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Cody Bollinger (born March 18, 1991) is an American mixed martial artist. A professional MMA competitor since 2006, Bollinger has made a name for himself in various promotions, including King of the Cage and Bellator Fighting Championships, but Bollinger is also notable for having his first professional fight at the age of 15. Bollinger was a competitor in the Bellator season seven featherweight tournament.
Mixed Martial Arts career
Bollinger grew up in the desert town of Phelan, California and began training in tae kwon do from the age of three. He also trained in greco-roman wrestling and freestyle wrestling (in which he would eventually become a state champion) from the age of four. Bollinger went 45-3 in wrestling during his senior year at high school. Later, Bollinger's family opened up their own gym and this, combined with Bollinger's martial arts experience opened the door for Bollinger to begin MMA.
Bollinger participated in his first ever MMA fight at "Titans of the Pentagon" at the age of 15 years and 2 months. He won this bout and later in the same night, faced another opponent. Bollinger was victorious once again, this time via submission (arm triangle choke).
In August 2006 (still at the age of 15), Bollinger signed with King of the Cage. In his debut fight for the promotion, Bollinger won via TKO just 50 seconds into the opening round. Bollinger followed this up with three successive rear naked choke victories in 2007, before losing (via decision) for the first ever time – all taking place in the King of the Cage promotion. Bollinger did not fight again until March 2010, but when he returned, he posted two victories before losing a fight in July 2010 via armbar.
In September 2011, Bollinger headlined a C-3 Fights card where he faced The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom competitor Cameron Dollar. Bollinger was able to win via unanimous decision.
In May 2012, Bollinger faced his toughest opponent to date: the UFC veteran Din Thomas, for the Pure MMA featherweight title. Bollinger lost via submission (armbar) after two minutes of the first round. However, the result was later overturned by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission for unknown reasons and was ruled a no contest.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Bollinger then signed by Bellator to compete in their season seven featherweight tournament. His quarterfinal opponent was Shahbulat Shamhalaev at Bellator 76 and he lost via TKO in the first round after taking a bad cut to the right eyelid from an unclipped toenail. Shabulat would be the eventual tournament winner Knocking out all of his remaining opponents.
Mixed Martial Arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||12 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||13-3 (1)||Shahbulat Shamhalaev||TKO (Punches)||Bellator 76||October 12, 2012||1||4:49||Windsor, Ontario, Canada||Bellator season seven featherweight tournament quarterfinal|
|Win||13-2 (1)||Gus Lemon||TKO (Punches)||Gladiator Challenge||June 24, 2012||1||0:45||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|vNo Contest||12-2 (1)||Din Thomas||NC (Overturned by PSAC)||Pure MMA 2 - Next Episode||May 12, 2012||1||2:09||Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States||For the Pure MMA Featherweight title. Bollinger originally lost via armbar, but result overturned|
|Win||12-2||Aaron Neveu||Decision (Unanimous)||Gladiator Challenge - Season's Beatings 3||December 4, 2011||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||11-2||Cameron Dollar||Decision (Unanimous)||C3 Fights - Dollar vs. Bollinger||September 10, 2011||3||5:00||Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||10-2||Mike Christensen||Decision (Unanimous)||Gladiator Challenge - Hostile||April 22, 2011||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||9-2||George Sanchez||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||Gladiator Challenge - Royal Flush||October 24, 2010||1||3:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||8-2||Magno Almeida||Submission (Armbar)||Respect in the Cage||July 24, 2010||1||1:02||Hollywood, California, United States|
|Win||8-1||Sam Rodriguez||TKO (Punches)||Gladiator Challenge - Bad Behaviour||June 27, 2010||1||0:58||, United States|
|Win||7-1||Travis Yonkers||Decision (Unanimous)||Karma Fight Nights||March 27, 2010||3||3:00||Victorville, California, United States|
|Loss||6-1||Junior Kling||Decision (Unanimous)||King of the Cage - Collision Course||August 5, 2007||2||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||6-0||Chad Walter||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||King of the Cage - Epicenter||June 8, 2007||2||3:10||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||5-0||Kacey Roberts||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||King of the Cage - Sinister||April 27, 2007||1||1:20||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||4-0||Nick Trejo||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||King of the Cage - Caged Chaos||March 10, 2007||2||3:12||Laughlin, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3-0||John Colley||TKO (Punches)||King of the Cage - Rapid Fire||August 4, 2006||1||0:50||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||2-0||Francisco Gomez||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||Titans of the Pentagon||May 13, 2006||1||N/A||Costa Rica|
|Win||1-0||Javier Munoz Umana||N/A||Titans of the Pentagon||May 13, 2006||1||N/A||Costa Rica|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Fight Path: Pro since 15, Cody Bollinger ready for tough vet Din Thomas. mmajunkie.com (May 4, 2012).
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2012 World MMA Featherweight Scouting Report: #9 - Cody Bollinger. bloodyelbow.com (December 24, 2011).
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Sherdog record: Cody Bollinger. sherdog.com.
- ↑ UFC veteran Din Thomas victorious in MMA return. mmamania.com (May 14, 2012).
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Bellator 76 hosts featherweight tourney; Rad Martinez makes tourney debut. mmajunkie.com (September 13, 2012).
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