Randy Blake

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Randy Blake
Born (1986-11-25) November 25, 1986 (age 28)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Other names Boom Boom
Nationality American
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 95.1 kg (210 lb; 14.98 st)
Division Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Reach 78.2 in (199 cm)
Style Karate • Kickboxing
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Team Apollo's Martial Arts
Trainer Dale Cook
Rank 4th degree black belt in Karate
Years active 2007–present
Kickboxing record
Total 37
Wins 33
By knockout 21
Losses 4
By knockout 1
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 1
Wins 1
Losses 0
Draws 0
last updated on: November 7, 2014

Randy Blake (born November 25, 1986) is an American kickboxer who competes in the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. Known for his speed and kicking ability, he began his martial arts training in karate at the age of seven before turning to kickboxing. He initially gained recognition fighting in the World Combat League, then went on the win and dominate the Xtreme Fighting League's Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Championship with numerous title defenses. Blake won the ISKA World Heavyweight Muay Thai title in 2012 before going on to compete in K-1 and Glory.

Early life[edit]

Randy Blake moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Owasso, Oklahoma with his family at an early age. Inspired by the film Bloodsport, he began training in karate aged seven and received his black belt from former world kickboxing champion Dale Cook in 2003 at 16. He is currently a fourth degree black belt.[1] He also played basketball for Tulsa Community College.

Career[edit]

Early career (2007–2012)[edit]

Blake began fighting as an amateur kickboxer in 2007 and first gained recognition while competing for the Oklahoma Destroyers during the 2007–08 season of the World Combat League. Fighting in the -88 kg/195 lb division, he debuted against the Texas Dragons' Freddie Espiricueta and stopped his opponent with two successive spinning back kicks to the body, earning him the nickname "Boom Boom".[2]

After amassing a 2–1 record in the WCL, Blake went on to become a mainstay in the Oklahoma-based Xtreme Fighting League promotion, where he won the XFL Light Heavyweight (-93 kg/205 lb) Kickboxing Championship. Going undefeated as a professional at 20–0, he earned himself a shot at the vacant ISKA World Heavyweight (-96.4 kg/212 lb) Muay Thai Championship on June 21, 2012 in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma against Mike Sheppard, the man who previously defeated him in the WCL.[3] During the fight, Blake repeatedly controlled Sheppard's head in the clinch and scored with knees which opened a cut on his opponents face. This caused the fight to be stopped in the fifth round, and Randy Blake was crowned the new champion.[4]

K-1 (2012)[edit]

Following this world title win, Blake was recruited by K-1, historically the world's premier kickboxing organization.[5] In his promotional debut, he headlined the card at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 in Los Angeles on September 8, 2012 against veteran Dewey Cooper with a place at the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix at stake.[6][7] He outpointed Cooper over three rounds, winning by unanimous decision and advancing to the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 in Tokyo Final 16 on October 14, 2012,[8][9][10][11] where he was drawn against eventual champion Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović.[12][13] Blake was given a standing eight count in the second round despite claiming a low blow from a Cro Cop front kick, but scored a controversial knockdown of his own in round three. Cro Cop attempted an uppercut on Blake after a slip but when trying to apologize, Blake sucker punched him to the canvas. Despite this, he simply did not have the power to hurt the Croatian and was outfought to a majority decision loss, the first of his career.[14][15][16]

He rebounded from his first defeat less than a month later, knocking out fellow K-1 veteran Deutsch Pu'u with a third round high kick at Xtreme Fight Night 10 in Tulsa on November 16, 2012.[17][18][19]

Glory (2013–present)[edit]

Blake fought in an eight-man -95 kg/209 lb tournament as part of the "Road to Glory" series, qualifiers for the Glory promotion, at Xtreme Fight Night 11 in Tulsa on February 1, 2013.[20][21] Despite entering the tournament as the favourite, he was upset at the quarter-final stage by Dustin Jacoby, a mixed martial artist and late entrant to the competition. In round three, he was caught with a punch while lunging in which hurt him and allowed Jacoby to capitalize and force the referee to call a halt to the bout.[22][23] He was scheduled to face Manuel Quezada at Xtreme Fight Night 12 in Tulsa on April 12, 2013. However, Quezada was replaced by the lesser-known Jason Broom who Blake deat via technical knockout in the second.[24]

