Clint Hester (born November 21, 1986) is an American professional boxer and mixed martial artist who last competed in 2016. A professional competitor since 2008, he fought in the UFC and was a contestant on the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen.

Clint Hester
Born (1986-11-21) November 21, 1986 (age 33)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Other namesHeadbussa
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach78.0 in (198 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofBoca Raton, Florida, United States
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2] under Ranieri Paiva[3]
Years active2008–present
Professional boxing record
By knockout2
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission1
By decision3
By knockout2
By submission3
By decision1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Hester is from Atlanta, Georgia. He often got into fights growing up, but was not an instigator rather defended several of his friends. Hester, who played football, had planned to play college football but decided to take a different path when he was not offered a scholarship.

Boxing careerEdit

Hester thought of joining the military after high school, but ultimately chose to start training in boxing and was coached by Willie D'Antignac, amassing an amateur record of 13-3. Hester turned professional in 2007 and lost his first bout by first-round knockout. Hester fought six more times until his final fight in 2013. When Hester's boxing gym closed down he searched for another gym to train at before finding X3 Sports MMA. Hester decided to make the switch to MMA.[4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Hester started his professional MMA career out at 2-0 before being offered a spot in an upcoming local Grand Prix. Hester won his opening round matchup via knockout. He lost in the next round of the tournament to future Bellator Fighting Championships welterweight title contender, Douglas Lima, via unanimous decision.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In January 2013, it was announced that Hester was selected for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen.[5] Hester defeated Fraser Opie by decision to earn his way into the house. He was then selected as Jon Jones's first pick and second pick overall.

Hester had his preliminary fight against Team Sonnen's Jimmy Quinlan. Hester was upset in the second round via submission. Though Hester was a candidate for the wildcard, his coach, Jon Jones, ultimately picked Bubba McDaniel.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Despite losing in the preliminaries, Hester was given a fight at the finale. Hester faced Bristol Marunde at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[6] Hester won the back-and-forth fight via KO from a standing elbow in the third round.

Hester was expected to face Cezar Ferreira on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163.[7] However, on July 18, it was announced he was taken out of the bout due to an injury.[8]

For his second UFC fight, Hester faced Dylan Andrews on December 7, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33.[9] He won the fight via TKO due to injury after Andrews dislocated his shoulder in the second round.

Hester faced Andy Enz on February 1, 2014 at UFC 169.[10] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Hester faced Antônio Braga Neto on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens.[11] He won the back and forth fight via split decision.

Hester faced Robert Whittaker November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 55.[12] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round; the first loss of his UFC career. Despite the loss, Hester was awarded his first Fight of the Night bonus award for the bout.[13]

Hester was expected to face Luke Barnatt on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63.[14] However, Hester pulled out of the fight in early March due to a broken foot.[15]

Hester faced Vitor Miranda on August 1, 2015 at UFC 190.[16] He lost the fight by TKO in the second round due to punches and elbows.[17]

Hester next faced Marcos Rogério de Lima in a light heavyweight bout on April 23, 2016 at UFC 197.[18] He lost the one sided fight via submission in the first round.[19]

