Toby Imada

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Toby Imada
Born Timoteo Tobias Imada
(1978-07-16) July 16, 1978 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California
Residence San Diego, California
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 69.0 in (175 cm)[1]
Style Kickboxing
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Chula Vista, California
Team The Alliance MMA
Rank Black belt in Judo
Years active 1998–present
Kickboxing record
Total 8
Wins 5
By knockout 2
Losses 3
By knockout 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 49
Wins 30
By knockout 8
By submission 20
By decision 2
Losses 18
By knockout 4
By submission 6
By decision 7
Unknown 1
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 17, 2012

Timoteo Tobias "Toby" Imada born July 16, 1978 is an American mixed martial artist of Japanese and Mexican descent. He fights for Bellator Fighting Championships in their lightweight division. He competed in their first and second season tournaments, making it to the finals both times.

Imada won 2009 Submission of the Year with an inverted triangle choke.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Imada trained and fights out of Los Angeles, California. He has fought many notable fighters such as, Jason Von Flue, Jason Miller, Joe Stevenson, Hermes Franca, Jake Shields, Jorge Masvidal, James Krause, Tetsuji Kato, Carey Vanier.

Imada has fought in many MMA organizations since 1998, and most notable in the Bellator Fighting Championship lightweight tournament where he moved on to the finals after defeating Alonzo Martinez and Jorge Masvidal.

Imada is notable for his upset win over Masvidal by way of a bizarre inverse triangle choke while Masvidal was standing up and therefore has been acknowledged by many MMA mediums as Submission of the Year 2009. He was also awarded a Bazzie award from Inside MMA on HDNet for the unorthodox submission victory, and Submission of the Year Honors at the World MMA Awards.

At Bellator 12, Imada fought top five ranked Eddie Alvarez for the chance to become the first Bellator lightweight champion. Alvarez got the better of the battle and won the fight in the second round via rear naked choke.

He returned to Bellator in April, entering the lightweight tournament for the second time. His first fight was originally to be a rematch against Jorge Masvidal.[3] He was then scheduled to fight against Ferrid Kheder at Bellator 15, but an injury forced Kheder out of the bout. Instead, at Bellator 14 Imada fought James Krause and won via armbar submission.[4]

With the win over Krause, Imada moved onto the semi-final round against Carey Vanier. In the second round after Vanier lost footing, Imada capitalized and applied an armbar that caused Vanier to tap out. The win moved him onto the finals taking place at Bellator 22.

Imada then fought Pat Curran in the season 2 Lightweight Tournament finals to see who advances to fight Eddie Alvarez.

Curran defeated Imada via controversial split decision.[5] Immediately following the decision, some in the crowd began booing.[6] Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez weighed in on the decision, saying "It was a tough fight, it could’ve gone either way.”[7]

Bellator again signed Imada for their lightweight tournament taking place during their fourth season. Imada had his quarter-final fight at Bellator 36. He was originally set to fight Ferrid Kheder who was overweight and decided to leave the arena and not weigh-in. Imada instead fought replacement Josh Shockley.[8] Imada won the fight in the first round after Shockley verbally submitted from Imada's reverse omaplata. The win moved Imada into the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals Imada fought Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Patricky Freire, at Bellator 39. He was knocked out at 2:53 of the first round with a flying knee following up with a left hook. He hasn't competed since.

He defeated Mostafa Abdollahi by majority decision (27–27, 29–27, 29–27) in a non-tournament bout at the Shoot Boxing World Tournament 2012 in Tokyo, Japan on November 17, 2012.[9][10]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Total Combat
    • Total Combat Lightweight Championship (One time)
  • Neutral Grounds
    • Neutral Grounds 6 4-man Tournament Runner-up
    • Neutral Grounds 13 4-man Tournament Runner-up
  • World MMA Awards
  • FIGHT! Magazine
  • Inside Fights

