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Daniel Emerson Bobish (born January 26, 1970) is a retired American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler. He was competing in the Super Heavyweight (no limit) division. He is a former King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Champion. Bobish has fought in many MMA organizations including PRIDE Fighting Championships, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Gladiator Challenge and King of the Cage. His fights typically did not go past the first round with the average length of his fights being 2:43.

Dan Bobish
BornDaniel Emerson Bobish
(1970-01-26) January 26, 1970 (age 49)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Other namesThe Bull
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight310 lb (141 kg; 22 st 2 lb)
DivisionSuper Heavyweight
Fighting out ofCleveland, Ohio, United States
TeamStrong Style Fight Team
WrestlingNCAA Division III Wrestling
Years active1996-1997, 2001-2007 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission9
By knockout4
By submission5
UniversityMt. Union College
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Bobish was an all-state wrestler and played football at Maple Heights High School before competing at Cuyahoga Community College where he was a NCJAA All-American. Bobish later transferred to the University of Mount Union, where in two seasons he went 58-2 and was the 1992 NCAA Division III Super Heavyweight National Champion during his senior season, after having finished third as a junior. He was also a three-time All-American. Bobish also played football as a defensive tackle for one season at Mount Union, and later had a tryout with the Cleveland Browns.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Bobish made his professional debut on October 22, 1996 in Brazil at the Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4 Heavyweight tournament, defeating Brazilian Mauro Bernardo via first-round submission. After getting his second win of the day due to doctor stoppage over Dave Beneteau, Bobish then fought fellow NCAA collegiate wrestling champion Kevin Randleman for the final. Bobish was defeated after submitting from punches.

Bobish fought again at the Vale Tudo Fighting 6 tournament, making it to the semifinals where he lost to Brazilian Carlos Barreto via triangle choke submission.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

With a record of 4-2, Bobish made his UFC debut at the UFC 14 Heavyweight tournament, winning his quarterfinal match against the heavily-outweighed Brian Johnston via first-round TKO. Later that night, Bobish faced another former NCAA Division I champion in Mark Kerr, losing via submission from a chin to the eye at 1:38 of the first round.

King of the CageEdit

After moving to 6-3, Bobish fought Eric Pele at KOTC 12: Cold Blood for the vacant KOTC Super Heavyweight Championship. Bobish won after Pele's corner threw in the towel at 1:10 into the second round.

Bobish then defended his title against Mike Kyle, before losing it to Jimmy Ambriz at KOTC 16: Double Cross.

PRIDE Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

After getting a quick first-round TKO to start 2003, Bobish debuted for PRIDE at PRIDE Final Conflict 2003 on November 9, 2003 against Gary Goodridge. Bobish was defeated via TKO only 18 seconds into the first round. The loss was controversial, as he was poked in the eye by Goodridge before the stoppage.

He returned at PRIDE 27 against Ukrainian fighter Igor Vovchanchyn. Bobish was defeated again via TKO, this time at 1:10 of round two. Bobish then faced another renowned kickboxer in Mark Hunt at PRIDE 28 on October 31, 2004. Bobish was defeated via TKO after a kick to the body in the first round.

Independent promotionsEdit

After an unsuccessful run in PRIDE, Bobish returned to King of the Cage, and regional U.S. promotions. He went 8-2 in his final ten fights. He lost his last fight at Hardcore Championship Fighting: Title Wave against Alexander Emelianenko on October 19, 2007. During the fight Bobish blew out his L3 and L4 discs in his back, and made the decision to end his career rather than receive surgery.

Professional wrestlingEdit

Bobish debuted for the HUSTLE promotion in Japan in March of 2004, and made his last appearance for the promotion in October of 2005. He had 22 total matches, nine of which were tag team. He also competed for three more years while simultaneously fighting in MMA.

Personal lifeEdit

Bobish now lives in his hometown of Cleveland and began promoting local fights in 2010 when he founded "Ultimate Cage Battles." Bobish was once a sparring partner and bodyguard for Mike Tyson. Bobish is married and has four children.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
26 matches 17 wins 9 losses
By knockout 8 4
By submission 9 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–9 Alexander Emelianenko Submission (standing guillotine choke) HCF: Title Wave October 19, 2007 1 1:09 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 17–8 Nate Eddy KO (punch) NAAFS: Fight Night in the Flats III June 9, 2007 1 1:00 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 16–8 Chris Clark Submission (americana) GFS: Seasons Beatings December 2, 2006 1 1:24 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 15–8 Dan Evensen Submission (punches) Xtreme Fight Series 2 October 14, 2006 1 1:25 Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 14–8 Matt Eckerle Submission (guillotine choke) Fightfest 6 September 23, 2006 1 0:31 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Win 13–8 Eric Knox TKO (punches) GFS: Fight Nite in the Flats 2 June 10, 2006 1 0:47 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 12–8 Chris Clark Submission (armbar) Fightfest 3 May 6, 2006 1 1:00 Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Loss 11–8 Ben Rothwell KO (knee) GFC: Team Gracie vs Team Hammer House March 3, 2006 1 4:20 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 11–7 Joey Smith Submission (strikes) KOTC 64: Raging Bull December 16, 2005 1 0:21 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 10–7 Ruben Villareal TKO (punches) KOTC 48: Payback February 25, 2005 1 0:55 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Loss 9–7 Mark Hunt TKO (body kick) PRIDE 28 October 31, 2004 1 6:23 Saitama, Japan
Loss 9–6 Igor Vovchanchyn TKO (punches) PRIDE 27 February 1, 2004 2 1:45 Osaka, Japan
Loss 9–5 Gary Goodridge TKO (punches) PRIDE Final Conflict 2003 November 9, 2003 1 0:18 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–4 Basil Castro TKO (punches) X-1 September 6, 2003 1 1:33 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 8–4 Jimmy Ambriz Submission (strikes) KOTC 16: Double Cross August 2, 2002 1 0:46 San Jacinto, California, United States Lost King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Championship.
Win 8–3 Mike Kyle Submission (punches) KOTC 13: Revolution May 17, 2002 1 3:25 United States Defended King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Championship.
Win 7–3 Eric Pele TKO (corner stoppage) KOTC 12: Cold Blood February 9, 2002 2 1:10 San Jacinto, California, United States Won the vacant King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Championship.
Win 6–3 Brett Hogg Submission (armbar) RSF 5: New Blood Conflict October 27, 2001 1 0:27 Augusta, Georgia, United States
Loss 5–3 Mark Kerr Submission (chin to the eye) UFC 14 July 27, 1997 1 1:38 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 5–2 Brian Johnston TKO (knee and punches) UFC 14 July 27, 1997 1 2:10 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Loss 4–2 Carlos Barreto Submission (triangle choke) Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 6 March 3, 1997 1 7:47 Brazil
Win 4–1 Ucimar Hypolito KO (punches) Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 6 March 3, 1997 1 0:05 Brazil
Win 3–1 Joe Charles Submission (forearm choke) World Fighting Federation February 14, 1997 1 4:42 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Loss 2–1 Kevin Randleman Submission (punches) Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4 October 22, 1996 1 5:50 Brazil
Win 2–0 Dave Beneteau TKO (doctor stoppage) Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4 October 22, 1996 1 4:44 Brazil
Win 1–0 Mauro Bernardo Submission (forearm choke) Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4 October 22, 1996 1 1:40 Brazil


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