Jared Hess (fighter)

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Jared Hess
Born (1983-11-13) November 13, 1983 (age 33)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Other names The Test
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Fighting out of San Diego, California
Team TheArenaMMA
Rank NCAA Division II Wrestling
Years active 2007-2011
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 11
By knockout 3
By submission 8
Losses 4
By knockout 3
By decision 1
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jared Hess (born November 11, 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is a retired American mixed martial artist. He is most known for his stint fighting for Bellator Fighting Championships in their middleweight division. He was runner up in the middleweight tournament after losing to Hector Lombard.


Hess grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and attend Western Heights High School, Oklahoma City. While in high school, Hess was a standout football player and wrestler. His freshman year, his wrestling team went 2-8 but Hess was state champion for his weight. Hess had his first child in 2002 during his senior year.

After high school, Hess attended University of Central Oklahoma and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Industrial Safety and Criminal Justice. He also wrestled and was an All-American his senior year.[1]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

Hess entered the Bellator middleweight tournament on April 17, 2009. His first fight was against Daniel Tabera, Hess won the fight after taking Tabera down and applying a rear naked choke submission early in round one.

Hess then fought in the next round of the middleweight tournament against Yosmany Cabezas at Bellator 9. Hess won the fight via technical knockout in the third round.

In the finals of the middleweight tournament at the main event of Bellator 12, Hess lost to Cuban fighter Hector Lombard. The fight ended in a TKO doctor stoppage due to multiple cuts, which occurred from elbows delivered on the ground by Lombard.

Hess returned for the second season tournament in April 2010, hoping to get a rematch with Lombard and win the middleweight title. His first fight was against former IFL middleweight champion Ryan McGivern, whom he defeated via submission.

Hess lost his semi-final bout against Alexander Shlemenko on May 27. Despite controlling the first two rounds, Hess was on the receiving end of a flying knee from Shlemenko midway through the third round. As a result of the strike, Hess fell awkwardly on his left leg and severely dislocated his knee, causing the referee to stop the bout. His knee required surgery and kept him out of action for six months.[2]

At Bellator 42, Hess returned from his knee injury at Bellator 20 eleven months prior. He fought Chris Bell on the undercard. Bell missed weight, and the fight was changed to a catchweight bout of 190 lbs.[3] Hess dictated the pace of the fight, and won via triangle choke submission early in round one. The win earned Hess a spot in the Bellator Season Five Middleweight tournament.

Hess' first fight in the Bellator Season Five Middleweight tournament took place on September 17, 2011, at Bellator 50 against Bryan Baker. Though he controlled round 1 with dominant ground control and effective striking, Hess lost the fight in the third round via TKO.

Hess fought Brett Cooper on the undercard of Bellator 58 on November 19, 2011. Hess lost the fight via unanimous decision. Hess was released from the promotion after the loss.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–4–1 Brett Cooper Decision (unanimous) Bellator 58 November 19, 2011 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss 11–3–1 Bryan Baker TKO (punches) Bellator 50 September 17, 2011 3 2:52 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 11–2–1 Chris Bell Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 42 April 23, 2011 1 1:40 Concho, Oklahoma, United States Catchweight bout of 190 lb
Loss 10–2–1 Alexander Shlemenko TKO (knee injury) Bellator 20 May 27, 2010 3 2:20 San Antonio, Texas, United States Bellator Season 2 Middleweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 10–1–1 Ryan McGivern Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 16 April 29, 2010 2 1:54 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Bellator Season 2 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 9–1–1 Keith Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) BB 3: Holiday Havoc December 19, 2009 1 2:18 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 8–1–1 Hector Lombard TKO (doctor stoppage) Bellator 12 June 19, 2009 4 1:41 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator Season 1 Middleweight Tournament Final; For Bellator Middleweight Championship
Win 8–0–1 Yosmany Cabezas TKO (punches) Bellator 9 May 29, 2009 3 4:26 Monroe, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season 1 Middleweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 7–0–1 Daniel Tabera Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 4 April 17, 2009 1 2:34 Norman, Oklahoma, United States Bellator Season 1 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 6–0–1 Jason Anderson Submission (guillotine choke) C3 Fights: Knockout-Rockout Weekend 1 January 30, 2009 1 0:19 Clinton, Oklahoma, United States
Win 5–0–1 Mike Queen Submission (rear naked choke) C3 Fights: Contenders June 7, 2008 1 2:42 Concho, Oklahoma, United States
Win 4–0–1 Kristopher Flores TKO (cut) King of Kombat 3 April 5, 2008 1 1:52 Austin, Texas, United States
Draw 3–0–1 Nate James Draw CCCF: Heroes February 16, 2008 3 N/A Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 3–0 Keith Richards Submission Masters of the Cage 17 November 17, 2007 1 3:59 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 2–0 Dominic Brown TKO (punches) Masters of the Cage 16 September 28, 2007 1 2:37 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 1–0 Richard Harris Submission Warriors of the Cage 2 July 28, 2007 1 0:33 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States


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