On June 3 Hester was released from the promotion.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 11 wins 6 losses
By knockout 7 2
By submission 1 3
By decision 3 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–6 Marcos Rogério de Lima Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 197 April 23, 2016 1 4:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Loss 11–5 Vitor Miranda TKO (punches and elbows) UFC 190 August 1, 2015 2 2:38 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 11–4 Robert Whittaker TKO (knee and punches) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping November 8, 2014 2 2:43 Sydney, Australia Fight of the Night.
Win 11–3 Antônio Braga Neto Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens June 28, 2014 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 10–3 Andy Enz Decision (unanimous) UFC 169 February 1, 2014 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–3 Dylan Andrews TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot December 7, 2013 2 5:00 Brisbane, Australia
Win 8–3 Bristol Marunde KO (elbow) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale April 13, 2013 3 3:53 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Middleweight.
Win 7–3 Patrick Miller TKO (punches) Wild Bill's Fight Night 47 June 23, 2012 1 3:41 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 6–3 Rashaun Spencer TKO (punches) Tabernacle Fight Party March 3, 2012 2 1:27 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 5–3 Tomar Washington Decision (unanimous) King of the Ring 3 May 14, 2011 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 4–3 Cale Yarbrough Submission (north-south choke) Wild Bill's Fight Night 31 October 29, 2010 3 1:18 Duluth, Georgia, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 4–2 Tony Souza Submission (punches) Wild Bill's Fight Night 30 September 11, 2010 2 2:41 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Loss 3–2 Roger Carroll Submission (armbar) Bangkok Fight Night 5 February 27, 2010 1 2:19 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 3–1 Douglas Lima Decision (unanimous) Sin City Fight Club - Redline GP 2 November 13, 2009 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States 2010 REDLINE Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinals.
Win 3–0 Aaron Johnson KO (punches) Sin City Fight Club - Redline GP 1 October 10, 2009 1 0:42 Atlanta, Georgia, United States 2010 REDLINE Grand Prix Quarterfinals.
Win 2–0 Dymond Jones TKO (punches) Soco de Boss May 30, 2009 2 4:27 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 1–0 Aaron Johnson TKO (doctor stoppage) Wild Bill's Fight Night 17 November 8, 2008 1 1:18 Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Professional boxing recordEdit

3 Wins (2 knockouts, 1 decision), 3 Losses, 1 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 3–3–1   Gary Lavender TKO 4 (4), 2:35 2012-07-08   Grand Ballroom, Atlanta, Georgia,, United States
Win 2–3–1   Tobias Rice Decision (Unanimous) 4 (4), 3:00 2011-12-02   World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 1–3–1   Alexis Santos Decision (Split) 4 (4), 3:00 2011-02-26   Club Europe, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Draw 1–2–1   Jabir Abdul Basit Draw 4 (4), 3:00 2009-07-03   Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 1–2–0   Evan Nedd TKO 3 (4), 1:52 2009-01-30   UVI Sports & Fitness Center, Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
Win 1–1–0   Jeremy Thomas KO 2 (4), 0:46 2008-05-09   Center Stage, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
loss 0–1–0   Francisco Alvarez KO 1 (4), 2:26 2007-09-14   Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC 190 Rousey vs. Correia". Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Mike Bohn (June 26, 2014). "Clint Hester looks for 4-0 UFC start, confidence he can hang with top grapplers".
  3. ^ "Client Hester - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter 17 cast revealed". 2013-01-09.
  6. ^ "TUF 17 Finale fight card". April 9, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  7. ^ Dana Becker (2013-05-30). "Cezar Ferreira-Clint Hester Slated For UFC 163". Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  8. ^ Christoferr Esping (2013-07-18). "Clint Hester skadad, Thiago 'Marreta' möter nu Cezar 'Mutante' på UFC 163". Retrieved 2013-07-18.
  9. ^ "Dylan Andrews vs. Clint Hester added to UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia". Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  10. ^ Damon Martin (2013-12-20). "TUF 17 fighters Clint Hester and Andy Enz agree to meet at UFC 169". Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  11. ^ Jacob Cooper (2014-04-23). "Clint Hester vs. Antonio Braga Neto added to UFC Fight Night 44". Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  12. ^ Matt Erickson (September 11, 2014). "Five bouts, including Hester-Whittaker, added to UFC Fight Night 55 in Australia". Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  13. ^ Staff (2014-11-08). "UFC Fight Night 55 bonuses: Rockhold, Smolka, Whittaker, Hester win $50,000". Retrieved 2014-11-08.
  14. ^ C.J. Tuttle (2015-01-23). "Middleweights Clint Hester, Luke Barnatt to clash at UFC Fight Night in Fairfax". Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  15. ^ Staff (2015-03-07). "Injury knocks Clint Hester from fight with Luke Barnatt at UFC Fight Night 63 in Virginia".
  16. ^ Staff (2015-06-11). "Vitor Miranda vs. Clint Hester targeted for UFC 190". Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  17. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-08-01). "UFC 190 results: Relentless Vitor Miranda pounds out Clint Hester in second". Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  18. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2016-02-13). "Marcos Rogerio de Lima announces UFC 197 fight with Clint Hester". Retrieved 2016-02-13.
  19. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-04-23). "UFC 197 results: Marcos Rogerio de Lima perfect in submission of Clint Hester". Retrieved 2016-04-23.

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