Louis Smolka

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Louis Smolka
BornLouis Smolka
(1991-07-16) July 16, 1991 (age 27)
Kapolei, Hawaii, U.S.
Other namesDa Last Samurai
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
DivisionFlyweight
Bantamweight (2018-present)
Reach69.0 in (175 cm)
StyleKenpo, Boxing, Judo
Fighting out ofIrvine, California, United States
TeamHawaii Elite MMA Gracie Technics (2010-2018)
Team Oyama (2018-present)
RankBrown belt in Judo[2]
Junior brown belt in Kenpo Karate[2]
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins15
By knockout6
By submission7
By decision2
Losses6
By submission2
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Louis Smolka (born July 16, 1991) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2010, he has previously fought for California Xtreme Fighting, King of the Cage and Pacific Xtreme Combat. He is also former flyweight champion of both California Xtreme Fighting and Pacific Xtreme Combat.[3][4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Smolka began his amateur career in 2010 and was able to achieve a 2-1 record in his first year of competition, also winning the X-1 amateur 135 lb. title. He would take nearly a year off before turning professional in 2012. He would pick up wins under the Destiny MMA and King of the Cage banners before moving on to the PXC promotion in late 2012. He would win all four fights he had with PXC and would leave the promotion as the flyweight champion.[5][6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In late 2013, Louis was signed by the UFC and was slated to make his promotional debut against Alptekin Ozkilic at UFC Fight Night 35 on January 15, 2014.[7] Smolka was able to come out with a unanimous decision victory.[8]

Smolka later faced Chris Cariaso on May 10, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 40.[9] Smolka lost the fight via split decision.[10]

Smolka faced Richie Vaculik on November 8, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 55.[11] He won the fight via knockout in the third round, finishing him with a side kick to the face and swarmed on Vaculik til the fight was stopped.[12] The win also earned Smolka his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[13]

Smolka faced Neil Seery on July 11, 2015 at UFC 189.[14] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[15]

Smolka faced Patrick Holohan on October 24, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76 in the main event.[16] After a back and forth first round featuring creative maneuvers by both men, Smolka was able to establish top position on Holohan midway in round two and deliver a series of shots, prompting Holohan to give up his back. Smolka was then able to lock in the rear-naked choke and secure the victory.[17]

Smolka next faced Ben Nguyen on July 13, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 91.[18] He won the fight via TKO in the second round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[19][20]

Smolka was expected to face Sergio Pettis on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 96.[21] However, Pettis pulled out of the fight citing a minor injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Brandon Moreno.[22] Smolka lost the fight via submission in the first round.[23]

Smolka faced Ray Borg on December 30, 2016 at UFC 207.[24] At the weigh-ins, Borg missed weight for the bout, coming in at 129.5 pounds. As a result, he was fined 30% of his fight purse, which went to Smolka, who agreed to take a catchweight bout.[25] Smolka lost the fight by unanimous decision.[26]

Smolka faced Tim Elliott on April 15, 2017 at UFC on Fox 24.[27] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[28] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.[29]

Smolka faced Matheus Nicolau on December 30, 2017 at UFC 219.[30] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[31]

Post UFC[edit]

After being released from UFC in the beginning of 2018, Smolka moved to Irvine, California to train at Team Oyama and try to turn his career around. After getting scolded by his manager, Smolka realized he had a drinking problem that had hindered his career for the last years. Smolka gave up drinking completely and claims to have been sober since January 2018.[32][33]

Smolka's release from the UFC also prompted him to reconsider his career as a mixed martial artist. Faced with lower salary and limited growth opportunities, Smolka admitted to nearly walking away from MMA.[34]

Smolka faced Tyrone Christian Gorgonia at Gladiator Challenge - MMA Fighting Championship on April 21 2018. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Return to UFC[edit]

On November 13, 2018, news surfaced that Smolka has re-signed a four-fight contract with the UFC and faced promotional newcomer Mudaerji Su at UFC Fight Night 141 on November 24, 2018. The bout marked Smolka's return to bantamweight division.[35][36] Smolka admitted to struggling to make it to the flyweight limit in the past, admitting "I would be depleting myself to pretty close to death."[37] He won the fight via an armbar in round two.[38]

Smolka faced Matt Schnell on March 9, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 4.[39] He lost the fight via a triangle submission in the first round.[40]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15–6 Matt Schnell Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos March 9, 2019 1 3:18 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Win 15–5 Su Mudaerji Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 November 24, 2018 2 2:07 Beijing, China Return to Bantamweight.
Win 14–5 Kyle Estrada TKO (doctor stoppage) CXF 15 October 20, 2018 2 5:00 Burbank, California, United States Won the vacant CXF Flyweight Championship.
Win 13–5 Tycen Lynn Submission (guillotine choke) Destiny MMA: Fight Night 5 June 23, 2018 3 N/A Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 12–5 Tyrone Christian Gorgonia TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge: MMA Fighting Championship April 21, 2018 1 1:15 Rancho Mirage, California, United States
Loss 11–5 Matheus Nicolau Decision (unanimous) UFC 219 December 30, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–4 Tim Elliott Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis April 15, 2017 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 11–3 Ray Borg Decision (unanimous) UFC 207 December 30, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (129.5 lbs) bout; Borg missed weight.
Loss 11–2 Brandon Moreno Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson October 1, 2016 1 2:23 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 11–1 Ben Nguyen TKO (punches and elbows) UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker July 13, 2016 2 4:41 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 10–1 Paddy Holohan Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Holohan vs. Smolka October 24, 2015 2 4:09 Dublin, Ireland
Win 9–1 Neil Seery Decision (unanimous) UFC 189 July 11, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–1 Richie Vaculik KO (side kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping November 8, 2014 3 0:18 Sydney, Australia Performance of the Night.
Loss 7–1 Chris Cariaso Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva May 10, 2014 3 5:00 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 7–0 Alp Ozkilic Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou January 15, 2014 3 5:00 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 6–0 Ale Cali TKO (punches) Pacific Xtreme Combat 41 November 9, 2013 2 1:52 Pasig, Philippines Flyweight debut. Won the PXC Flyweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Jessie Rafols Submission (rear-naked choke) Pacific Xtreme Combat 39 September 14, 2013 1 1:59 Pasig, Philippines
Win 4–0 Alvin Cacdac Submission (rear-naked choke) Pacific Xtreme Combat 35 February 16, 2013 3 3:59 Pasig, Philippines
Win 3–0 Bryan To Hang Lam Submission (armbar) Pacific Xtreme Combat 34 November 17, 2012 1 3:54 Quezon City, Philippines
Win 2–0 Kawika Martin Submission (D'Arce choke) KOTC - Mana October 20, 2012 2 2:53 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 1–0 Shane Pacarro TKO (doctor stoppage) Destiny MMA - Unleashed April 28, 2012 2 5:00 Waipahu, Hawaii, United States

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See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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