Rob McCullough

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Rob McCullough
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Rob McCullough attending Lexxi Tyler's Website Launch Party at "The Kress" Hollywood, CA on May 2, 2009
Born (1977-05-26) May 26, 1977 (age 37)
Huntington Beach, California, United States
Other names Razor
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 153 lb (69 kg; 10.9 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 69 in (180 cm)
Style Muay Thai
Fighting out of Huntington Beach, California
Team HB Ultimate Training Center
Rank Cia Paulista purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
Total 27
Wins 19
By knockout 11
By submission 2
By decision 6
Losses 8
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 5
Draws 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Robert Alexander McCullough IV (born May 26, 1977) is an American Muay Thai kickboxer and mixed martial artist. A former WEC Lightweight Champion. He currently trains in Huntington Beach, California at HB Ultimate Training Center. His training partners include Jean Carrillo, Muay Thai coach; and Rob Natzel, strength and conditioning coach.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

McCullough began his mixed martial arts career with a first-round TKO victory at the Palace Casino in Lemoore, California, in 2001.[1] Between 2003 and 2007, "Razor Rob" went 10-1 with nine stoppage victories and only a split-decision loss to Harris Sarmiento, which he later avenged.[2][3]

McCullough defeated Muay Thai fighter Kit Cope at WEC 25 to win the vacant WEC lightweight title.[4] He defended the title once by defeating Richard Crunkilton by first-round TKO.[5] On February 13, 2008, he lost his title to Jamie Varner when Varner defeated him by TKO due to strikes in the third round.[6]

After losing his title, McCullough struggled over his next four fights in the now-defunct WEC. He defeated Kenneth Alexander by split decision but then lost to Donald Cerrone.[3] He defeated Marcus Hicks by majority decision,[7] but he fractured his right hand and received minor damage to his ankle and subsequently underwent surgery to repair his hand. McCullough was expected to return to the cage against Anthony Pettis on November 18, 2009, at WEC 44; but Pettis had to pull out of the bout with an undisclosed injury. McCullough instead faced WEC newcomer Karen Darabedyan.[8] McCullough lost to Darabedyan via split decision.[9]

With 3 losses in his last 5 fights, McCullough was cut by WEC and would eventually join Tachi Palace Fights, returning to the venue where his career began, and has had somewhat of a resurgence. McCullough defeated Isaac de Jesus by first-round TKO on July 9, 2010, at Tachi Palace Fight 5. He then defeated UFC veteran Corey Hill by unanimous decision on September 9, 2010, at Tachi Palace Fight 6.[10]

On October 14, 2010, McCullough signed with Bellator to compete in the promotion's upcoming season four lightweight tournament. He was knocked out by a counter right by Patricky "The Pitbull" Freire.[11]

McCullough next faced Shinya Aoki at Dream.17.[12] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Personal life[edit]

McCullough is married to pornographic actress Lexxi Tyler.[13] The couple had their first child, a son, in March 2010.[10]

He is of Irish and Mexican descent.[14]

McCullough also owns MMA apparel company Razor Clothing.[15]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–8 Shinya Aoki Submission (neck crank) Dream 17 September 24, 2011 1 4:57 Saitama, Japan
Loss 19–7 Patricky Freire TKO (punches) Bellator 36 March 12, 2011 3 3:11 Shreveport, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 19–6 Corey Hill Decision (unanimous) TPF 6: High Stakes September 9, 2010 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 18–6 Isaac DeJesus TKO (punches) TPF 5: Stars and Strikes July 9, 2010 1 4:31 Lemoore, California, United States 160lbs Catchweight Bout
Loss 17–6 Karen Darabedyan Decision (split) WEC 44 November 18, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–5 Marcus Hicks Decision (majority) WEC 39 March 1, 2009 3 5:00 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Loss 16–5 Donald Cerrone Decision (unanimous) WEC 36 November 5, 2008 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States WEC Lightweight title eliminator. Fight of the Night.
Win 16–4 Kenneth Alexander Decision (split) WEC 34 June 1, 2008 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 15–4 Jamie Varner TKO (punches) WEC 32 February 13, 2008 3 2:54 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States Lost WEC Lightweight Championship.
Win 15–3 Richard Crunkilton TKO (punches) WEC 30 September 5, 2007 1 1:29 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended WEC Lightweight Championship.
Win 14–3 Kit Cope Submission (punches) WEC 25 January 20, 2007 1 2:53 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WEC Lightweight Championship.
Win 13–3 Harris Sarmiento Decision (unanimous) WFA: King of the Streets July 22, 2006 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 12–3 Ryan Healy TKO (cut) WEC 21 June 15, 2006 1 1:52 Highland, California, United States
Win 11–3 Randy Hauer TKO (punches) WEC 20 May 5, 2006 1 2:36 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 10–3 Olaf Alfonso KO (punch) WEC 19 March 17, 2006 2 0:12 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 9–3 Gabe Rivas Submission (verbal) KOTC 63: Final Conflict December 2, 2005 2 3:11 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 8–3 Jeremy Jones TKO (punches) KOTC 58: Prime Time August 5, 2005 1 0:45 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 7–3 Andrew Williams TKO (punches) PFC: Pit Fighting Championship February 7, 2004 1 N/A Upland, California, United States
Loss 6–3 Harris Sarmiento Decision (split) WEC 9 January 16, 2004 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 6–2 Danny Devine TKO (leg kicks) PFC: Put Up or Shut Up August 23, 2003 1 N/A California, United States
Win 5–2 Nam Phan Decision (unanimous) PFC: Knucklefest April 5, 2003 2 5:00 California, United States
Win 4–2 Anthony Garcia KO (punches) PFC: Knucklefest April 5, 2003 1 N/A California, United States
Win 3–2 William Sriyapai Decision (unanimous) PFC: Knucklefest April 5, 2003 1 5:00 California, United States
Loss 2–2 Josh Thomson Decision (unanimous) WFA 3: Level 3 November 23, 2002 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 2–1 Kenneth Alexander Decision (unanimous) HFP 1: Rumble on the Reservation March 30, 2002 4 3:00 Anza, California, United States
Win 2–0 Steve Wagner TKO (corner stoppage) Ultimate Pankration 1 November 11, 2001 1 3:55 Cabazon, California, United States
Win 1–0 Jesse Heck TKO (punches) WEC 2 October 4, 2001 1 0:24 Lemoore, California, United States

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Vacant
Title last held by
Hermes Franca
WEC Lightweight Champion
January 20, 2007 - February 13, 2008
Succeeded by
Jamie Varner