Rob McCullough attending Lexxi Tyler's Website Launch Party at "The Kress" Hollywood, CA on May 2, 2009
May 26, 1977 |
Huntington Beach, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||153 lb (69 kg; 10.9 st)|
|Reach||69 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Huntington Beach, California|
|Team||HB Ultimate Training Center|
|Rank||Cia Paulista purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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
McCullough began his mixed martial arts career with a first-round TKO victory at the Palace Casino in Lemoore, California, in 2001. 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.
McCullough defeated Muay Thai fighter Kit Cope at WEC 25 to win the vacant WEC lightweight title. He defended the title once by defeating Richard Crunkilton by first-round TKO. On February 13, 2008, he lost his title to Jamie Varner when Varner defeated him by TKO due to strikes in the third round.
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. He defeated Marcus Hicks by majority decision, 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. McCullough lost to Darabedyan via split decision.
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.
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.
McCullough also owns MMA apparel company Razor Clothing.
Championships and Accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||19 wins||8 losses|
|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|
- "WEC 44 fight card complete with addition of newcomer Karen Darabedyan". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
- "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo results". www.wec.tv/index.cfmom. 2009-11-19.
- "Ex-WEC champ Rob McCullough fights Thomas Denny at Tachi Palace Fights 5". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
- "Dream 17 Adds Shinya Aoki vs. Razor Rob McCullough, Kitaoka vs. Freire". MMAweekly.com. 2011-07-29.
- "The Wedding of Razor Rob and Lexxi Tyler". COMBATLIFESTYLE.com. Retrieved 2009-10-22.
- "PRO MMA Exclusive: Razor Rob McCullough". PROMMANOW.com. 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
- "The Razor's Edge: Rob McCullough's MMA Blog". ocregister.com. 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
Title last held byHermes Franca
|WEC Lightweight Champion
January 20, 2007 - February 13, 2008