Kickboxing[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 30–18–1 Hiroyuki Takaya Draw (majority) Shoot Boxing: Ground Zero Tokyo 2013 November 16, 2013 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 30–18 James Krause Decision (unanimous) Resurrection Fighting Alliance 6 January 18, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 30–17 Luiz Firmino Decision (unanimous) CFA 08: Araujo vs. Bradley October 6, 2012 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 30–16 Sean Wilson TKO (punches) C3 Fights: Rumble at Red Rock August 18, 2012 2 1:51 Red Rock, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 29–16 Patricky Freire KO (flying knee & punches) Bellator 39 April 2, 2011 1 2:53 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 29–15 Josh Shockley Submission (armbar) Bellator 36 March 12, 2011 1 1:36 Shreveport, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 28–15 Ludwing Salazar Submission (armbar) Fite Nite 14 November 9, 2010 2 1:49 San José, Costa Rica
Loss 27–15 Pat Curran Decision (split) Bellator 21 June 10, 2010 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator Season 2 Lightweight Tournament Final.
Win 27–14 Carey Vanier Submission (armbar) Bellator 17 May 6, 2010 2 3:33 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Bellator Season 2 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 26–14 James Krause Submission (armbar) Bellator 14 April 15, 2010 2 2:44 Chicago, Illinois, United States Bellator Season 2 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 25–14 Daisuke Hanazawa KO (punch) KOTC: Toryumon January 30, 2010 2 0:29 Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Loss 24–14 Eddie Alvarez Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 12 June 19, 2009 2 0:38 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator Season 1 Lightweight Tournament Final; For Bellator Lightweight Championship
Win 24–13 Jorge Masvidal Technical Submission (inverted triangle choke) Bellator 5 May 1, 2009 3 3:22 Dayton, Ohio, United States Bellator Season 1 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal, World MMA Awards Submission of the Year.
Win 23–13 Alonzo Martinez Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 1 April 3, 2009 1 3:26 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator Season 1 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 22–13 Jason Meaders TKO (corner stoppage) UnleashedFIGHT October 11, 2008 1 5:00 Alpine, California, United States
Win 21–13 Shad Smith TKO (punches) Total Combat: Nevada May 10, 2008 1 2:25 Laughlin, Nevada, United States Defended Total Combat Lightweight Championship; Smith tested positive for marijuana
Win 20–13 Preston Scharf Submission (punches) Total Combat 26 February 16, 2008 1 4:29 San Diego, California, United States Defended Total Combat Lightweight Championship.
Win 19–13 David Gardner Submission (rear-naked choke) Total Combat 22 August 3, 2007 2 N/A San Diego, California, United States Won Total Combat Lightweight Championship
Win 18–13 Zach Light Submission (armbar) Total Combat 21 June 8, 2007 1 2:35 San Diego, California, United States
Win 17–13 Randy Velarde Submission (armbar) KOTC: Caged Chaos March 10, 2007 2 2:23 Laughlin, Nevada, United States
Loss 16–13 João Cunha Submission (armbar) Cage of Fire 5 January 27, 2007 2 2:30 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 16–12 Brandon Adamson TKO (cut) TC 18: Nightmare November 4, 2006 1 3:00 San Diego, California, United States
Win 15–12 Danny Affleje KO (punches) Proving Ground October 21, 2006 1 N/A Yuma, Arizona, United States
Loss 14–12 Tetsuji Kato TKO (punches) FFCF 6: Undisputed June 21, 2006 1 0:13 Mangilao, Guam
Loss 14–11 Hermes França Submission (armbar) TC 14: Throwdown May 13, 2006 1 0:53 Del Mar, California, United States
Win 14–10 Akbarh Arreola Decision (unanimous) Total Combat 12 December 13, 2005 3 5:00 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 13–10 Jerimiah Carson TKO (punches) Total Combat 11 December 10, 2005 2 N/A Yuma, Arizona, United States
Loss 12–10 Jake Shields Decision (unanimous) Kage Kombat November 12, 2005 3 5:00 California, United States
Win 12–9 Tim Carey Submission (rear-naked choke) Total Combat 10 October 15, 2005 1 2:25 San Diego, California, United States
Win 11–9 Akbarh Arreola TKO (corner stoppage) Total Combat 9 July 30, 2005 2 5:00 Tijuana, Mexico
Loss 10–9 Cassio Werneck Submission (triangle choke) WEC 15 May 19, 2005 2 2:54 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 10–8 Antonio McKee Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Cage Fighting 1 May 9, 2002 2 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 10–7 Jason Miller Decision Xtreme Pankration 2 April 12, 2002 2 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 10–6 Dennis Asche Submission (triangle choke) IFC: Warriors Challenge 12 April 11, 2001 2 3:42 Friant, California, United States
Loss 10–5 Joe Stevenson Decision KOTC 3 - Knockout Nightmare April 15, 2000 2 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 10–4 Sean McCaan Submission (armbar) IFC: Warriors Challenge 6 March 25, 2000 1 2:51 Friant, California, United States
Loss 9–4 Dave Strasser Submission (armbar) Neutral Grounds 13 November 20, 1999 1 N/A Lakeside, California, United States Neutral Grounds 13 4-man Tournament Final.
Win 9–3 David Harris Decision (unanimous) Neutral Grounds 13 November 20, 1999 3 5:00 Lakeside, California, United States Neutral Grounds 13 4-man Tournament Semifinal.
Win 8–3 Brennan Kamaka Submission (armbar) Rage in the Cage 2 October 15, 1999 1 6:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 7–3 Ken Tonaria Submission (armbar) Ready to Rumble October 13, 1999 N/A N/A Woodland Hills, California, United States
Loss 6–3 Steve Heath N/A Extreme Challenge 27 September 18, 1999 N/A N/A Fresno, California, United States
Loss 6–2 Adrian Serrano TKO (corner stoppage) Extreme Challenge 27 August 21, 1999 2 5:00 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 6–1 Jason Von Flue Submission (armbar) IFC: Warriors Challenge 4 August 7, 1999 2 5:08 Jackson, California, United States
Win 5–1 Johnny Molano Submission (triangle armbar) Kage Kombat 18 May 28, 1999 1 4:03 United States
Win 4–1 Thiago De Fritas Submission (heel hook) Neutral Grounds 12 May 28, 1999 1 N/A United States
Win 3–1 Giovanni Lemm Submission (armbar) Neutral Grounds 11 March 31, 1999 1 5:01 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 2–1 Ken Kellenberger Submission (rear-naked choke) Neutral Grounds 9 January 10, 1999 1 0:45 United States
Loss 1–1 Jason Dallas TKO (punches) Neutral Grounds 6 August 2, 1998 1 N/A United States Neutral Grounds 6 4-man Tournament Final.
Win 1–0 Lee Cox Submission (armbar) Neutral Grounds 6 August 2, 1998 1 N/A United States Neutral Grounds 6 4-man Tournament Semifinal.

