|Born||February 23, 1959|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||231 lb (105 kg; 16.5 st)|
|Fighting out of||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Tim Catalfo (born February 23, 1959) is an American former amateur and professional wrestler, and mixed martial artist. As a martial artist, he competed in the Heavyweight division and fought in the Pride Fighting Championships and King of the Cage. He was voted as having the seventh-best facial hair in MMA by hunglodojo.com
Catalfo comes from a wrestling background; he finished in 4th place at the 1980 All-American Freestyle tournament and in 1st place at the Greco-Roman Games in 1987. After this, he became a professional wrestler with the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) organization. His nickname, "Obake", was given to him by Japanese pro wrestler Yuji Nagata.
In September 1997, he debuted as a mixed martial artist and defeated his opponent Joe Pardo with a neck crank. He then went to Brazil to fight in the International Vale Tudo Championship where he won his bout via disqualification as his opponent Alexandre Ferreira eye gouged him. He returned to the cage three years later to face UFC veteran Dave Beneteau at King of the Cage 9: Showtime. Catalfo defeated Beneteau with a choke after just 25 seconds of the first round.
The Pride Fighting Championships of Japan then gave him the opportunity to fight there. He made his promotional debut in February 2002 against fellow wrestler Tom Erikson at PRIDE 19: Bad Blood. Erikson outweighed Catolfo by around 50 pounds and submitted him with relative ease at 2:25 of round 1. He had one more fight after this, submitting James Daniels at an event in Florida a year later.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|5 matches||3 wins||2 losses|
|Win||4-2||James Daniels||Submission (neck crank)||World Extreme Fighting Championships 2: Crunch Time||February 8, 2003||1||1:19||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Loss||3-2||Tom Erikson||Submission (rear naked choke)||Pride 19||February 24, 2002||1||2:25||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||3-1||Bobby Hoffman||Submission (strikes)||KOTC 11 - Domination||September 29, 2001||1||3:56||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||3-0||Dave Beneteau||Submission (choke)||KOTC 9 - Showtime||June 23, 2001||1||0:25||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||2-0||Alexandre Ferreira||DQ (eye gouging)||International Vale Tudo Championship 4: The Battle||February 7, 1998||1||9:19||Brazil|
|Win||1-0||Joe Pardo||Submission (neck crank)||International Sport Combat Federation: Submission Fighting Open 1||September 6, 1997||N/A||N/A||Griffin, Georgia, United States||MMA debut.|