Patrick Smith (fighter)
|Born||August 28, 1963|
Coalgate, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Died||June 18, 2019 (aged 55)|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||225 lb (102 kg; 16.1 st)|
|Division||Heavyweight (MMA) |
|Style||Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Tang Soo Do, Hapkido, Kenpo, BJJ, Boxing|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Patrick Smith (August 28, 1963 – June 18, 2019) was an American kickboxer and mixed martial artist. He started his mixed martial arts career by participating in the first two Ultimate Fighting Championship events.
He was a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and also held a black belt in Hapkido, American Kenpo, and Tang Soo Do. In 1993, Smith was ranked No. 1 as a Super Heavyweight kickboxer in the United States and held a ranking of No. 5 internationally. He was the 1993 Enshin Karate Sabaki Challenge Heavyweight champion, an annual full contact karate tournament held in Denver which allows grabs, sweeps and throws, and competed in the 1993 Seidokaikan full contact Karate World Cup tournament in Japan.
Patrick Smith first rose to fame in the US for his kickboxing prowess. In 1994 he entered the K-1 Grand Prix '94 where he caused one of the biggest upsets in K-1 history by flooring three times and subsequently knocking out legendary karateka and future K-1 star Andy Hug with an uppercut after just 19 seconds of the first round in their quarterfinal match. Smith was unable to build on this success as he was soundly defeated by eventual champion Peter Aerts in the semifinals. Some pundits, most notoriously Dave Meltzer, have expressed their belief that Hug's loss was a fight fixed in order to increase Smith's popularity.
After the Hug victory, Smith's K-1 career never took off. He lost to Andy Hug in a rematch at the K-1 Revenge event and then failed to qualify for the following year's K-1 Grand Prix at K-1 Grand Prix '95 Opening Battle. His last match in K-1 was against rising local star Musashi, a match he lost by KO, and he was released from his K-1 contract, finishing 1 and 4 with the organization. Despite little international success, Smith had more success at home, accumulating an overall 66-8 kickboxing record by the time he retired in 2000.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Smith participated the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event, UFC 1, in November 1993. The event featured an eight-man single-elimination tournament with very few rules, awarding $50,000 to the winner. Art Davie, the promoter, placed advertisements in martial arts magazines and sent letters to anyone in any martial arts directory he could find to recruit competitors for the event. With the event being held in Smith's hometown of Denver, he was an easy addition. Smith's first and only match was against shoot wrestler Ken Shamrock, who took Smith down easily and submitted him with a heel hook. The fans in Denver booed heavily as they were unaware of the submission rules and were displeased with the fact that the match ended so quickly without a knockout.
Despite his loss, Smith's performance got him invited to UFC 2, now a 16-man tournament, where he entered with the expressed intent of a shot at the previous winner Royce Gracie. Smith had spent the time between shows working on his grappling to perform better on the ground, which paid off with a victory by guillotine choke against Ray Wizard in the first round. The peak of his performance, however, came technically through striking: after being pitted against ninjutsu fighter Scott Morris in the second round, Smith dropped him with knee strikes from the clinch, mounted him on the ground, and then unloaded barrage after barrage of punches and elbow strikes, completely knocking Morris out. This finish is considered one of the most brutal in the history of UFC. Smith next fought karate expert Johnny Rhodes, whom he submitted with a second guillotine choke after a brief exchange of hits. Finally, Smith reached the finals and his desired match against Royce Gracie, but it was short and one-sided, with Gracie taking him down and landing several palm strikes from mount before the kickboxer tapped out.
Smith returned at UFC 6 facing Rudyard Moncayo, a kenpo karate stylist from Ecuador. He opened the fight in spectacular fashion by landing a running front kick to Moncayo's chest, knocking him down and sending him sliding towards the fence. Smith then followed with a takedown and gained mount position, and ultimately locked a rear naked choke when Moncayo tried to escape, making him tap out. However, Smith had to withdraw from the tournament due to stomach cramps caused by an injury sustained during the fight. He was replaced by Anthony Macias.
