Joe Pearson (fighter)
Joe Pearson (born March 28, 1978) is an American mixed martial artist who has fought in PRIDE, WEC and Shooto. Except for his first professional bout, no fight in Pearson's career has gone to decision.
|Born||March 28, 1978|
Davenport, Iowa, United States
|Other names||The Triangular Strangler|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Division||Flyweight (125 lb) |
Bantamweight (135 lb)
Featherweight (145 lb)
Lightweight (155 lb)
|Fighting out of||Bettendorf, Iowa, United States|
|Team||Miletich Fighting Systems |
|Rank||Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Pearson also holds the record for most triangle chokes in mixed martial arts history, successfully utilizing the submission twenty-four times in his career.
Early MMA careerEdit
Pearson started his MMA career at 2002, fighting for several organizations in the midwest of United States. He made a 7-1-1 record and then came to Japan to fight for Shooto against Hatsu Hioki. Pearson lost the bout via submission. After this, he had an unstable sequence of fights, until the second half of 2006 when he won six straight bouts and was called to fight for Pride.
Pride FC and WEC Featherweight ChampionshipEdit
In Pride Bushido 13 he faced the Pancrase and DEEP veteran Yoshiro Maeda. He won the bout via submission in the very first round. In early 2007 he gained an opportunity to fight against the WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber. However, he lost via submission in the first round.
MSMMA and CFC titlesEdit
Pearson faced 2009 Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix Champion Masanori Kanehara on September 29, 2013 at Pancrase 252 in the Pancrase World Grand Slam opening round. He lost via knockout early in the first round.
Pearson faced Brady Harrison at XFS - Unstoppable on February 8, 2014. He lost via first round TKO. Pearson then snapped his three fight losing streak on May 19, 2014, defeating Nic Cox via triangle choke at Extreme Challenge 231.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|78 matches||46 wins||31 losses|
|Win||46-31-1||Nathen Pearson||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Pearson Promotions||November 15, 2019||4||3:41||Bettendorf, Iowa, United States||For the Father Vs Son Title|
|Loss||45–31–1||Kenny Porter||KO (spinning back fist and punches)||Gateway Fighting Series 8||March 3, 2017||1||0:26||St. Charles, Missouri, United States||Flyweight bout.|
|Loss||45–30–1||Nate Williams||Submission (guillotine choke)||Gateway Fighting Series 6||December 10, 2016||2||1:31||Davenport, Iowa, United States||For the GFS Bantamweight Championship.|
|Loss||45–29–1||Josh Smith||Submission (punches)||Extreme Challenge 233||May 7, 2016||1||1:20||Clinton, Iowa, United States||Catchweight (130lbs).|
|Loss||45–28–1||Tateki Matsuda||Submission (punches)||Legacy FC 51: Ramos vs. Vasquez||February 5, 2016||1||4:49||Hinckley, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||45–27–1||David Sachs||Submission (punches)||XFO 57||November 21, 2015||1||3:53||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||45–26–1||Ben Pierre-Saint||Submission (punches)||Inner Strength MMA 2: Fight Night||October 17, 2015||2||4:15||Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||45–25–1||John Castaneda||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Power Surge||August 22, 2015||1||2:47||Carlton, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||45–24–1||Patrick Magdaleno||Submission (punches)||KOTC: Total Dominance||May 16, 2015||1||2:16||Carlton, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||45–23–1||Adam Schumacher||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Caged Aggression 15 - Dedication||March 28, 2015||1||3:12||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||44–23–1||Brandon Pfannenstiel||TKO (retirement)||VFC: Victory Fighting Championships 44||December 13, 2014||2||5:00||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||44–22–1||Erik Vo||Submission (punches)||Caged Aggression 14: All or Nothing||October 10, 2014||1||4:10||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||44–21–1||Joe Wilk||Submission (armbar)||VFC: Fight Night Fort Riley 1||July 12, 2014||1||1:50||Fort Riley, Kansas, United States|
|Win||44–20–1||Nic Cox||Submission (triangle choke)||Extreme Challenge 231||May 19, 2014||1||1:59||Bettendorf, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||43–20–1||Brady Harrison||KO (punch)||Xplode Fight Series - Unstoppable||February 8, 2014||1||4:46||Davenport, Iowa, United States||For the XFS Bantamweight Championship.|
