Patrick Smith (fighter)

Patrick Smith (August 28, 1963 – June 18, 2019) was an American kickboxer and mixed martial artist. He started his mixed martial arts career by participating in the first two Ultimate Fighting Championship events.

Patrick Smith
Patrick "The Head Hunter" Smith.jpg
Born(1963-08-28)August 28, 1963[1]
Coalgate, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedJune 18, 2019(2019-06-18) (aged 55)
Colorado, U.S.
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight225 lb (102 kg; 16.1 st)
DivisionHeavyweight (MMA)
Heavyweight (kickboxing)
StyleTaekwondo, Kickboxing, Tang Soo Do, Hapkido, Kenpo, BJJ, Boxing
Rank  3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo

  Black belt in Tang Soo Do
  Black belt in Hapkido
  Black belt in American Kenpo

  Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Professional boxing record
By knockout4
By knockout11
Kickboxing record
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout13
By submission6
By decision1
By knockout10
By submission5
By decision1
By disqualification1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

He was a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do[2] and also held a black belt in Hapkido, American Kenpo, and Tang Soo Do. In 1993, Smith was ranked No. 1 as a Super Heavyweight kickboxer in the United States and held a ranking of No. 5 internationally.[citation needed] He was the 1993 Enshin Karate Sabaki Challenge Heavyweight champion,[3] an annual full contact karate tournament held in Denver which allows grabs, sweeps and throws, and competed in the 1993 Seidokaikan full contact Karate World Cup tournament in Japan.

Kickboxing careerEdit

Patrick Smith first rose to fame in the US for his kickboxing prowess. In 1994 he entered the K-1 Grand Prix '94 where he caused one of the biggest upsets in K-1 history by flooring three times and subsequently knocking out legendary karateka and future K-1 star Andy Hug with an uppercut after just 19 seconds of the first round in their quarterfinal match. Smith was unable to build on this success as he was soundly defeated by eventual champion Peter Aerts in the semifinals. Some pundits, most notoriously Dave Meltzer, have expressed their belief that Hug's loss was a fight fixed in order to increase Smith's popularity.[4]

After the Hug victory, Smith's K-1 career never took off. He lost to Andy Hug in a rematch at the K-1 Revenge event and then failed to qualify for the following year's K-1 Grand Prix at K-1 Grand Prix '95 Opening Battle. His last match in K-1 was against rising local star Musashi, a match he lost by KO, and he was released from his K-1 contract, finishing 1 and 4 with the organization. Despite little international success, Smith had more success at home, accumulating an overall 66-8 kickboxing record by the time he retired in 2000.[5]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Smith participated the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event, UFC 1, in November 1993. The event featured an eight-man single-elimination tournament with very few rules, awarding $50,000 to the winner. Art Davie, the promoter, placed advertisements in martial arts magazines and sent letters to anyone in any martial arts directory he could find to recruit competitors for the event.[6] With the event being held in Smith's hometown of Denver, he was an easy addition.[7] Smith's first and only match was against shoot wrestler Ken Shamrock, who took Smith down easily and submitted him with a heel hook. The fans in Denver booed heavily as they were unaware of the submission rules and were displeased with the fact that the match ended so quickly without a knockout.

Despite his loss, Smith's performance got him invited to UFC 2, now a 16-man tournament, where he entered with the expressed intent of a shot at the previous winner Royce Gracie. Smith had spent the time between shows working on his grappling to perform better on the ground,[8] which paid off with a victory by guillotine choke against Ray Wizard in the first round. The peak of his performance, however, came technically through striking: after being pitted against ninjutsu fighter Scott Morris in the second round, Smith dropped him with knee strikes from the clinch, mounted him on the ground, and then unloaded barrage after barrage of punches and elbow strikes, completely knocking Morris out. This finish is considered one of the most brutal in the history of UFC.[9] Smith next fought karate expert Johnny Rhodes, whom he submitted with a second guillotine choke after a brief exchange of hits. Finally, Smith reached the finals and his desired match against Royce Gracie, but it was short and one-sided, with Gracie taking him down and landing several palm strikes from mount before the kickboxer tapped out.[9]

Smith returned at UFC 6 facing Rudyard Moncayo, a kenpo karate stylist from Ecuador. He opened the fight in spectacular fashion by landing a running front kick to Moncayo's chest, knocking him down and sending him sliding towards the fence.[10] Smith then followed with a takedown and gained mount position, and ultimately locked a rear naked choke when Moncayo tried to escape, making him tap out.[11] However, Smith had to withdraw from the tournament due to stomach cramps caused by an injury sustained during the fight. He was replaced by Anthony Macias.[12]


Smith went on to fight for K-1 and Bas Rutten's first three invitationals shows as well as fighting on a few of the World Vale Tudo Championship events showcasing No Holds Barred fighting. In one of them, Smith faced Fabio Gurgel in a match that became infamous for its unusual ending. Smith grabbed the ring ropes in order to avoid being taken down and struck Gurgel's spine repeatedly with his elbow, but crowd members approached and tried to take Smith's hands off from the ropes, prompting the match to be stopped. The referee consulted with promoter Sérgio Batarelli about the situation and it was decided to call off the fight and declare Gurgel the winner.

