|Born||Timoteo Tobias Imada
July 16, 1978
Los Angeles, California
|Residence||San Diego, California|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Fighting out of||Chula Vista, California|
|Team||The Alliance MMA|
|Rank||black belt in Judo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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.
Mixed martial arts career
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. 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.
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.
Curran defeated Imada via controversial split decision. Immediately following the decision, some in the crowd began booing. Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez weighed in on the decision, saying "It was a tough fight, it could’ve gone either way.”
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 Shockly. Imada won the fight in the first round after Shockly 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.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- 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
- 2009 Submission of the Year vs. Jorge Masvidal on May 1
- FIGHT! Magazine
- 2009 Submission of the Year vs. Jorge Masvidal on May 1
- Inside Fights
- 2009 Submission of the Year vs. Jorge Masvidal on May 1
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|49 matches||30 wins||18 losses|
|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||Armando Amezcua||KO (knees)||IFC: Warriors Challenge 12||April 11, 2001||1||1:24||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|
5 Wins (2 (T)KO's, 3 decisions), 3 Losses, 0 Draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- "2009 World MMA Awards live coverage". MMAjunkie.
- ""Submission of the Year" winner readies for return; Imada vs. Masvidal II on tap". MMAjunkie.
- Dann Stupp. "Tourney shakeup: James Krause replaces Ferrid Kheder, meets Toby Imada at Bellator 14". MMAjunkie.
- Brent Brookhouse. "Bellator XXI - Live Results and Commentary". Bloody Elbow.
- Hinata vs. Ristie Rematch, Imada vs. Abdollahi Complete S-Cup Fight Card
- K-1 World MAX Final 8: Tournament Line-up
- "Toby Imada and Henri van Opstal Victorious, Rena Falls at Shootboxing 2011 Act 3". headkicklegend.com. Retrieved 2011-06-06.