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Bryan Scott Smith, (born on May 21, 1979 in Reno, Nevada), is an American mixed martial artist previously fighting at middleweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship making his debut at UFC 59. He also fought for EliteXC before it folded and currently fights for Strikeforce. Smith is noted for his come-from-behind, knockout victories over Cung Le, Benji Radach and Pete Sell.

CareerEdit

In the early half of his career, Smith – fighting at heavyweight – compiled victories in the International Fighting Championships and Gladiator Challenge shows across the United States. While successful in the smaller promotions, Smith's first major appearance in the mixed martial arts world came in the World Extreme Cagefighting organization. Smith entered a WEC light heavyweight tournament with limited name recognition, but was branded by experts as the dark horse of the competition. [1]

Smith defeated WEC veteran Tim McKenzie in the semi-finals. With that victory, Smith was slated to fight Justin Levens in the tournament finals; Levens, however, was halted on doctor's advice due to a shoulder injury he sustained in his semi-final bout. The tournament alternate, Tait Fletcher, was brought into the championship round instead. Smith made short work of Fletcher, scoring a first-round technical knockout to become the WEC Light Heavyweight Champion.

Smith would defend his championship from Justin Levens at WEC 18 before scheduling a fight with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in April 2006, moving down a weight class to fight David Terrell at UFC 59. The fight – marked with questionable officiating – ended in controversial fashion, prompting Smith to file a complaint with the California State Athletic Commission. [2]

Smith was then seen as a middleweight contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback, where he quickly lost his quarterfinal matchup against Travis Lutter. Smith appeared on the season finale, knocking out Pete Sell in the second round of a very exciting fight in a sequence that saw Smith sustain a hard punch to the liver, and throw the bout-winning knockout punch before falling to the ground in pain.

Smith lost his next fight in the UFC by decision against Patrick Cote at UFC 67. [3] More recently, Smith defeated Troy Miller by technical knockout at Palace Fighting Championship 2 in Lemoore, California. He lost against Ed Herman at UFC 72. Herman submitted Smith with a rear naked choke at 2:25 in the second round after Herman landed a nasty elbow on Smith in the first round covering his face in blood.

Smith made his EliteXC debut on February 16 knocking out Kyle Noke seven seconds into round two. The victory earned him a title shot against Robbie Lawler. The bout was declared a no contest after an accidental poke in the eye in the third round. The first two rounds were so exciting that Gary Shaw awarded both fighters their win bonuses and announced an immediate rematch. Smith lost the subsequent rematch to Lawler via TKO on July 26, 2008 at EliteXC: Unfinished Business. At Strikeforce: Destruction, Smith took a fight with Terry Martin with one week's notice and beat Martin in the 1st round by KO.

Scott faced Benji Radach at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz on April 11, 2009. Scott defeated Radach by knocking him out in the third round.[1] Radach had, for the majority of the fight, showcased his ability as the more refined striker, and was arguably heading toward a unanimous decision victory until Smith caught him with a flush straight right late on in round three and followed up with strikes to seal a dramatic victory. On June 6, 2009, Scott was matched up with Nick Diaz at a catchweight of 180 lbs. during Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields, losing via Rear Naked Choke at 1:19 of the third round.

In his most recent fight Smith fought Cung Le at Strikeforce: Evolution on December 19, 2009. Despite being dominated throughout most of the fight, Smith won via third round knock out and became the first and only man to ever defeat Cung Le.

Personal lifeEdit

Scott has two sons, Mike & Scotty.[2]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win United States flag Cung Le TKO (Punches) Strikeforce: Evolution 2009-12-19 3 3:25 United States flag San Jose, California, United States
Loss United States flag Nick Diaz Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields 2009-06-06 3 1:19 United States flag St. Louis, Missouri, United States catchweight of 180 lbs
Win United States flag Benji Radach KO (Punch) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz 2009-04-11 3 3:24 United States flag San Jose, California, United States
Win United States flag Terry Martin KO (Punch) Strikeforce: Destruction 2008-11-21 1 0:24 United States flag San Jose, California, United States
Loss United States flag Robbie Lawler TKO (Strikes) EliteXC: Unfinished Business 2008-07-26 2 2:35 United States flag Stockton, California, United States For Elite XC Middleweight Championship
NC United States flag Robbie Lawler No Contest (Thumb in the eye) EliteXC: Primetime 2008-05-31 3 3:26 United States flag Newark, New Jersey, United States For Elite XC Middleweight Championship
Win Australia flag Kyle Noke KO (Punch) EliteXC: Street Certified 2008-02-16 2 0:07 United States flag Miami, Florida, United States
Win United States flag Jeff Morris TKO GC 73 – High Noon 2007-12-22 1 0:22 United States flag Sacramento, California, United States
Loss United States flag Ed Herman Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 72: Victory 2007-06-16 2 2:25 United Kingdom flag Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Win United States flag Troy Miller TKO PFC 2 – Fast and Furious 2007-03-22 1 1:06 United States flag Lemoore, California, United States
Loss Canada flag Patrick Cote Decision (Unanimous) UFC 67: All or Nothing 2007-02-03 3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win United States flag Pete Sell KO (Punch) The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale 2006-11-11 2 3:25 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss United States flag David Terrell Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 59: Reality Check 2006-04-15 1 3:08 United States flag Anaheim, California, United States
Win United States flag Justin Levens KO WEC 18 – Unfinished Business 2006-01-13 1 1:58 United States flag Lemoore, California, United States Defended WEC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win United States flag Tait Fletcher TKO (Punches) WEC 17 – Halloween Fury 4 2005-10-14 1 3:55 United States flag Lemoore, California, United States Won vacant WEC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win United States flag Tim McKenzie TKO (Punches) WEC 17 – Halloween Fury 4 2005-10-14 1 2:25 United States flag Lemoore, California, United States WEC Light Heavyweight Semi-finals
Win United States flag John Seilhan TKO GC 30 – Gladiator Challenge 30 2004-08-19 1 1:29 United States flag Colusa, California, United States
Win United States flag Isidro Gonzalez Submission (Rear Naked Choke) SF 3 – Dome 2004-04-17 1 4:07 United States flag Gresham, Oregon, United States
Loss United States flag James Irvin KO GC 22 – Gladiator Challenge 22 2004-02-12 1 2:21 United States flag Colusa, California, United States
Win United States flag Jaime Jara Submission (Rear Naked Choke) GC 20 – Gladiator Challenge 20 2003-11-13 1 3:01 United States flag Colusa, California, United States
Win United States flag Jaime Jara KO GC 16 – Gladiator Challenge 16 2003-06-01 1 N/A United States flag Colusa, California, United States
Win United States flag Levi Thornbrue TKO GC 10 – Gladiator Challenge 10 2002-04-14 1 2:20 United States flag Colusa, California, United States
Win United States flag Tim Kennedy TKO (Cut) IFC WC 15 – Warriors Challenge 15 2001-08-31 1 2:53 United States flag Oroville, California, United States
Win United States flag Ted Stamatelos Submission IFC WC 13 – Warriors Challenge 13 2001-06-15 N/A N/A United States flag California, United States

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