|File:Bob sapp yokota base japan 2005-crop.jpg|
|Born||Robert Malcolm Sapp|
September 22, 1974
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
|Other names||The Beast|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (Script error m)|
|Weight||149.2 kg (329 lb; 23 st 7 lb)|
|Reach||82.5 in (210 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Seattle, Washington, United States|
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|University||University of Washington|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Date of birth:September 22, 1974|
|Place of birth: Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||Weight: 319 lb (145 kg)|
|NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69|
|Debuted in 1997 for the Minnesota Vikings|
|Last played in 1998 for the Minnesota Vikings|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 1997|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Robert Malcolm "Bob" Sapp (Japanese: [Bobu Sappu]; born September 22, 1974) is an American kickboxer, mixed martial artist, professional wrestler, actor, comedian and former professional American football player. Sapp has a combined fight record of 22–32–1, mostly fighting in Japan. He is well known in Japan, where he has appeared in numerous commercials, television programs, and various other media, and has released a music CD, It's Sapp Time. He also appeared in an episode of the HBO program Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. He is currently working sporadically for various MMA promotions in the U.S., Japan, and Europe.
American football careerEdit
Sapp began his athletic career in high school playing football at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received a football scholarship to the University of Washington, where he won the Morris Award.
He was drafted by the Chicago Bears 69th overall in the 1997 NFL Draft. Sapp's career took a hit after he was suspended by the NFL for alleged steroid abuse. Sapp signed with the Minnesota Vikings after being released by the Bears. He spent two seasons with the Vikings and only played in one game.
Bob Sapp's pro-wrestling career started in NWA Wildside in 2001. He was quickly contracted by World Championship Wrestling as a developmental wrestler, before the company was bought out by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) (at that time WWF).
In 2004, Sapp competed for New Japan Pro Wrestling, winning their IWGP Heavyweight Championship and becoming the first black man to accomplish this feat, though it was vacated shortly thereafter due to a mixed martial arts fight loss and film commitments.
On October 16, 2007, Bob Sapp made a surprise appearance at HUSTLE's Korakuen Hall event, attacking Razor Ramon HG and his partner Wataru Sakata. Sapp aligned himself with Generalissimo Takada's Monster Army. He also announced that he would wrestle at the HUSTLE Mania 11/25 Yokohama Arena event. His opponent was later confirmed to be Razor Ramon HG  and Sapp defeated him in the resultant match.
Since 2008, Sapp began to participate in WWA, a pro-wrestling organization in South Korea. On October 26, 2009, Bob Sapp captured the WWA Heavyweight title by defeating Lee Wang Pyo, a famous professional wrestler in Korea who was taught by legendary Korean professional wrestler Kim Il, at Olympic Fencing Gymnasium event. On July 24, 2011, Sapp made his debut for Dramatic Dream Team at the "2011: A RYOGOKU Peter Pan" event, using a "Beast will fight for money" gimmick. In a comedy match, he was defeated by Danshoku Dino, another wrestler with a homosexual character, being pinned after a kiss and a roll-up. At a New Japan Pro Wrestling event on December 20, 2012, Toru Yano announced that Sapp would represent the villainous Chaos stable on January 4, 2013, at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome. At the event, Sapp teamed with Yano, Takashi Iizuka and Yujiro Takahashi in an eight man tag team match, where they were defeated by Akebono, Manabu Nakanishi, MVP and Strong Man. Sapp made another appearance for New Japan on April 7, 2013, at Invasion Attack, where he and Chaos stablemates Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii and Yoshi-Hashi were defeated by Akebono, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Manabu Nakanishi and Super Strong Machine in another eight man tag team match.
Kickboxing and mixed martial arts careerEdit
Pride Fighting ChampionshipsEdit
Sapp was subsequently recruited by the Japanese MMA organization Pride, where he quickly became a fan favorite due to his size, charisma and aggression. After a number of successes in Pride, Sapp was then invited to K-1 by Kazuyoshi Ishii, the creator of the fighting sport K-1. Ishii saw the combination of great potential great marketability in Sapp and he also had actually fought and not just taken dives.
