Frank Gibson Lester (born June 10, 1984) is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom.
Frank Lester was born in Germany on an U.S. Army base where his father, a Colonel in the Army Airborne Rangers, was stationed. Lester participated in a variety of sports, including basketball, baseball, and football, while attending military school and later Howard High School, near Washington, DC. He eventually earned a GED after having quit high school.
Lester's father was working in the The Pentagon the day of the September 11 attacks. His father escaped the building alright and the event spurred Lester to enlist in the Army. At the age of 19 he was deployed to Iraq as an infantryman. He returned the US in July, 2004, after almost a year in Iraq. Lester traveled to southern California, visiting friends he made while in the Army. He decided to move there and got a job working as a bouncer at a bar. After breaking up a bar fight his coworker, a US Navy Seal and MMA fighter, suggested he give MMA a try.
Mixed Martial ArtsEdit
Lester appeared on The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom. Originally, Lester was not one of the sixteen chosen United States fighters. However, after a fighter did not make weight he was selected to fight for the final welterweight spot. Lester defeated Kiel Reid by technical knockout in an elimination match earning him a spot on the United States team. He was eliminated in episode six, losing his fight to James Wilks by armbar. Later in the season, Lester returned after a fighter was pulled from the tournament. Despite having significant injuries, including missing front teeth and black eyes, Lester defeated Dave Faulkner when Faulkner quit after the second round. Dana White told Frank that he was the first person to win a fight as a replacement in The Ultimate Fighter series. Frank Lester was eliminated from the tournament for a second time after a rematch against Wilks in the tournament's semi-final round.
Frank has a daughter named Jordan.
Mixed Martial Arts Record Edit
|Professional record breakdown|
|12||3 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||William Black||Decision (Majority)||C3: Slammin Jammin Weekend 4||February 13, 2010||3||3:00||Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||Nick Osipczak||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC: The Ultimate Finale 9||June 20, 2009||1||3:40||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||Lance Evans||TKO (Punches)||Warpath MMA||September 27, 2008||2||2:46||Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA|
|Win||Cosmo Chiles||KO (Punch)||Total Combat 30||August 2, 2008||1||2:53||San Diego, California, USA|
|Win||Cesar Uruilla||TKO (Punches)||Cage of Fire 12||May 3, 2008||1||3:29||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Loss||Nick Braker||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||Total Combat 22||August 3, 2007||1||5:00||San Diego, California, USA|
|Loss||Chuck Graves||Decision (Unanimous)||Total Combat 21||June 8, 2007||3||3:00||San Diego, California, USA|
- ↑ Frank Lester. Spike TV. Retrieved on November 18, 2009.
- ↑ Non, Sergio (June 17, 2009). Frank Lester Q&A: 2nd chance on TUF 9 'surprised me'. USA Today. Retrieved on November 18, 2009.
- ↑ http://content.usatoday.com/communities/mma/post/2009/06/68191775/1
- ↑ Frank Lester's UFC Profile. UFC.com. Retrieved on November 18, 2009.
- ↑ Got Heart? Frank Lester Does. UFC.com (2009-06-19). Retrieved on 2009-06-21.