Wes Sims (fighter)
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October 12, 1979 |
|Other names||The Project (previously),
A Whole Show
|Height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Weight||260 lb (118 kg; 18 st 8 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265 lb)|
|Reach||81 in (206 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Lancaster, Ohio|
|Team||Team Hammer House|
|Years active||2001 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Wesley Edward Sims (born October 12, 1979) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He is one of the tallest MMA combatants in recent times and is known for his unorthodox fighting style. Sims has competed in the UFC, the WEC, Strikeforce, K-1, and the IFL.
Sims was born in Cleveland and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He was a star center on the basketball team at Amanda-Clearcreek High School, and went on to the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati. However, he dropped out after only one semester to pursue a career in professional wrestling, moving back to Columbus to train. He soon met legendary UFC and PRIDE FC fighter Mark Coleman who had a better plan for the young Sims which was to become a mixed martial artist, believing that Sim's huge size advantage would be significant against opponents. Sims helped Coleman prepare for his bout with Ricardo Morais at PRIDE 8, before embarking on his own career in the sport.
Frank Mir rivalry
In 2003, Sims fought a controversial fight against Frank Mir at UFC 43. At the very beginning of the fight, Mir put out his hand to touch gloves and Sims rushed past Mir's outstretched hand and into a quickly maneuvered takedown by Mir. In the first round, after slamming Mir to prevent an armbar, Sims got up while Mir was on his back against the fence and proceeded to stomp Mir's face several times while holding the fence for extra balance. The fight was stopped and Sims was disqualified.
This started a rivalry between the two and they met again in 2004 at UFC 46. Mir easily took control of the first round with an arm triangle attempt. Near the end of the second round Mir hit Sims with knee strikes to the face and then punches to knock Sims out.
Sims fought again in the UFC at the UFC 47 against Mike Kyle. Sims took the fight on less than a weeks notice after Kyle's original opponent got injured. Kyle dominated the entire first round and knocked Sims out at 4:59. Sims protested after the fight that Kyle had bitten him on the chest. During the post fight interview, a bite mark could clearly be seen on Sims' left pectoral muscle. This marks the first time a bite has ever happened in a UFC fight since its UFC 1 in 1993, when Gerard Gordeau bit Royce Gracie in the championship match. Kyle still denies any wrongdoing.
After losing to Kyle he was released by the UFC.
Tim Sylvia rivalry
Wes Sims faced former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia at SuperBrawl 38. Sylvia was coming off a title loss against Frank Mir, a fight in which he broke his right arm and needed a titanium plate inserted. The two did not touch gloves and Wes began the fight by sprinting towards Sylvia and then backing away. Sylvia got a takedown early and passed through to mount almost right away, but accidentally mounted his knee on top of Sims' shoulder, seriously injuring it. Wes was unable to defend himself with the injury and Sylvia won by strikes in the first round. Tim and Wes had a heated exchange after the fight when Sylvia called Sims out and said he did not deserve to stand in front of him. Wes ran up to Sylvia and trainers had to separate the two. Wes and Tim were supposed to have their rematch for the International Fighting Championships (IFC) Heavyweight title June 6 but Sylvia was injured and the fight was cancelled.
The Ultimate Fighter
Sims returned to the UFC as a cast member on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, which began filming in June 2009. Sims was defeated by castmate Justin Wren via arm triangle in the first round of Sims' first fight in the house. Despite his early exit from the competition, Sims was seen regularly on the show and may have earned a reputation for being one of the bullies of the household due to his constant childlike tauntings of Matt Mitrione and Zak Jensen.
Sims made his Strikeforce debut against Bobby Lashley on January 30, 2010 at Strikeforce: Miami. Sims came up short and was defeated by Bobby Lashley by TKO. Sims was taken down at the beginning of the first round by the decorated wrestler, who then used the ground and pound technique on the 6'8 UFC veteran. The referee stopped to the fight much to the dismay of Sims, who believed that the stoppage was premature. Sims was expected to fight former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia in Ohio outside of Strikeforce but the Ohio State Athletic Commission did not sanction the bout, citing that the fight was "non-competitive".