Smith went on to fight for K-1 and Bas Rutten's first three invitationals shows as well as fighting on a few of the World Vale Tudo Championship events showcasing No Holds Barred fighting. In one of them, Smith faced Fabio Gurgel in a match that became infamous for its unusual ending. Smith grabbed the ring ropes in order to avoid being taken down and struck Gurgel's spine repeatedly with his elbow, but crowd members approached and tried to take Smith's hands off from the ropes, prompting the match to be stopped. The referee consulted with promoter Sérgio Batarelli about the situation and it was decided to call off the fight and declare Gurgel the winner.
On April 11, 2008 Smith came in as a late replacement for Gary Goodridge and defeated Eric "Butterbean" Esch via submission due to strikes in a "Masters Superfight" at YAMMA Pit Fighting's inaugural event.
On October 10, 2015, Smith came out of retirement at age 51 to fight Dave Huckaba at Gladiator Challenge - Collision Course. He was defeated via KO at 1:33 of round 1.
In 1999, Smith was convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. He was later arrested in 2008 after failing to register as a sex offender.
On June 18, 2019, Smith died of cancer at age 55.
Championships and accomplishments
- Sabaki Challenge Heavyweight Champion
- KICK Super Heavyweight Champion
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
|66 Wins, 8 Losses|
|1997-06-25||Loss||Jeff Roufus||Ledyard, Connecticut, USA||TKO (Leg Kick)||2|
|Fight was for K.I.C.K. Super Heavyweight World title.|
|1995-09-03||Loss||Musashi||K-1 Revenge II||Yokohama, Japan||KO (Kick)||2||0:43|
|1995-03-03||Loss||Stan Longinidis||K-1 Grand Prix '95 Opening Battle||Tokyo, Japan||KO (Kick)||2||2:59|
|Fails to qualify for K-1 Grand Prix '95.|
|1994-09-18||Loss||Andy Hug||K-1 Revenge||Yokohama, Japan||KO (Left Knee)||1||0:56|
|1994-04-30||Loss||Peter Aerts||K-1 Grand Prix '94 Semifinals||Tokyo, Japan||KO (Right Overhand)||1||1:03|
|1994-04-30||Win||Andy Hug||K-1 Grand Prix '94 Quarterfinals||Tokyo, Japan||KO (Three Knockdowns)||1||0:19|
|Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes|
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|37 matches||20 wins||17 losses|
|Loss||20–15||Kevin Jordan||Decision (unanimous)||American Steel Cagefighting 1: Battle of the Legends||July 31, 2009||3||5:00||Salem, New Hampshire, United States|
|Win||20–14||Brad Imes||KO (punches)||Titan FC 13||March 13, 2009||1||0:28||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||19–14||Aaron Winterlee||Submission (neck crank)||FM: Productions||March 7, 2009||1||2:22||Springfield, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||18–14||Jeremiah Constant||TKO (submission to punches)||HRP: Snakebite Fight 2||October 11, 2008||1||0:42||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||18–13||Aaron Winterlee||Submission (guillotine choke)||Extreme Fighting League||August 16, 2008||2||1:11||Miami, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||17–13||Butterbean||TKO (submission to punches and elbows)||YAMMA Pit Fighting||April 11, 2008||1||3:17||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||16–13||Derrick Ruffin||TKO (punches)||FM: Productions||February 1, 2008||2||1:02||Missouri, United States|
|Win||15–13||David Tyner||TKO (punches)||Oklahoma KO: Nightmare in the Jungle 1||October 27, 2007||2||2:45||Adair, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||14–13||Scott Arnold||TKO (punches)||UGC 18: Xtreme Victory||May 18, 2007||1||2:12||Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||13–13||Tom Clemens||Submission (kneebar)||XFS 5: Heavy Hitters||May 12, 2007||2||1:35||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|Win||13–12||Brian Stromberg||KO (punches)||Xtreme Fight Series 3||December 15, 2006||1||4:00||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|Win||12–12||Vernon Earwood||TKO (knee and punches)||RMBB: Hellraisers||October 21, 2006||1||2:33||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||11–12||Richard Gomez||Submission (guillotine choke)||Fightfest 6||September 23, 2006||1||0:47||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Win||10–12||Allan Sullivan||KO (punches)||ROF 10: Intensity||October 18, 2003||1||3:35||Colorado, United States|
