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Daniel Puder (born October 9, 1981) is an American professional mixed martial artist who trains at the CSW Training Center, in Fullerton, California, under the tutelage of Erik Paulson,[1] known for having trained at the American Kickboxing Academy, in San Jose, California,[2], having competed in the MMA promotions, Strikeforce, X-1, and BodogFight. He is also a professional wrestler, best known for his stints in World Wrestling Entertainment, Ohio Valley Wrestling, and Ring of Honor.[3]

Early lifeEdit

Puder was involved in amateur wrestling during high school. In high school at Monta Vista High School, in Cupertino, California, Puder finished first place in his weight division in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Coast Section, in amateur wrestling,[4] while wrestling with a broken hand.[5][6]

Puder was involved in entrepreneurship during high school. During high school at Monta Vista High School, in Cupertino, California, Puder became an entrepreneur, starting several businesses.[6]

At the age of 16, Puder began training in mixed-martial arts and professional wrestling.[1][6]

Professional wrestlingEdit

World Wrestling Entertainment and Ohio Valley Wrestling (2004–2005)Edit

Puder entered the fourth Tough Enough competition that was conducted as part of WWE's SmackDown! show between October and December 2004.[7] The prize was announced as a $1,000,000 professional wrestling contract, however, it was in reality a four-year contract at $250,000 a year, with the option to terminate the contract after the first year.[8] On the October 28 episode of SmackDown!, during Tough Enough, Puder was legitimately shoved spine-first into a locker by The Big Show.[9]

File:November 4, 2004 - WWE SmackDown - Daniel Puder locks Kurt Angle in a kimura lock.JPG

On the November 4 episode of SmackDown!, during an unscripted segment of Tough Enough, Kurt Angle, a former American amateur wrestler and 1996 Olympic gold medalist, challenged the finalists through a squat thrust competition. The winner was Chris Nawrocki, and the prize Nawrocki won was a match against Angle. After Angle defeated Nawrocki, Puder challenged Angle. During the match, Angle and Puder wrestled for position before Angle took Puder down; in the process, Puder locked Angle in a real submission hold, a kimura lock. With Puder on his back, one of two referees in the ring, Jim Korderas, quickly counted three to end the bout, but some observed that during the pin, Puder's shoulders were not on the mat. Puder later claimed he would have snapped Angle's arm, thus making Angle tap out on national television, if Korderas had not ended the match.[10][11] Following the incident, Dave Meltzer and Dave Scherer gave these comments;

""It was real. If you don't follow fighting, Puder had Angle locked in the Kimura, or keylock as Tazz called it, although Tazz didn't let on the move was fully executed. Not only was Angle not getting out of the move, but most MMA fighters would have tapped already. Angle couldn't tap for obvious reasons. The ref counted a three even though Puder's shoulders weren't fully down, trying to end the thing, because the reality was Angle would have been in surgery had it gone a few seconds longer or had Puder not given up the hold." ― Dave Meltzer[12][13]"
― {{{2}}}
""As you would expect, Kurt Angle was less than happy backstage at Smackdown after almost being forced to tap out to Tough Enough contestant Daniel Puder. Downright ticked off would probably be the best way to describe his mood. The unscripted nature of the contest was the main reason that Angle was made to look so bad since Puder just reacted to the situation and could have forced Angle to submit had the referees not thought quickly and counted a pin that wasn’t there on Puder." ― Dave Scherer[14]"
― {{{2}}}

On December 12, 2004, Puder competed in his first WWE pay-per-view event, Armageddon, defeating Mike Mizanin in a Dixie Dog Fight.[15] Puder was announced as the winner on December 14, 2004 (televised on December 16, 2004).[16] On January 30, 2005, Puder competed in his second WWE pay-per-view event, being entered in the Royal Rumble match. Puder, however, was shortly eliminated after being chopped by Chris Benoit, Hardcore Holly, and Eddie Guerrero. Puder was eliminated by Holly.[17]

In January 2005, Puder participated in the WWE's developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). In September 2005, after eight months in OVW, Puder was released by WWE as a cost-cutting move. Puder was given the option of signing a development contract with WWE and transferring to its Deep South Wrestling development camp with less pay, but Puder declined the offer.[18] Puder gave this comment;

"I'm proud of winning the very first ever Million Dollar Tough Enough. I'm proud that I adapted from MMA to WWE. I'm proud of my work in the ring with my pro wrestling trainers Lance Storm and more recently Al Snow, who was my Tough Enough trainer too. I am proud of my association with a man like Danny Davis. I am proud to have worked with Tommy Dreamer. I am proud and have enjoyed working with and learning from Paul Heyman, and all the opportunities this experience has presented. And I know I will use this experience to my advantage when I make my next long term career move.

