John Albert (fighter)
October 13, 1986 |
Reno, Nevada, United States
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||137 lb (62 kg; 9.8 st)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Puyallup, Washington|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
John Brian Albert (born October 13, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist. He last competed in the UFC in their Bantamweight division. He was a competitor on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller.
Albert was born in Reno, Nevada but was raised in Puyallup, Washington. His brother, uncle, and grandfather have all served in the military and are some of Albert's heroes. He moved out of his mother's house before he graduated high school. He attended Gov. John R. Rogers High School, graduating in 2005. After graduation Albert began working as an electrician, earning enough to buy himself a new truck, and helping to afford his living expenses easily. He worked full-time up until the day he left for The Ultimate Fighter.
Mixed martial arts
Growing up Albert idolized martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li, claiming he wanted to be a "karate master" just like them. He began taking Tae Kwon Do classes, and received his third level belt before giving it up due to not being able to afford it. In junior high Albert was a part of his school's wrestling team, but did not pursue it during high school like his brother who was a two-time state placer.
Albert began looking into training MMA after a friend asked him to help sharpen up his wrestling skills. After only two weeks of training, his friend invited him to come train with UFC veteran Dennis Hallman. Albert obliged and started training with Hallman and his team. Albert claims he fell in love with the sport after being "explicit rocked".
Only three months into training Albert began fighting as an amateur. He spent two years on the amateur circuit, obtaining a 12-1 record while collecting 4 championships. In 2007 he made his professional debut winning via TKO in only 48 seconds into round one. His next bout also ended via first round TKO, taking Albert's record to 2-0. After his second bout Albert took nearly a two-year hiatus before returning to competition. He returned with four wins, (three submissions and one knockout), all in a five month span.
He took another hiatus from the sport, returning one year later from his sixth fight, taking a highly controversial loss to journeymen, Roy Bradshaw. During the fight Albert dislocated his rib and while on the ground in pain, Bradshaw put Albert in a guillotine, but since his rib was causing so much pain, he tapped. The commission deemed it submission by guillotine, and since Albert was at the hospital he could not dispute it.
The Ultimate Fighter
In 2011, Albert had signed with the UFC to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. In the first episode, Albert fought Orville Smith, winning via first round submission (rear-naked choke). The win gained Albert entry into the Ultimate Fighter house. He was selected as a part of Team Bisping.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Though he did not win the Ultimate Fighter, Albert was signed to an exclusive contract with the UFC. Albert officially made his UFC debut on December 3, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale, defeating Dustin Pague via TKO in the first round. Albert dropped Pague with a combination in the opening moments, put him in the giftwrap position and unloaded on him with heavy ground and pound causing the referee to intervene.
Albert was expected to face Byron Bloodworth on June 1, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. However, Bloodworth was forced out of the bout and replaced by promotional newcomer Érik Pérez. Albert lost the fight via controversial armbar submission as he did not appear to verbally submit or tap out but the fight was stopped by referee Kim Winslow. Despite the loss, according to a tweet from Dana White, both fighters would receive a win bonus.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|12 matches||7 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||7–5||Yaotzin Meza||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga||July 27, 2013||2||2:49||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Loss||7–4||Scott Jorgensen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz||December 8, 2012||1||4:59||Seattle, Washington, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||7–3||Érik Pérez||Technical Submission (armbar)||The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale||June 1, 2012||1||4:18||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||7–2||Ivan Menjivar||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger||February 15, 2012||1||3:45||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||7–1||Dustin Pague||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale||December 3, 2011||1||1:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||6–1||Roy Bradshaw||Submission (guillotine choke)||Guy Promotions 1||June 5, 2010||1||1:13||Renton, Washington, United States|
|Win||6–0||John Martinez||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Carnage at the Creek 6||June 6, 2009||2||1:26||Shelton, Washington, United States|
|Win||5–0||Bobby Corpuz||Submission (triangle choke)||CageSport 5||May 16, 2009||2||1:26||Tacoma, Washington, United States|
|Win||4–0||Drew Brokenshire||Submission (armbar)||Genesis Fights 10||March 21, 2009||1||N/A||Shoreline, Washington, United States|
|Win||3–0||Justin Fratto||Submission (triangle choke)||Desert Brawl 36||February 28, 2009||1||2:21||Redmond, Oregon, United States|
|Win||2–0||Jesse Lopez||TKO (punches)||Xtreme Cage Combat 4||June 2, 2007||1||N/A||Tacoma, Washington, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jared Scouten||TKO (punches)||Hooligan Fight Night||March 30, 2007||1||0:48||Chehalis, Washington, United States|
- "Introducing MMATorch's Ultimate Fighter 14 Blogger: John Albert". MMATorch.com. 2011-09-22.
- "UFC Fighter Profile: John Albert". UFC.com. 2011-12-04.
- "Fight Finder: John "Prince" Albert". Sherdog.com. 2011-12-04.
- ""The Ultimate Fighter 14" cast unveiled with 32 bantamweights and featherweights". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-08-22.
- "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller'". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-09-21.
- "Episode No. 2 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller'". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-09-28.
- "Episode No. 6 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller'". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-10-26.
- "John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar added to UFC on FUEL TV 1 in Omaha". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-12-20.
- "TUF Live Finale adds Albert-Bloodworth". MMAJunkie.com. April 7, 2012.
- "Newcomer Erik Perez Steps In at TUF Live Finale". MMAWeekly.com. May 15, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
- The Insider W/ John Albert by Dave Reid (MMAInsider.net) on May 20, 2013
- Steven Marrocco (June 1, 2012). "TUF Live Finale results: Erik Perez (kind of) submits John Albert in night's opener". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- Morgan, John & Erickson, Matt (2012-08-30). "Scott Jorgensen vs. John Albert slated for UFC on FOX 5". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "John Albert vs. Yaotzin Meza added to July's UFC on FOX 8 event". MMAjunkie.com. May 9, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013.