Raphael Butler

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Raphael Butler
Born (1984-01-04) January 4, 1984 (age 33)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Other names The Silencer
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 260 lb (120 kg; 19 st)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 77.0 in (196 cm)
Fighting out of Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Team Alliance MMA
Years active 2004–2011 (Boxing)
2010–2016 (MMA)
Professional boxing record
Total 49
Wins 35
By knockout 28
Losses 12
By knockout 7
No contests 2
Mixed martial arts record
Total 12
Wins 9
By knockout 6
By submission 3
Losses 2
By knockout 1
By submission 1
Draws 1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: May 9, 2013

Raphael Butler (born January 4, 1984) is an American retired Heavyweight boxer and mixed martial artist who competed in Bellator MMA.

Boxing career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Butler had a stellar amateur career, winning the 2004 National Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Championship. Butler represented the 4th Street Gym in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota.

Professional career[edit]

Butler turned professional in 2004. He was seen as a future star in the sport early on, but suffered two TKO losses against journeyman fighters in 2005. In 2006 he took on ESPN house fighter Jason Gavern, and lost a decision. After the loss, Butler ran off a string of victories against marginal opposition before taking on Art Binkowski in a nationally televised showcase bout on ShoBox. Despite dropping Binkowski three times in the first round, Butler tired as the fight went on, and the referee stopped the fight with just 30 seconds left before the final bell, awarding Binkowski a TKO. After six more wins against lesser competition, Butler was knocked out in 6 rounds by contender "Fast" Eddie Chambers on June 20 in the Cayman Islands.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Butler made his professional MMA debut in 2010 and compiled an undefeated record of 5-0 before being signed by Bellator MMA.

Bellator MMA[edit]

Butler made his promotional debut on June 19, 2013 at Bellator 96 against Jeremiah O'Neal and won via first-round knockout.

Butler then won his next two fights under the Bellator banner before fighting Nick Rossborough to a draw at Bellator 119 on May 9, 2014.

Butler then faced Javy Ayala at Bellator 125 on September 19, 2014.[1] Butler was handed his first professional loss via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.

Butler next fought Josh Diekmann at Bellator 134 on February 27, 2015.[2] Butler won via a first-round standing guillotine choke submission.[3]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–2–1 Tony Johnson TKO (punches) Bellator 148 January 29, 2016 3 4:24 Fresno, California, United States
Win 9–1–1 Josh Diekmann Submission (standing guillotine) Bellator 134 February 27, 2015 1 1:04 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 8–1–1 Javy Ayala Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 125 September 19, 2014 1 1:03 Fresno, California, United States
Draw 8–0–1 Nick Rossborough Draw (majority) Bellator 119 May 9, 2014 3 5:00 Rama, Ontario, Canada
Win 8–0 Josh Burns TKO (retirement) Bellator 107 November 8, 2013 1 2:14 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win 7–0 Joseph Bryant TKO (strikes) Bellator 105 October 25, 2013 1 1:04 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Win 6–0 Jeremiah O'Neal KO (punches) Bellator 96 June 19, 2013 1 2:19 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win 5–0 Brett Murphy KO (punch) Driller Promotions/ SEG: Throwdown at the Crowne 1 September 8, 2012 1 0:13 St. Paul, Minnesota, United States Won the Minnesota Heavyweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Steven Shaw Submission (armbar) Brutaal Fight Night: Violent Night June 2, 2012 1 4:35 Maplewood, Minnesota, United States
Win 3–0 Richard White Submission (punches) Brutaal Fight Night: Rochester March 25, 2011 2 3:18 Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Win 2–0 Jeremy Beck KO (punches) Brutaal: Fight Night February 12, 2011 1 3:36 Red Wing, Minnesota, United States
Win 1–0 Gabe Hobbs KO (punch) Brutaal: Fight Night October 29, 2010 1 0:36 Welch, Minnesota, United States

