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.

Joe Pearson
Born (1978-03-28) March 28, 1978 (age 41)
Davenport, Iowa, United States
Other namesThe Triangular Strangler
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
DivisionFlyweight (125 lb)
Bantamweight (135 lb)
Featherweight (145 lb)
Lightweight (155 lb)
StyleGrappler
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofBettendorf, Iowa, United States
TeamMiletich Fighting Systems
Team Evolution[1]
Stranglers Playground[2]
RankBlack Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Years active2002–2019
Mixed martial arts record
Total78
Wins46
By knockout4
By submission42
Losses31
By knockout12
By submission19
Draws1
Other information
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.

BiographyEdit

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.[3] 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.[4]

MSMMA and CFC titlesEdit

After his bout in WEC he came back to his home region and became the Mainstream MMA and CFC Champion. In 2008 he lost his Mainstream MMA Championship to Erik Koch.[5]

Pearson was expected to face Jeff Curran on May 13, 2011 at XFO 39, but had to withdraw due to a car accident.[6]

PancraseEdit

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.[7] He lost via knockout early in the first round.[8]

Other promotionsEdit

Pearson faced Brady Harrison at XFS - Unstoppable on February 8, 2014. He lost via first round TKO.[9] 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

  • Mainstream MMA
    • Mainstream MMA Lightweight Championship (One time)
  • Courage Fighting Championships
    • CFC Lightweight Championship (One time)
  • Records

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
78 matches 46 wins 31 losses
By knockout 4 12
By submission 42 19
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

ReferencesEdit

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