Rob Broughton (born 3 March 1983) is an English mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2004, Broughton is a former British Cage Rage Heavyweight Champion and has also competed in the UFC, RINGS, and M-1 Global.
|Born||3 March 1983|
St. Helens, England
|Other names||The Bear|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||258 lb (117 kg; 18 st 6 lb)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Liverpool, England|
|Team||Wolfslair MMA Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Rob Broughton currently has two children from two different spouses. India-Rose Broughton-Cowell and Billy Broughton. Rob Broughton has remained present in both children’s life, as well as remaining present with his previous spouse’s son, Jonathan McIntyre.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Rob first gained national recognition in 2006 when he became the British Cage Rage Heavyweight Champion, after defeating former PRIDE veteran James Thompson at Cage Rage 17 in Wembley Arena, on just one week's notice.
Broughton then went on to defeat Robert Berry via KO and submit the world-renowned and ex-World Super Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Eric Esch in Cage Rage competition. However Broughton's win streak was ended against Tengiz Tedoradze, when a cut eye forced a premature end to the bout.
During 2007 Rob sustained a severe injury during training, which prevented him from professional competition for over a year, but on his return to the Cage Rage Championships in March 2008, he showed his potential once again by ending the unbeaten record of Neil Grove at Cage Rage 25 by majority decision.
In October 2008, Broughton then fought the former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez in Liverpool. On this occasion Broughton impressed again by avoiding his opponent's takedown attempts, whilst dominating early on in the clinch and in top position too. However, despite a promising second round Broughton eventually succumbed to Rodriguez by kneebar, which came as a bitter blow to the Liverpool-based fighter. However this performance has only increased Broughton's determination to break through into the world scene.
M1 Challenge /GlobalEdit
Broughton made his M-1 debut representing Team England on 29 April in Japan, defeating the then unbeaten Japanese fighter Yusuke Kawaguchi by decision after a dominating performance. Then on 5 June he made his second M-1 Challenge appearance defeating Soufian Elgarne via TKO. Elgarne's corner withdrew their fighter early on in the bout after Broughton controlled the fight from the start with superior clinch work and striking.
Broughton's performances in the M-1 Challenge meant he was called up to the ill-fated Affliction: Trilogy show on 1 August in Los Angeles. However, the event was cancelled, and Broughton's fight against Jessie Gibbs was hastily rearranged to the M-1 Global Presents Breakthrough show on 28 August in Kansas City. Broughton, who was hampered by bad flight plans and other logistical issues, was unable to show his true potential in a bout that was broadcast live on HDNet in the US and live over the internet and as a result he lost by decision.
Frustrated by his performance, Broughton immediately requested to fight in the M-1 Challenge semifinals in Russia and despite suffering from injuries and hampered by bad preparation, he was able to claim Team England's only win of the night as he submitted the BodogFIGHT veteran Akhmed Sultanov by keylock in round 1 of their bout. Broughton dominated proceedings and totally nullified Sultanov's offence and eventually forced the Russian to verbally submit to a shoulder lock. This win saw Broughton increase his M-1 Challenge record to 3–0 and helped him establish his status as one of Europe's top Heavyweight prospects.
ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights CollideEdit
Broughton participated in the ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights Collide. This event was considered important in the UK domestic scene, to clarify the UK-based number one Heavyweight.
The ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament was a one-night tournament that took place on 31 January 2010. In the opening round he faced off against UFC veteran Neil Wain, submitting Wain with a guillotine choke in the second round. In the semifinals he faced MMA journeyman James Thompson, who was coming off an impressive TKO (punches) win over Tengiz Tedoradze in his opening round. Broughton had defeated Thompson in the past, back in 2006 and the win had made Brougton the British Cage Rage Heavyweight Champion. The man who took the title away from Broughton was Tengiz Tedoradze, who Thompson defeated to face off against Broughton in the tournament. In this bout, Broughton defeated Thompson by KO (Punch) in the second round.
