Tom Speer

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Tom Speer
Born (1984-08-20) August 20, 1984 (age 35)
Elgin, Minnesota, United States
Other namesThe Farmboy
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st)
Fighting out ofElgin, Minnesota, United States
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2005–2013
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout9
By submission7
By decision5
By knockout3
By submission3
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Thomas Speer (born August 20, 1984) is a retired American mixed martial artist. A professional competitor from 2005 until 2013, he received national exposure on The Ultimate Fighter 6: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra, fighting as a member of Team Hughes and his subsequent stint in the UFC. Speer also competed in the WEC and Cage Warriors..[1]


Born and raised on a crop and dairy farm in Elgin, Minnesota, Speer was a star athlete at Elgin Millville High School, where he was an All-State cornerback in football, received four varsity letters in basketball, and reached the state tournament in wrestling during his senior year. After graduating in 2003, Speer continued to develop his wrestling skills and also began competing in mixed martial arts in the local circuit.[2] On May 29, 2015 Speer married Katie Kirckof.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

While on The Ultimate Fighter, Speer defeated Jon Koppenhaver and Ben Saunders, both by unanimous decision. In his semifinal bout, he defeated George Sotiropoulos by KO in the first round, advancing him into the finals on December 8, 2007, to face fellow Team Hughes member Mac Danzig. Speer fought Danzig at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs Team Serra Finale, and lost via rear-naked choke at 2:01 of the first round.

On April 2, 2008 at UFC Fight Night 13, Speer lost to Anthony Johnson by KO in the first round. Speer was then released by the UFC after this loss.[3]

Independent Promotions[edit]

Speer announced his retirement from professional fighting after suffering a loss to Beau Baker in the Cagefest Xtreme 6 show in Norfolk, Virginia. Speer was a late replacement for an injured Shonie Carter.[3]

Speer has since returned to fighting professionally, defeating Jay Ellis by TKO in the first round at the Extreme Challenge 127 on May 30, 2009.

Speer fought Ryan Ford at TFC 10. He lost the fight in the first round via rear-naked choke submission.

Speer faced Mats Nilsson on February 11, 2012 at Cage Warriors Fight Night 3, in which he lost via arm triangle submission.

On April 5, 2013, Speer defeated Strikeforce Vet Lumumba Sayers at MFW: 2 via rear-naked choke submission in round one.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
28 matches 21 wins 7 losses
By knockout 9 3
By submission 7 3
By decision 5 1
Draws 0
No contests 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 21–7 Lumumba Sayers Submission (rear-naked choke) MFW: Made For War 2 April 5, 2013 1 3:39 Castle Rock, Colorado, United States Middleweight bout.
Loss 20–7 Jeremy Kimball TKO (punches) MFW: Made For War 1 October 13, 2012 2 2:29 Castle Rock, Colorado, United States Middleweight bout.
Win 20–6 Kevin Burns Decision (split) Brutaal: Fight Night May 11, 2012 3 5:00 Tama, Iowa, United States
Loss 19–6 Mats Nilsson Submission (arm-triangle choke) Cage Warriors Fight Night 3 February 11, 2012 2 4:17 Beirut, Lebanon Middleweight bout.
Win 19–5 Indalecio Tat Romero Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 188: Larson vs. Davila July 23, 2011 3 5:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 18–5 Ryan Williams Submission (triangle choke) Extreme Challenge 170 December 11, 2010 3 2:48 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 17–5 Ashkan Morvari Decision (unanimous) RG: Rochester Gladiators October 2, 2010 3 5:00 Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Win 16–5 Jeremy Lafferty Submission (punches) RG: Rochester Gladiators May 15, 2010 1 2:02 Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Loss 15–5 Ryan Ford Submission (rear-naked choke) TFC 10: High Voltage March 19, 2010 1 4:29 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada For the TFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 15–4 Travis Perzynski Decision (unanimous) FN: Fight Nation October 3, 2009 3 5:00 Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Win 14–4 Jay Ellis TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge 128 May 30, 2009 1 2:53 Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Loss 13–4 Beau Baker Decision (unanimous) Cagefest Xtreme Evolution November 15, 2008 3 5:00 Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Win 13–3 Geno Roderick Submission (rear-naked choke) CCCW: Capital City Cage Wars November 1, 2008 1 3:25 Springfield, Illinois, United States
Win 12–3 Joe Julianelle TKO (punches) 10–4: Thunder October 4, 2008 1 0:50 Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Loss 11–3 Anthony Johnson KO (punches) UFC Fight Night 13 April 2, 2008 1 0:51 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss 11–2 Mac Danzig Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra Finale December 8, 2007 1 2:01 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs Team Serra Tournament Final.
Win 11–1 Sidney Silva KO (punch) WEC 27 May 12, 2007 1 4:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 Robert Farley TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge 76 March 31, 2007 1 2:23 Sloan, Iowa, United States
Win 9–1 Andy Normington Submission (strikes) Ultimate Combat Sports 19: Battle at the Barn March 24, 2007 1 N/A Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Win 8–1 Dan Washburn Submission (strikes) Ultimate Combat Sports 18: Battle at the Barn January 20, 2007 1 N/A Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Win 7–1 Sean Huffman TKO (corner stoppage) Extreme Challenge 72 October 21, 2006 1 5:00 Minnesota, United States
Loss 6–1 John Meyer TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge 70 July 30, 2006 3 N/A Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Win 6–0 Jim Abrille TKO (corner stoppage) Full Throttle 7 June 10, 2006 1 5:00 Georgia, United States
Win 5–0 Rob Marcks TKO (corner stoppage) Coliseum: Coliseum 2 December 28, 2005 1 N/A Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Win 4–0 Gerald Pearson TKO (slam) ICE 18: International Combat Events 18 December 3, 2005 2 N/A Fairfield, Ohio, United States
Win 3–0 Adam Hill TKO (punches) Ultimate Combat Sports 10: Battle at the Barn September 10, 2005 2 N/A Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Win 2–0 Mike van Meer Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Combat Sports: Throwdown at the T-Bar July 30, 2005 3 5:00 Ellsworth, Minnesota, United States
Win 1–0 Jose Frausto Submission (arm-triangle choke) Ultimate Combat Sports 9: Battle at the Barn May 7, 2005 1 N/A Rochester, Minnesota, United States


  1. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2007-08-27). "Participants in Ultimate Fighter season six are announced". Los Angeles Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-08-27.
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  3. ^ a b "'TUF 6's' Tommy Speer chooses farming over fighting". 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2008-11-20.

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