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|40 matches||23 wins||14 losses|
|Win||24–14–1 (2)||Ruben Villareal||Submission (guillotine choke)||Gladiator Challenge: Hammer Time||September 1, 2013||1||0:37||Lincoln, California, United States|
|Loss||23–14–1 (2)||Lyubomir Simeonov||Submission (heel hook)||Maxfight 27||June 16, 2012||2||1:05||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Loss||23–13–1 (2)||Bobby Lashley||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Miami||January 30, 2010||1||2:06||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Win||23–12–1 (2)||Jason DeAngelo||KO (punches)||FCFS 29: Battlefield 2||November 28, 2008||1||0:18||Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States|
|Win||22–12–1 (2)||Clifford Coon||Submission (kneebar)||FCFS 26: Beach-N-Brawl||June 28, 2008||1||1:32||Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States|
|Win||21–12–1 (2)||William Clifford||Submission (guillotine choke)||FCFS 26: Beach-N-Brawl||June 28, 2008||1||2:12||Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||20–12–1 (2)||Steve Bossé||Submission (ankle lock)||TKO 34: Sims VS Bosse||June 7, 2008||1||3:05||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||20–11–1 (2)||Travis Fulton||Decision (unanimous)||FF: Capitol Punishment||September 29, 2007||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||20–10–1 (2)||Chris Guillen||TKO (corner stoppage)||IFO: Fireworks in the Cage||July 7, 2007||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||20–9–1 (2)||Daniel Long||TKO (punches)||FCFS 12: Bloodsport||June 16, 2007||1||4:01||Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||19–9–1 (2)||Chris Guillen||Decision (unanimous)||UAFC: Art of War 2||May 11, 2007||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|NC||19–8–1 (2)||Van Palacio||No Contest||PFC 2: Fast and Furious||March 22, 2007||1||0:54||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||19–8–1 (1)||William Jaggers||Submission (strikes)||FCFS 7: Fight Club||February 10, 2007||1||0:28||Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States|
|Win||18–8–1 (1)||Albert Palmer||Submission (strikes)||FOG: Fists of Furry||December 9, 2006||1||0:54||Richmond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||17–8–1 (1)||Anton Cano||DQ (groin kick)||MMA: Mexico||October 27, 2006||2||0:08||Monterrey, Mexico|
|Win||16–8–1 (1)||Kimo Leopoldo||TKO (referee stoppage)||Extreme Wars 5: Battlegrounds||October 6, 2006||1||1:13||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||15–8–1 (1)||Robert Hogan||KO||FCFS 3: Full Contact Fight Series||September 16, 2006||1||1:07||Auburn, Indiana, United States|
|Win||14–8–1 (1)||Jabari Hawthorne||KO (knees)||HHCF 27: Rumble at the Rodeo 2||September 2, 2006||1||0:36||Chillicothe, Ohio, United States|
|Win||13–8–1 (1)||Joel Suprenant||Submission (triangle choke)||WEC 22: The Hitmen||July 28, 2006||1||0:28||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||12–8–1 (1)||Paul Bowers||Submission||UFS 2: Ultimate Fight Series 2||June 17, 2006||1||0:39||Auburn, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||11–8–1 (1)||Daniel Gracie||Technical Submission (standing rear naked choke)||IFL: Championship 2006||June 3, 2006||1||2:42||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11–7–1 (1)||Buddy Butler||Submission (strikes)||UFS: Ultimate Fight Series||April 15, 2006||1||0:50||Auburn, Indiana, United States|
|Draw||10–7–1 (1)||Daniel Gracie||Technical Draw||GFC: Team Gracie vs Team Hammer House||March 3, 2006||2||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||10–7 (1)||Jyunpei Hamada||Submission (triangle choke)||RFN 2: Ryukyu Fight Night 2||November 13, 2005||1||3:07||Okinawa, Japan|
|Win||9–7 (1)||Dustin Sutton||TKO (punches)||HHCF 22: Rumble at the Rodeo||September 3, 2005||1||0:36||Chillicothe, Ohio, United States|
|Win||8–7 (1)||Shane Lightle||KO (punch)||HHCF 21: Redemption||August 26, 2005||1||1:54||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||7–7 (1)||Tim Sylvia||TKO (punches)||SB 38: SuperBrawl 38||December 12, 2004||1||1:32||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||7–6 (1)||Antoni Hardonk||Submission (keylock)||K-1 Fighting Network Rumble on the Rock 2004||November 20, 2004||1||4:24||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||7–5 (1)||Joe Mellotte||Submission (strikes)||EFC 9: Extreme Fighting Challenge 9||September 10, 2004||1||1:00||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||6–5 (1)||Ricardeau Francois||TKO||APEX: Genesis||September 5, 2004||2||0:26||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||6–4 (1)||Mike Kyle||KO (punch)||UFC 47||April 2, 2004||1||4:59||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||6–3 (1)||Frank Mir||KO (knee and punches)||UFC 46||January 31, 2004||2||4:21||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||6–2 (1)||Frank Mir||DQ (stomping a downed opponent)||UFC 43||June 6, 2003||1||2:55||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–1 (1)||Conan Silveira||TKO||HOOKnSHOOT: Absolute Fighting Championships 1||December 13, 2002||2||2:13||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|NC||5–1 (1)||Edwin Allseitz||No Contest||HHCF 3: Unfinished Fury||October 19, 2002||Lancaster, Ohio, United States|
|Win||5–1||Mike Shepard||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEF 12: World Extreme Fighting 12||May 11, 2002||1||3:00||Steubenville, Ohio, United States|
|Win||4–1||John Harmon||Submission (triangle choke)||HHCF 1: Backyard Brawl||May 4, 2002||1||Lancaster, Ohio, United States|
|Win||3–1||Joe Mellotte||Submission (triangle choke)||OCF: Ohio Cage Fights||March 23, 2002||Delaware, Ohio, United States|
|Win||2–1||Josh Mueller||N/A||UW: St. Cloud 1||May 15, 2002||1||1:18||St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||1–1||Mike Paduano||TKO (forfeit)||RSF 7: Animal Instinct||January 26, 2002||1||0:01||Lakeland, Florida, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Dan Severn||Decision||RSF 2: Attack at the Track||June 23, 2001||3||4:00||Chester, West Virginia, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Lose||0-1||Justin Wren||Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights||1||Las Vegas, Nevada||Preliminary bout|
- "Hawaii Martial Arts News & Rumors - Dedicated to Hawaii-Specific Martial Arts News & Rumors". Onzuka.com. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
-  Archived June 25, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
-  Archived June 12, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- "Bobby Lashely vs. UFC vet Wes Sims (finally) set for "Strikeforce: Miami"". mmajunkie.com. 2010-01-22.
- "Ohio commission turns down Sims vs. Sylvia at "Adrenaline MMA IV" (Updated)". MMAjunkie.