Jesse Forbes

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Jesse Forbes
Born (1984-10-24) October 24, 1984 (age 32)
Portland, Maine, United States
Other names Kid Hercules
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 184 lb (83 kg; 13.1 st)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)
Fighting out of Tempe, Arizona, United States
Team Lion's Den Arizona
Years active 2005–2010
Mixed martial arts record
Total 20
Wins 15
By knockout 6
By submission 8
By decision 1
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jesse Lee Forbes (born October 24, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist who was a competitor on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter reality television show.


Forbes was born in Portland, Maine, and moved to Arizona. He was a two-time All-State wrestler at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona, before going on to wrestle at Pima Community College, where he was a NJCAA All-American. Former UFC fighter Drew Fickett is also an alumnus of PCC, and Forbes trained with him soon after college.

MMA career[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Forbes signed with the UFC to appear on The Ultimate Fighter 3.

Forbes was the first pick on Team Ken Shamrock and second overall. Shamrock explained that when Tito Ortiz chose Matt Hamill as his first pick that he would have to pick someone he thought could beat Hamill, and he thought Forbes was that person. While on the show, Forbes was the youngest in the house. Despite Shamrock's belief that Forbes was a force to be reckoned with, he lost his preliminary fight against Noah Inhofer via submission. He was brought back on the show after Inhofer asked to be sent home (therefore disqualifying him from the competition) for fear that his girlfriend believed he had cheated on her. Forbes returned with a mohawk and a second chance that put him in Inhofer's semi-finals spot.

Forbes lost again in his just received semi-final spot to Josh Haynes via guillotine choke despite dominating the first round that even Ortiz admitted could have been scored 10-8.

Forbes was pitted against Team Ortiz's Matt Hamill at the finale of the show. Forbes lost again that night via TKO in the first round.


Forbes compiled an 11-2 record after being released from the UFC, including notable wins over fellow UFC veterans Jesse Taylor and James Head.

Return to UFC[edit]

Forbes made his UFC return on January 11, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 20 against Nick Catone, replacing an injured Steve Steinbeiss.[1] Forbes lost the fight via controversial split decision.

Forbes faced Ryan Jensen at UFC 114 on May 29, 2010. He lost the fight via guillotine choke submission in the first round dropping his UFC record to 0-3. After his second straight loss, he was released from the UFC once again.

Post-UFC career[edit]

In his first fight since leaving the UFC, Forbes fought Strikeforce veteran Anthony Smith at Crowbar MMA: Fall Brawl on September 11, 2010. He won via second round TKO.[2]

Forbes then faced Justin Guthrie at Crowbar MMA: Winter Brawl on December 10, 2010. He won via triangle choke submission.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Forbes is currently a firefighter/paramedic with the Phoenix Fire Department.[citation needed]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–5 Justin Guthrie Submission (triangle choke) Crowbar MMA - Winter Brawl December 10, 2010 2 1:57 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 14–5 Anthony Smith TKO (punches) Crowbar MMA: Fall Brawl September 11, 2010 2 1:28 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Loss 13–5 Ryan Jensen Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 114 May 29, 2010 1 1:06 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–4 Nick Catone Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz January 11, 2010 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 13–3 James Head Decision (unanimous) Pro Battle MMA August 22, 2009 3 5:00 Springdale, Arkansas, United States
Win 12–3 Cleburn Walker Submission (rear-naked choke) 5150 Comabt: Rumble at the Rally June 27, 2009 1 3:02 Sparks, Oklahoma, United States
Win 11–3 Dave Vitkay TKO (punches) Wild Bill's Fight Night 19 April 17, 2009 1 2:05 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 10–3 Shane Dezee TKO (punches) Extreme Beatdown April 11, 2009 1 1:34 San Carlos, Arizona, United States
Win 9–3 JR Schumacher TKO (punches) MTXAFN 2 - Evolution January 9, 2009 1 3:13 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–3 Ryan Jimmo Decision (unanimous) XMMA 6 - House of Pain November 8, 2008 3 5:00 Montreal, Canada
Win 8–2 Bernard Rutherford TKO (punches) Wild Bill's - Fight Night 15 September 19, 2008 1 2:37 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 7–2 Chris Camozzi Submission (armbar) MFC 15: Rags to Riches February 22, 2008 3 1:45 Edmonton, Canada
Win 6–2 Victor Moreno TKO (punches) MTXAFN - Let's Get it On January 8, 2008 1 1:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–2 Bryan Baker TKO (punches) WEC 30 September 5, 2007 1 4:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–1 Jesse Taylor Submission (armbar) Tuff-N-Uff 2 April 14, 2007 1 1:21 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–1 Tim Peacock Submission (triangle choke) WFC: Desert Storm March 31, 2007 1 0:50 Camp Verde, Arizona, United States
Win 3–1 Michael Gonzalez Submission (rear-naked choke) CFF - Cage Fighting Federation November 10, 2006 1 N/A Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 2–1 Matt Hamill TKO (strikes) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock Finale June 24, 2006 1 4:47 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 2–0 Scott Svobada Submission (rear-naked choke) USA MMA: Pacific Northwest Invitational 1 December 14, 2005 1 N/A Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 1–0 Arturo Segovia Submission (armbar) RITC 72: Welcome to the Fort July 16, 2005 2 2:14 Glendale, Arizona, United States


  1. ^ "Jesse Forbes returns to UFC, meets Nick Catone at UFC Fight Night 20". December 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Fall Brawl Official Results". September 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Crowbar MMA: Winter Brawl Official Results". December 10, 2010. 

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