Despite losing out in the "Road to Glory" tournament, Blake was still given his chance in the promotion and debuted at Glory 9: New York in New York City, New York on June 22, 2013 against Koichi in a reserve match for the -95 kg/209 lb tournament.[25][26][27] He spent the six weeks leading up to the fight training at Golden Glory Breda in Breda, Netherlands[28] and defeated his Japanese opponent by unanimous decision.[29][30][31] In his sophomore Glory appearance, Blake lost to Brian Collette by unanimous decision at Glory 10: Los Angeles in Ontario, California on September 28, 2013.[32][33][34]

Following this, Blake returned to the XFL promotion in Oklahoma where he scored three consecutive wins over Roy Boughton, Wayman Carter and Joe Yager, respectively, between November 2013 and January 2014. In his return to Glory, Blake replaced the injured Brian Collette to face Mourad Bouzidi at Glory 15: Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey on April 12, 2014.[35] He again spent time at a different camp in the lead up to the fight, training with the Blackzilians in Boca Raton, Florida where his sparring partners included Anthony Johnson, Thiago Silva and Tyrone Spong.[36] Blake lost to Bouzidi via a lopsided unanimous decision and was docked two points in the match for excessive clinching.[37][38]

Championships and awards[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

  • Xtreme Fighting League
    • XFL Light Heavyweight (-93 kg/205 lb) Kickboxing Championship

Kickboxing record[edit]

33 wins (21 KOs), 4 losses, 0 draws
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2015-02-06 Win United States Lucas Overcast Xtreme Fight Night 22 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA TKO 2 33-4
2014-11-07 Win United States Warren Thompson Glory 18: Oklahoma Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00 32-4
2014-08-01 Win United States Marcus Sursa Xtreme Fight Night 20 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00 31-4
2014-04-12 Loss Tunisia Mourad Bouzidi Glory 15: Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00 30-4
2014-01-31 Win United States Joe Yager Xtreme Fight Night 17 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00 30-3
2014-01-18 Win United States Wayman Carter Xtreme Fight Night 16 Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA KO (punch to the body) 29-3
2013-11-08 Win United States Roy Boughton Xtreme Fight Night 15 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO (high kick) 2 2:58 28-3
2013-09-28 Loss United States Brian Collette Glory 10: Los Angeles Ontario, California, USA Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00 27-3
2013-06-22 Win Japan Koichi Glory 9: New York - 95 kg Slam Tournament, Reserve Match New York City, New York, USA Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00 27-2
2013-04-12 Win United States Jason Broom Xtreme Fight Night 12 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA TKO 2 26-2
2013-02-01 Loss United States Dustin Jacoby Xtreme Fight Night 11 - Road to Glory USA 95 kg Tournament, Quarter Finals Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA TKO (punches) 3 1:43 25-2
2012-11-16 Win United States Deutsch Pu'u Xtreme Fight Night 10 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA TKO (high kick) 3 0:38 25-1
2012-10-14 Loss Croatia Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 in Tokyo Final 16, First Round Tokyo, Japan Decision (majority) 3 3:00 24-1
2012-09-08 Win United States Dewey Cooper K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 in Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, USA Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00 24-0
2012-06-01 Win United States Mike Sheppard Xtreme Fight Night 7 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA TKO (cut) 5 0:21
Wins the ISKA World Heavyweight (-96.4 kg/212 lb) Muay Thai Championship.
2011-11-18 Win United States Marvin Eastman Xtreme Fight Night 5 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO (punches) 1
Defends the XFL Light Heavyweight (-93 kg/205 lb) Kickboxing Championship.
2011-08-26 Win United States Chris Bell Xtreme Fight Night 4 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO 1 1:09
Defends the XFL Light Heavyweight (-93 kg/205 lb) Kickboxing Championship.
2011-05-13 Win United States Myron Dennis Xtreme Fight Night 3 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO (punches and right knee) 4
Defends the XFL Light Heavyweight (-93 kg/205 lb) Kickboxing Championship.
2011-02-25 Win United States Myron Dennis Xtreme Fight Night 2 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision (split) 5 3:00
Defends the XFL Light Heavyweight (-93 kg/205 lb) Kickboxing Championship.
2010-07-30 Win United States Chris Bell XFL: Rumble on the River 1 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision (unanimous) 5 3:00
Defends the XFL Light Heavyweight (-93 kg/205 lb) Kickboxing Championship.
2010-06-25 Win United States Ryan Lopez Xtreme Fighting League Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO (punches) 1 1:03
2010-03-06 Win United States Casey Rich XFL: March Badness Bixby, Oklahoma, USA KO (right high kick and right cross) 1 0:31
2009-06-12 Win United States Brandon Gaines XFL: Bad Intentions Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00
2009-03-06 Win United States Eric Braly XFL: Collision Course Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA KO (right hook) 3
Amateur kickboxing record
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2008-05-03 Win United States Adrian Bio World Combat League San Antonio, Texas, USA Decision 2 3:00
2008-02-23 Loss United States Mike Sheppard World Combat League Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Decision 2 3:00
2008-00-00 Win United States Freddie Espiricueta World Combat League USA KO (spinning back kick) 1