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
49 fights 35 wins 12 losses
By knockout 28 7
By decision 7 5
No contests 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
49 Loss 35–12 (2) United States Chris Arreola TKO 3 (10), 0:55 Nov 5, 2011 Mexico Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico
48 Loss 35–11 (2) United States Tye Fields TKO 6 (10), 2:37 Oct 7, 2011 Canada Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta
47 Loss 35–10 (2) United Kingdom David Price TKO 1 (8), 1:47 April 27, 2011 United Kingdom Olympia, Liverpool, Merseyside
46 Loss 35–9 (2) Canada Neven Pajkic UD 10 Sep 4, 2010 Canada Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
45 NC 35–8 (2) United States Joey Abell NC 1 (10), 3:00 Dec 4, 2009 United States Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota For Vacant USA Minnesota State Heavyweight Title
44 Win 35–8 (1) United States Marcus Rhode TKO 2 (6), 1:30 Sep 12, 2009 United States Mickey's Irish Saloon, Rochester, Minnesota
43 Loss 34–8 (1) United States Malik Scott UD 8 Dec 13, 2008 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
42 Loss 34–7 (1) United States Homero Fonseca MD 6 Nov 20, 2008 United States Crown Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas
41 Win 34–6 (1) United States Marvin Hunt KO 1 (4), 1:35 Nov 1, 2008 United States West Junior High School, West Memphis, Arkansas
40 Win 33–6 (1) United States Travis Fulton TKO 2 (6), 2:04 Oct 4, 2008 United States Graham Arena, Rochester, Minnesota
39 Win 32–6 (1) United States Lyle McDowell TKO 1 (6), 0:52 Sep 20, 2008 United States Treasure Island Casino, Red Wing, Minnesota
38 Loss 31–6 (1) United States Homero Fonseca SD 4 Sep 4, 2008 United States Crown Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas
37 Loss 31–5 (1) United States Eddie Chambers TKO 6 (12) June 20, 2008 Cayman Islands Royal Watler Cruise Terminal, Georgetown, Cayman Islands For USBA Heavyweight Title
36 Win 31–4 (1) United States Otis Tisdale TKO 4 (6), 1:48 April 26, 2008 United States Graham Arena, Rochester, Minnesota
35 Win 30–4 (1) United States Kerry Biles KO 1 (6), 0:45 Mar 8, 2008 United States Renaissance Hotel, St Louis, Missouri
34 Win 29–4 (1) United States Sam Comming UD 4 18/10/2007 Michigan Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, United States 39-37, 40-36, 39-37.
33 Win 28–4 (1) United States Sedreck Fields UD 4 20/09/2007 Texas Houston, Texas, United States
32 Win 27–4 (1) United States Clarence Goins KO 1 24/08/2007 Minnesota Hinckley, Minnesota, United States Goins knocked out at 0:39 of the first round.
31 Win 26–4 (1) United States Travis Fulton TKO 2 29/06/2007 Michigan Comstock Park, Michigan, United States Referee stopped the fight at 1:25 of the second round.
30 Loss 25–4 (1) Canada Art Binkowski TKO 8 (8), 2:23 April 6, 2007 United States Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
29 Win 25–3 (1) United States Brad Bowers TKO 1 24/02/2007 Wisconsin Superior, Wisconsin, United States Referee stopped the fight at 0:29 of the second round.
28 Win 24–3 (1) United States Louis Monaco DQ 6 12/01/2007 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States align=left
27 Win 23–3 (1) United States Cornelius Ellis TKO 2 01/12/2006 Minnesota Rochester, Minnesota, United States Referee stopped the fight at 1:35 of the second round.
26 Win 22–3 (1) United States Matt Green KO 3 04/11/2006 Louisiana Kinder, Louisiana, United States Green knocked out at 1:35 of the third round.
25 Win 21–3 (1) United States Dan Ward KO 1 23/09/2006 Arkansas Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States Ward knocked out at 1:30 of the first round.
