Chris Tuchscherer

Chris Tuchscherer (born September 8, 1975) is a retired American mixed martial artist who last competed as a Heavyweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Chris Tuchscherer
Born (1975-09-08) September 8, 1975 (age 44)
Rugby, North Dakota, United States
Other namesThe Crowbar
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight260.9 lb (118 kg; 18 st 9 lb)
Reach76.0 in (193 cm)
Fighting out ofOak Grove, Minnesota, United States
TeamTeam DeathClutch / Minnesota Martial Arts Academy
WrestlingNCAA Division II Wrestling
Years active2004–2011 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout12
By submission4
By decision5
By knockout3
By decision1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Born in Rugby, North Dakota, Tuchscherer competed in wrestling for Bowman County High School and was talented, continuing with the sport at North Dakota State before eventually transferring to NCAA Division II Minnesota State University, Moorhead. At MSUM Tuchscherer participated in Heavyweight NCAA Division II competitions[1][2] and became a two-time All-American as well as a NCAA Division II Championship Runner Up.[3][4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

After using up all of his college eligibility, Tuchscherer - who was already a fan of MMA - was urged by his friends to try competing himself. He tried out for and earned a spot on a local fight card where he won his first amateur match in less than a minute. Tuchscherer continued training at MSUM while helping to coach the university's wrestling team. He later began training at Minnesota Martial Arts Academy with fellow All-American Brock Lesnar.[1]

In his first professional MMA bout Tuchscherer defeated Krzysztof Soszynski by decision. Later in his career, he won the Dakota Fighting Championships Heavyweight Championship,[5] and at Extreme Challenge 85 on October 6, 2007, Tuchscherer defeated Jimmy Ambriz for the EC Heavyweight Championship.[6] He later participated at YAMMA Pit Fighting's only event in a heavyweight tournament where he defeated both Tony Sylvester and Alexey Oleinik by unanimous decision before losing by unanimous decision in the final to Travis Wiuff. Tuchscherer then won the Max Fights Heavyweight Championship on July 19, 2008, by defeating Tony Mendoza at Max Fights 4[7] before defeating Branden Lee Hinkle on March 21, 2009, at "Beatdown 4" to win the first SNMAA heavyweight championship.[3]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Chris Tuchscherer tried out for the tenth season of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) reality show, The Ultimate Fighter. The UFC scouts at the tryouts noticed Tuchscherer's professional record and decided to give him a fight at a UFC event rather than go through the show's tournament. As a result, Tuchscherer debuted with the UFC at UFC 102 against Gabriel Gonzaga.[8] Early in their fight Tuchscherer was hit with a hard kick to his groin by Gonzaga. Tuchscherer required several minutes to recover during which he nearly vomited. He managed to convince a group of officials that he was willing and able to continue in the fight.[9] Following the restart of the match, Tuchscherer lost to Gonzaga by technical knockout at 2:27 of the first round.[10]

His next fight was with Tim Hague who was coming off being the subject of the UFC's fastest knockout.[11] Occurring on February 6, 2010 at UFC 109, Tuchscherer was once again faced with being on the receiving end of a low blow early in the first round. He managed to continue this time. However, conditioning for both fighters seemed to be poor as the action throughout the match was sporadic and they were visibly exhausted in the third round. Tuchscherer won the fight by majority decision (29–28, 29–28, and 28–28).

On July 3, 2010, at UFC 116, Tuchscherer faced Brendan Schaub. Tuchscherer lost the fight by TKO in the first round.[12]

Tuchscherer's next bout was against Mark Hunt on February 27, 2011 at UFC 127.[13] Tuchscherer suffered his second consecutive loss when Hunt knocked him out at 1:41 into the second round.

Following his loss to Hunt, Tuchscherer was released from the UFC.

