Bobby Southworth (born December 16, 1969) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. He fights as a light heavyweight. He has also fought in PRIDE FC and appeared on Season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter. He is the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion.
Mixed Martial Arts Edit
Southworth's first major exposure in the mixed martial arts world was when he faced Vitor Belfort at PRIDE 13. Southworth was overwhelmed by the Brazilian veteran and lost by rear naked choke in the first round.
Bobby then appeared on Season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter. He won his first preliminary fight against Lodune Sincaid, but lost the second versus Stephan Bonnar by split decision. Bobby returned to the house as a possible replacement for Forrest Griffin, should he not have been medically cleared to fight in the semifinals, but Forrest's cut healed safely and Southworth did not fight again until the undercard of the finale, where he was defeated by Sam Hoger. It was a unanimous decision victory for Sam Hoger.
Southworth then moved to Strikeforce, where his first fight was against James "The Sandman" Irvin. The bout was declared a No-Contest after a mere 17 seconds when in a freak accident, Southworth and Irvin's clinch pressed against the cage, pushing open the cage door and causing Irvin to fall out of the ring. In his next fight, Southworth was given the opportunity to fight for Strikeforce's vacant light heavyweight championship against Vernon "Tiger" White. Southworth won a decision victory, taking White down repeatedly and controlling the pace of the match. Southworth's next fight was a non-title bout against Anthony Ruiz, a fight that Ruiz won by way of TKO(cut) in round 2. A rematch was set up, but this time it would be for Southworth's championship. In a rather slow-paced fight, Southworth defeated Ruiz via 5-round Unanimous Decision on June 27, 2008.
In his next title defense, at Strikeforce: Destruction on November 21, 2008, Southworth lost the light heavyweight championship against former UFC Light Heavyweight fighter Renato Sobral "Babalu" by TKO(cut) of the 1st round at 5:00. Southworth was winning the round, having scored a takedown and controlling the clinch, until "Babalu" opened up a horrendous gash above Bobby's left eye with ten seconds to go. "Big" John McCarthy stopped the action to let doctors inspect, and Southworth finished the round by dropping "Babalu" with a punch just before the bell. However, when doctors got a better look at the wound between rounds, Southworth was declared the loser due to the size and depth of the cut. Southworth has said he would like a rematch and Sobral has verbally agreed.
As a longtime member of Team AKA (American Kickboxing Academy), in San Jose, CA; Bobby has recently started teaching at a new AKA gym in Sunnyvale, CA. Bobby Southworth is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and teaches the Jiu-Jitsu class at AKA Sunnyvale.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|19||9 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||9-6||Renato Sobral||TKO (Cut)||Strikeforce: Destruction||November 21, 2008||1||5:00||San Jose, California, USA||Loses Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||9-5||Anthony Ruiz||Decision (Unanimous)||Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson||June 27, 2008||5||5:00||San Jose, California, USA||Defends Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||8-5||Anthony Ruiz||TKO (Cut)||Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives||November 16, 2007||2||0:52||San Jose, California, USA|
|Win||8-4||Bill Mahood||Submission (Verbal - Injured Ribs)||Strikeforce: Playboy Mansion||September 29, 2007||1||1:15||Beverly Hills, California, USA|
|Win||7-4||Vernon White||Decision (Unanimous)||Strikeforce: Triple Threat||December 8, 2006||5||5:00||San Jose, California, USA||Wins the vacant Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship|
|NC||6-4||James Irvin||No Contest (Both fighters fell from the cage when the door was accidentally opened)||Strikeforce: Revenge||June 9, 2006||1||0:17||San Jose, California, USA|
|Loss||6-4||Sam Hoger||Decision (Unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale||April 9, 2005||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Win||6-3||Bryan Pardoe||TKO||X-1||September 6, 2003||2||0:14||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||5-3||Brian Vanderwalle||Submission (Armbar)||IFC WC 18 - Big Valley Brawl||July 19, 2003||1||4:28||Lakeport, California, USA|
|Loss||4-3||David Paaluhi||KO||Warriors Quest 4: Genesis||March 29, 2002||1||0:16||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA|
|Win||4-2||Floyd Sword||TKO||IFC WC 14 - Warriors Challenge 14||July 18, 2001||3||5:00||California, USA|
|Loss||3-2||Vitor Belfort||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||PRIDE 13 - Collision Course||March 25, 2001||1||4:09||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||3-1||Ivan Sequet||Submission (Strikes)||Bushido 1||January 18, 2001||1||Tempe, Arizona, USA|
|Win||2-1||Toby Oberdine||Submission (Choke)||IFC WC 10 - Warriors Challenge 10||October 11, 2000||1||2:30||Friant, California, USA|
|Win||1-1||Bob Ostovich||TKO (Punches)||SB 12 - SuperBrawl 12||June 1, 1999||1||4:22||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA|
|Loss||0-1||Jason Godsey||Submission (Choke)||Neutral Grounds 12||May 28, 1999||N/A||USA|
- ↑ http://akakickbox.com/aka-sunnyvale-mixed-martial-arts.html
- ↑ http://archive.is/20120718205228/mmajunkie.com/news/16650/the-ultimate-fighter-11-tryouts-draw-bobby-southworth-nick-thompson-logan-clark.mma
- ↑ http://www.bobbysouthworth.net/biography.php