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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.
|Born||Daniel Emerson Bobish|
January 26, 1970
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Other names||The Bull|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||310 lb (141 kg; 22 st 2 lb)|
|Fighting out of||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Team||Strong Style Fight Team|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division III Wrestling|
|Years active||1996-1997, 2001-2007 (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Mt. Union College|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Professional wrestling
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
Mixed martial arts 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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|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|