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October 28, 1966 |
Centerville, Iowa, United States
|Other names||The Truth|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265 lb)|
|Fighting out of||Bettendorf, Iowa, United States|
|Team||Universal Grappling Academy, Miletich Fighting Systems (formerly)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Bobby "The Truth" Hoffman (born October 28, 1966) is a retired American mixed martial artist who competed in the Heavyweight division. He is the former King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Champion as well as the former King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion. Having made his professional debut in 1998, Hoffman has also formerly competed for the UFC, RINGS, and Jungle Fight.
Hoffman found mixed martial arts, then known as "shootfighting," after being released from jail, spending 92 consecutive days in solitary confinement for assault charges. Hoffman, a talented wrestler and football player, attended Ellsworth Community College and the University of Akron before leaving college a year early to compete in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns. Hoffman spent half of a season with the team before being released. Two days out of jail, Hoffman attended a local fight and after the originally scheduled fighter did not show up, spectators were actually asked if they wanted to step in for the absent fighter. Hoffman accepted the challenge, and won the bout.
Mixed martial arts career
Hoffman compiled a professional record of 8-1 before making his debut for the SuperBrawl organization in Hawaii on September 7, 1999. After losing his first fight of the night against Josh Barnett via unanimous decision, Hoffman later defeated future Pride Heavyweight Championship contender, Heath Herring via unanimous decision and then Hoffman knocked out future UFC Heavyweight Champion, Ricco Rodriguez. After following this up with two more wins, Hoffman was invited to compete for the RINGS organization in Japan.
Hoffman made his RINGS debut, which was also his overseas debut, on February 26, 2000 in Tokyo, Japan at the RINGS: King of Kings 1999 Final. Hoffman faced Georgia Olympic Freestyle Wrestling competitor, Zaza Tkeshelashvili, whom Hoffman defeated via knockout only 34 seconds into the fight. After compiling two more wins, Hoffman fought future DREAM Heavyweight Champion, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, and K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, Alistair Overeem at RINGS: Millennium Combine 2. Hoffman won via knockout at 9:39 of the first round. After winning his next four fights, two of which in the RINGS organization, Hoffman was invited to compete for the UFC.
Hoffman made his UFC debut against former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Maurice Smith at UFC 27 on September 22, 2000. Hoffman, who seemed to lack cardio and conditioning, lost the bout via unanimous decision. Eight days later, Hoffman won the RINGS USA: Rising Stars Tournament and then had two more fights with the Japan-based organization before returning to the UFC at UFC 30. Hoffman faced South African Mark Robinson and originally won the bout via knockout at 3:27 of the first round, but the decision was later changed to a no-contest as it was revealed that Hoffman failed a drug test for marijuana.
Hoffman went 5-0-1 in his next six fights with wins in the RINGS organization against Mikhail Ilyukhin and Ryushi Yanagisawa, and also became the King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Champion on June 23, 2001 after defeating Kauai Kupihea via submission due to punches. Hoffman was later stripped of his title after leaving the promotion, with the win over Ilyukhin being his next fight. After returning to King of the Cage and defeating wrestling star Tim Catalfo via submission due to punches, Hoffman returned to fight for the UFC at UFC 34 against Josh Barnett, who had defeated Hoffman earlier in his career via unanimous decision. Hoffman lost the bout via TKO at 4:25 of the second round in what was the first TKO/KO loss of his career. Both Hoffman and Barnett failed drug tests for the fight, Hoffman for marijuana, as he admittedly smoked it only hours before the fight, and Barnett for multiple banned substances. This would be Hoffman's last fight for the organization and Barnett would become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion before having his title stripped for another failed drug test.
After spending over a year in prison for domestic abuse, Hoffman returned to mixed martial arts competition for the King of the Cage organization. Hoffman became the first King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion in his second fight back after a TKO win over Jason Godsey and then defended his title against Paul Buentello via unanimous decision. Hoffman then lost a rematch with Buentello, also losing his title, but would bounce back with two wins before being handed his next loss against Carlos Barreto in Hoffman's debut for the Jungle Fight organization in Brazil at Jungle Fight 2. Hoffman fought again for King of the Cage against veteran Ruben "Warpath" Villareal and won via armbar submission before returning to Brazil for a bout in Jungle Fight 3, which he lost via triangle-choke submission.
