NameRob Broughton
NicknameThe Bear
AssociationWolfslair MMA Academy
Weight ClassHeavyweight
Height6′ 3″ (1.84 m)
StyleFreestyle Wrestling, Submission Grappling
Birth DateMarch 3, 1983
Fighting Out OfSt Helens, Merseyside, England
CountryEngland
Rob Broughton PicturesOfficial Website

”’Rob “The Bear” Broughton”’ is an English mixed martial artist and is a former British Heavyweight Cage Rage champion (Cage Rage 17, Cage Rage 18 and Cage Rage 19). He has notable wins over James Thompson via TKO, Eric Esch via submission (strikes) and Neil Grove via decision. During 2007 Rob sustained a severe injury during training, which prevented him from professional competition for over a year. Rob is currently participating in the [[M-1]] Global Challenge representing England.

In January 2010, Broughton competed in the ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament, where he fought three times in one night, defeating Neil Wain, James Thompson, and Oli Thompson to win the tournament.

== Professional Record ==

Record15 – 7 – 1 (Win â€Â“ Loss â€Â“ Draw)
Wins6 (T)KOs
5 Submissions
3 Decisions
1 Other
Losses1 (T)KOs
2 Submissions
4 Decisions
ResultOpponentMethodEvent TitleDateRoundTimeNotes
LossPhilip De FriesDecision (Unanimous)UFC 138 Leben vs Munoz11/5/201135:00
LossTravis BrowneDecision (Unanimous)UFC 135 Jones vs Rampage9/24/201135:00
WinVinicius Kappke de QuierozSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)UFC 120 Bisping vs Akiyama10/16/201031:43
WinOli ThompsonDecision (Unanimous)ZT Fight Night: Heavyweight Collide1/30/201035:00Won ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament; Thompson replaced Joe Vedepo due to a broken hand
WinJames ThompsonKO (Punch)ZT Fight Night: Heavyweight Collide1/30/201022:28ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals
WinNeil WainSubmission (Guillotine Choke)ZT Fight Night: Heavyweight Collide1/30/201021:16ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament Opening Round
WinAkhmed SultanovSubmission (Keylock)[[M-1 Challenge XIX: 2009 Semifinals]]9/26/200914:31M-1 Challenge Championship Cup Middleweight Bout
LossJessie GibbsDecision (Unanimous)M.1. Breakthrough8/28/200935:00Represented Team England
WinSoufian ElgarneTKO (Ankle Injury)[[M-1 Challenge XVI: USA]]6/5/200912:02Represented Team England
WinYusuke KawaguchiDecision (Unanimous)[[M-1 Challenge XIV: Japan]]4/29/200925:00Represented Team England
LossRicco RodriguezSubmission (Kneebar)CG 9: Beatdown10/04/200823:39
WinNeil GroveDecision (Majority)CR 25: Bring it On3/08/200835:00
LossTengiz TedoradzeTKO (Doctor Stoppage)CR 20: Born 2 Fight2/10/200720:58Lost Cage Rage British Heavyweight Championship
WinEric EschSubmission (Punches)CF 19: Fearless12/09/200623:43Non-title bout
WinRobert BerryTKO (Punches)CR 18: Battleground9/30/200613:33Defended Cage Rage British Heavyweight Championship
WinJames ThompsonTKO (Punches)CR 17: Ultimate Challenge7/01/20063N/AWon vacant Cage Rage British Heavyweight Championship
WinMartin ThompsonSubmission (Guillotine Choke)WIW: War in Workington 16/17/200623:40
WinSidney da SilvaTKOCG 1: Cage Gladiators 15/22/200610:44
LossPeter CousinsDecisionIF: Intense Fighting1/28/2006N/AN/A
WinAndy RyanN/ARings: Bushido Ireland3/12/20051N/A
WinRyan RobinsonKOCFC 3: Cage Carnage3/06/20051N/A
DrawAssim AssineDrawCFC 2: Cage Carnage11/14/20042N/A
LossMilco VoornSubmission (Choke)CFC 1: Cage Carnage7/11/2004N/AN/A

== Biography ==
Broughton first made his name in his native Liverpool on the now defunct CFC show in July 2004 where he fought three times before moving around the country looking for fights. He is now one of the UK MMA scene’s premier heavyweight fighters. A six year veteran of the sport, Broughton has fought across the UK learning his trade in a variety of different shows and has racked up a 14-5-1 record in the process.

