April 22, 1978 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
Marc Laimon's Cobra Kai
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Eric Schambari (born April 22, 1978) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2005, Schambari has most notably fought in World Extreme Cagefighting and was a semi-finalist in the Bellator Season Two: Middleweight Tournament, where he was eliminated by Bryan Baker.
Mixed martial arts career
Schambari began his career in 2005 and compiled a record of 5–0 in local promotions before joining the WEC. Schambari trains at Marc Laimon's Cobra Kai gym in Victorville, California. Schambari has trained with the likes of Travis Lutter, Joe Stevenson and Guy Mezger.
On December 20, 2014 Eric received his black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu from Travis Lutter.
World Extreme Cagefighting
Schambari signed for the WEC and made his debut on the undercard of WEC 27 against Art Santore. In a close fight, Schambari took the unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27 and 29–28), which was suggested to be due to Schambari's superior cardio and slight advantage in damage caused.
He then fought Logan Clark at WEC 29. Schambari once again took the unanimous decision (all three judges scoring the bout 29–28). However, this decision was viewed as slightly controversial considering that Clark was able to do more damage from the bottom with up-kicks, in addition to locking in a gogoplata and an omoplata.
Soon after, Schambari was injured in training and suffered an allergic reaction to medication that nearly cost him his life and career. Later, he returned to training and competition against the advice of his doctors.
This injury, combined with the dissolution of the middleweight division in the WEC, after its purchase by the UFC, led to his release. Schambari then fought in smaller promotions, defeating four fighters (three via first round submission and one via majority decision). The latter of these victories saw Schambari headline an event, competing against Will Espich in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This fight saw Schambari win via submission (arm-triangle choke).
Bellator Fighting Championship
In the first round of the tournament, Schambari faced The Ultimate Fighter 7 competitor Luke Zachrich. Schambari was far more effective and after 3:34 of the first round, Schambari locked in an arm-triangle choke and forced the tap-out.
This advanced Schambari into the semi-finals of the tournament where he would have a rematch with Bryan Baker. This fight took place at Bellator 20 and Baker was again the winner, this time via triangle choke at 2:29 of the first round. Schambari was successful with an early takedown, however, Baker worked well from his back and managed to secure the submission. This eliminated Schambari from the tournament.
Returning in Bellator's third season in September 2010 at Bellator 28, Schambari faced the veteran Matt Horwich. Schambari won the fight via split decision after utilizing an effective jab-and-run strategy.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||15 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||15–6||Marcus Sursa||Submission (triangle choke)||C3 Fights - Rock Em Sock Em Weekend||April 27, 2013||3||2:07||Clinton, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||15–5||Bubba McDaniel||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Game - Premier Event||December 2, 2011||3||5:00||Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Loss||15–4||Andrew Craig||Decision (unanimous)||Legacy FC 8||September 16, 2011||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States||For Legacy FC Middleweight Championship|
|Loss||15–3||Anthony Smith||TKO (punches)||C3 Fights: MMA Championship Fights||June 4, 2011||1||1:46||Concho, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||15–2||Edwin Aguilar||Submission (heel hook)||XCage: Predators||April 8, 2011||1||1:26||Concho, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||14–2||John Bryant||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||C3 Fights: Slammin Jammin Weekend 6||October 22, 2010||2||1:14||Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||13–2||Matt Horwich||Decision (split)||Bellator 28||September 9, 2010||3||5:00||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||12–2||Bryan Baker||Submission (triangle choke)||Bellator 20||May 27, 2010||1||2:29||San Antonio, Texas, United States||Middleweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||12–1||Luke Zachrich||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Bellator 16||April 29, 2010||1||3:34||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||11–1||Will Espich||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Maximo Fighting Championship||October 17, 2009||1||1:44||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Win||10–1||Dominic Brown||Submission (rear-naked choke)||C3: Slammin Jammin Weekend 1||September 18, 2009||1||1:04||Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||9–1||Nate James||Decision (majority)||Slammin Jammin Weekend 3||May 9, 2009||3||3:00||Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||8–1||John Bryant||Submission (rear-naked choke)||C3 Fights||February 28, 2009||1||2:57||Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||7–1||Bryan Baker||Decision (split)||WEC 31||December 12, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–0||Logan Clark||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 29||August 5, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–0||Art Santore||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 27||May 12, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–0||Christian Smith||Submission (arm triangle choke)||Art of War 1||March 9, 2007||1||3:12||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–0||Ricardeau Francois||Submission||International Freestyle Fighting 1||May 6, 2006||1||4:30||Ft. Worth, Texas, United States|
|Win||3–0||Corey Salter||TKO (punches)||Ultimate Texas Showdown 4||February 25, 2006||1||1:19||Texas, United States|
|Win||2–0||Sherman Pendergarst||Decision (unanimous)||Inferno Promotions: Meltdown||July 22, 2005||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jamey Herbert||Submission (kimura)||Inferno Promotions: Meltdown||June 24, 2005||1||N/A||Dallas, Texas, United States|
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- "Condit retains, Filho claims title at WEC 29". sherdog.com. August 5, 2007.
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- "Gruesome Knee Injury Ends Hess' Bellator Run". sherdog.com. May 27, 2010.
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