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing Record
5 Wins (2 (T)KO's, 3 decisions), 3 Losses, 0 Draws
Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Win 5-3 Iran Mostafa Abdollahi Decision (majority) Shoot Boxing World Tournament 2012 November 17, 2012 3 3:00 Japan Tokyo
Win 4-3 Japan Satoru Suzuki KO (Front Choke) Shoot Boxing 2012 - Act 3 June 3, 2012 2 3:00 Japan Tokyo
Loss 3-3 Netherlands Andy Souwer Decision (Unanimous) Shoot the Shooto 2011 October 9, 2011 3 3:00 Japan Bunkyō, Tokyo
Loss 3-2 Thailand Bovy Sor Udomson Decision (Unanimous) Shootboxing 2011 - Act 4 September 10, 2011 3 3:00 Japan Koto, Tokyo
Win 3-1 Japan Hiroki Shishido Decision (Unanimous) Shootboxing 2011 - Act 3[11] June 5, 2011 3 3:00 Japan Bunkyō, Tokyo
Loss 2-1 Thailand Buakaw Por. Pramuk TKO (Leg Kicks) S-Cup 2010 November 23, 2010 2 2:29 Japan Bunkyō, Tokyo
Shoot Boxing World Tournament 2010 Final
Win 2-0 Netherlands Andy Souwer Decision (Split) S-Cup 2010 November 23, 2010 3 3:00 Japan Bunkyō, Tokyo
Shoot Boxing World Tournament 2010 Semifinal
Win 1-0 Japan Takaaki Umeno KO (Uppercut) S-Cup 2010 November 23, 2010 3 3:00 Japan Bunkyō, Tokyo
Shoot Boxing World Tournament 2010 Quarterfinal

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

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