May 17, 1985 |
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
|Other names||Rare Breed|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||240 lb (110 kg; 17 st)|
|Reach||80.5 in (204 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Tempe, Arizona, United States|
|Rank||Blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
Hale made his professional debut in December 2006.
Rage in the Cage
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
- Bellator MMA
- Rage in the Cage
- RITC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- RITC Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||21 wins||7 losses|
|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|
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- "Bellator Season 4 Tournament Finales Now Official". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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