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

1 win, 0 losses
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2008-08-16 Win Rudy Sylvester Lindsey Xtreme Fighting League Miami, Oklahoma, USA Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00 1-0

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Randy Boom Boom Blake's Story
  2. ^ The X-treme Fighting League returns with the area's brightest stars
  3. ^ Sheppard eyes another world kickboxing crown
  4. ^ Thrilling ISKA World Heavyweight Title Featuring Special Guest UFC Champion Jon “Bones” Jones
  5. ^ K-1 announces lineup for Sept 8 in Los Angeles
  6. ^ K-1 releases fight card for September 8th Los Angeles event
  7. ^ Cooper vs. Blake Announced as Main Event of K1 US Grand Prix
  8. ^ K-1 U.S. Grand Prix in Los Angeles – results
  9. ^ K-1 US Grand Prix live results
  10. ^ K-1 Results: K-1 Delivers With Great Night Of Fights In Los Angeles
  11. ^ LiverKick Talks with K-1's Randy Blake
  12. ^ A Conversation with Randy Blake: The Great American Kickboxing Hope
  13. ^ K-1 Final 16 Matches Unveiled
  14. ^ K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 Live Results
  15. ^ Weekly Kicks: K-1 Grand Prix Final 16 results, Ghita signs with Glory
  16. ^ Results and Recap: K-1 Heavyweight Final 16
  17. ^ Xtreme Fight Night 10 slated for casino
  18. ^ Special Guest Ronda Rousey Watches a Thrilling Fight Card at XFN10
  19. ^ XFL Xtreme Fight Night 10 Results
  20. ^ Road to GLORY USA Events Coming Together
  21. ^ Road to GLORY USA 95kg Tournament Official Lineup - Feb. 1
  22. ^ Dustin Jacoby Wins First Road to GLORY USA Tournament
  23. ^ Dustin Jacoby wins "Road to Glory" light heavyweight tournament
  24. ^ Randy Blake pokonuje Jasona Quezade na gali w Tulsie.
  25. ^ Full GLORY 9 New York Poster, More Participants Revealed
  26. ^ GLORY 9 New York Gets Ghita vs. Guidon, Valtellini vs. Ambang
  27. ^ GLORY 9 New York LHW Tournament Reserve Fights
  28. ^ Glory 9 New York: Randy ‘BOOM BOOM’ Blake is about to ‘Blow Up’
  29. ^ Glory 9 Results and Recap: Tyrone Spong Wins Light Heavyweight Tournament
  30. ^ GLORY 9 Results and Review: Tyrone Spong Wins Light Heavyweight Tournament, Ghita Dominates Guidon
  31. ^ GLORY 9 New York Live Results and Updates
  32. ^ More Super Fights Announced for GLORY 10 Los Angeles
  33. ^ GLORY 10 Live Results and Updates
  34. ^ GLORY 10 results, LIVE online fight coverage stream for 'Los Angeles'
  35. ^ Blake steps up to represent USA at GLORY 15
  36. ^ GLORY 15: Randy 'Boom Boom' Blake talks Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, training with Tyrone Spong, and more!
  37. ^ Glory 15 Results and Recap
  38. ^ GLORY 15 Results/Pictures: Saki wins title, Spong suffers horrific leg injury