|Loss||43–19–1||Mirsad Bektić||TKO (punches)||Victory Fighting Championship 41||December 14, 2013||1||1:32||Ralston, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||43–18–1||Masanori Kanehara||KO (punch)||Pancrase 252: 20th Anniversary||September 29, 2013||1||0:21||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan||Pancrase World Grand Slam bantaweight opening round.|
|Win||43–17–1||Steve Smith||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Extreme Challenge 227||May 3, 2013||1||1:08||Bettendorf, Iowa, United States|
|Win||42–17–1||Michael Glenn||Submission (triangle choke)||Extreme Challenge 224||January 25, 2013||1||1:08||Bettendorf, Iowa, United States|
|Win||41–17–1||Julian Nava||Submission (punches)||Extreme Challenge 199||November 19, 2011||1||1:37||Bettendorf, Iowa, United States|
|Win||40–17–1||Mike Lindquist||Submission (triangle choke)||Extreme Challenge 191||August 26, 2011||1||1:22||Bettendorf, Iowa, United States|
|Win||39–17–1||John DeVall||Submission (armbar)||Extreme Challenge 182||April 30, 2011||1||1:22||Bettendorf, Iowa, United States|
|Win||38–17–1||Levi Martin||Submission||Blueblood MMA: Trials of a Gladiator 10||March 26, 2011||1||0:45||Bettendorf, Iowa, United States|
|Win||37–17–1||Jeremy Marts||Submission (triangle choke)||Extreme Challenge||January 29, 2011||1||1:42||Bettendorf, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||36–17–1||Daniel Mason-Straus||Submission (punches)||XFO 36: Outdoor War 6||August 14, 2010||2||4:04||Island Lake, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||36–16–1||Danny Sykora||Submission (guillotine choke)||Pinnacle Combat MMA 5||June 5, 2010||1||1:11||Dubuque, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||36–15–1||Chico Camus||TKO (punches)||NAFC: Stand Your Ground||April 3, 2010||2||3:57||West Allis, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||36–14–1||James McNamera||Submission (triangle choke)||Extreme Challenge 140||November 21, 2009||1||2:38||East Peoria, Illinois, United States|
|Win||35–14–1||Adam Schumacher||Submission (triangle choke)||Pinnacle Combat MMA 3||November 14, 2009||1||1:37||Dubuque, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||34–14–1||Paul Bird||TKO (punches)||Extreme Challenge 135||September 12, 2009||1||4:37||Osceola, Iowa, United States|
|Win||34–13–1||Julian Nava||KO (punch)||Midwest Fighting Championships||August 22, 2009||1||0:06||Centerville, Iowa, United States|
|Win||33–13–1||Jutarious Collette||Submission (triangle choke)||Iowa Challenge 52: Kickfest in the Cage||July 18, 2009||1||0:52||Iowa, United States|
|Win||32–13–1||Josh Rabedeaux||Submission (triangle choke)||Blueblood MMA: Trials of a Gladiator||June 27, 2009||1||0:31||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||31–13–1||Jamie Stearns||Submission (triangle choke)||MFC 6: Bragging Rights||May 22, 2009||1||0:35||Knoxville, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||30–13–1||Raphael Assunção||TKO (punches)||IHC 12: Resurrection||November 8, 2008||1||0:12||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||30–12–1||Sean Wilson||Submission (guillotine choke)||Extreme Challenge 109||October 18, 2008||1||1:06||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||30–11–1||Bill Kamery||KO (punches)||Mainstream MMA 10: Reloaded||September 13, 2008||1||0:36||Dubuque, Iowa, United States|
|Win||30–10–1||Simoin Babock||Submission (triangle choke)||Iowa Challenge 48||July 12, 2008||1||1:23||Iowa, United States|
|Win||29–10–1||Timmy Morrisey||KO (knee)||Extreme Challenge 100||June 28, 2008||1||0:09||Iowa, United States|
|Win||28–10–1||John Hosman||Submission (triangle choke)||Adrenaline MMA 1||June 14, 2008||1||1:42||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||27–10–1||James Firth||Submission (triangle choke)||Extreme Challenge 96||May 10, 2008||1||1:20||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||26–10–1||Erik Koch||Submission (triangle choke)||Mainstream MMA 9: New Era||April 5, 2008||1||3:00||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States||Lost Mainstream MMA lightweight championship.|
|Win||26–9–1||Bruce Lee Miller||TKO||AFA: Sunday Night Fights||March 23, 2008||1||2:00||United States|
|Win||25–9–1||Glen Hanson||Submission (triangle choke)||Courage Fighting Championships 10||March 22, 2008||1||0:58||United States||Won CFC lightweight championship.|
|Win||24–9–1||Andrew Hoogeboom||Submission (triangle choke)||Extreme Challenge: Trials||March 15, 2008||1||0:57||United States|
|Win||23–9–1||Chuck Burch||Submission (triangle choke)||Iowa Challenge 46||January 12, 2008||1||1:25||Iowa, United States|
|Win||22–9–1||Charlie Branch||Submission (triangle choke)||Revolution Combat Championships 2||November 24, 2007||1||0:42||Iowa, United States|