On April 11, 2008, Smith came in as a late replacement for Gary Goodridge and defeated Eric "Butterbean" Esch via submission due to strikes in a "Masters Superfight" at YAMMA Pit Fighting's inaugural event.

On October 10, 2015, Smith came out of retirement at age 51 to fight Dave Huckaba at Gladiator Challenge - Collision Course. He was defeated via KO at 1:33 of round 1.

Sex offencesEdit

In 1999, Smith was convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. He was later arrested in 2008 after failing to register as a sex offender.[13]


On June 18, 2019, Smith died of cancer at age 55.[14]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


  • Sabaki Challenge Heavyweight Champion


  • KICK Super Heavyweight Champion

Mixed martial artsEdit

Kickboxing recordEdit

Kickboxing Record
66 Wins, 8 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
1997-06-25 Loss   Jeff Roufus Ledyard, Connecticut, USA TKO (Leg Kick) 2
Fight was for K.I.C.K. Super Heavyweight World title.
1995-09-03 Loss   Musashi K-1 Revenge II Yokohama, Japan KO (Kick) 2 0:43
1995-03-03 Loss   Stan Longinidis K-1 Grand Prix '95 Opening Battle Tokyo, Japan KO (Kick) 2 2:59
Fails to qualify for K-1 Grand Prix '95.
1994-09-18 Loss   Andy Hug K-1 Revenge Yokohama, Japan KO (Left Knee) 1 0:56
1994-04-30 Loss   Peter Aerts K-1 Grand Prix '94 Semifinals Tokyo, Japan KO (Right Overhand) 1 1:03
1994-04-30 Win   Andy Hug K-1 Grand Prix '94 Quarterfinals Tokyo, Japan KO (Three Knockdowns) 1 0:19
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
37 matches 20 wins 17 losses
By knockout 13 10
By submission 6 5
By decision 1 1
Unknown 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–17 Sean Loeffler KO (head kick) Gladiator Challenge: Freedom Strikes July 23, 2016 1 0:08 El Cajon, California, United States
Loss 20–16 Dave Huckaba KO (punch) Gladiator Challenge: Collision Course October 10, 2015 1 1:33 Lincoln, California, United States
Loss 20–15 Kevin Jordan Decision (unanimous) American Steel Cagefighting 1: Battle of the Legends July 31, 2009 3 5:00 Salem, New Hampshire, United States
Win 20–14 Brad Imes KO (punches) Titan FC 13 March 13, 2009 1 0:28 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 19–14 Aaron Winterlee Submission (neck crank) FM: Productions March 7, 2009 1 2:22 Springfield, Missouri, United States
Loss 18–14 Jeremiah Constant TKO (submission to punches) HRP: Snakebite Fight 2 October 11, 2008 1 0:42 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 18–13 Aaron Winterlee Submission (guillotine choke) Extreme Fighting League August 16, 2008 2 1:11 Miami, Oklahoma, United States
Win 17–13 Butterbean TKO (submission to punches and elbows) YAMMA Pit Fighting April 11, 2008 1 3:17 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 16–13 Derrick Ruffin TKO (punches) FM: Productions February 1, 2008 2 1:02 Missouri, United States
Win 15–13 David Tyner TKO (punches) Oklahoma KO: Nightmare in the Jungle 1 October 27, 2007 2 2:45 Adair, Oklahoma, United States
Win 14–13 Scott Arnold TKO (punches) UGC 18: Xtreme Victory May 18, 2007 1 2:12 Quebec, Canada
Loss 13–13 Tom Clemens Submission (kneebar) XFS 5: Heavy Hitters May 12, 2007 2 1:35 Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 13–12 Brian Stromberg KO (punches) Xtreme Fight Series 3 December 15, 2006 1 4:00 Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 12–12 Vernon Earwood TKO (knee and punches) RMBB: Hellraisers October 21, 2006 1 2:33 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 11–12 Richard Gomez Submission (guillotine choke) Fightfest 6 September 23, 2006 1 0:47 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Win 10–12 Allan Sullivan KO (punches) ROF 10: Intensity October 18, 2003 1 3:35 Colorado, United States
Loss 9–12 Marcus Silveira DQ (knees on a grounded opponent) World Extreme Fighting 5 June 12, 1999 1 0:50 DeLand, Florida, United States Smith knocked Silveira down with a punch but landed an illegal knee to a downed opponent.
Win 9–11 Chuck Gale TKO (elbows and punches) Bas Rutten Invitational 3 June 1, 1999 1 7:31 Littleton, Colorado, United States
Loss 8–11 Maxim Tarasov Submission (heel hook) IAFC: Pankration World Championship 1999 May 1, 1999 1 3:31 Moscow, Russia
Loss 8–10 Moti Horenstein KO (head kick) Bas Rutten Invitational 2 April 24, 1999 1 0:26 Littleton, Colorado, United States
Loss 8–9 Matt Asher TKO (punches) Bas Rutten Invitational 1 February 6, 1999 1 0:11 Littleton, Colorado, United States
Win 8–8 Joe Grant TKO (submission to punches) Bas Rutten Invitational 1 February 6, 1999 1 0:35 Littleton, Colorado, United States
Win 7–8 David Dodd Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 22 November 21, 1998 1 16:00 West Valley City, Utah, United States
Win 6–8 Tony Mendoza TKO (punches) ES: National Championships October 24, 1998 1 7:27 South Dakota, United States
Win 5–8 Marco Selva TKO (submission to punches) World Vale Tudo Championship 5 February 3, 1998 1 4:35 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 4–8 Marco Ruas Submission (heel hook) World Vale Tudo Championship 4 March 16, 1997 1 0:39 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 4–7 Fabio Gurgel TKO (retirement due to fan interference) World Vale Tudo Championship 3 January 19, 1997 1 0:50 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 4–6 Dave Beneteau TKO (submission to punches U: Japan November 17, 1996 1 1:09 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 4–5 Kiyoshi Tamura Submission (heel hook) K-1 Hercules December 9, 1995 1 0:55 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 4–4 Kimo Leopoldo TKO (submission to punches) UFCF 1 September 8, 1995 1 2:59 Sapporo, Japan
Win 4–3 Rudyard Moncayo Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 6 July 14, 1995 1 1:08 Casper, Wyoming, United States
Loss 3–3 Kimo Leopoldo TKO (submission to punches) K-1 Legend December 10, 1994 1 3:00 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 3–2 Royce Gracie TKO (submission to punches) UFC 2 March 11, 1994 1 1:17 Denver, Colorado, United States UFC 2 Tournament Finals.
Win 3–1 Johnny Rhodes Submission (guillotine choke) 1 1:07 UFC 2 Tournament Semi-Finals.
Win 2–1 Scott Morris TKO (elbows) 1 0:30 UFC 2 Tournament Quarter-Finals.
Win 1–1 Ray Wizard Submission (guillotine choke) 1 0:58 UFC 2 Tournament Qualifying Round.
Loss 0–1 Ken Shamrock Technical Submission (heel hook) UFC 1 November 12, 1993 1 1:49 Denver, Colorado, United States UFC 1 Tournament Qualifying Round.

