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March 1, 1979 |
Coos Bay, Oregon, United States
|Other names||Bangkok Ready|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Style||10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, MCMAP, Shootfighting|
|Fighting out of||Los Angeles, California|
|Team||10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||Since 2008|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Gerald Strebendt is a mixed martial artist, having competed in MMA organisations such as the UFC and Cage Rage. The highlight of Gerald's career was at UFC 44, where he took on top lightweight, Josh Thomson - losing in the first round by KO. Despite losing, Gerald showed an aggressive grappling style in his match, living up to his name "The Finishing Machine" - A name that has stood by him for his entire MMA career, where he has never gone to a decision, win or lose.
A former member of the United States Marine Corps, Strebendt is known for being the first student of the now world-renowned juijitsu practitioner, Eddie Bravo where he adopted Eddie's rubber guard, and twister game. In 2004 he became the first fighter to execute a twister in an MMA match. In the past, Gerald also trained with comedian and UFC commentator Joe Rogan. 
Strebendt currently owns and operates Northwest Training Center in Springfield, Oregon. He has continued his involvement in MMA by training several successful amateur and professional fighters.
Strebendt was a key witness in the 2005 murder trial of Rafiel Torre. Torre initially offered Strebendt $10,000 to kill the victim, 32-year-old Bryan Richards, who had a sizable life insurance policy and with whose wife Torre was having an affair. After Strebendt refused, Torre committed the murder himself, then told Strebendt a few days later that he had killed Richards in self-defense with a rear naked choke. Torre asked Strebendt to provide him with an alibi, a request which was met with Strebendt's refusal. More than a year after the killing, Strebendt voluntarily came forward and provided his story to detectives, out of concern that Torre would escape punishment for the murder. Torre was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole; he is appealing the sentence.
On January 29, 2014, Strebendt shot and killed 53-year-old David Paul Crofut, also of Springfield, during an altercation following a traffic collision between the two drivers' vehicles. Strebendt called 911 following the collision but before shooting Crofut and was still connected with the 911 call when the shot was fired. Strebendt claims self-defense in the shooting; Strebendt's attorney, Mike Arnold of Eugene, states that Strebendt reached into his vehicle and retrieved his weapon, a loaded .223 caliber semi-automatic rifle, because Crofut verbally threatened his life. Carrying a loaded rifle in a vehicle is legal in Oregon. Crofut was unarmed during the altercation, and no weapons other than Strebendt's rifle were found at the scene. Following the shooting, Strebendt was handcuffed and taken into custody, but was released later that night. According to Strebendt on the 911 call, Crofut hit him "on purpose with his vehicle."  Strebendt can be heard on the 911 call instructing Crofut to "back away" and "don't fucking come near me." At the time of his death, Crofut had a blood alcohol content of 0.156%.  The legal limit for driving under the influence of alcohol in Oregon is 0.08%.
Strebendt was arrested and charged with murder on March 6, 2014, after a grand jury indictment. Lane County Circuit Court Judge Debra Vogt imposed a gag order preventing the prosecution and defense from talking about the case and sealed court documents over the objections of the local newspaper; Strebendt's attorneys objected. On May 21, 2015, the murder charge was dismissed and Strebendt pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide due to police establishing "some mitigating evidence" favoring Strebendt. His attorney Mike Arnold and co-counsel Emilia Gardner went on to write a book about Strebendt and the case called Finishing Machine.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||9 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||9-7||Lyle Beerbohm||Submission (injury)||EWC 3: Capitol Invasion||January 12, 2008||1||2:42||N/A|
|Win||9-6||Will Shutt||Submission (rear-naked choke)||SF 20: Homecoming||October 27, 2007||1||N/A||N/A|
|Loss||8-6||Vitor Ribeiro||Submission (guillotine choke)||Cage Rage 12||July 12, 2005||1||1:13||N/A|
|Loss||8-5||Sean Sherk||TKO (punches)||Extreme Challenge 58||June 11, 2004||1||3:52||N/A|
|Loss||8-4||Jean Silva||Submission (triangle choke)||Cage Rage 6||May 23, 2004||2||N/A||N/A|
|Win||8-3||Dave Elliot||Submission (twister)||Cage Warriors 7: Showdown||May 9, 2004||1||0:48||N/A|
|Win||7-3||Pat Carr||Submission (rear-naked choke)||XFC 2: The Perfect Storm||November 9, 2003||4||4:53||N/A|
|Loss||6-3||Josh Thomson||KO (punches)||UFC 44||September 26, 2003||1||2:45||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6-2||Jean Silva||Submission (rear naked choke)||Cage Rage 2||February 22, 2003||1||N/A||N/A|
|Win||5-2||Carmelo Serrato||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ultimate Cage Fighting 1||May 9, 2002||1||N/A||N/A|
|Loss||4-2||Charles Bennett||Submission (punches)||GC 7: Casualties of War||November 4, 2001||1||1:40||N/A|
|Win||4-1||Noah Shinable||TKO (cut)||GC 6: Caged Beasts||September 9, 2001||1||4:23||N/A|
|Win||3-1||Aaron Anderson||Submission (triangle choke)||GC 5: Rumble in the Rockies||August 19, 2001||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Win||2-1||Mike Meto||Submission (armbar)||Kage Kombat||July 9, 2001||1||1:52||N/A|
|Loss||1-1||Eiji Mitsuoka||Submission (strikes)||KOTC 9: Showtime||June 23, 2001||1||2:23||N/A|
|Win||1-0||Aaron Herring||Submission (armbar)||Bushido 2||April 21, 2001||1||2:54||N/A|
- Professional MMA record
- Leveque, Rod. "DA says man used martial arts move to kill lover's husband", The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, Canada), July 29, 2005.
- Strebendt, Gerald. "Gerald's Tweet with Photo of Joe Rogan". Twitter. Gerald Strebendt (official twitter) @StrebendtGerald. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
- Moran, Jack. "Police investigate deadly shooting", The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon) January 31, 2014.
- Moran, Jack. "Shooting details under scrutiny", The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon) February 6, 2014
- Martin, Damon. "Police investigating deadly shooting involving former UFC fighter Gerald Strebendt", Fox Sports Haymaker, February 5, 2014
- Dudley, Kelsey. "Police still piecing together car crash and deadly shooting", KMTR Newssource 16 (Eugene, Oregon) February 4, 2014
- Strebendt, Gerald (January 29, 2014). "911 Call of Gerald Strebendt (YouTube)". 911 Call of terrified UFC vet Gerald Strebendt shooting. Gerald Strebendt (YouTube). Retrieved September 28, 2015.
- "Man who shot and killed motorist pleads guilty to lesser charge". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
- "ORS 813.010 - Driving under the influence of intoxicants - 2013 Oregon Revised Statutes". www.oregonlaws.org. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
- "Murder charge for man who claimed self-defense in shooting". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
- "Attorney Puzzled by Secrecy in Ex-Marine's Shooting Case". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
- Arnold, Mike; Gardner, Emilia (12 October 2016). Finishing Machine (Ebook ed.). Eugene, Oregon, USA: Versus Publishing. p. 1. ISBN 9780997848427. Retrieved 18 October 2016.