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Richard "Rich" Hale (born May 17, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist who competed in Bellator's heavyweight division.

Rich Hale
Born (1985-05-17) May 17, 1985 (age 34)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Other namesRare Breed
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight245.8 lb (111.5 kg; 17.56 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Reach81 in (206 cm)
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofTempe, Arizona, United States
TeamKoncrete Gym
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total29
Wins21
By knockout10
By submission8
By decision3
Losses7
By knockout3
By decision4
Draws1
Other information
Websitehttp://rarebreedtraining.blogspot.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Hale made his professional debut in December 2006.

Rage in the CageEdit

Hale started his career fighting for the promotion Rage in the Cage. He has a record of 13 wins and 2 losses in his career under the promotion. He won the Rage in the Cage Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Championships.

BellatorEdit

In February 2011, Bellator announced that Hale would be a part of the Bellator Season Four Light Heavyweight Tournament and that he would National Champion wrestler Nik Fekete in the quarterfinals.[1]

Hale made his Bellator debut on March 26, 2011 at Bellator 38 where he defeated Nik Fekete via technical submission (inverted triangle choke) to move on to the Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals.

At Bellator 42, Hale competed in the semi-finals of the Season Four Light Heavyweight Tournament against D.J. Linderman. Hale won by a narrow split decision to move on to the Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals where he fought Christian M'Pumbu at Bellator 45. He lost via TKO in the third round.[2]

In late 2012, Hale moved up in weight as he joined the Heavyweight Tournament in Bellator's Season Seven. He faced Mike Wessel in the opening quarter-finals at Bellator 75 on October 5, 2012.[3] He won the fight via vicious TKO, stopping his opponent via strikes at just 1:19 into the first round. In the semifinals, he faced Thiago Santos. After being rocked in the first minute of the fight, Hale regained his composure and won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Hale faced Russian Alexander Volkov in the final, with the winner awarded the Bellator Heavyweight Championship. The fight took place at Bellator 84 on December 14, 2012, with Volkov winning by unanimous decision after five rounds.

Hale fought Ryan Martinez at Bellator 96. He was knocked out in the first round by ground and pound from Martinez.

In March 2014, Hale returned to the heavyweight division. He faced Blagoi Ivanov in the opening round of the Bellator Season Ten Heavyweight Tournament at Bellator 111 on March 7, 2014. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

AccomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
29 matches 21 wins 7 losses
By knockout 10 3
By submission 8 0
By decision 3 4
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–7–1 Blagoi Ivanov Decision (unanimous) Bellator 111 March 7, 2014 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Bellator MMA: Season Ten Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 21–6–1 Ryan Martinez KO (punches) Bellator 96 June 19, 2013 1 2:19 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Bellator 2013 Summer Series Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Loss 21–5–1 Alexander Volkov Decision (unanimous) Bellator 84 December 14, 2012 5 5:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States Bellator Season Seven Heavyweight Tournament Final & For vacant Bellator Heavyweight Championship/
Win 21–4–1 Thiago dos Santos TKO (punches) Bellator 79 November 2, 2012 1 3:31 Rama, Ontario, Canada Bellator Season Seven Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 20–4–1 Mike Wessel TKO (punches) Bellator 75 October 5, 2012 1 1:19 Hammond, Indiana, United States Bellator Season Seven Heavyweight Tournament Quarter Final.
Win 19–4–1 Josh Burns TKO (punches) Bellator 69 May 18, 2012 1 0:38 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Return to Heavyweight.
Win 18–4–1 Carlos Flores KO (punch) Bellator 55 October 22, 2011 1 0:18 Yuma, Arizona, United States Catchweight (211 lbs) bout.
Loss 17–4–1 Christian M'Pumbu TKO (punches) Bellator 45 May 21, 2011 3 4:17 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season Four Light Heavyweight Tournament Final and for vacant Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 17–3–1 D.J. Linderman Decision (split) Bellator 42 April 23, 2011 3 5:00 Concho, Oklahoma, United States Bellator Season Four Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 16–3–1 Nik Fekete Technical Submission (inverted triangle choke) Bellator 38 March 26, 2011 1 1:55 Tunica, Mississippi, United States Bellator Season Four Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 15–3–1 Dave Mewborn TKO (punches) Top Combat Championship 3: No Where to Hide October 23, 2010 1 3:36 San Juan, Puerto Rico Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 14–3–1 Mike Zanski Submission (guillotine choke) Rage in the Cage 140 March 20, 2011 3 1:28 Chandler, Arizona, United States
Loss 13–3–1 Antwain Britt Decision (majority) Vendetta Fighting Championship: A Night of Vengeance September 5, 2009 2 5:00 Oranjestad, Aruba
Win 13–2–1 Evan Nedd Decision (majority) Vendetta Fighting Championship: A Night of Vengeance September 5, 2009 2 5:00 Oranjestad, Aruba
Win 12–2–1 Adam Padilla TKO (punches) Rage in the Cage 130 July 18, 2009 1 2:12 Chandler, Arizona, United States
Draw 11–2–1 Jordan Smith Draw Throwdown Showdown 4: Cuatro June 6, 2009 5 5:00 West Valley City, Utah, United States
Win 11–2 Rich Beecroft TKO (punches) Rage in the Cage 125 April 17, 2009 1 0:33 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 10–2 Shawn Frye Submission (rear-naked choke) Rage in the Cage 123 March 21, 2009 1 1:33 Chandler, Arizona, United States
Win 9–2 Matt Lucas Submission (kimura) Rage in the Cage 121 February 6, 2009 2 2:03 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 8–2 Lyle Steffens KO Rage in the Cage 119 November 22, 2008 2 0:44 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 7–2 Roger Mejia TKO Rage in the Cage 117 November 8, 2008 2 0:16 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 6–2 Adam Padilla Submission (rear naked choke) Rage in the Cage 116 September 27, 2008 1 1:01 Prescott, Arizona, United States
Win 5–2 Jeremiah Martinez KO (punch) Rage in the Cage 113 August 2, 2008 1 1:01 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 4–2 Matt Lucas Decision (unanimous) RITC 100: The Centennial September 15, 2007 3 3:00 Fountain Hills, Arizona, United States
Win 4–1 Rich Beecroft Submission (rear-naked choke) Rage in the Cage 97 June 30, 2007 1 0:25 Arizona, United States
Win 3–1 Steve Sayegh Submission (guillotine choke) Rage in the Cage 94 April 28, 2007 2 0:42 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 2–1 Rich Alten Submission (rear-naked choke) Rage in the Cage 93 April 20, 2007 2 0:59 Arizona, United States
Loss 1–1 Jimmy Ambriz KO (punches) Rage in the Cage 91 February 24, 2007 1 0:53 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 1–0 Wendell Lowe Decision (unanimous) RITC 89: Triple Main Event December 2, 2006 3 3:00 Maricopa County, Arizona, United States

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bellator signs 15-time RITC vet Richard Hale for light-heavyweight tourney". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ "Bellator Season 4 Tournament Finales Now Official". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ "Eight Heavyweights Invade Horseshoe Casino Hammond at Bellator 75 on October 5". bellator.com. August 4, 2012. Archived from the original on August 29, 2012.