For the time being, I am headed back to Louisville, because Paul scheduled me in an OVW Title match against Johnny Jeter tomorrow night at the Davis Arena, 4400 Sheperdsville Road in Louisville. I hope it's my best pro wrestling match to date. I live up to my obligations and committments (sic). That's the kind of man I am. And I'm going to show the world that at 23 years old, WWE thought short term and not long term with me. But I won't brag about it in advance. I'll prove it to everyone!!!!!!!! Thanks for all of your support.[19]"

― {{{2}}}

In September 2007, Yahoo! Sports ran an interview with Puder. In the interview, Puder briefly mentioned his stay in Ohio Valley Wrestling. Puder said;

"I was in OVW. And we had this one town in Kentucky we went to every week, it was basically an old barn. There were the same 20 people there every time, they all looked the same, they all had maybe three teeth each and they all had the same name. Finally, one night I walked in and saw all the inbreds and thought to myself, "What am I doing with my life?"[20]"
― {{{2}}}Kenny Bolin took offense to this. Bolin then sent out the following email to Yahoo!;
"I will open this reminding every one that I really liked Daniel during his OVW days. He was not too smart to the wrestling business but what young talent is these days?

My memories of Daniel Puder in OVW are quite different that what is stated here in your article. (I am assuming Daniel really said this) he was always giving away free pics, trading cards and T-shirts of him self to all the fans. He spent a fortune on this stuff and gave it to the fans, not to mention the 20 in a barn he claims to have seen every week. (I have no idea what town he is talking about) if he had not dozed off in training class and stayed off his lap top and cell phone 24/7 he may have drew more than 20 fans in what ever town he thinks he was in. We sure draw more than that now. We have capacity crowds (500 or so) turning away up to 50 to 200 fans every week at OVW TV tapings. We perform over 170 shows a year in the Louisville Metro area not to mention better than 100 additional shows around the tri state area. 12 shows a year at Six Flags Ky. Kingdom, 2 state fair shows and countless fund raisers.

I also remember Daniel cried like a baby the day he was released from WWE. Daniel may want to reflect back on his OVW days more accurately and appreciate any fans who took the time to come and see him in the future.

Thanks,

Kenny Bolin OVW[21]"

― {{{2}}}

Ring of Honor (2007–2008)Edit

In December 2007, Puder signed with Ring of Honor (ROH).[22] On December 29, 2007, at the Manhattan Center, in New York City, Puder made his debut in ROH, at Rising Above, attacking Claudio Castagnoli and aligning himself with Sweet and Sour Inc., led by Larry Sweeney. On December 30, 2007, at Final Battle 2007, Puder helped Sweeney defeat Castagnoli. In January 2008, Puder would appear on two more shows; however, due to budget cuts, Puder was released.

Mixed martial artsEdit

While training at the American Kickboxing Academy, in San Jose, California, Puder sought the tutelage of Javier Mendez, Bob Cook, Frank Shamrock, Brian Johnston and Danny Chaid.[1][6]

On September 6, 2003, at the X-1 promotion, Puder defeated Jay McCown by unanimous decision. On March 10, 2006, at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie, at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, in San Jose, California, Puder made his return to MMA, defeating Jesse Fujarcyk by submission due to a rear naked choke. Three months later on June 9, 2006, at Strikeforce: Revenge, at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, in San Jose, California, Puder defeated Tom Tuggle by submission due to an armbar in only twenty-eight seconds. To end the year, on December 8 at Strikeforce: Triple Threat, at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, in San Jose, California, Puder defeated Mike Cook by submission due to a rear naked choke.

On February 18, 2007, at BodogFight Series III: Costa Rica Combat, in Costa Rica, Puder defeated Michael Alden by knockout in forty-five seconds. Several months later on September 29, 2007, at Strikeforce: Playboy Mansion, at The Playboy Mansion, in Los Angeles, California, Puder defeated Richard Dalton by unanimous decision.

On May 16, 2009, at Call to Arms I, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, California, Puder defeated Jeff Ford by knockout.

On August 15, 2009, at Call to Arms: Called Out Fights, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, California, Puder defeated Mychal Clark by unanimous decision.