Crowbar MMAEdit

Chris Tuchscherer also runs his own promotion, "Crowbar MMA", that has held five events in Fargo, North Dakota and Grand Forks, North Dakota. Two of the events have occurred since his last professional MMA fight.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Tuchscherer and his wife have a daughter and a son. Before becoming a professional fighter, Tuchscherer worked as a plumber.[15][16]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
26 matches 21 wins 4 losses
By knockout 12 3
By submission 4 0
By decision 5 1
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–4 (1) Mark Hunt KO (punch) UFC 127 February 27, 2011 2 1:41 Sydney, Australia
Loss 21–3 (1) Brendan Schaub TKO (punches) UFC 116 July 3, 2010 1 1:07 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 21–2 (1) Tim Hague Decision (majority) UFC 109 February 6, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 20–2 (1) Gabriel Gonzaga TKO (punches) UFC 102 August 29, 2009 1 2:27 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 20–1 (1) Jamie Klair TKO (punches) SNMMA: Extreme Beatdown April 11, 2009 1 2:19 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Defended SNMAA Heavyweight Championship.
Win 19–1 (1) Branden Lee Hinkle TKO (punches) SNMMA: Beatdown at 4 Bears March 21, 2009 4 4:43 New Town, North Dakota, United States Won SNMAA Heavyweight Championship.
Win 18–1 (1) Tony Mendoza Submission (armbar) Max Fights 4 July 19, 2008 1 2:43 North Dakota, United States Won Max Fights Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 17–1 (1) Travis Wiuff Decision (unanimous) YAMMA Pit Fighting April 11, 2008 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Finals of YAMMA Heavyweight Tournament.
Win 17–0 (1) Oleksiy Oliynyk Decision (unanimous) YAMMA Pit Fighting April 11, 2008 1 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 16–0 (1) Tony Sylvester Decision (unanimous) YAMMA Pit Fighting April 11, 2008 1 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 15–0 (1) Travis Fulton Decision (unanimous) Max Fights 2 January 26, 2008 3 5:00 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 14–0 (1) Jimmy Ambriz Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Challenge 85 October 6, 2007 1 4:43 Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Won EC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 13–0 (1) Matt Eckerle TKO (punches) DFC 9: Dakota vs. the World March 24, 2007 1 2:17 Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
Win 12–0 (1) Chuck Grigsby TKO (punches) DFC 8: Proving Grounds December 2, 2006 1 3:49 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 11–0 (1) Demian Decorah TKO (punches) DFC 7: Revolution October 7, 2006 1 4:24 Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
NC 10–0 (1) Josh Hendricks NC (overturned) Fightfest 2 April 14, 2006 1 N/A Canton, Ohio, United States
Win 10–0 Ed Myers TKO (punches) Royce Gracie Fightfest 1 December 9, 2005 1 1:05 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 9–0 Jim Dobson TKO (punches) DFC 5: Legends of the Falls August 13, 2005 1 0:55 Thief River Falls, Minnesota, United States
Win 8–0 Matt Lafromboise TKO (submission to punches) NFA: Last Dam Fights June 30, 2005 1 1:44 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 7–0 Chris Clark TKO (submission to punches) DFC 4: Nowhere to Run June 4, 2005 1 1:06 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 6–0 Jason Miller TKO (submission to punches) NFA: Throwdown in Jamestown 2 May 20, 2005 1 0:18 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 5–0 Karl Knothe Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fighting Xtreme 3 April 23, 2005 2 N/A Brainerd, Minnesota, United States
Win 4–0 Marc Zee TKO (punches) DFC 3: Submission Impossible April 9, 2005 1 2:25 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 3–0 Noah Inhofer TKO (punches) DFC 2: Reloaded September 25, 2004 1 2:02 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 2–0 Krzysztof Soszynski Decision (unanimous) NFA: Title Trials June 12, 2004 3 3:00 Moorhead, Minnesota, United States
Win 1–0 Sean Cooke Submission (choke) Dakota Fighting Championships 1 April 17, 2004 1 0:28 Fargo, North Dakota, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Babiarz, Lou (October 6, 2007). "Tuchscherer ready for next big test". Dakota Grappler. Archived from the original on May 30, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2009.
  2. ^ "Wrestling Awards and Honors". Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Retrieved April 21, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Trieger, Bob (March 24, 2009). "Chris Tuchscherer First SNMAA Champ". Archived from the original on April 28, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2009.
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  5. ^ Greene, Kevan (March 23, 2007). "Dakota Fighting Championshiups comes to Grand Forks". Dakota Student. Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved April 21, 2009.
  6. ^ Cava, Matt (October 6, 2007). "Extreme Challenge 85: Tuchscherer new EC Heavyweight Champ". Retrieved April 21, 2009.
  7. ^ "Max Fights 4 Fight Card". Archived from the original on March 28, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2009.
  8. ^ Marrocco, Steven (May 6, 2009). "Gonzaga vs. Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 102". Archived from the original on May 26, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
  9. ^ Morgan, John; Stupp, Dann (August 30, 2009). "UFC 102 preliminary recap: Hometown hero Herman injured, Duffee records record KO". Archived from the original on April 12, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  10. ^ Fowlkes, Ben (August 30, 2009). "Nogueira beats Couture at UFC 102". CNN. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  11. ^ Penick, Jamie (February 5, 2010). "PENICK: Previews and Predictions for UFC 109: Relentless". Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  12. ^ Dure, Beau (July 4, 2010). "Brock Lesnar triumphs over Shane Carwin at UFC 116". USA Today. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  13. ^ "Mark Hunt vs. Chris Tuchscherer set for UFC 127; fight card complete with 11 bouts". January 1, 2011. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  14. ^ "Crowbar MMA". Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  15. ^ "Exclusive: Chris Tuchscherer Discusses His Road to the UFC, Throwing Down With Brock Lesnar, and the Curse of the YAMMA". 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  16. ^ "The Crowbar—A Grinding, Tough Son-of-a-Gun". 2010-06-19. Archived from the original on 2010-06-26. Retrieved 2010-06-28.

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