Broughton was next expected to face off against Joe Vedepo, a natural Middleweight who took part in the Heavyweight tournament on a days notice, but Vedepo broke his hand in his semifinals bout against Oli Thompson, which forced him out of the finals. Oli Thompson went on to replace Vedepo and Broughton defeated Oli Thompson in the finals by unanimous decision to win the ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament Championship as well as earning the £10,000 tournament cheque.
After the event, Rob stated that he hoped the bigger organizations such as the UFC and Strikeforce noticed his achievements and hopes of landing a multi-fight contract.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Broughton/Mitrione was briefly linked to UFC on FX 5. However, the bout was scrapped altogether after Broughton was forced out of the bout a second time and as a result, Broughton was released from the promotion.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Cage Rage
- Cage Rage British Heavyweight Champion
- ZT Fight Nights
- ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament Winner (2010)
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|24 matches||16 wins||7 losses|
|Win||16–7–1||Marcin Bocian||Submission (kimura)||ICE FC 6: Broughton vs. Bocian||12 June 2015||1||0:18||Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||15–7–1||Phil De Fries||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 138||5 November 2011||3||5:00||Birmingham, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||15–6–1||Travis Browne||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 135||24 September 2011||3||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||15–5–1||Vinicius Queiroz||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 120||16 October 2010||3||1:43||London, England||Queiroz later tested positive for steroids|
|Win||14–5–1||Oli Thompson||Decision (unanimous)||ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights Collide||30 January 2010||3||5:00||Hove, England||Won the ZT Fight Night Heavyweight tournament|
|Win||13–5–1||James Thompson||KO (punch)||ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights Collide||30 January 2010||2||2:28||Hove, England||ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout|
|Win||12–5–1||Neil Wain||Submission (guillotine choke)||ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights Collide||30 January 2010||2||1:16||Hove, England||ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal Bout|
|Win||11–5–1||Akhmed Sultanov||Submission (americana)||M-1 Challenge 19: 2009 Semifinals||26 September 2009||1||4:31||Rostov Oblast, Russia|
|Loss||10–5–1||Jessie Gibbs||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Global: Breakthrough||29 August 2009||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||10–4–1||Soufian Elgarne||TKO (ankle injury)||M-1 Challenge 16: USA||5 June 2009||1||2:02||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||9–4–1||Yusuke Kawaguchi||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Challenge 14: Japan||29 April 2009||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||8–4–1||Ricco Rodriguez||Submission (kneebar)||CG 9: Beatdown||4 October 2008||2||3:39||Liverpool, England|
|Win||8–3–1||Neil Grove||Decision (majority)||Cage Rage 25||8 March 2008||3||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||7–3–1||Tengiz Tedoradze||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Cage Rage 20||10 February 2007||2||0:58||London, England||Lost Cage Rage British Heavyweight Championship. Stoppage due to cuts.|
|Win||7–2–1||Eric Esch||Submission (punches)||Cage Rage 19||9 December 2006||2||3:43||London, England||Non-title bout|
|Win||6–2–1||Robert Berry||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 18||30 September 2006||1||3:33||London, England||Defended the Cage Rage British Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||5–2–1||James Thompson||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 17||1 July 2006||3||0:49||London, England||Won the Cage Rage British Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||4–2–1||Martin Thompson||Submission (guillotine choke)||War in Workington 1||17 June 2006||2||3:40||Cumbria, England|
|Win||3–2–1||Sidnei da Silva||TKO||Cage Gladiators 1||22 May 2006||1||0:44||Liverpool, England|
|Loss||2–2–1||Peter Cousins||Decision||Intense Fighting 2||28 January 2006||N/A||N/A||Cambridge, England|
|Win||2–1–1||Andy Ryan||TKO (punches)||RINGS: Bushido Ireland||12 March 2005||1||N/A||Ireland|
|Win||1–1–1||Ryan Robinson||KO||CFC 3: Cage Carnage||6 March 2005||1||N/A||Liverpool, England|
|Draw||0–1–1||Assim Assine||Draw||CFC 2: Cage Carnage||14 November 2004||2||N/A||Liverpool, England|
|Loss||0–1||Milco Voorn||Submission (choke)||CFC 1: Cage Carnage||11 July 2004||N/A||N/A||Liverpool, England|
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