After arriving in Japan, Sapp fought three matches in Pride. His first match pitted him against pro wrestler and longtime RINGS Fighting Network competitor Yoshihisa Yamamoto, who he finished by TKO at 2:44 of the first round. Sapp's second Pride match was against two-time RINGS Open-Weight Champion Kiyoshi Tamura. Though Tamura was a highly respected fighter who held wins over the likes of Pat Miletich, Jeremy Horn, and Renzo Gracie, he was giving up 150 lbs to his foe and was quickly overwhelmed by the much larger American, succumbing to strikes just 11 seconds into the bout. During this time fans were first introduced to Sapp's "bullrush" technique, whereby he would rush an opponent with punches, quickly overwhelming them. Pride and K-1 collaborated to create a show billed "Dynamite" in Japan and "Shockwave" in the United States. He faced then-champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Sapp submitted to an armbar late in the second round. Sapp would never again compete in Pride, instead focusing his attention on K-1.
Despite losing his first fight by disqualification, Sapp was initially successful in K-1. He twice defeated four-time K-1 champion Ernesto Hoost by technical knockout. He became an overnight sensation in Japan afterwards, appearing on numerous television shows, advertisements, and movie cameos such as in the big screen adaptation of Devilman. K-1 heads, trying to strike while the iron was hot and hoping to duplicate the success of Sapp, made a new fighting division called "Beast" (Sapp's nickname), which featured larger fighters such as Choi Hong-man. However, the division was stopped after two events due to disappointing reviews and gate takes.
At the height of his success, there was talk and promotion of a fight between him and the former boxing Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson. The two had a face to face confrontation immediately after Sapp's victory in Las Vegas over Kimo. K-1 signed Tyson to a contract and the fight looked to be on. However, Tyson's status as a convicted felon made him unable to get a visa to fight in Japan where the fight would have been most profitable. Other locations for the proposed fight were made, but negotiations ended up dissipating to nothing and the fight never came off.
In June 2005, Sapp won the K-1 Japan Grand Prix in Hiroshima to become one of 16 fighters qualified for the 2005 K-1 World GP. In the Japan GP, Sapp showcased greatly improved stamina, as well as better technique, than in his previous fights after intensive training under Sam Greco. In the K-1 2005 World GP Eliminations he lost by decision to "The Techno Goliath" Choi Hong-man.
Sapp's initial success with his intimidating, blind chase-and-punch method (which he dubbed as "NFL Style") slowly petered out into disqualifications for bullrushing and punching after referee breaks. Additionally, experienced opponents discovered Sapp's weak points—his vulnerable midsection and legs as well as his limited stamina.
On May 13, 2006, Sapp was to headline the K-1 show in the Netherlands. His opponent was Ernesto Hoost. Hoost stated in previous interviews and the interview on that show that this was to be his last match in Holland before his retirement. Sapp attended all the pre-fight press conferences and even attended the opening ceremonies for the show. It is unclear at the moment as to why, but Sapp pulled out of the event midway through the show.
K-1 issued a statement claiming Sapp pulled out due to new demands he brought to promoters during the show. K-1 would not agree to those demands since they felt their written contract was final and Sapp left. The full K-1 press release can be viewed on the organization's website.
Sapp has not issued a statement, but some sources indicated that he disagreed with K-1's account of events.
However, he did participate in 2007's K-1 event in the Amsterdam Arena, fighting as a replacement for Remy Bonjasky, against Peter Aerts. Sapp lost the fight by KO within 20 seconds in the first round by a knee to the liver. While Sapp was being led from the ring, Aerts apologized to the fans in Dutch for the short bout as well as having berated his fallen opponent.
After his falling out with K-1, Sapp began to get offers from WWE as well as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) to work with them, but his K-1 contract prohibited him from going through with any return to the ring.
Sapp made a surprise return to the K-1 ring in Japan after a two-year absence against comedian and part-time K-1 competitor Bobby Ologun. Ologun was unable to mount any effective offense as he was quickly run down and overpowered by Sapp in the 1st round.
