March 4, 1980
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||256 lb (116 kg; 18 st 4 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265 lb)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Team||Mid America Martial Arts|
|Rank||purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2006 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Abraham Wagner (born March 4, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Heavyweight division. A competitor since 2006, he was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, and has also fought for Bellator and Titan FC.
Wagner describes his early years as something he survived. His father would continuously physically abuse him throughout his childhood; in one incident, his father beat his head in with a hammer leaving him unconscious. Wagner said "he thought he was going to die", and reported this incident to the police, and was then placed into foster care after his father was sent to prison. The foster family he subsequently moved in with owned a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Abe earned a football scholarship to Michigan Tech where he excelled at the position of linebacker and earned a mechanical engineering degree.
Mixed martial arts career
Wagner earned a professional record of 7-2 on the local circuit before being selected to become a member of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights. Wagner was featured in the inaugural fight of the season and lost his first fight to Jon Madsen via unanimous decision.
After bouncing back with one more win, Wagner was set to face Todd Duffee at Titan Fighting Championships 16; however, Duffee pulled out of the fight and former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia stepped in as a replacement. Wagner upset Sylvia, needing only 32 seconds in the first round to stop the former champion with punches. The fights' stoppage has since been deemed controversial, due to Sylvia's post-fight comments where he stated that the referee came and apologized to his corner for stopping the fight too quickly and that despite stumbling when he got up, he gave the referee signs that he was still able to continue the fight.
Wagner fought against Justin Grizzard at Victory Fighting Championship 35, Wagner won the bout via submission in the first round.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||11 wins||8 losses|
|Win||11–8 (1)||Scott Hough||TKO (punches)||DCS 34: The Warriors Tribute||May 26, 2017||1||4:40||Ralston, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||10–8 (1)||Daniel Gallemore||Submission (guillotine choke)||Victory Fighting Championship 50||May 21, 2016||1||1:37||Topeka, Kansas, United States|
|NC||10–7 (1)||Rob Mitchell||No Contest||Dynasty Combat Sports 7: Spring Brawl 2||April 25, 2014||1||N/A||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||10–7||Bob Brents||TKO (punches)||CCCW: The Uprising||March 2, 2013||3||N/A||Springfield, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||10–6||Mark Holata||Submission (achilles lock)||Bellator 69||May 18, 2012||1||2:24||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||10–5||Eric Prindle||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 52||October 1, 2011||3||5:00||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States||Bellator Season Five Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||10–4||Justin Grizzard||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Victory Fighting Championship 35||July 30, 2011||1||1:36||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||9–4||Aaron Rosa||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Titan Fighting Championships 17||March 25, 2011||2||0:35||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||9–3||Tim Sylvia||TKO (punches)||Titan Fighting Championships 16||January 28, 2011||1||0:32||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||8–3||Vinny Pallone||TKO (punches)||Fight to Win: The Professionals||November 12, 2010||1||2:34||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||7–3||Travis Browne||TKO (punches)||VFC 30: Night of Champions||February 5, 2010||1||0:08||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States||For VFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–2||Jeff Ford||Submission (armbar)||Fight To Win: Colorado vs. Nebraska||March 14, 2009||1||1:49||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||6–2||Sherman Pendergarst||Decision (split)||VFC 25: Primetime||December 5, 2008||5||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||5–2||Matt Andersen||TKO (punches)||VFC 21: Infamous||December 7, 2007||1||N/A||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||4–2||Steve Pilkington||Submission (armbar)||VFC 20: Aces||September 7, 2007||1||N/A||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||3–2||Chris Blaire||Submission (armbar)||Punch Promotions||June 23, 2007||2||2:45||Nebraska, United States|
|Win||3–1||Joel Traves||TKO (punches)||Good Guys Promotions||February 10, 2007||1||1:42||Wichita, Kansas, United States|
|Win||2–1||Nick Rogers||KO (punch)||VFC 17: Predators||December 9, 2006||1||2:16||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Sunia Filikitonga||TKO (punches)||Diesel Fighting Championships 1||June 30, 2006||2||0:11||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||1–0||Matt Justice||TKO (punches)||AFC 5: Lights Out||January 6, 2006||1||N/A||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||0–1||Jon Madsen||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada||Preliminary bout|
- John Morgan. "Titan Fighting Championship 16 results: Wagner needs just 32 seconds to stop Sylvia". MMAjunkie. Archived from the original on 2011-01-31.
- Ray Hui. "Bellator 52 to Kick-Start Season Five Heavyweight Tournament". MMAfighting.com.
- "Bellator 69 live results and play-by-play". sherdog.com. May 18, 2012.