|Born||Richard P. Cheek
October 4, 1977
San Francisco, California, United States
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||113 kg (249 lb; 17.8 st)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Rohnert Park, California, United States|
|Team||Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance|
|Mixed martial arts record|
Richard P. "Rick" Cheek (born October 4, 1977) is an American kickboxer and mixed martial artist who competes in the heavyweight division. A North American Muay Thai champion as an amateur, Cheek turned professional in 2005 and debuted in K-1 the same year. Having won the United States title in February 2006, he challenged three times for world titles losing two out of three attempts.
Cheek was the United States Air Force boxing champion and started training in kickboxing and Muay Thai in 2000 at the age of twenty-three. In August 2004, he competed in a four-man tournament held over two days in Orlando, Florida to determine the IKF Amateur North American Super Heavyweight (+106.81 kg/235 lb) Muay Thai Champion. After defeating Bernard Settle, Jr. by technical knockout in round two of their semi-final bout, he outpointed Brian Wells to a unanimous decision in the final to take the crown. He followed this up with the IKF's Amateur California Muay Thai title when he stopped Ben Davis with low kicks in round one in Fairfield, California on March 26, 2005.
After turning professional, Cheek made his K-1 debut on August 13, 2005 in a tournament reserve bout at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Las Vegas II against Mike Sheppard, knocking him out in the second round. He was absent from both K-1 Las Vegas events in 2006 due to a torn ACL and MCL he sustained in February 2006.
After a year out of the ring, Cheek returned on August 11, 2007 for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Las Vegas tournament. He stopped Imani Lee with a barrage of unanswered punches in round three in the quarter-finals but was unable to continue in the tournament due to a leg injury and was replaced by Doug Viney, who eventually went on to win the title.
In early 2008, Cheek fought for the Miami Force in the World Combat League and, on June 20, 2008, faced Patrice Quarteron for the vacant IKF World Super Heavyweight (+106.81 kg/235 lb) Muay Thai title in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He was sent to the canvas early with a flurry of punches and elbows. After beating the count, he was dropped with a low kick, which also caused Quarteron to fall over. As both fighters fell to the canvas, Quarteron's knee landed on Cheek's head, seemingly knocking him unconscious.
He soon made his way back to K-1 to fight in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 in Hawaii in Honolulu on August 9, 2008. He won by TKO against Kyokushin karate stylist Nicholas Pettas in the quarter-finals when Pettas aggravated a groin injury sustained in training early in the fight. He was then eliminated by the eventual tournament winner Gökhan Saki in the semis. He was floored with low kicks before being crumpled with a liver punch towards the end of round one.
In his second attempt at a world title, he challenged Ben Edwards for the vacant ISKA World Super Heavyweight (+96.4 kg/212.5 lb) Oriental rules belt in Canberra, Australia on April 4, 2009 but was KO'd inside the first minute of the opening frame.
On August 28, 2010, Cheek lost to Steven Banks via second round KO in a fight for the WBC Muaythai United States Super Heavyweight (+104.545 kg/230.5 lb) title. He struggled with the knees of Banks, being floored by them on four occasions throughout the match.
Cheek suffered a one-sided beating at the hands of Cătălin Moroşanu at the SuperKombat World Grand Prix 7 in Varna, Bulgaria on July 7, 2012. He was dropped five times, forcing referee Cezar Gheorghe to call a halt to the bout in the second round.
Championships and awards
- International Kickboxing Federation
- IKF Amateur California Super Heavyweight (+106.81 kg/235 lb) Muay Thai Championship
- IKF Amateur North American Super Heavyweight (+106.81 kg/235 lb) Muay Thai Championship
- World Combat Sports Challenge
- WCSC World Super Heavyweight Muay Thai Championship
- World Kickboxing Association
- WKA United States Super Heavyweight (+95 kg/209.4 lb) Muay Thai Championship
- WKA North American Super Heavyweight (+95 kg/209.4 lb) Muay Thai Championship
Mixed martial arts
- Cage Combat Fighting Championships
- CCFC Heavyweight Championship
|Professional kickboxing record|
22 wins (19 KOs), 5 losses, 1 draw, 1 no contest
|Amateur kickboxing record|
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Loss||4-4||Mike Hayes||Submission (verbal)||Palace Fighting Championship: Best of Both Worlds||February 8, 2009||2||1:01||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||4-3||Dave Huckaba||Submission (armbar)||Gladiator Challenge 87: Collision Course||November 22, 2008||1||0:37||Roseville, California, United States|
|Loss||4-2||Buddy Roberts||Submission (rear naked choke)||Cage Combat Fighting Championships: Mayhem||May 17, 2008||1||0:52||Santa Rosa, California, United States|
|Win||4-1||Richard Blake||KO (punches)||Cage Combat Fighting Championships: Annihilation||February 16, 2008||1||2:05||Santa Rosa, California, United States||Wins the CCFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||3-1||Chase Gormley||Submission (keylock)||Gladiator Challenge 73: High Noon||December 22, 2007||2||2:20||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||3-0||Thomas Rosser||TKO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge 63: Crackdown||May 11, 2007||1||1:15||South Lake Tahoe, California, United States|
|Win||2-0||Joe Abouata||KO (punch)||Gladiator Challenge 62: Sprawl or Brawl||April 14, 2007||1||0:31||Lakeport, California, United States|
|Win||1-0||Dave Huckaba||TKO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge 57: Holiday Beatings||December 16, 2006||2||1:35||Sacramento, California, United States|
- "New blood primed for war in Las Vegas". www.boxinglasvegas.com. Retrieved 2008-08-04.[dead link]
- IKF champion Cheek exposes the IKF
- LTD Productions has success with another Fairfield Fight Fest
- MIGHTY MO BASHES BOTHA
- UNDERDOG WINS BELLAGIO K-1 TOURNEY
- "Doug Viney Wins K-1 Las Vegas Shocker". K-1 grand Prix Website. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
- Quarteron champion du monde IKF
- Gokhan Saki – K-1 Cinderella Man
- Butterbean Goes Down Again, Saki and Hari Win Big at K-1 World GP 2008
- K-1 WORLD GP 2008 in HAWAII 8/9/08 Hawaii Stan Sheriff Center
- WORLD DOMINATION IN AUSTRALIA: COMPLETE REPORT
- WCK Muay Thai Event Recap: Sitzes, Richards, and Bonnel all victorious
- SuperKombat World Grand Prix III Live Results