Broughton’s victories inside the fighting arena include the likes of former multi-time Cage Rage Champion; Ryan Robinson, Martin Thompson, former Pride FC and Elite XC fighter; James Thompson, Cage Rage veteran; Robert Berry, the former Pro Boxing and Pride FC star; Butterbean and the former UFC signee; Neil Grove.

== Mixed Martial Arts Career ==
=== Cage Rage ===
Rob first gained national recognition in 2006 when he became the British Heavyweight Cage Rage Champion after defeating James Thompson at Cage Rage 17 in Wembley Arena, on just one week’s notice.

Broughton then went on to defeat Robert Berry by Knock Out and then submit the world renowned and ex-World Super Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Eric Esch in Cage Rage competition. However Broughton’s win streak was ended against Tengiz Tedoradze, when a cut eye forced a premature end to the bout.

During 2007 Rob sustained a severe injury during training, which prevented him from professional competition for over a year, but on his return to the Cage in March 2008, he showed his potential once again by ending the unbeaten record of Neil Grove at Cage Rage 25 by majority decision.

In October 2008, Broughton then fought the former UFC Champion Ricco Rodriguez in Liverpool. On this occasion Broughton impressed again by avoiding his opponent’s takedown attempts, whilst dominating early on in the clinch and in top position too. However, despite a promising second round Broughton eventually succumbed to the former UFC star by kneebar, which came as a bitter blow to the Liverpool based fighter. However this performance has only increased Broughton’s determination to break through into the world scene.

== M-1 Global / Affliction ==
Broughton made his M-1 Global debut representing Team England on April 29th in Japan, defeating the then unbeaten Japanese fighter Yusuke Kawaguchi by decision after a dominating performance. Then on June 5th, he made his second M-1 Challenge appearance defeating Soufian Elgarne via TKO. Elgarne’s corner withdrew their fighter early on in the bout after Broughton controlled the fight from the start with superior clinch work and striking.

Broughton then was expected to fight Jessie Gibbs at Affliction Trilogy on August 1, 2009, but the event was cancelled when Josh Barnett, who was expected to fight WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko, tested positive for anabolic steroids, and according to Tom Atencio, they just “didn’t have enough time to promote a new fight to our standards.” The bout between Gibbs and Broughton was picked up by M-1 Global and took place on August 28, 2009 at their M.1. Breakthrough event. Broughton was defeated via unanimous decision.

Frustrated by his performance, Broughton immediately requested to fight in the M-1 Challenge semi finals in Russia and despite suffering from injuries and hampered by bad preparation, he was able to claim Team England’s only win of the night as he submitted the BodogFIGHT veteran Akhmed Sultanov by Keylock in round 1 of their bout. Broughton dominated proceedings and totally nullified Sultanov’s offence and eventually forced the Russian to verbally submit to a shoulder lock. This win saw Broughton increase his M-1 Challenge record to 3-0 and helped him establish his status as one of Europe’s top heavyweight prospects.

== ZT Fight Night ==
Broughton was a participant in the ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament, a one night tournament that took place on January 31, 2010. In the opening round he faced off against UFC veteran Neil Wain, submitting Wain with a guillotine choke in the second round. In the semifinals he faced MMA journeyman James Thompson, who was coming off an impressive TKO (Punches) win over Tengiz Tedoradze in his opening round. Broughton had defeated Thompson in the past, back in 2006, and the win had earned Broughton the then vacant Cage Rage British Heavyweight Championship, and interestingly enough, the man to take the title away from Broughton was Tengiz Tedoradze, who Thompson defeated to face off against Broughton in the tournament. In this bout, Broughton defeated Thompson by KO (Punch) in the second round.

Broughton was next expected to face off against Joe Vedepo, a natural Middleweight who took part in the Heavyweight tournament on a days notice, but Vedepo broke his hand in his semifinals bout against Oli Thompson, which force him out of the finals. Thompson went on to replaced Vedepo, and Broughton defeated Thompson in the finals by Decision (Unanimous) to win the ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament, as well as ten thousand pounds as prize money.

After the event Rob stated that he hopes the bigger organisations such as the UFC and Strikeforce noticed his achievements and hopes of landing a multi-fight contract.

=== Ultimate Fighting Championship ===
On the 21st of April 2010 ESPN UK reported that Rob and two other Wolfslair MMA Academy teammates had been signed by the UFC on a multi-fight contract.

== Ranks and Titles ==
* Cage Rage British Heavyweight Champion (2006)
* ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament Winner (2010)