Hoffman lost a rematch with Eric Pele via TKO before facing Tony Bonello in Australia. After the first bout ended in a no-contest, the two had a rematch two months later again in Bonello's home-country of Australia which Bonello won via submission due to punches. Hoffman then bounced back with a win via triangle-choke submission a month later, before winning his last mixed martial arts fight via TKO only eight seconds into the first round.
Hoffman was dropped by manager Monte Cox after reportedly threatening to kill Cox's wife and children while Hoffman was fighting in Japan.
Hoffman and his girlfriend, Patricia, wed the night after Hoffman's UFC 34 loss to Josh Barnett. Weeks later on the night of their honeymoon, Hoffman, under the influence of alcohol and Vicodin, severely beat his wife. He was later arrested and spent over a year in a maximum-security prison in Shafter, California for his actions. His wife, who was only 20 years old at the time and around 125 pounds, almost died as a result of her injuries and the two later divorced.
Championships and Accomplishments
- Fighting Network RINGS
- Icon Sport
- SuperBrawl 13 Heavyweight Tournament Runner Up
- King of the Cage
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|49 matches||36 wins||10 losses|
|Win||36–10–1 (2)||Chuck Grigsby||TKO (punches)||Mainstream MMA: Inferno||August 12, 2006||1||1:47||Iowa, United States|
|Win||35–10–1 (2)||Paul O'Keefe||Submission (arm triangle choke)||KOTC: Predator||May 13, 2006||1||1:29||Arizona, United States|
|Loss||34–10–1 (2)||Tony Bonello||Submission (punches)||KOTC: Unfinished Business||April 28, 2006||1||1:48||Sydney, Australia|
|NC||34–9–1 (2)||Tony Bonello||No Contest||KOTC: Gunfather||February 10, 2006||1||2:28||Australia||Controversial stoppage overturned later |
|Loss||34–9–1 (1)||Eric Pele||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Mortal Sins||May 7, 2005||2||2:55||Nevada, United States|
|Loss||34–8–1 (1)||Leopoldo Montenegro||Submission (triangle choke)||Jungle Fight 3||October 23, 2004||1||2:59||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||34–7–1 (1)||Ruben Villareal||Submission (armbar)||KOTC 39: Hitmaster||August 6, 2004||1||4:02||California, United States|
|Loss||33–7–1 (1)||Carlos Barreto||Submission (punches)||Jungle Fight 2||May 15, 2004||2||N/A||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||33–6–1 (1)||Mike Wolmack||KO (knee)||GC 25: Gladiator Challenge 25||April 20, 2004||1||1:00||California, United States|
|Win||32–6–1 (1)||Ladislav Zak||Decision (split)||2H2H: 2 Hot 2 Handle||February 22, 2004||3||5:00||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||31–6–1 (1)||Paul Buentello||Submission (verbal)||KOTC 30: The Pinnacle||November 2, 2003||2||N/A||California, United States|
|Win||31–5–1 (1)||Paul Buentello||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 27: Aftermath||August 10, 2003||3||5:00||California, United States|
|Win||30–5–1 (1)||Jason Godsey||TKO (punches)||KOTC 21: Invasion||February 21, 2003||1||1:56||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||29–5–1 (1)||Sam Sotello||Submission (injury)||KOTC 21: Invasion||February 21, 2003||2||0:23||Mexico|
|Loss||28–5–1 (1)||Josh Barnett||TKO (punches)||UFC 34||November 2, 2001||2||4:25||Nevada, United States|
|Win||28–4–1 (1)||Tim Catalfo||Submission (punches)||KOTC 11: Domination||September 29, 2001||1||3:56||California, United States|
|Win||27–4–1 (1)||Mikhail Ilyukhin||TKO (corner stoppage)||Rings: 10th Anniversary||August 11, 2001||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||26–4–1 (1)||Kauai Kupihea||Submission (punches)||KOTC 9: Showtime||June 23, 2001||2||4:00||California, United States|
|Draw||25–4–1 (1)||Bob Schrijber||Draw||Rings Holland: No Guts, No Glory||June 10, 2001||2||5:00||Netherlands|
|Win||25–4 (1)||Ryushi Yanagisawa||Decision (unanimous)||Rings: World Title Series 1||April 20, 2001||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||24–4 (1)||Zane Frazier||Submission (armbar)||Rings USA: Battle of Champions||March 17, 2001||1||1:34||Iowa, United States|
