Jason Brilz (born July 7, 1975) is a retired American mixed martial artist who most recently fought in the Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 2000, he has competed for the UFC, Titan FC, and King of the Cage.

Jason Brilz
Born (1975-07-07) July 7, 1975 (age 46)
Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.
Other namesThe Hitman
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight223 lb (101 kg; 15.9 st)
Light Heavyweight
Reach71.5 in (182 cm)
Fighting out ofOmaha, Nebraska, U.S.
TeamElite Performance/Midamerica Martial Arts
RankNCAA Division II Wrestling
Years active2000–2015
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission8
By decision7
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision2
Other information
UniversityUniversity of Nebraska at Omaha
Notable school(s)Omaha Central High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: May 05, 2010

Wrestling careerEdit

Brilz won the Nebraska Class A state championship in 1993 wrestling for Omaha Central High School; a school that was ranked the 10th best athletic program in the nation by Sports Illustrated in 2008. Along with his state title, Brilz was an Academic All-American in 1993. At the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Brilz was a three time Academic All-American, a four-year letter winner and compiled a 63–34 career record.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Brilz made his MMA debut in 2000. He went on to achieve an 11-win streak and has entered into various talks with the UFC throughout the years with the aim of joining the organization. Brilz finally secured his debut deal to fight in his native Omaha, Nebraska, at the UFC Fight Night 15 event.[2]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Brilz defeated Brad Morris in his UFC debut via TKO (punches) midway through the second round.

Brilz then returned six months later to fight Tim Boetsch and won via unanimous decision at UFC 96.

Brilz' first loss in the UFC (and second in his career) came at the hands of The Ultimate Fighter 8 veteran Eliot Marshall, as Brilz lost via split decision, which was regarded as a controversial decision.

Brilz bounced back against Eric Schafer at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones, defeating him via unanimous decision.

At UFC 114, Antônio Rogério Nogueira was scheduled to fight Forrest Griffin. However, Griffin had to pull out of the bout due to a shoulder injury, which left his slot open. With less than a month before the fight, Brilz stepped in to fight Nogueira. In a controversial split decision in which Brilz seemed to control the duration of the fight, Nogueira was declared the winner.[3] The bout won Fight of the Night honors.

Brilz was expected to face former IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko on November 13, 2010, at UFC 122.[4] However, Brilz was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Alexandre Ferreira.[5]

Brilz was expected to face undefeated Phil Davis on April 30, 2011, at UFC 129,[6] but Davis pulled from that bout and fought Brilz' UFC 114 opponent Antônio Rogério Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24, replacing an injured Tito Ortiz.[7] Brilz instead faced Vladimir Matyushenko at the event[8] and lost via KO 20 seconds into the first round.

Brilz faced Ryan Bader on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139.[9] In the opening round, Bader caught Brilz with a straight right above the ear that knocked him out. Subsequently, Brilz was released from the promotion.[10]

Titan Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

On November 16, 2012, Brilz then won against Will Dicke by KO 19 seconds into the second round. Brilz was expected to face Vinny Magalhaes at Titan FC 28 on April 25, 2014, however, Magalhaes was forced out of the bout due to injury, and was replaced by Raphael Davis.[11] Brilz won the fight via split decision.

The fight with Magalhaes was re-booked and set to take place on September 26, 2014 at Titan FC 30, for the vacant Titan FC Light Heavyweight Championship.[12] Brilz lost via guillotine choke submission in the fourth round.

Personal lifeEdit

Brilz was an assistant coach at back to back Division II National Wrestling champs, the University of Nebraska-Omaha prior to cancellation of the University's wrestling program. Along with wrestling at UNO, Brilz also trains at Omaha's new Premier Combat Center with fellow UFC fighters Ryan Jensen and Jake Ellenberger.[13]

