|Robert "Bubba" McDaniel|
May 3, 1983 |
Childress, Texas, United States
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Wichita Falls, Texas, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Robert "Bubba" McDaniel (born May 3, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who formerly fought as a Middleweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he went (1–2). He was a member of FX's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen. He currently competes for Bellator MMA as a Light Heavyweight and Middleweight.
Mixed martial arts career
The Ultimate Fighter
In January 2013, it was announced that McDaniel was selected for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen. To get into the TUF house, McDaniel defeated Ryan Bigler by TKO. During the choosing of teams, he was the third pick of Jon Jones for Team Jones and sixth overall.
McDaniel faced eventual winner Kelvin Gastelum in the preliminary round. Despite being favored to win, McDaniel was submitted in the second round via rear-naked choke.
McDaniel was chosen by Jones for the wildcard spot and faced Kevin Casey. Bubba won via corner stoppage after Casey didn't answer the bell for the third round.
McDaniel lost via early KO to Uriah Hall in the quarterfinals.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
McDaniel was expected to face TUF 17 castmate Tor Troéng on March 15, 2014 at UFC 171. However, Troéng was forced to pull out of the bout citing an injury. McDaniel instead faced UFC newcomer Sean Strickland. He failed again and lost the bout via submission in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.
Previous to fighting in the UFC, McDaniel appeared on an early Bellator MMA fight card in 2009. He faced William Chris Spicer at Bellator 6 and won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.
In his second fight for the promotion, McDaniel faced Kenyon Jackson at Bellator 146 on November 20, 2015. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.
After nearly two years away from Bellator, McDaniel will compete at Light Heavyweight when he replaces Muhammed Lawal against Liam McGeary at Bellator 185 on October 20, 2017. The following week, McGeary pulled out of the fight due to an injury.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|38 matches||28 wins||10 losses|
|Win||28–10||Juan Torres||TKO (punches)||Strike League 1: Fight Your Fight||April 8, 2017||2||4:16||Cedar Park, Texas, United States||Heavyweight debut|
|Win||27–10||Kenyon Jackson||TKO (punches)||Bellator 146||November 20, 2015||2||4:14||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Catchweight (195 lbs) bout|
|Loss||26–10||Hayward Charles||Submission (anaconda choke)||HERO FC: Best of the Best VI||September 26, 2015||2||3:27||El Paso, Texas, United States||For Hero FC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||26–9||Kenyon Jackson||Submission (choke)||Legend Fights: Lopez vs. Alexander||July 24, 2015||1||4:06||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States|||
|Win||25–9||Edgar Verdin||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Fury Fighting 7: McDaniel vs. Verdin||July 11, 2015||2||1:27||Humble, Texas, United States||Light Heavyweight bout|
|Win||24–9||Marvin Babe||TKO (punches)||Horsepower Promotions: Fists of Fury 8||March 7, 2015||1||3:45||Woodward, Oklahoma, United States||Light Heavyweight bout|
|Loss||23–9||Emiliano Sordi||Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 128||October 10, 2014||1||0:58||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||23–8||Ron Fields||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Extreme Combat Challenge: Fireworks||July 26, 2014||2||1:55||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||22–8||Matt Jones||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 121||June 6, 2014||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Catchweigh (190 lbs) bout|
|Loss||21–8||Sean Strickland||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 171||March 15, 2014||1||4:33||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Loss||21–7||Brad Tavares||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2||August 28, 2013||3||5:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||21–6||Gilbert Smith||Submission (triangle armbar)||The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale||April 13, 2013||3||2:49||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||20–6||Keith Cunagin||Submission (guillotine choke)||Legends of Fighting 53: Memorium||June 16, 2012||1||2:32||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Catchweigh (195 lbs) bout|