24 Win 20–3 (1) United States Eric Starr TKO 1 14/09/2006 Iowa Altoona, Iowa, United States Referee stopped the fight at 2:04 of the first round.
23 Win 19–3 (1) United States Troy Beets TKO 3 20/07/2006 California Lemoore, California, United States Referee stopped the fight at 2:19 of the third round.
22 Win 18–3 (1) United States Wallace McDaniel TKO 1 11/07/2006 Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee, United States Referee stopped the fight at 1:28 of the first round.
21 Loss 17–3 (1) United States Jason Gavern UD 6 14/04/2006 California Rancho Mirage, California, United States 55-59, 54-60, 54-60.
20 Win 17–2 (1) United States Forrest Neal KO 1 17/03/2006 Colorado Denver, Colorado, United States Neal knocked out at 0:52 of the first round.
19 Win 16–2 (1) United States Ronnie Smith KO 2 11/02/2006 Colorado Pueblo, Colorado, United States Smith knocked out at 1:16 of the second round.
18 Loss 15–2 (1) United States John Clark TKO 2 17/11/2005 California San Jose, California, United States Referee stopped the fight at 1:41 of the second round after Butler had been down thrice in the fight.
17 Win 15–1 (1) United States Andrew Jackson KO 1 21/10/2005 California Temecula, California, United States align=left
16 Win 14–1 (1) Nigeria Innocent Otukwu TKO 3 16/09/2005 California Lemoore, California, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:39 of the third round.
15 Win 13–1 (1) United States John Dixon TKO 1 27/08/2005 Minnesota Thief River Falls, Minnesota, United States Referee stopped the bout at the end of the first round.
14 Win 12–1 (1) United States Kerry Biles UD 5 17/07/2005 Colorado Denver, Colorado, United States 50-44, 50-44, 50-44.
13 Win 11–1 (1) United States Kerry Biles UD 4 09/06/2005 California Temecula, California, United States 39-36, 39-36, 39-36.
12 Loss 10–1 (1) United States Darrell Provo TKO 1 15/04/2005 Colorado Denver, Colorado, United States Referee stopped the fight at 1:10 of the first round.
11 Win 10–0 (1) United States Brian Sargent KO 1 29/01/2005 Colorado Black Hawk, Colorado, United States Sargent knocked out at 0:37 of the first round.
10 Win 9–0 (1) Canada Marcelo Aravena UD 4 18/12/2004 Minnesota Fridley, Minnesota, United States 40-35, 40-35, 40-35.
9 Win 8–0 (1) Canada Marcelo Aravena TD 4 19/11/2004 North Dakota Mandan, North Dakota, United States Fight went to scorecards due to an accidental headbut.
8 Win 7–0 (1) United States David Cleage TKO 1 12/11/2004 Minnesota St Paul, Minnesota, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:35 of the first round.
7 Win 6–0 (1) United States Glen Morgan KO 1 29/10/2004 Minnesota Rochester, Minnesota, United States Morgan knocked out at 2:40 of the first round.
6 Win 5–0 (1) United States Ross Brantley KO 1 10/10/2004 Colorado Black Hawk, Colorado, United States Brantley knocked out at 0:30 of the first round.
5 Win 4–0 (1) United States Harold Johnson TKO 1 02/10/2004 Minnesota Hinckley, Minnesota, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:57 of the first round.
4 Win 3–0 (1) United States Arthur Boyles KO 1 11/09/2004 Minnesota Fridley, Minnesota, United States Boyles knocked out at 0:36 of the first round.
3 NC 2–0 (1) United States Eric Lindsey ND 1 (4), 1:44 Aug 19, 2004 United States Park Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas
2 Win 2–0 United States Victor Ortiz TKO 1 (4), 1:51 July 18, 2004 United States Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California
1 Win 1–0 United States Royphy Solieau TKO 3 (4), 1:02 June 19, 2004 United States City Center Pavilion, Reno, Nevada

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