On February 10, 2007 it was announced by the United Kingdom's Cage Rage promotion that Sapp would appear on its Cage Rage 21 event on April 21, facing Gary Turner. The move was partly a retaliatory one, as the UFC had chosen to run its first British show in years that same night at the Manchester Evening News Arena, headlined by Mirko "Cro Cop", Andrei Arlovski and British star Michael Bisping. Though Cage Rage promoter Andy Geer said that the UFC show would not affect ticket sales for CR21, the signing of Sapp was a clear sign that the company knew it would need a superstar draw in order to successfully compete with the American promotion. A few days before the event Bob Sapp pulled out of the scheduled fight. On short notice, Tank Abbott stepped in for Sapp and lost to Gary Turner.
Strikeforce, FEG and otherEdit
Sapp faced the South African fighter Jan "The Giant" Nortje at the Strikeforce: At The Dome event in Tacoma, Washington, at the Tacoma Dome on February 23, 2008. Sapp was defeated at the 55 second mark of the first round by TKO after receiving an unanswered torrent of punches. Sapp then returned to Japan on New Year's Eve 2008 and defeated Akihito Tanaka via first round TKO.
Sapp lost to Japanese Ikuhisa Minowa at Dream 9 on May 26, 2009, due to Achilles lock. He fought and lost to Bobby Lashley at Ultimate Chaos in Biloxi, Mississippi, on June 27, 2009, due to first round tapout from strikes. On October 6, Sapp stood in for an injured Gegard Mousasi to face Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the semifinals at Dream 11. He lost via TKO (punches) in the first round.
On November 27, Sapp fought against Swedish K-1 veteran Jörgen Kruth. The fight got a lot of publicity in Swedish and international press, but ended with an anticlimax when Sapp's corner threw in the towel after only 45 seconds, after Kruth hit Sapp with a knee to the liver.
Sapp was scheduled to fight at K1 Dynamite!! 2010. He was set to battle Shinichi Suzukawa on New Year's Eve in a Pancrase-style matchup, but pulled out at the last minute due to contract disputes. When questioned about Sapp's refusal to fight on the day of the event, FEG President Sadaharu Tanikawa asked, "Does anyone actually care? I don't know the reasons why, but we did our best to make him fight. He just said he didn't want to. This is typical [of Sapp]." But Sapp claims that the promoters were contracted to pay him $30,000 for the fight, but that Tanikawa offered him $15,000 shortly after he arrived in Japan for the event. Sapp refused to fight for half of the original purse. In response, he "should not be considered as a normal person" and is "the worst, most lamentable dust man." Tanikawa went on to say via Twitter that "No one cares anymore, but the Sapp incident had NOTHING to do with the fight money … That guy is such a loser. He is one lonely man."
ONE Fighting ChampionshipEdit
On 11 February 2012 debuted for the Asian ONE Fighting Championship promotion. He faced Rolles Gracie at ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of Heroes in Jakarta, Indonesia and lost via submission to strikes in the first round.
Super Fight LeagueEdit
Sapp fought in the main event of the Super Fight League's inaugural event, SFL 1, against James Thompson on March 11, 2012. Sapp tapped out due to a Thompson takedown that caused the leg injury to Sapp in the first round.