|Win||21–9–1||Marcus Hermann||Submission (punches)||CVFA: Ironman Challenge||November 3, 2007||1||0:24||Webster City, Iowa, United States|
|Win||20–9–1||John Strawn||Submission (triangle choke)||Mainstream MMA 7: Vengeance||October 20, 2007||1||0:29||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States||Won Mainstream MMA lightweight championship.|
|Win||19–9–1||Marcus Hermann||Submission (armbar)||CVFA: Fall Brawl||October 13, 2007||1||0:33||Waterloo, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||18–9–1||Charles Wilson||Submission (triangle choke)||Total Fight Challenge 10||September 15, 2007||2||4:44||Cicero, Illinois, United States|
|Win||18–8–1||Theodore Reynol||Submission (punches)||West Liberty Cage Fights||August 17, 2007||1||1:22||West Liberty, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||17–8–1||Urijah Faber||Submission (punches and elbows)||WEC 25||January 20, 2007||1||2:31||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WEC featherweight championship.|
|Win||17–7–1||Yoshiro Maeda||Submission (guillotine choke)||Pride - Bushido 13||November 5, 2006||1||0:54||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||16–7–1||Chad Hutchinson||Submission||Extreme Challenge 71||October 7, 2006||1||N/A||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Win||15–7–1||Shawn Tarpen||TKO (referee stoppage)||Iowa Challenge 31||September 30, 2006||1||0:28||Iowa, United States|
|Win||14–7–1||Shawn Nolan||Submission (punches)||Royalty Fight Night 1||September 3, 2006||1||1:01||Emmetsburg, Iowa, United States|
|Win||13–7–1||Brandon Carlson||Submission (armbar)||Miletich Kombat Sports||July 29, 2006||1||0:29||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||12–7–1||Terrance Johnson||Submission (armbar)||Extreme Challenge 69||July 22, 2006||1||0:19||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||11–7–1||Billy Rutherford||Submission (triangle choke)||Courage Fighting Championships 6||July 15, 2006||1||N/A||Decatur, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||10–7–1||John Mahlow||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||IHC 10: Tempest||March 25, 2006||1||N/A||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||10–6–1||Eben Kaneshiro||TKO (punches)||Garden Island Cage Match 3||March 25, 2006||1||N/A||Hanapepe, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||10–5–1||Miguel Torres||Submission (triangle choke)||Total Fight Challenge 5||February 18, 2006||1||0:28||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||10–4–1||João Herdy||TKO||IHC 9: Purgatory||November 19, 2005||1||2:45||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||10–3–1||Kevin English||Submission (triangle choke)||Total Fight Challenge 4||September 17, 2005||1||2:14||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||9–3–1||Brian Price||Submission (triangle choke)||Battle of Champions: Round 1||June 25, 2005||1||1:30||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||8–3–1||David Love||Submission (triangle choke)||Total Fight Challenge 3||May 21, 2005||3||3:44||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||7–3–1||Dan Swift||Submission (triangle choke)||Silverback Classic 20||April 30, 2005||N/A||N/A||LaSalle, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||7–2–1||Hatsu Hioki||Submission (punches)||Shooto: Gig Central 7||March 27, 2005||1||1:35||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Win||7–1–1||Jay Estrada||Submission (triangle choke)||IHC 8: Ethereal||November 20, 2004||1||1:41||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||6–1–1||Tommy Lee||Submission (armbar)||Total Martial Arts Challenge 2||August 28, 2004||1||4:19||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||5–1–1||Myron Neisler||Submission||Courage Fighting Championships 1||July 24, 2004||1||0:29||Decatur, Illinois, United States|
|Win||4–1–1||Lucas Grothsky||Submission (armbar)||Iowa Challenge: Extreme Boxing||May 7, 2004||1||4:20||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||3–1–1||Craig Meagher||Submission (triangle choke)||Silverback Classic 16||June 28, 2003||1||N/A||Canton, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||2–1–1||Jordan Anderson||Submission (strikes)||Silverback Classic 15: Slam at the Slipper||May 31, 2003||1||N/A||Ottawa, Illinois, United States|
|Win||2–0–1||Rudy Arevalo||Submission (triangle choke)||Silverback Classic 14||March 15, 2003||N/A||N/A||LaSalle, Illinois, United States|
|Win||1–0–1||Craig Meagher||Submission (armbar)||Silverback Classic 14||March 15, 2003||N/A||N/A||LaSalle, Illinois, United States|
|Draw||0–0–1||Ricky Olsen||Draw||Silverback Classic 10: Extreme Warriors||April 27, 2002||N/A||N/A||LaSalle, Illinois, United States|
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