Rudy Bears

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Rudy Bears
Born Rudy Bears
(1978-11-12) November 12, 1978 (age 38)
Independence, Missouri, United States
Other names Bad News
Residence Independence, Missouri
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Fighting out of Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Team Caveman Crew
Rank Black Belt in Kenpo Karate
Black Belt in American jiu-jitsu
Orange Belt in Judo

Brown Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 31
Wins 16
By knockout 5
By submission 8
By decision 3
Losses 15
By knockout 5
By submission 8
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Rudy Bears is an American professional mixed martial artist, currently competing in the Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2007, Bears has formerly competed for Bellator, Strikeforce, Titan Fighting Championships and M-1 Global.[1]

Background[edit]

Bears is from Independence, Missouri and had a troubled upbringing, involving himself with street gangs and crime. He originally attended Van Horn High School but was caught trying to steal a car and as a result, was placed in jail for one month while looking at seven years in the penitentiary. It was during this time in jail, at the age of 17, that Bears decided to turn his life around. He wrote a heartfelt letter to the judge, who gave the young Bears a second chance. The judge released Bears on probation while in exchange Bears would have to finish high school and stay out of trouble, Bears then graduated from Truman High School and began practicing the martial arts.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

International Sport Combat Federation[edit]

Before competing in professional mixed martial arts, Bears competed as an amateur in the International Combat Sport Federation where he won three titles.[1]

Early professional career[edit]

Bears made his professional debut against future Strikeforce veteran and current UFC Lightweight, Isaac Vallie-Flagg. Bears won the bout in the first round via rear-naked choke submission. Bears then compiled a record of 10-3 with one-fight stints in the Titan Fighting Championships and M-1 Global organizations, winning both by TKO. After the TKO win for M-1 Global, in a catchweight bout of 175 lbs. Bears was invited to compete in Strikeforce.[1]

Strikeforce[edit]

Bears made his Strikeforce and Welterweight debut against then-undefeated future UFC veteran, Tyron Woodley in the main event, Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears on November 20, 2009. Bears lost the fight via arm-triangle choke submission and would not return to Strikeforce, as Bears then signed with the Bellator Fighting Championships.[1]

Bellator[edit]

Bears made his Bellator debut at Bellator 16 against Brent Weedman and was knocked out in the first round, the first knockout loss of Bear's career. He then appeared three more times for the organization, going 2-1 in his next three fights with the loss being a rematch with Zak Cummings, who had defeated Bears early in his career.[1]

Titan Fighting Championships[edit]

After his stint in Bellator, Bears signed with the Titan Fighting Championships and made his debut for the organization against former UFC Welterweight, Jason High. Bears lost the bout via technical submission 51 seconds into the fight after refusing to tap out due to a guillotine choke submission.[1]

After bouncing back with a win via rear-naked choke submission, Bears has lost six of his last eight fights competing for both Bellator and Titan FC.[1]

Shamrock Fighting Championships[edit]

Following a win over Zak Bucia, Bears defeated Josh Weston via rear-naked choke submission on January 17, 2015 at Shamrock FC: Shock to earn himself the promotion's vacant Welterweight title and a Bellator contract.[3]

Return to Bellator[edit]

Bears faced Michael Page at Bellator 140 on July 17, 2015.[4] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Bears next faced Neiman Gracie at Bellator 163 on November 4, 2016. He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Shamrock Fighting Championships
    • SFC Welterweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–15 Neiman Gracie Submission (armbar) Bellator 163 November 4, 2016 1 4:39 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Catchweight bout (175 lbs.)
Loss 16–14 Michael Page KO (punch) Bellator 140 July 17, 2015 1 1:05 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 16–13 Josh Weston Submission (rear-naked choke) Shamrock FC: Shock January 17, 2015 2 1:40 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Won vacant SFC Welterweight Championship & Bellator contract.
Win 15–13 Zak Bucia Decision (unanimous) Shamrock Promotions: Impact July 26, 2014 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 14–13 Ryan Jensen TKO (punches) Victory Fighting Championship 39 March 30, 2013 1 1:01 Ralston, Nebraska, United States
Loss 14–12 Igor Fernandes Submission (anaconda choke) Show Fighting Enterprise 1 March 1, 2013 1 2:51 Quito, Ecuador
Loss 14–11 Paul Daley TKO (punches) Bellator 72 July 20, 2012 1 2:45 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 14–10 Nick Nolte Submission (punches) Titan FC 22 May 25, 2012 1 3:58 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Loss 13–10 Marcio Navarro Decision (split) Bellator 56 October 29, 2011 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Loss 13–9 A.J. Matthews Decision (unanimous) Bellator 53 October 8, 2011 3 5:00 Miami, Oklahoma, United States Catchweight bout (175 lbs.)
Loss 13–8 Forrest Petz TKO (punches) C3 Fights: Great Plains Sizzling Slamfest July 30, 2011 1 2:55 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 13–7 Darryl Cobb Submission (rear-naked choke) Titan FC 18 May 27, 2011 1 3:30 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Loss 12–7 Jason High Technical Submission (guillotine choke) Titan FC 16 January 29, 2011 1 0:51 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 12–6 Chad Reiner KO (punch) Bellator 32 October 14, 2010 1 1:29 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Return to Welterweight
Loss 11–6 Zak Cummings Submission (D'arce choke) Bellator 26 August 26, 2010 1 1:27 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Middleweight bout
Win 11–5 Brian Green Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 22 June 17, 2010 1 3:29 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 10–5 Brent Weedman KO (punches) Bellator 16 April 29, 2010 1 4:19 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 10–4 Tyron Woodley Submission (arm-triangle choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears November 20, 2009 1 2:52 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Welterweight debut
Win 10–3 Brendan Seguin TKO (punches) M-1 Global: Breakthrough August 28, 2009 2 1:01 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Catchweight bout (175 lbs.)
Win 9–3 Ted Worthington Decision (unanimous) Extreme Fight Production June 12, 2009 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 8–3 Charles Jones TKO (punches) C3 Fights February 28, 2009 2 2:47 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 7–3 Dominic Brown TKO (punches) Titan FC 12 December 19, 2008 2 1:39 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 6–3 Chris Easter KO (punch) Havic Prizefighting: Downtown Throwdown 2 November 22, 2008 1 2:18 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Win 5–3 Jake Short Decision (split) C3 Fights: Showdown 2 August 16, 2008 3 5:00 Cherokee, North Carolina, United States
Loss 4–3 Joey Gorczynski Submission (guillotine choke) Freestyle Cage Fighting 21 July 26, 2008 1 0:54 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 4–2 Tom Jones Submission (rear-naked choke) Freestyle Cage Fighting 20 June 14, 2008 1 1:33 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Win 3–2 Nate James Submission (rear naked choke) CCCF: Battle on the Border March 29, 2008 1 0:39 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 2–2 Zak Cummings Submission (choke) FM: Productions February 1, 2008 3 2:08 Rolla, Missouri, United States
Win 2–1 Ruben Escamilla Submission (triangle choke) CCCF: Contenders January 19, 2008 2 1:21 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 1–1 Leonardo Pecanha Submission (armbar) Titan FC 9 September 22, 2007 1 0:38 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 1–0 Isaac Vallie-Flagg Submission (rear-naked choke) FW 15: Rumble at Rt. 66 Casino July 28, 2007 1 4:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Rudy Bears Sherdog Record". sherdog.com. July 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Alex Silvius. "Shamrock FC: Shock - Recap". knucklejunkies.com. 
  4. ^ Staff (April 24, 2015). "Michael Page vs. Rudy Bears set for Bellator 140". mmajunkie.com. 

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