- Finishing moves
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Kickboxing and Mixed Martial ArtsEdit
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
- MVP Award (2002)
- World Wrestling Association (South Korea)
- WWA (South Korea) World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
11 wins (9 KOs), 16 losses
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||11 wins||17 losses|
|Loss||11–17–1||22x20px Aleksander Emelianenko||TKO (punches)||Legend Fighting Show||25, 2013||1||1:18||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||11–16–1||22x20px Dusan Panajotovic||Submission (punches)||Night of the Champions 2012||15, 2012||1||1:28||Belgrade, Serbia|
|Loss||11–15–1||Template:Country data ROK Jong Dae Kim||TKO (punches)||Road FC 8||16, 2012||2||1:58||Wonju, South Korea|
|Loss||11–14–1||22x20px Tolegen Akylbekov||Submission (punches)||Bushido Lithuania vol.51||8, 2012||1||1:29||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|Loss||11–13–1||22x20px Soa Palelei||TKO (punches)||Cage Fighting Championship 21||18, 2012||1||0:12||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Loss||11–12–1||22x20px Mariusz Pudzianowski||TKO (knees & punches)||KSW XIX||12, 2012||1||0:40||Łódź, Poland|
|Loss||11–11–1||22x20px James Thompson||Submission (leg injury)||SFL 1||11, 2012||1||1:56||Mumbai, India|
|Loss||11–10–1||22x20px Rolles Gracie||Submission (punches)||ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of Heroes||11, 2012||1||1:18||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Loss||11–9–1||22x20px Maro Perak||TKO (punches)||Noc Gladijatora 6||16, 2011||1||3:04||Dubrovnik, Croatia|
|Loss||11–8–1||22x20px Attila Uçar||Submission (achilles lock)||Premium Fight Night||30, 2011||1||0:56||Vienna, Austria|
|Loss||11–7–1||22x20px Stav Economou||TKO (punches)||ADFC: Round 3||11, 2011||1||1:45||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||11–6–1||22x20px Sascha Weinpolter||Submission (forearm choke)||K-1 ColliZion 2010 Croatia||27, 2010||1||2:03||Split, Croatia|
|Loss||10–6–1||22x20px Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou||TKO (punches)||Dream 11||6, 2009||1||1:31||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan||DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix Semifinal. Replaced Gegard Mousasi.|
|Loss||10–5–1||Bobby Lashley||Submission (punches)||Fight Force International: Ultimate Chaos||27, 2009||1||3:18||Biloxi, Mississippi, USA|
|Loss||10–4–1||Ikuhisa Minowa||Submission (achilles lock)||Dream 9||26, 2009||1||1:16||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan||DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix Quarterfinal|
|Win||10–3–1||Akihito Tanaka||TKO (punches)||Dynamite!! 2008||31, 2008||1||5:22||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||9–3–1||22x20px Jan Nortje||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: At The Dome||23, 2008||1||0:55||Tacoma, Washington, USA|
|Win||9–2–1||22x20px Bobby Ologun||TKO (punches)||K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!!||31, 2007||1||4:10||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||8–2–1||22x20px Kim Jong Wang||TKO (punches)||Hero's 2005 in Seoul||5, 2005||1||0:08||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||7–2–1||22x20px Alan Karaev||KO (punch)||Hero's 2||6, 2005||1||3:44||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–2–1||22x20px Min-Soo Kim||KO (punches)||Hero's 1||26, 2005||1||1:12||Saitama, Japan|
|Template:DrawDraw||5–2–1||22x20px Jérôme Le Banner||Draw||K-1 PREMIUM 2004 Dynamite!!||Template:Dts/lkoff||3||3:00||Tokyo, Japan||The fight was with both Mixed Martial Arts and K-1 rules.|
|Loss||5–2||Kazuyuki Fujita||Submission (soccer kicks)||K-1 MMA ROMANEX||22, 2004||1||2:15||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||5–1||22x20px Dolgorsürengiin Sumiyaabazar||TKO (foot injury)||K-1 Beast 2004 in Niigata||14, 2004||1||5:00||Niigata, Japan|
|Win||4–1||Stefan Gamlin||Submission (standing guillotine choke)||K-1 Japan Grand Prix 2003||21, 2003||1||0:52||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||3–1||Yoshihiro Takayama||Submission (armbar)||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2002||31, 2002||1||2:16||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||2–1||22x20px Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||Submission (armbar)||Pride Shockwave||28, 2002||2||4:03||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Kiyoshi Tamura||KO (punches)||Pride 21||23, 2002||1||0:11||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Yoshihisa Yamamoto||KO (punches)||Pride 20||28, 2002||1||2:44||Yokohama, Japan|
|2003||Bob Sapp: Sapp Time The Movie!||Himself|
|2003||Taiho Shichauzo||Bob Hage|
|2005||The Longest Yard||Switowski|
|2007||Big Stan||Big Raymond|
|2009||Blood and Bone||Hammerman|
|2011||Conan the Barbarian||Ukafa|
|2012||JourneyQuest: Season 2||Karn, the Barbarian King|
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- ↑ "Bob Sapp NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 1974-09-22. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SappBo20.htm. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
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- ↑ Mayer, Larry (25 April 2013). "These Bears draft picks gained fame in other areas". Chicago Bears. http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/These-Bears-draft-picks-gained-fame-in-other-areas/ec6dca7b-ad41-43ac-839c-e61e0197ecc9. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 PWI Staff (October 2004). "Pro Wrestling illustrated 500 - 2004 :26 Bob Sapp". Pro Wrestling Illustrated (Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, U.S.: Sports and Entertainment publications LLC): p. 23. December 2004.
