David Heath (fighter)
|Born||February 10, 1976|
Nowata, Oklahoma, United States
|Other names||The Headhunter|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||72.5 in (184 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Team||Absolute Combat Alliance|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
David Alan Heath (born February 10, 1976) is an American former mixed martial artist who last competed in the Light Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since from 2003 until 2012, he fought for the UFC, MFC, and King of the Cage.
Mixed martial arts career
Heath began training in mixed martial arts in 2002 and made his professional debut in 2003. Heath compiled a record of 7-0, which included a win over Sean Salmon, while mostly fighting in his home-state of Oklahoma before being signed by the UFC.
Heath made his debut for the organization at UFC 62 on August 26, 2006, against Cory Walmsley won the bout via rear-naked choke submission in the first round. Heath next fought at UFC Fight Night 7 against Canadian Victor Valimiki and won via split decision. Heath then fought against future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion against then-undefeated Lyoto Machida at UFC 70 in England. Heath was a replacement for Machida's original opponent, Forrest Griffin, who withdrew from the bout due to a nagging staph infection. Heath was handed his first professional loss via unanimous decision and the fight was pulled off the air, being replaced for more entertaining fights. Heath apologized in post-fight interview for a "boring" and "frustrating" performance, and also said that Machida has an "ultra-boring style" of fighting.
Heath then fought longtime veteran Renato Sobral at UFC 74. Prior to the fight, Heath taunted Sobral over his recent legal difficulties and then wore a shirt displaying Sobral's police mugshot to the Octagon. While angered by the display, Sobral defeated Heath by anaconda choke in the second round after horrifically beating and bloodying his opponent to the point of grotesquerie. Sobral continued to hold the choke for four seconds after Heath tapped out, which is illegal, and ignored the commands of referee Steve Mazzagatti, who tried to physically break the hold. Renato stated during the post-fight interview that "He (Heath) has to learn respect. He deserved that. He called me 'motherfucker'." Sobral also disregarded the boos from the over 11,000 fans, saying "The crowd didn't like it? Who cares! At least they had a reaction." Sobral was released from the UFC for his actions. In a later interview, Heath has stated that he does not hold a "grudge" against Sobral but is disappointed about the "black eye" that the sport of mixed martial arts suffered after the incident.
In his next bout for the UFC a year later, Heath fought Tim Boetsch at UFC 84 and was defeated in the first round after he was thrown against the cage and hit with numerous punches. Heath, having lost three consecutive fights, was released by the UFC.
After a TKO win, Heath was signed by the Canada-based MFC and lost his debut against current Bellator fighter, Emanuel Newton. Heath then bounced back with a win over former MFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Roger Hollett.
Heath lost his next two fights for the organization before defeating Solomon Hutcherson at MFC 26: Retribution via knockout from a superman punch. Heath lost his last appearance for the organization against Rodney Wallace before signing with King of the Cage.
King of the Cage
Heath signed with King of the Cage and won his first two fights for the organization in 2012.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||18 wins||7 losses|
|Win||18–7||Chad Herrick||Decision (split)||KOTC: Unification||December 8, 2012||3||5:00||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||17–7||Sidiah Parker||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Breakthrough||March 10, 2012||2||4:48||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||16–7||Rodney Wallace||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 27||November 12, 2010||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||16–6||Solomon Hutcherson||KO (Superman punch)||MFC 26: Retribution||September 10, 2010||2||3:46||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||15–6||Jason Kuchera||TKO (strikes)||Heat XC 5: Punishment||July 16, 2010||3||4:45||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||14–6||Jason Freeman||KO (head kick)||FCF: Freestyle Cage Fighting 38||January 20, 2010||1||4:18||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||13–6||Mike Nickels||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MFC 22||October 2, 2009||3||4:02||Enoch, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||13–5||Wayne Cole||KO (punch)||FCF: Freestyle Cage Fighting||August 8, 2009||2||2:42||Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||12–5||Shawn Dezee||KO (punches)||FCF: Freestyle Cage Fighting||June 27, 2009||1||2:47||Durant, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||11–5||Travis Galbraith||Decision (split)||MFC 21||May 15, 2009||3||5:00||Enoch, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||11–4||Roger Hollett||Submission (guillotine choke)||MFC 20||February 20, 2009||1||1:58||Enoch, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||10–4||Emanuel Newton||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MFC 18: Famous||September 26, 2008||2||1:19||Enoch, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||10–3||Shepard Owens||TKO (punches)||Freestyle Cage Fighting||June 14, 2008||1||1:19||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||9–3||Tim Boetsch||TKO (throw and punches)||UFC 81||February 2, 2008||1||4:52||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||9–2||Renato Sobral||Technical Submission (anaconda choke)||UFC 74||August 25, 2007||2||3:30||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||9–1||Lyoto Machida||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 70||April 21, 2007||3||5:00||Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||9–0||Victor Valimaki||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs. Riggs||December 13, 2006||3||5:00||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||8–0||Cory Walmsley||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral||August 26, 2006||1||2:32||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–0||Sean Salmon||Submission||FF 5: Korea vs USA||July 15, 2006||1||0:50||McAllen, Texas, United States|
|Win||6–0||Rob Wince||TKO (doctor stoppage)||FCF: Clash of the Titans||June 30, 2006||2||5:00||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||5–0||Chase Watson||Submission (armbar)||EFL: Battle at the Brady 4||May 20, 2006||1||1:40||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||4–0||Rudy Lindsey||Submission||EFL: Extreme Fighting League||March 19, 2006||1||1:40||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||3–0||Doug Sour||Submission (achilles lock)||KOTC 42: Buckeye Nuts||October 23, 2004||1||N/A||Concho, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||2–0||Rob Webb||Decision||EFL 12: Extreme Kickboxing 12||May 16, 2004||3||5:00||Dayton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||1–0||Adam Gregg||TKO (referee stoppage)||Rock and Rumble 1||April 26, 2003||2||N/A||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
- "David Heath's ESPN.Go Profile". espn.go.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
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