California, United States
Win 10–3 Brian Foster Submission (armbar) KOTC 5 - Cage Wars September 16, 2000 2 1:03 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 9–3 Tito Ortiz TKO (cut) UFC 18 January 8, 1999 1 14:31 Kenner, Louisiana, United States
Win 9–2 Kevin Jackson Technical Submission (armbar) UFC 16 March 12, 1998 1 10:23 Kenner, Louisiana, United States Fight of the Year (1998).
Win 8–2 John Renken Submission (armbar) World Pankration Championships 2 January 16, 1998 1 N/A Dallas, Texas, United States
Loss 7–2 Murilo Bustamante KO (upkick) Pentagon Combat September 27, 1997 1 5:38 Brazil
Win 7–1 Nick Sanzo Submission (crucifix choke) UFC 12 February 7, 1997 1 0:39 Dothan, Alabama, United States Won UFC 12 Lightweight Tournament
Win 6–1 Rainy Martinez Submission (choke) UFC 12 February 7, 1997 1 1:18 Dothan, Alabama, United States
Win 5–1 Fabio Gurgel Decision (unanimous) UFC 11 September 20, 1996 1 15:00 Augusta, Georgia, United States
Win 4–1 Chris Charmos Submission (rear naked choke) Super Brawl 1 June 28, 1996 1 8:27 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 3–1 Alan Schaible Submission (rear naked choke) Super Brawl 1 June 28, 1996 1 2:10 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 2–1 Gary Goodridge TKO (strikes) UFC 8 February 16, 1996 1 5:31 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 2–0 Scott Ferrozzo Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 8 February 16, 1996 1 9:03 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 1–0 Phil Benedict N/A United Full Contact Federation 2 November 9, 1995 N/A N/A N/A

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None UFC 12 Lightweight Tournament winner
February 7, 1997
Succeeded by
Guy Mezger