Professional boxing recordEdit

5 Wins (4 knockouts, 1 decision), 11 Losses (11 knockouts), 2 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 5–11–2   Kendrick Releford KO 1 June 13, 2009   Batesville Armory, Batesville, Arkansas, U.S. Smith knocked out at 0:40 of the first round.
Loss 5–10–2   Grant Cudjoe TKO 2 August 4, 2007   Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. Referee stopped the bout at 0:36 of the second round.
Loss 5–9–2   Chazz Witherspoon TKO 2 February 2, 2007   Jewish Community Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Referee stopped the bout at 1:38 of the second round.
Loss 5–8–2   Taurus Sykes KO 3 December 12, 2006   Isleta Casino Resort, Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico, U.S.
Loss 5–7–2   Duncan Dokiwari KO 2 August 26, 2006   Convention Center, Junction City, Kansas, U.S. Smith knocked out at 2:33 of the second round.
Win 5–6–2   Kenny Lemos TKO 2 June 30, 2006   Denver Coliseum, Denver, Colorado, U.S. Referee stopped the bout at 2:58 of the second round.
Loss 4–6–2   David Bostice TKO 3 August 12, 2005   Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, U.S. Referee stopped the bout at 1:31 of the third round.
Loss 4–5–2   Marcelino Novaes TKO 2 July 23, 2004   Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S. Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the second round.
Draw 4–4–2   Preston Hartzog PTS 6 June 11, 2004   Longshoreman's Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S. 56-58, 57-57, 59-55.
Draw 4–4–1   Gary "Bring Da Pain" Bell PTS 8 May 27, 2004   Alario Center, Westwego, Louisiana, U.S. 74-76, 76-74, 75-75.
Loss 4–4   Bobby Harris KO 2 August 31, 1994   Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Loss 4–3   Monte Oswald TKO 2 April 21, 1994   Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 4–2   Justin Fortune KO 2 February 24, 1994   Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 3–2   Krishna Wainwright PTS 6 January 12, 1994   Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 2–2   Randy Crippen TKO 1 August 18, 1993   Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Loss 1–2   Will Hinton KO 2 March 20, 1993   Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Loss 1–1   Samson Po'uha TKO 4 February 14, 1993   Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 1–0 Kris Sorensen KO 1 May 12, 1992   O'Conner Fieldhouse, Caldwell, Idaho, U.S.


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