November 12, 1978
Independence, Missouri, United States
|Other names||Bad News|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Fighting out of||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Rank||Black Belt in Kenpo Karate
Black Belt in American jiu-jitsu
Orange Belt in Judo
Brown Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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.
Mixed martial arts career
International Sport Combat Federation
Before competing in professional mixed martial arts, Bears competed as an amateur in the International Combat Sport Federation where he won three titles.
Early professional career
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.
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.
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.
Titan Fighting Championships
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.
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.
Shamrock Fighting Championships
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.
Return to Bellator
Championships and accomplishments
- Shamrock Fighting Championships
- SFC Welterweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|31 matches||16 wins||15 losses|
|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|
- "Rudy Bears Sherdog Record". sherdog.com. July 10, 2012.
- Alex Silvius. "Shamrock FC: Shock - Recap". knucklejunkies.com.
- Staff (April 24, 2015). "Michael Page vs. Rudy Bears set for Bellator 140". mmajunkie.com.