Rich Hale

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Rich Hale
Born (1985-05-17) May 17, 1985 (age 31)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Other names Rare Breed
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 240 lb (110 kg; 17 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Reach 80.5 in (204 cm)
Fighting out of Tempe, Arizona, United States
Team Koncrete Gym
Rank Blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 29
Wins 21
By knockout 10
By submission 8
By decision 3
Losses 7
By knockout 3
By decision 4
Draws 1
Other information
Website http://rarebreedtraining.blogspot.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Richard "Rich" Hale (born May 17, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist formerly competing in Bellator's Heavyweight division.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Hale made his professional debut in December 2006.

Rage in the Cage[edit]

Hale started his career fighting for the promotion Rage in the Cage. He has a record of 13 wins and 2 losses in his career under the promotion. He won the Rage in the Cage Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Championships.

Bellator[edit]

In February 2011, Bellator announced that Hale will be a part of the Bellator Season Four Light Heavyweight Tournament and that he would National Champion wrestler Nik Fekete in the quarterfinals.[1]

Hale made his Bellator debut on March 26, 2011 at Bellator 38 where he defeated Nik Fekete via technical submission (inverted triangle choke) to move on to the Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals.

At Bellator 42, Hale competed in the semi-finals of the Season Four Light Heavyweight Tournament against D.J. Linderman. Hale won by a narrow split decision to move on to the Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals where he fought Christian M'Pumbu at Bellator 45. He lost via TKO in the third round.[2]

In late 2012, Hale moved up in weight as he joined the Heavyweight Tournament in Bellator's Season Seven. He faced Mike Wessel in the opening quarter-finals at Bellator 75 on October 5, 2012.[3] He won the fight via vicious TKO, stopping his opponent via strikes at just 1:19 into the first round. In the semifinals, he faced Thiago Santos. After being rocked in the first minute of the fight, Hale regained his composure and won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Hale faced Russian Alexander Volkov in the final, with the winner awarded the Bellator Heavyweight Championship. The fight took place at Bellator 84 on December 14, 2012, with Volkov winning by unanimous decision after five rounds.

Hale fought Ryan Martinez at Bellator 96. He was knocked out in the first round by ground and pound from Martinez.

In March 2014, Hale returned to the Heavyweight division. He faced Blagoi Ivanov in the opening round of the Bellator Season Ten Heavyweight Tournament at Bellator 111 on March 7, 2014. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–7–1 Blagoi Ivanov Decision (unanimous) Bellator 111 March 7, 2014 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Bellator MMA: Season Ten Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Loss 21–6–1 Ryan Martinez KO (punches) Bellator 96 June 19, 2013 1 2:19 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Bellator 2013 Summer Series Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
Loss 21–5–1 Alexander Volkov Decision (unanimous) Bellator 84 December 14, 2012 5 5:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States Bellator Season Seven Heavyweight Tournament Final & For vacant Bellator HW championship
Win 21–4–1 Thiago dos Santos TKO (punches) Bellator 79 November 2, 2012 1 3:31 Rama, Ontario, Canada Bellator Season Seven Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 20–4–1 Mike Wessel TKO (punches) Bellator 75 October 5, 2012 1 1:19 Hammond, Indiana, United States Bellator Season Seven Heavyweight Tournament Quarter Final
Win 19–4–1 Josh Burns TKO (punches) Bellator 69 May 18, 2012 1 0:38 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Win 18–4–1 Carlos Flores KO (punch) Bellator 55 October 22, 2011 1 0:18 Yuma, Arizona, United States
Loss 17–4–1 Christian M'Pumbu TKO (punches) Bellator 45 May 21, 2011 3 4:17 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season Four Light Heavyweight Tournament Final and for vacant Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 17–3–1 D.J. Linderman Decision (split) Bellator 42 April 23, 2011 3 5:00 Concho, Oklahoma, United States Bellator Season Four Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 16–3–1 Nik Fekete Technical Submission (inverted triangle choke) Bellator 38 March 26, 2011 1 1:55 Tunica, Mississippi, United States Bellator Season Four Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 15–3–1 Dave Mewborn TKO (punches) Top Combat Championship 3: No Where to Hide October 23, 2010 1 3:36 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 14–3–1 Mike Zanski Submission (guillotine choke) Rage in the Cage 140 March 20, 2011 3 1:28 Chandler, Arizona, United States
Loss 13–3–1 Antwain Britt Decision (majority) Vendetta Fighting Championship: A Night of Vengeance September 5, 2009 2 5:00 Oranjestad, Aruba
Win 13–2–1 Evan Nedd Decision (majority) Vendetta Fighting Championship: A Night of Vengeance September 5, 2009 2 5:00 Oranjestad, Aruba
Win 12–2–1 Adam Padilla TKO (punches) Rage in the Cage 130 July 18, 2009 1 2:12 Chandler, Arizona, United States
Draw 11–2–1 Jordan Smith Draw Throwdown Showdown 4: Cuatro June 6, 2009 5 5:00 West Valley City, Utah, United States
Win 11–2 Rich Beecroft TKO (punches) Rage in the Cage 125 April 17, 2009 1 0:33 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 10–2 Shawn Frye Submission (rear-naked choke) Rage in the Cage 123 March 21, 2009 1 1:33 Chandler, Arizona, United States
Win 9–2 Matt Lucas Submission (kimura) Rage in the Cage 121 February 6, 2009 2 2:03 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 8–2 Lyle Steffens KO Rage in the Cage 119 November 22, 2008 2 0:44 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 7–2 Roger Mejia TKO Rage in the Cage 117 November 8, 2008 2 0:16 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 6–2 Adam Padilla Submission (rear naked choke) Rage in the Cage 116 September 27, 2008 1 1:01 Prescott, Arizona, United States
Win 5–2 Jeremiah Martinez KO (punch) Rage in the Cage 113 August 2, 2008 1 1:01 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 4–2 Matt Lucas Decision (unanimous) RITC 100: The Centennial September 15, 2007 3 3:00 Fountain Hills, Arizona, United States
Win 4–1 Rich Beecroft Submission (rear-naked choke) Rage in the Cage 97 June 30, 2007 1 0:25 Arizona, United States
Win 3–1 Steve Sayegh Submission (guillotine choke) Rage in the Cage 94 April 28, 2007 2 0:42 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 2–1 Rich Alten Submission (rear-naked choke) Rage in the Cage 93 April 20, 2007 2 0:59 Arizona, United States
Loss 1–1 Jimmy Ambriz KO (punches) Rage in the Cage 91 February 24, 2007 1 0:53 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 1–0 Wendell Lowe Decision (unanimous) RITC 89: Triple Main Event December 2, 2006 3 3:00 Maricopa County, Arizona, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bellator signs 15-time RITC vet Richard Hale for light-heavyweight tourney". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Bellator Season 4 Tournament Finales Now Official". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Eight Heavyweights Invade Horseshoe Casino Hammond at Bellator 75 on October 5". bellator.com. August 4, 2012. Archived from the original on August 29, 2012.