|Win||19–6||Eric Schambari||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Game: Premier Event||December 2, 2011||3||5:00||Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Win||18–6||Johnny Rees||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Legends of Fighting 45: Line of Fire||March 11, 2011||1||0:47||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||17–6||Kyacey Uscola||TKO (punches)||Pure Fighting Championships 6||December 10, 2010||2||3:28||Red Deer, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||16–6||Rob Wince||Submission (triangle choke)||Ohio Fight Conference: Round 5||July 17, 2010||2||2:08||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||15–6||Nikolaos Rueve Boscarino||Submission (americana)||CNG Promotions: Queen City Meltdown||June 26, 2010||2||2:35||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||14–6||Lucas Lopes||KO (punches)||MMA Big Show: A Prodigy Returns||April 17, 2010||1||2:13||Florence, Indiana, United States|
|Win||14–5||Billy Horne||TKO (punches)||MMA Big Show: Mayhem||September 17, 2009||1||0:43||Florence, Indiana, United States|
|Win||13–5||William Chris Spicer||Submission (rear-naked-choke)||Bellator 6||May 8, 2009||1||2:53||Robstown, Texas, United States|
|Loss||12–5||Alexander Shlemenko||TKO (flying knee to the body)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||October 10, 2008||1||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||12–4||Kala Hose||Submission (rear-naked-choke)||EliteXC: Return of the King||June 14, 2008||1||0:41||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||11–4||Alex Cisne||TKO||KOTC: Rising Stars||May 24, 2008||2||2:37||Devol, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||10–4||Tom Jones||Submission (north-south choke)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 17||Mar 15, 2008||1||1:04||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||10–3||Dan Molina||Submission (triangle choke)||KOTC: Arch Rivals||October 27, 2007||1||2:05||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–2||Blake Norsworthy||TKO||KOTC: Jawbreaker||September 29, 2007||1||2:43||Devol, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||9–2||Mike Queen||Submission (rear-naked-choke)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 12||August 18, 2007||3||1:03||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||8–2||Cody Malicott||Submission||Big Chief Promotions||June 9, 2007||1||0:45||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||7–2||Craig Cobb||Submission (triangle choke)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 10||April 7, 2007||1||1:42||Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||6–2||Gerald Harris||Submission (injury)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 6||November 10, 2006||2||4:55||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||6–1||Nick Budig||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Freestyle Cage Fighting: Brawl For It All 2||October 7, 2006||2||2:18||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||5–1||Jeff McConnell||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Freestyle Cage Fighting: Brawl For It All||August 19, 2006||1||1:26||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||4–1||Brandon McDowell||Submission||Ultimate Texas Showdown 5||April 29, 2006||1||0:56||Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Win||3–1||Allan McGuire||Submission (armbar)||American Cage Fighting: Showdown at Sundown||Mar 10, 2006||1||0:27||Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||2–1||Roger Kimes||Submission (armbar)||Xtreme Fighting League - EK 19: Battle at the Brady 3||February 18, 2006||1||1:27||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Horace Spencer||Submission (choke)||Xtreme Fighting League||December 30, 2005||1||N/A||Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||1–0||York Ash||Submission (armbar)||World Fighting Organization||December 2, 2005||1||N/A||Oklahoma, United States|
- "The Ultimate Fighter 17 cast revealed". mmafighting.com. 2013-01-09.
- "TUF 17 Finale fight card". mmafighting.com. April 9, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
- Staff (2013-06-04). "McDaniel vs. Tavares added to UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 in Indy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- "Silva-St Preux, McDaniel-Troeng booked for UFC 171 in Dallas". mmajunkie.com. 2013-12-07.
- Staff (2014-03-03). "Sean Strickland replaces Tor Troeng, faces Robert McDaniel at UFC 171". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
- Staff (2014-04-21). "Report: UFC releases Bubba McDaniel and Renee Forte". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
- Josh Sanchez (2014-05-23). "Bellator 121 fight card announced with James Thompson, Sokoudjou and more". fansided.com. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
- "Sarnavskiy vs. Gunderson, McDaniel vs. Sordi added to Bellator 128". fansided.com.
- "Bubba McDaniel Replaces 'King Mo,' Meets Liam McGeary at Bellator 185 on Oct. 20".
- "HERO FC - Photos from HERO FC's post - Facebook".
- "Bubba McDaniel vs. Ken Jackson". Tapology.