|NC||23–4 (1)||Mark Robinson||No Contest||UFC 30||February 23, 2001||1||3:27||New Jersey, United States||Original win by KO; overturned due to Hoffman failing drug test.|
|Loss||23–4||Volk Han||Decision (unanimous)||Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block B||December 22, 2000||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||23–3||Joop Kasteel||KO (punches)||Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block B||December 22, 2000||1||0:43||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||22–3||Aaron Brink||Submission (punches)||Rings USA: Rising Stars Final||September 30, 2000||1||1:34||Illinois, United States|
|Win||21–3||Eric Pele||Decision (unanimous)||Rings USA: Rising Stars Final||September 30, 2000||3||5:00||Illinois, United States|
|Loss||20–3||Maurice Smith||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 27||September 22, 2000||3||5:00||Louisiana, United States|
|Win||20–2||Greg Wikan||TKO (punches)||EC 36: Extreme Challenge 36||August 26, 2000||1||3:43||Iowa, United States|
|Win||19–2||Victor Burtsev||TKO (punches)||Rings USA: Rising Stars Block A||July 15, 2000||1||3:13||Utah, United States|
|Win||18–2||Aaron Brink||Submission (neck crank)||Rings USA: Rising Stars Block A||July 15, 2000||1||3:12||Utah, United States|
|Win||17–2||Sam Adkins||TKO (doctor stoppage)||EC 35: Extreme Challenge 35||June 29, 2000||1||2:25||Iowa, United States|
|Win||16–2||Alistair Overeem||KO (punch)||Rings: Millennium Combine 2||June 15, 2000||1||9:39||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15–2||Kerry Schall||Decision (unanimous)||WEF 9: World Class||May 13, 2000||4||3:00||Indiana, United States|
|Win||14–2||Borislav Jeliazkov||KO (punch)||Rings: Millennium Combine 1||April 20, 2000||1||8:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||13–2||Zaza Tkeshelashvili||KO (punch)||Rings: King of Kings 1999 Final||February 26, 2000||1||0:34||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12–2||Alex Paz||Submission (punches)||WEF 8: Goin' Platinum||January 15, 2000||2||1:39||Georgia, United States|
|Win||11–2||Paul Wells||TKO||CC 5: Cage Combat 5||October 24, 1999||1||12:51||Iowa, United States|
|Loss||8–2||Josh Barnett||Decision (unanimous)||SB 13: SuperBrawl 13||September 7, 1999||3||5:00||Hawaii, United States||SuperBrawl 13 Heavyweight Tournament Finals|
|Win||9–2||Heath Herring||Decision (unanimous)||SB 13: SuperBrawl 13||September 7, 1999||2||5:00||Hawaii, United States||SuperBrawl 13 Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals|
|Win||10–2||Ricco Rodriguez||KO (punches)||SB 13: SuperBrawl 13||September 7, 1999||1||3:13||Hawaii, United States||SuperBrawl 13 Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals|
|Win||8–1||Ahmad Ahmad||TKO (punches)||EC 27: Extreme Challenge 27||August 21, 1999||1||1:14||Iowa, United States|
|Win||7–1||Tommy Sauer||Submission (guillotine choke)||EC 27: Extreme Challenge 27||August 21, 1999||1||4:46||Iowa, United States|
|Win||6–1||Theo Brooks||Submission (fatigue)||CC 2: Cage Combat 2||May 30, 1999||1||7:47||Iowa, United States|
|Win||5–1||Joe Campanella||Submission (americana)||EC 24: Extreme Challenge 24||May 15, 1999||1||1:12||Utah, United States|
|Win||4–1||Rocky Batastini||Decision (unanimous)||EC 24: Extreme Challenge 24||May 15, 1999||1||12:00||Utah, United States|
|Win||3–1||Mark Tullius||Submission (punches)||EC 20: Extreme Challenge 20||August 22, 1998||1||11:55||Iowa, United States|
|Win||2–1||Brad Jones||TKO (referee stoppage)||EC 16: Extreme Challenge 16||March 26, 1998||1||7:22||Iowa, United States|
|Win||1–1||Rick Graveson||Submission (punches)||RnB 2: Bare Knuckle Brawl||February 20, 1998||1||3:00||Georgia, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Mike Delaney||Decision||RnB 2: Bare Knuckle Brawl||February 20, 1998||1||15:00||Georgia, United States|
- UFC 34: Hughes is crowned