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.[1] He also trained in greco-roman wrestling and freestyle wrestling (in which he would eventually become a state champion) from the age of four.[1] Bollinger went 45-3 in wrestling during his senior year at high school.[2] 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.[1]

Bollinger trains at Joe Stevenson's Cobra Kai gym[3] and also trains with Millennia MMA and Greg Jackson[2]

Early career

Bollinger participated in his first ever MMA fight at "Titans of the Pentagon" at the age of 15 years and 2 months.[3] 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).[3]

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.[1][3] 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.[1][3] 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.[3]

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.[1]

In May 2012, Bollinger faced his toughest opponent to date: the UFC veteran Din Thomas, for the Pure MMA featherweight title.[1] Bollinger lost via submission (armbar) after two minutes of the first round.[4] However, the result was later overturned by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission for unknown reasons[5] and was ruled a no contest.[3]

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[5] 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

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13-3 (1) Russia Shahbulat Shamhalaev TKO (Punches) Bellator 76 02012-10-12October 12, 2012 1 4:49 Canada Windsor, Ontario, Canada Bellator season seven featherweight tournament quarterfinal
Win 13-2 (1) United States Gus Lemon TKO (Punches) Gladiator Challenge 02012-06-24June 24, 2012 1 0:45 United States San Jacinto, California, United States
vNo Contest 12-2 (1) United States Din Thomas NC (Overturned by PSAC) Pure MMA 2 - Next Episode 02012-05-12May 12, 2012 1 2:09 United States Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States For the Pure MMA Featherweight title. Bollinger originally lost via armbar, but result overturned
Win 12-2 United States Aaron Neveu Decision (Unanimous) Gladiator Challenge - Season's Beatings 3 02011-12-04December 4, 2011 3 5:00 United States San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 11-2 United States Cameron Dollar Decision (Unanimous) C3 Fights - Dollar vs. Bollinger 02011-09-10September 10, 2011 3 5:00 United States Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 10-2 United States Mike Christensen Decision (Unanimous) Gladiator Challenge - Hostile 02011-04-22April 22, 2011 3 5:00 United States San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 9-2 United States George Sanchez TKO (Doctor Stoppage) Gladiator Challenge - Royal Flush 02010-10-24October 24, 2010 1 3:00 United States San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 8-2 Brazil Magno Almeida Submission (Armbar) Respect in the Cage 02010-07-24July 24, 2010 1 1:02 United States Hollywood, California, United States
Win 8-1 United States Sam Rodriguez TKO (Punches) Gladiator Challenge - Bad Behaviour 02010-06-27June 27, 2010 1 0:58 United States, United States
Win 7-1 United States Travis Yonkers Decision (Unanimous) Karma Fight Nights 02010-03-27March 27, 2010 3 3:00 United States Victorville, California, United States
Loss 6-1 United States Junior Kling Decision (Unanimous) King of the Cage - Collision Course 02007-08-05August 5, 2007 2 5:00 United States San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 6-0 United States Chad Walter Submission (Rear Naked Choke) King of the Cage - Epicenter 02007-06-08June 8, 2007 2 3:10 United States San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 5-0 United States Kacey Roberts Submission (Rear Naked Choke) King of the Cage - Sinister 02007-04-27April 27, 2007 1 1:20 United States San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 4-0 United States Nick Trejo Submission (Rear Naked Choke) King of the Cage - Caged Chaos 02007-03-10March 10, 2007 2 3:12 United States Laughlin, Nevada, United States
Win 3-0 United States John Colley TKO (Punches) King of the Cage - Rapid Fire 02006-08-04August 4, 2006 1 0:50 United States San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 2-0 Costa Rica Francisco Gomez Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) Titans of the Pentagon 02006-05-13May 13, 2006 1 N/A Costa Rica Costa Rica
Win 1-0 Costa Rica Javier Munoz Umana N/A Titans of the Pentagon 02006-05-13May 13, 2006 1 N/A Costa Rica Costa Rica

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