October 8, 1978 |
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Other names||The Hulk|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Roger Hollett (born October 8, 1978) is a Canadian mixed martial artist who formerly fought for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in their Light Heavyweight division. He is the former Maximum Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight Champion.
Roger was born and raised in Fairview, Nova Scotia. He is the son of former Canadian boxing and kickboxing champion, Ralph Hollett, in which Roger was practiced in the disciplines of boxing and kickboxing while growing up with his father. He trains at the Titans Gym in Halifax and holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Kevin Taylor and Peter Martell, both being Renzo Gracie black belts. He also trains with, and is managed by Muay Thai instructor, and Muay Thai champion, Robert Walker.
Mixed martial arts career
Hollett was sidelined temporarily due to torn ligaments in his left knee (ACL, MCL, and meniscus) during a takedown attempt by Lew Polley in their October 20, 2007 match, which Hollett lost via TKO, snapping his 7 fight winning streak.
Following his fight with Hicks, Hollett returned to the Maximum Fighting Championship at MFC 19 on December 5, 2008 against Emanuel Newton in a bout for the vacant MFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Newton won the fight via unanimous decision and claimed the title. While Hollett threw harder strikes than his opponent, Newton was able to control Hollett throughout the fight with takedowns, low kicks, and jabs. This would mark Hollet's first time going to a decision.
Hollett returned to action on September 26, 2009 at ECC 10: Demolition by overwhelming fellow Canadian Chris Peak in the first round via kimura, snapping his two fight losing streak.
Roger returned to the cage after sustaining yet another injury, on October 23, 2010 at W-1 MMA 6: New Ground in Halifax, NS, facing Mychal Clark. Roger dominated Clark en route to a unanimous decision victory.
In January 2011, it was announced that Roger was scheduled to face Steve Bosse in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at Ringside MMA 10: Cote vs. Starnes. However, Bosse was forced out of the fight due to an injury. Canadian up and comer, and reigning TFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Martin Desilets was brought in as a late replacement. Roger defeated Desilets via TKO at 1:39 of round 2.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Hollett next defeated John Hawk via split decision at Bellator 57 to gain a spot in the Season 7 Light-Heavyweight Tournament. However, due to an injury, he was unable to compete in the tournament and was released from the promotion shortly after.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On August 3, 2012 it was announced that Hollett had signed a UFC contract.
Hollett was expected to make his promotional debut against Matt Hamill on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada. However, Hollett was forced out of the bout due to a contract dispute with Bellator and replaced by Vladimir Matyushenko. On September 11, 2012, it was announced that Hollett would fight Hamill after all after Matyushenko had to pull out of the fight due to a torn achilles tendon. Hollett lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Hollett was expected to face Wagner Prado on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7. However, Hollett was forced out of the bout with a torn bicep and was replaced by promotional newcomer Ildemar Alcantara.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||13 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||13–5||Fábio Maldonado||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold||May 18, 2013||3||5:00||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil|
|Loss||13–4||Matt Hamill||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 152||September 22, 2012||3||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||13–3||John Hawk||Decision (split)||Bellator 57||November 12, 2011||3||5:00||Rama, Ontario, Canada||Light Heavyweight tournament quarterfinal.|
|Win||12–3||Martin Desilets||TKO (punches)||Ringside MMA 10: Cote vs. Starnes||April 9, 2011||2||1:39||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||11–3||Mychal Clark||Decision (unanimous)||W-1 New Ground||October 23, 2010||3||5:00||Halifax, NS, Canada|
|Win||10–3||Aron Lofton||Submission (armbar)||HeatXC 4: Hysteria||November 6, 2009||1||3:02||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||9–3||Chris Peak||Submission (kimura)||ECC 10: Demolition||September 26, 2009||1||1:45||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Loss||8–3||David Heath||Submission (guillotine choke)||MFC 20||February 20, 2009||1||1:58||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||8–2||Emanuel Newton||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 19||December 5, 2008||5||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Lost the MFC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||8–1||Marcus Hicks||TKO (punches)||ECC 8: Comeback||September 20, 2008||1||1:35||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Loss||7–1||Lew Polley||TKO (punches)||ECC 6: Hometown Heroes||October 20, 2007||1||4:02||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada||For the ECC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Victor Valimaki||Submission (strikes)||MFC 13: Lucky 13||August 24, 2007||1||2:06||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Won MFC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||6–0||Shane Biever||KO (punches)||MFC 12: High Stakes||June 22, 2007||1||0:15||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||5–0||Ricardeau Francois||Submission (punches)||ECC 5: A Night of Champions||March 31, 2007||1||0:20||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||4–0||Mike Maurer||KO (punches)||MFC 11: Gridiron||February 3, 2007||1||0:36||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||3–0||Pay Penny||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ECC 4: Fury||December 2, 2006||1||2:37||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||2–0||Jason Cecil||Submission (keylock)||ECC 3: East Coast Warriors||July 22, 2006||1||1:41||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||1–0||Peter Rogers||Submission (armbar)||ECC 1: The Beginning||April 29, 2006||1||3:50||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
- "Introducing Roger Hollett". Andy Cotterill/Sherdog.com. June 22, 2007.
- "Knee injury sidelines Hollett indefinitely".
- Derek Leblanc. "Hollett in Doubt for ECC 14 Main Event". topmmanews.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
- Dann Stupp (August 3, 2012). "Matt Hamill out of retirement, meets newcomer Roger Hollett at UFC 152". MMAjunkie.com.
- "Matyushenko replaces Hollett, meets Hamill at UFC 152 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. August 20, 2012.
- "Vladimir Matyushenko out with torn Achilles tendon, Roger Hollett back in against Matt Hamill". mmamania.com. September 11, 2012.
- "UFC makes official Jan. 19 card in Brazil". MMAjunkie.com. November 3, 2012.
- Staff (2013-01-08). "Roger Hollett out, Wagner Prado meets Ildemar Alcantara at UFC on FX 7". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- Don Wilson (March 6, 2013). "The Hulk Meets Maldonado At UFC On FX 8". TopMMANews.com.
- "And Now They’re Fired: Karlos Vemola, Roger Hollett, and a Bunch of Guys You’ve Probably Never Heard of Get the Axe". cagepotato.com. June 24, 2013.