Puder now trains at the CSW Training Center, in Fullerton, California, under the tutelage of Erik Paulson.[1]

Puder currently holds a record of eight wins and zero losses in MMA competition having competed in the Strikeforce, X-1, and BodogFight promotions.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Puder was born with A.D.H.D.,[24] and he is a born again Christian.

Puder started his own non-profit organization, Puder Strength Training (PST), to help local high schools by donating weight training equipment to their strength training programs and to underprivileged teenagers. Puder started Daniel Puder Promotions, an event promotional company. He also works with Toys for Tots, After School All Stars, HAWKE Foundation, Police Athletic League (PAL), Shriners Hospitals for Children, Stanford Hospital, and San Francisco General Hospital. In addition, he is the official spokesperson for Cops Care Cancer Foundation.[1][6]

As of 2008, Puder is now residing in Los Angeles, California.[1][6]

MMA recordEdit

Template:Start box |- | align="center" colspan=7|8 wins (3 submissions, 2 (T)KO's, 3 Decision) 0 loss. |- | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Result | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Date | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Outcome | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Opponent | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Event | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Details | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Time | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Notes |- |8-0 |8/15/2009 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | United States flag Mychal Clark |Call to Arms: Called Out Fights |Decision (Unanimous) |Round 3, 5:00 |- |7-0 |5/16/2009 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | United States flag Jeff Ford |Call to Arms I |TKO (Shoulder Injury) |Round 1, 1:23 |- |6-0 |9/29/2007 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | United States flag Richard Dalton |Strikeforce: Playboy Mansion |Decision (Unanimous) |Round 3, 5:00 |- |5-0 |2/18/2007 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | United States flag Michael Alden |BodogFight Series III: Costa Rica Combat |TKO (Head Kick & Punches) |Round 1 ,0:45 |- |4-0 |12/8/2006 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | United States flag Mike Cook |Strikeforce: Triple Threat |Submission (Rear Naked Choke) |Round 2, 2:31 |- |3-0 |6/9/2006 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | United States flag Tom Tuggle |Strikeforce: Revenge |Submission (Armbar) |Round 1, 0:28 |- |2-0 |3/10/2006 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | United States flag Jesse Fujarczyk |Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie |Submission (Rear Naked Choke) |Round 1, 1:54 |- |1-0 |9/6/2003 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | United States flag Jay McCown |X-1 |Decision (Unanimous) |Round 3, 3:00 |- Template:End box

In wrestlingEdit

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 A “Call to Arms” with Daniel Puder!. American Martial Arts Movements (A.M.A.M.).
  2. American Kickboxing Academy - Dan Puder. American Kickboxing Academy.
  3. WRESTLER PROFILES - Daniel Puder. Online World of Wrestling.
  4. High School Wrestling. The Sun, Sunnyvale's Newspaper.
  5. Daniel Puder - mixed martial arts fighter - Biography. Daniel Puder - mixed martial arts fighter.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Daniel Puder - Biography. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
  7. "$1,000,000 Tough Enough” Begins Tonight! New Reality Contest Starts Tonight on UPN’s WWE SmackDown!. WWE.com.
  8. Daniel Puder Interview - Talks about incident with Kurt Angle, and OVW. http://www.wrestleview.com/.
  9. SmackDown - October 28, 2004 Results. Online World of Wrestling.
  10. SmackDown - November 4, 2004 Results. Online World of Wrestling.
  11. Reality show contestant schools Angle.
  12. Kurt Angle, Owned by Shootfighter?.
  13. Online World of Wrestling - WRESTLING COLUMNS - Online World of Wrestling Fan Jam 11/2004 - Short Columns by Obsessed Fans.
  14. Kurt Angle, Owned by Shootfighter?.
  15. Armageddon 2004 Results. WWE.com.
  16. WWE SmackDown! Crowns "$1,000,000 Tough Enough" Champion. WWE.com.
  17. 2005 Royal Rumble Match Results. WWE.com.
  18. Daniel Puder Comments On His WWE Release.
  19. FIGHTSPORT 24-7.
  20. Strikeforce proves it isn't an all-UFC world - Boxing - Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! Sports.
  21. Ohio Valley Wrestling fans.
  22. ROH Signs Daniel Puder.
  23. Fight Finder - Daniel Puder's Mixed Martial Arts Statistics.
  24. Ultimate Fighter Hard-hitting and goal-driven.

External linksEdit

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