Despite this relative success in his career, he has stated he is not interested in pursuing fighting full-time.[14] Brilz and his wife Rebecca have two daughters, Evelyn and Gabbi.[15]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
30 matches 23 wins 6 losses
By knockout 8 2
By submission 8 2
By decision 7 2
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 23–6–1 Scott Hough Submission (kimura) DCS 16: Spring Brawl 2 April 24, 2015 2 3:15 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States Heavyweight bout.
Loss 22–6–1 Vinny Magalhães Submission (guillotine choke) Titan FC 30 September 26, 2014 4 0:36 Cedar Park, Texas, United States For the vacant Titan FC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 22–5–1 Raphael Davis Decision (split) Titan FC 28 May 16, 2014 3 5:00 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 21–5–1 Dallas Mitchell Decision (unanimous) Victory Fighting Championship 41 December 14, 2013 3 5:00 Ralston, Nebraska, United States
Win 20–5–1 Josh Bryant Decision (majority) Victory Fighting Championship 39 March 30, 2013 3 5:00 Ralston, Nebraska, United States
Win 19–5–1 Will Dicke KO (punch) Disorderly Conduct 13: Legacy November 16, 2012 2 0:19 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Loss 18–5–1 Ryan Bader KO (punch) UFC 139 November 19, 2011 1 1:17 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 18–4–1 Vladimir Matyushenko KO (punches) UFC 129 April 30, 2011 1 0:20 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 18–3–1 Antônio Rogério Nogueira Decision (split) UFC 114 May 29, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 18–2–1 Eric Schafer Decision (unanimous) UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones March 21, 2010 3 5:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss 17–2–1 Eliot Marshall Decision (split) UFC 103 September 19, 2009 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 17–1–1 Tim Boetsch Decision (unanimous) UFC 96 March 7, 2009 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 16–1–1 Brad Morris TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer September 17, 2008 2 2:54 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 15–1–1 Erik Jenks Submission (rear-naked choke) Beatdown: 4 Bears Casino May 10, 2008 1 4:46 New Town, North Dakota, United States
Win 14–1–1 Aaron Praschak Submission (rear-naked choke) DFC 7: Revolution October 7, 2007 1 4:55 Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
Win 13–1–1 Rob Wince TKO (submission to punches) ACF: Exodus May 6, 2006 1 2:37 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 12–1–1 Alex Schoenauer Submission (guillotine choke) VFC 11: Demolition September 3, 2005 2 4:06 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States Return to Light Heavyweight.
Win 11–1–1 Jason MacDonald Decision (split) KOTC: Edmonton April 16, 2005 2 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Middleweight debut.
Win 10–1–1 Jerry Spiegel KO VFC: Madness March 5, 2005 2 4:30 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 9–1–1 Kyle Olsen TKO (punches) XKK: Des Moines October 30, 2004 2 2:00 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 8–1–1 Mike Patt TKO (corner stoppage) VFC 6: Overload November 22, 2003 2 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Draw 7–1–1 Justin Eilers Draw VFC 4: Wildcard April 19, 2003 3 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 7–1 Tony Mendoza Submission (rear-naked choke) ROF 7: Meltdown March 28, 2003 1 2:46 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 6–1 Nate Schroeder Decision Victory Fighting Championships 1 June 16, 2002 1 15:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States Heavyweight debut.
Loss 5–1 Vince Fields Submission (armbar) UW: Caged Fights September 9, 2001 1 1:45 St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 5–0 Dennis Reed Submission (armbar) Iowa Challenge 2 August 11, 2001 1 1:34 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Win 4–0 Brad Krane TKO (submission to punches) Gladiators 14 May 11, 2001 1 N/A Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 3–0 John Herrera Submission (guillotine choke) MSF: Night of Thunder April 19, 2001 3 N/A Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Win 2–0 Gary Hicks TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge 38 November 16, 2000 1 2:29 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 1–0 Mitch Rosland Submission (kimura) Gladiators 4 March 2, 2000 3 N/A N/A

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "2008-09 Wrestling Coaching Staff". omavs.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  2. ^ Stupp, Dann; Huckfeldt, Bruce (2008-08-14). "Jason Brilz likely to meet Brad Morris at UFC Fight Night 15". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2010-05-02.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Dana White says UFC 114 judges got it wrong but Jason Brilz cost himself the fight". mmajunkie.com. May 30, 2010. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "Jason Brilz vs. Vladimir Matyushenko targeted for UFC 122 in Germany". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  5. ^ "RInjury forces Brilz out of UFC 122, Matyushenko expected to meet Ferreira". mmajunkie.com. October 6, 2010.
  6. ^ "Jason Brilz and Phil Davis targeted for UFC 129 matchup". mmajunkie.com. February 16, 2011.
  7. ^ "Tito Ortiz out, Phil Davis faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24". mmajunkie.com. February 19, 2011. Archived from the original on February 20, 2011.
  8. ^ "Jason Brilz meets replacement Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 129 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. February 21, 2011.
  9. ^ "Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz added to UFC 139 in San Jose". mmajunkie.com. August 23, 2011.
  10. ^ "Jason Brilz leaves the UFC". thefightlounge.co.uk. December 2, 2011. Archived from the original on December 5, 2011.
  11. ^ "Titan FC 28 card set with Raphael Davis-Jason Brilz in new main event". MMAJunkie.com. April 3, 2014.
  12. ^ "Titan FC 29, 30 get title bouts, plus Walel Watson-Anthony Gutierrez". 2014-06-25.
  13. ^ "Premier Combat Center". premiercombatcenter.com.
  14. ^ Hammond, Mick (2008-09-29). "Jason Brilz: UFC Hometown Standout". mmaweekly.com. Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  15. ^ "LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT BRILZ JUGGLES FIREFIGHTING AND FIGHTING". TSN.ca. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-09-16.

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