Roger Hollett

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Roger Hollett
Born (1978-10-08) October 8, 1978 (age 35)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Other names The Hulk
Nationality Canadian
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Halifax, Nova Scotia
Team Jackson's MMA
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 13
By knockout 4
By submission 7
By decision 2
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 3
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.

Biography[edit]

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.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[2]

Hollett made an impressive comeback at ECC 8: Comeback on September 20, 2009, defeating Marcus Hicks via TKO at 1:35 of round 1.

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 lost his second straight fight to UFC veteran David Heath at MFC 20 on February 20, 2009, by submission due to a guillotine choke in the first round.

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.

Hollett's next fight came at the Maximum Fighting Championship's HeatXC 4: Hysteria on November 6, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in which he defeated Aron Lofton via armbar at 3:02 of round 1.

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.

Hollett was expected to face MMA legend Jeremy Horn at ECC 14: Warrior's Soul on April 27, 2012. However, the fight was cancelled when Hollet failed his medical tests.[3]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

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[edit]

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.[4] However, Hollett was forced out of the bout due to a contract dispute with Bellator and replaced by Vladimir Matyushenko.[5] 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.[6] Hollett lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Hollett was expected to face Wagner Prado on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7.[7] However, Hollett was forced out of the bout with a torn bicep and was replaced by promotional newcomer Ildemar Alcantara.[8]

Hollett had his second UFC fight against Fabio Maldonado on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.[10]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Introducing Roger Hollett". Andy Cotterill/Sherdog.com. June 22, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Knee injury sidelines Hollett indefinitely". 
  3. ^ Derek Leblanc. "Hollett in Doubt for ECC 14 Main Event". topmmanews.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ Dann Stupp (August 3, 2012). "Matt Hamill out of retirement, meets newcomer Roger Hollett at UFC 152". MMAjunkie.com. 
  5. ^ "Matyushenko replaces Hollett, meets Hamill at UFC 152 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. August 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Vladimir Matyushenko out with torn Achilles tendon, Roger Hollett back in against Matt Hamill". mmamania.com. September 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ "UFC makes official Jan. 19 card in Brazil". MMAjunkie.com. November 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ Staff (2013-01-08). "Roger Hollett out, Wagner Prado meets Ildemar Alcantara at UFC on FX 7". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  9. ^ Don Wilson (March 6, 2013). "The Hulk Meets Maldonado At UFC On FX 8". TopMMANews.com. 
  10. ^ "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. 

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