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June 28, 1980 |
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
|Other names||The Alaskan Assassin|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Fighting out of||Houston, Texas|
|Team||Hoger Martial Arts|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
black belt in Karate
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Samuel Earl Hoger (//; born June 28, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist and an actor, most notable for appearing on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality television series produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship and broadcast on Spike TV Hoger has trained with Miletich Fighting Systems in Bettendorf, Iowa and is belted in the Miletich Fighting Systems. Hoger is currently teaching and training out of Hoger Mixed Martial Arts in Houston, TX.
Hoger made it to the semi-finals on the show without having to fight. His comments at the time suggested a calculated Machavellian effort on his part to win the show by fighting as late as possible. In the show, he maintained a distance from others and made it a point to keep everyone confused, including his own teammates. He was eliminated by Forrest Griffin in the semi finals, after a close first round. In the second round, Forrest came out looking to finish, got Hoger in the clinch, knocked him down, and finished him with ground and pound.
On the night of the finale, he won a unanimous decision against Bobby Southworth, who was considered to be the best light heavyweight on the show by Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, and Dana White, due to his pre-show professional record.
Since the season one finale, Hoger has participated in several UFC events. In his first fight since the show's conclusion, at Ultimate Fight Night he faced Stephan Bonnar and lost a unanimous decision. He later faced Jeff Newton at UFC 56, winning the match by submitting Newton with a rear naked choke. In his next match at Ultimate Fight Night 4, he lost to The Ultimate Fighter season two competitor Rashad Evans by a split decision. Hoger's last match in the UFC was against Lyoto Machida in which he lost by decision as well. He beat Jason Dolloff at the World Championship fights via first round knockout in his comeback fight and then went on to Beat John Ivey by Kimura in the Urban rumble Championships to take their cruiserweight championship belt.
Sam is a graduate of LSU with two Political Science degrees (Theory and Government) Class of 2002 and studied for his MBA at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He was also the founder of the Brazilian Jujitsu Club at LSU.
Sam Hoger has opened up an MMA training center in Houston, Texas, which opened on April 13, 2009. The center offers different training events, including gi and no gi Brazilian Jujitsu, Muay Thai, MMA sparring at different intensities and others.
- In 1996, Sam Hoger was awarded the Alaska State Medal of Heroism for saving a drowning teammate by Gov. Tony Knowles.
- Sam Hoger received his black belt from Ted Stickel of Gracie Barra Alaska on July 1, 2009, being only the second person to receive this distinguishing honor from Ted Stickel.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||10 wins||4 losses|
|Win||10–4||Jody Poff||Submission (armbar)||FNMMA – Fight Night MMA||June 5, 2010||1||0:50||Fort Wayne, Indiana|
|Win||9–4||Patrick Miller||TKO (punches)||WG – Worldwide Gladiator||April 9, 2010||1||0:27|
|Win||8–4||Johnathan Ivey||Submission (kimura)||URC – Urban Rumble Championship||January 24, 2009||3||0:35||Pasadena, Texas, United States|
|Win||7–4||Jason Dolloff||TKO||World Championship Fighting – World Championship Fighting 4||September 19, 2008||1||0:17||Wilmington, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||6–4||Vernon White||Submission (rear naked choke)||International Fight League – Moline||April 7, 2007||2||3:25||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||6–3||Lyoto Machida||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 67||February 3, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||6–2||Rashad Evans||Decision (split)||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4||April 6, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–1||Jeff Newton||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 56||November 19, 2005||2||2:05||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Stephan Bonnar||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Ultimate Fight Night||August 6, 2005||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–0||Bobby Southworth||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale||April 9, 2005||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4–0||Chris Herring||Submission (guillotine choke)||MMA – Eruption||April 30, 2004||1||2:37||Lowell, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||3–0||Adam Maciejewski||Submission (triangle choke)||EC 54 – Extreme Challenge 54||October 12, 2003||1||1:29||Lakemoor, Illinois, United States|
|Win||2–0||Josh Hendricks||Submission (arm triangle choke)||NLF – Next Level Fighting||September 13, 2003||1||4:41||Steubenville, Ohio, United States|
|Win||1–0||Matt Freeland||KO (kick)||AOW – Art of War||June 21, 2003||1||3:15||Kalispell, Montana, United States|
- The Official Website of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. UFC. Retrieved on 2012-03-11.
- Hoger Mixed Martial Arts. Hogermma.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-11.
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- Nancy Gates "The Alaska Almanac: Facts about Alaska" Edition 30, (2009)
- Professional MMA record for Sam Hoger from Sherdog
- Sam Hoger at the Internet Movie Database
- Sam Hoger on UFC.com