April 26, 1979 |
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Bobby Voelker (born April 26, 1979) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2006, Voelker has formerly competed for the UFC, Strikeforce, and Titan FC.
Voelker is from Kansas City, Missouri, and attended Shawnee Mission South High School where he competed in football as well as swimming and diving. Voelker also got into many street fights, being charged with battery when he was 18 years old, and began training in boxing and kickboxing late in high school. After graduating high school, Voelker briefly attended college before dropping out and eventually transitioned into a career in professional mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Voelker's debut took place on November 20, 2009 at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears, where he faced off against WEC veteran Erik Apple, defeating Apple via TKO (punches) in the second round.
His second appearance took place at Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey, where he faced heavy-handed up-and-coming striker "Relentless" Roger Bowling. The fight ended in a technical decision in favor of Bowling due to an unintentional eye injury to Bowling.
He was next signed to face Cory Devela, who was on a two-fight slide, on July 23, 2010, at Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe. Devela easily took round one, swarming Voelker and turning the fight into a grappling match. The second and third rounds were a lot closer to call, with Devela mostly controlling Voelker in the clinch, but the split decision was awarded to Voelker, who remained in a dominant position for much of the final frames, landing shots from top position.
A rematch with Bowling took place at Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker. Voelker won a very one-sided fight via technical knockout in the second round due to punches. Voelker and Bowling fought for a third time at Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III to create Strikeforce's first trilogy. Once again, Voelker dominated and out struck Bowling, thus winning the fight via TKO due to a knee in the second round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In January 2013, the Strikeforce organization was closed by its parent company Zuffa. A list of fighters scheduled to be brought over to the Ultimate Fighting Championship was released in mid-January and Voelker was included.
For his debut, Voelker faced Patrick Côté, who was making his Welterweight debut, on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. Despite finishing strong and winning the third round, Voelker was unsuccessful in his debut, losing the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.
Voelker was briefly scheduled to face James Head on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27. However, on July 11, it was announced that Voelker was tabbed as a replacement for Siyar Bahadurzada and face Robbie Lawler on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8. He lost the fight via knockout in the second round.
Since being released from the UFC, Voelker has gone 5-0.
Aside from his career as a fighter, Voelker works in construction and is also a devout Catholic. He is currently finishing his college education at Kansas City Community College, and is studying to be a paramedic.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|41 matches||29 wins||12 losses|
|Win||29–12||Kyle Kurtz||TKO (punches and elbows)||Shamrock FC 276||September 24, 2016||2||1:55||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||28–12||Raymond Gray||Decision (unanimous)||Shamrock Promotions: Assault||January 16, 2016||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||27–12||Mike Estus||TKO (punches)||Shamrock Promotions: Clash||September 26, 2015||1||1:27||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||26–12||Justin Gutherie||TKO (punches)||Shamrock Promotions: Heavy Artillery||March 7, 2015||3||3:09||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||25–12||Cedric Marks||TKO (punches)||Shamrock Promotions: Onslaught||September 27, 2014||1||3:32||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||24–12||Lance Benoist||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov||June 7, 2014||3||5:00||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||24–11||William Macário||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 168||December 28, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||24–10||Robbie Lawler||KO (head kick and punches)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga||July 27, 2013||2||0:24||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Loss||24–9||Patrick Côté||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 158||March 16, 2013||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||24–8||Roger Bowling||TKO (knee and punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III||July 22, 2011||2||2:16||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||23–8||Roger Bowling||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker||October 22, 2010||2||3:58||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||22–8||Cory Devela||Decision (split)||Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe||July 23, 2010||3||5:00||Everett, Washington, United States|
|Loss||21–8||Roger Bowling||Technical decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey||May 21, 2010||3||1:38||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||21–7||Erik Apple||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears||November 29, 2009||2||1:23||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||20–7||Brendan Seguin||Decision (unanimous)||Titan FC 14||October 2, 2009||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||20–6||Thomas Aaron||TKO (punches)||Extreme Fight Production||June 12, 2009||2||1:47||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||19–6||Dominic Brown||TKO (punches)||Titan FC 13||March 13, 2009||2||1:33||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||18–6||CJ Fernandes||TKO (punches)||X-Treme Fight 1||January 23, 2009||2||2:41||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||17–6||Jacob Volkmann||Decision (unanimous)||VFC 25: Primetime||December 5, 2008||5||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States||For the VFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||17–5||Amir Rahnavardi||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Challenge 8: USA||October 29, 2008||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||16–5||Dominic Brown||TKO (punches)||VFC 24: Revolution||July 26, 2008||2||N/A||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||15–5||Ryan Braun||TKO (punches)||MCC 14: Pride or Fate||June 14, 2008||2||3:17||Urbandale, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||14–5||Kevin Burns||KO (punch)||VFC 23: Validation||May 9, 2008||1||0:30||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||14–4||Nathan Looker||Submission (punches)||World Cage Fighting Championships||April 5, 2008||1||1:34||Independence, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||13–4||Joey Gorczynski||Decision (split)||Titan FC 11||March 22, 2008||3||N/A||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||13–3||Matt Delanoit||Submission (strikes)||MCC 11: Night of Champions||November 21, 2007||3||1:43||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||12–3||Leonardo Pecanha||Submission (armbar)||Titan FC 8||July 27, 2007||1||1:58||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||12–2||Danny Anderson||Decision (unanimous)||VFC 19: Inferno||May 18, 2007||3||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||11–2||Warren Walker||TKO (punches)||Titan FC 7||March 23, 2007||1||1:04||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||10–2||Victor Moreno||TKO (punches)||MCC 7: Valentine's Massacure||February 17, 2007||2||N/A||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||9–2||Ken Jackson||TKO (punches)||Titan FC 6||January 26, 2007||1||3:08||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||8–2||Ted Worthington||Decision (unanimous)||MCC 6: Hard Hitters||January 13, 2007||3||5:00||Urbandale, Iowa, United States|
|Win||7–2||Jody Lithicum||Submission (punches)||World Series of Rumble||November 17, 2006||1||0:43||Junction City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||6–2||Clayton Marrs||Decision (unanimous)||Freestyle Cage Fighting||November 10, 2006||3||3:00||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||5–2||Jack Hodge||Submission (punches)||Titan FC 5||August 4, 2006||2||0:51||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||4–2||Justin Wilcox||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Challenge 68||July 15, 2006||2||5:00||Hayward, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||4–1||Brian Green||TKO (punches)||Titan FC 4||June 9, 2006||2||1:38||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||3–1||Johnathan Richmond||TKO (punches)||Titan FC 2||May 12, 2006||1||1:58||Topeka, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Victor Moreno||TKO (punches)||MCC 2: Midwest Xplosion||April 8, 2006||1||0:08||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||2–0||Kyle Bradley||KO (punch)||Titan FC 1||March 11, 2006||1||4:47||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||1–0||Demi Deeds||TKO (punches)||Midwest Cage Championships 1||February 11, 2006||2||1:11||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
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