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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.[1]

Southworth has also tried out for the upcoming 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter. However, he was not chosen as one of the 28 contestants on the Ultimate Fighter.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Bobby also said on an episode of The Ultimate Fighter that he's adopted. Bobby has two children, a 15 year old daughter and a 6 year old son.[3]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9-6 Brazil flag Renato Sobral TKO (Cut) Strikeforce: Destruction 02008-
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November 21, 2008
1 5:00 United States flag San Jose, California, USA Loses Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 9-5 United States flag Anthony Ruiz Decision (Unanimous) Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson 02008-
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June 27, 2008
5 5:00 United States flag San Jose, California, USA Defends Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship
Loss 8-5 United States flag Anthony Ruiz TKO (Cut) Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives 02007-
November
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November 16, 2007
2 0:52 United States flag San Jose, California, USA
Win 8-4 Canada flag Bill Mahood Submission (Verbal - Injured Ribs) Strikeforce: Playboy Mansion 02007-
September
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September 29, 2007
1 1:15 United States flag Beverly Hills, California, USA
Win 7-4 United States flag Vernon White Decision (Unanimous) Strikeforce: Triple Threat 02006-
December
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December 8, 2006
5 5:00 United States flag San Jose, California, USA Wins the vacant Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship
zNC 6-4 United States flag James Irvin No Contest (Both fighters fell from the cage when the door was accidentally opened) Strikeforce: Revenge 02006-
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June 9, 2006
1 0:17 United States flag San Jose, California, USA
Loss 6-4 United States flag Sam Hoger Decision (Unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale 02005-
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April 9, 2005
3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 6-3 United States flag Bryan Pardoe TKO X-1 02003-
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September 6, 2003
2 0:14 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Win 5-3 United States flag Brian Vanderwalle Submission (Armbar) IFC WC 18 - Big Valley Brawl 02003-
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July 19, 2003
1 4:28 United States flag Lakeport, California, USA
Loss 4-3 United States flag David Paaluhi KO Warriors Quest 4: Genesis 02002-
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March 29, 2002
1 0:16 United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Win 4-2 United States flag Floyd Sword TKO IFC WC 14 - Warriors Challenge 14 02001-
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July 18, 2001
3 5:00 United States flag California, USA
Loss 3-2 Brazil flag Vitor Belfort Submission (Rear Naked Choke) PRIDE 13 - Collision Course 02001-
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March 25, 2001
1 4:09 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
Win 3-1 United States flag Ivan Sequet Submission (Strikes) Bushido 1 02001-
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January 18, 2001
1 United States flag Tempe, Arizona, USA
Win 2-1 United States flag Toby Oberdine Submission (Choke) IFC WC 10 - Warriors Challenge 10 02000-
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October 11, 2000
1 2:30 United States flag Friant, California, USA
Win 1-1 United States flag Bob Ostovich TKO (Punches) SB 12 - SuperBrawl 12 01999-
June
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June 1, 1999
1 4:22 United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Loss 0-1 United States flag Jason Godsey Submission (Choke) Neutral Grounds 12 01999-
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May 28, 1999
N/A United States flag USA

External linksEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. http://akakickbox.com/aka-sunnyvale-mixed-martial-arts.html
  2. http://archive.is/20120718205228/mmajunkie.com/news/16650/the-ultimate-fighter-11-tryouts-draw-bobby-southworth-nick-thompson-logan-clark.mma
  3. http://www.bobbysouthworth.net/biography.php
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