- ↑ "スポーツナビ". Sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp. http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/fight/other/headlines/wrestling/20071016-00000025-spnavi-fight.html/. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
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- ↑ Sergio Non (February 1, 2011). "Bob Sapp back to pro wrestling". USA Today. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/mma/post/2011/02/unable-to-fight-for-money-sapp-back-to-pro-wrestling/1.
- ↑ "両国ピーターパン2011～二度あることは三度ある～" (in Japanese). Dramatic Dream Team. http://www.ddtpro.com/result/ddt/article/1311513291/. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
- ↑ "ＤＤＴ「両国ピーターパン2011～二度あることは三度ある～」" (in Japanese). Sports Navi. Yahoo!. 2011-07-24. http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/fight/other/live/2011/2011072406/8.html. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
- ↑ "NJPW 40th anniversary Tour Road to Tokyo Dome" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result_game.php?e=660&c=5063. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
- ↑ "Wrestle Kingdom 7 ～Evolution～ in 東京ドーム" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=657. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
- ↑ "Invasion Attack" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=706. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
- ↑ "Yoshihisa Yamamoto MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography". Sherdog.com. 1970-07-04. http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Yoshihisa-Yamamoto-454. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- ↑ "Kiyoshi Tamura MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography". Sherdog.com. 1969-12-17. http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Kiyoshi-Tamura-1451. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- ↑ "K-1 Reports Official Mike Tyson Fight". Tysontalk.com. http://www.tysontalk.com/article48.html. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
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- ↑ "DREAM | OLYMPIA DREAM.9 フェザー級グランプリ2009 2ndROUND 第1試合/スーパーハルクトーナメント1回戦". Dreamofficial.com. http://www.dreamofficial.com/free/fightcard/detail.php?fightid=20090526&cardid=1241072814. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- ↑ "Bob Sapp To Face Sokoudjou At Dream 11". MMAweekly.com. 2009-09-09. http://mmaweekly.com/bob-sapp-to-face-sokoudjou-at-dream-11-2.
- ↑ "Welcome to BAMMA - Home". Bamma.com. http://bamma.com/index.php/component/content/article/35-bamma-news/102-bamma-5-the-beast-vs-crazy-bear-.html. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- ↑ "MMA News | BAMMA 5 Cancelled; Weather Conditions Cited | Your MMA - Our Passion". Yourmma.tv. http://www.yourmma.tv/news/details.asp/id/1425/bamma-5-cancelled.htm. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- ↑ Dave Meltzer. "Overeem win highlights traditional NYE show". Yahoo!. http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news?slug=dm-nyejapan123110.
- ↑ Tony Loiseleur. "'Dynamite' Notebook: FEG Restructures for Spring 2011 Return". Sherdog. http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/Dynamite-Notebook-FEG-Restructures-for-Spring-2011-Return-29109.
- ↑ Steven Marrocco. "Bob Sapp explains DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010" no-show, says DREAM is "broke"". MMAjunkie. http://mmajunkie.com/news/22138/bob-sapp-explains-dream-dynamite-2010-no-show-says-dream-is-broke.mma.
- ↑ "Weekend Rundown-Leg Injury Forces Bob-Sapp to Submit to James Thompson in India". Sherdog.com. 2012-03-11. http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Weekend-Rundown-Leg-Injury-Forces-Bob-Sapp-to-Submit-to-James-Thompson-in-India-41035.
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- ↑ 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 "Profile at Puroresu Central". Puroresu Central. http://www.puroresucentral.com/sapp.html. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 "HUSTLE Results: 2008" (in German). PuroLove.com. http://www.purolove.com/misc/hustle/results/results08.php. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
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- ↑ "Black Belt Hall of Fame Inductee Directory". Black Belt Magazine. Archived from the original on December 20, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20101220174732/http://www.blackbeltmag.com/archives/719.
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