|Loss||9–12||Marcus Silveira||DQ (knees on a grounded opponent)||World Extreme Fighting 5||June 12, 1999||1||0:50||DeLand, Florida, United States||Smith knocked Silveira down with a punch but landed an illegal knee to a downed opponent.|
|Win||9–11||Chuck Gale||TKO (elbows and punches)||Bas Rutten Invitational 3||June 1, 1999||1||7:31||Littleton, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||8–11||Maxim Tarasov||Submission (heel hook)||IAFC: Pankration World Championship 1999||May 1, 1999||1||3:31||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||8–10||Moti Horenstein||KO (head kick)||Bas Rutten Invitational 2||April 24, 1999||1||0:26||Littleton, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||8–9||Matt Asher||TKO (punches)||Bas Rutten Invitational 1||February 6, 1999||1||0:11||Littleton, Colorado, United States|
|Win||8–8||Joe Grant||TKO (submission to punches)||Bas Rutten Invitational 1||February 6, 1999||1||0:35||Littleton, Colorado, United States|
|Win||7–8||David Dodd||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Challenge 22||November 21, 1998||1||16:00||West Valley City, Utah, United States|
|Win||6–8||Tony Mendoza||TKO (punches)||ES: National Championships||October 24, 1998||1||7:27||South Dakota, United States|
|Win||5–8||Marco Selva||TKO (submission to punches)||World Vale Tudo Championship 5||February 3, 1998||1||4:35||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||4–8||Marco Ruas||Submission (heel hook)||World Vale Tudo Championship 4||March 16, 1997||1||0:39||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||4–7||Fabio Gurgel||TKO (retirement due to fan interference)||World Vale Tudo Championship 3||January 19, 1997||1||0:50||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||4–6||Dave Beneteau||TKO (submission to punches||U: Japan||November 17, 1996||1||1:09||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||4–5||Kiyoshi Tamura||Submission (heel hook)||K-1 Hercules||December 9, 1995||1||0:55||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||4–4||Kimo Leopoldo||TKO (submission to punches)||UFCF 1||September 8, 1995||1||2:59||Sapporo, Japan|
|Win||4–3||Rudyard Moncayo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 6||July 14, 1995||1||1:08||Casper, Wyoming, United States|
|Loss||3–3||Kimo Leopoldo||TKO (submission to punches)||K-1 Legend||December 10, 1994||1||3:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||3–2||Royce Gracie||TKO (submission to punches)||UFC 2||March 11, 1994||1||1:17||Denver, Colorado, United States||UFC 2 Tournament Finals.|
|Win||3–1||Johnny Rhodes||Submission (guillotine choke)||1||1:07||UFC 2 Tournament Semi-Finals.|
|Win||2–1||Scott Morris||TKO (elbows)||1||0:30||UFC 2 Tournament Quarter-Finals.|
|Win||1–1||Ray Wizard||Submission (guillotine choke)||1||0:58||UFC 2 Tournament Qualifying Round.|
|Loss||0–1||Ken Shamrock||Technical Submission (heel hook)||UFC 1||November 12, 1993||1||1:49||Denver, Colorado, United States||UFC 1 Tournament Qualifying Round.|
Professional boxing record
- "Patrick Smith on Sherdog".
- UFC 1 DVD
- "Sabaki Challenge". Enshin.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
- Jonathan Snowden (2010). Total Mma: Inside Ultimate Fighting. ECW Press. ISBN 978-15-549033-7-5.
- "Real Fighter Magazine". Realfightermag.com. 1993-11-12. Archived from the original on 2012-01-28. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
- No Holds Barred: Ultimate Fighting and the Martial Arts Revolution By Clyde Gentry
- Eight Men in a Cage Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine (dead link)
- UFC II DVD
- Scott Newman (2005-06-11). "MMA Review: #51: UFC 2: No Way Out". The Oratory. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
- Pat Smith vs. Rudyard Moncayo kick
- Scott Newman (2005-06-16). "MMA Review: #55: UFC 6: Clash of the Titans". The Oratory. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
- UFC 6 DVD
- "Former MMA fighter arrested again in Denison". KXII. May 1, 2008.
- "Finalista do UFC 2, Patrick Smith morre aos 55, vítima de câncer". Combate Americas (in Portuguese). Grupo Globo. 20 June 2019. Archived from the original on 20 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.