Gerald Strebendt

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Gerald Strebendt
Born (1979-03-01) March 1, 1979 (age 38)
Coos Bay, Oregon, United States
Other names Bangkok Ready
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
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
Total 16
Wins 9
By knockout 1
By submission 8
Losses 7
By knockout 2
By submission 5
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,[1] 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,[2] 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. [3]

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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] Torre asked Strebendt to provide him with an alibi, a request which was met with Strebendt's refusal.[2] 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.[2] 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.[4] Strebendt called 911 following the collision but before shooting Crofut and was still connected with the 911 call when the shot was fired.[5] 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.[5] Carrying a loaded rifle in a vehicle is legal in Oregon.[6] Crofut was unarmed during the altercation, and no weapons other than Strebendt's rifle were found at the scene.[7] Following the shooting, Strebendt was handcuffed and taken into custody, but was released later that night.[5] According to Strebendt on the 911 call, Crofut hit him "on purpose with his vehicle." [8] Strebendt can be heard on the 911 call instructing Crofut to "back away" and "don't fucking come near me."[8] At the time of his death, Crofut had a blood alcohol content of 0.156%. [9] The legal limit for driving under the influence of alcohol in Oregon is 0.08%.[10]

Strebendt was arrested and charged with murder on March 6, 2014, after a grand jury indictment.[11] 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.[12] 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.[9] His attorney Mike Arnold and co-counsel Emilia Gardner went on to write a book about Strebendt and the case called Finishing Machine.[13]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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


  1. ^ Professional MMA record
  2. ^ a b c d e f Leveque, Rod. "DA says man used martial arts move to kill lover's husband", The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, Canada), July 29, 2005.
  3. ^ Strebendt, Gerald. "Gerald's Tweet with Photo of Joe Rogan". Twitter. Gerald Strebendt (official twitter) @StrebendtGerald. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Moran, Jack. "Police investigate deadly shooting", The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon) January 31, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Moran, Jack. "Shooting details under scrutiny", The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon) February 6, 2014
  6. ^ Martin, Damon. "Police investigating deadly shooting involving former UFC fighter Gerald Strebendt", Fox Sports Haymaker, February 5, 2014
  7. ^ Dudley, Kelsey. "Police still piecing together car crash and deadly shooting", KMTR Newssource 16 (Eugene, Oregon) February 4, 2014
  8. ^ a b 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. 
  9. ^ a b "Man who shot and killed motorist pleads guilty to lesser charge". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  10. ^ "ORS 813.010 - Driving under the influence of intoxicants - 2013 Oregon Revised Statutes". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  11. ^ "Murder charge for man who claimed self-defense in shooting". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  12. ^ "Attorney Puzzled by Secrecy in Ex-Marine's Shooting Case". Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  13. ^ Arnold, Mike; Gardner, Emilia (12 October 2016). Finishing Machine (Ebook ed.). Eugene, Oregon, USA: Versus Publishing. p. 1. ISBN 9780997848427. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 

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