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Sam Hoger Bio

Samuel Earl Hoger (/ˈhoʊɡər/; born June 28, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist and an actor, most notable for appearing on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality television series produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship and broadcast on Spike TV Hoger has trained with Miletich Fighting Systems in Bettendorf, Iowa and is belted in the Miletich Fighting Systems. Hoger is currently teaching and training out of Hoger Mixed Martial Arts in Houston, TX.


  • 1 Mixed martial arts career
    • 1.1 Early career
    • 1.2 The Ultimate Fighter
    • 1.3 Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • 1.4 Post-UFC career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Awards
  • 4 Championships and accomplishments
  • 5 Mixed martial arts record
  • 6 Amateur mixed martial arts record
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Hoger made his amateur debut on January 27, 2001, when he faced Robert DiMarco at Reality Combat Fighting 9. He won the fight via rear-naked choke submission. He then faced John Accardo at Reality Combat Fighting 14 on March 15, 2002. He won via referee stoppage TKO.

Hoger would turn professional in June 2003, and compiled a professional record of 4-0 before being signed to compete on The Ultimate Fighter.

The Ultimate Fighter

Hoger made it to the semi-finals on the show without having to fight. His comments at the time suggested a calculated Machavellian effort on his part to win the show by fighting as late as possible. In the show, he maintained a distance from others and made it a point to keep everyone confused, including his own teammates. He was eliminated by Forrest Griffin in the semi finals, after a close first round. In the second round, Forrest came out looking to finish, got Hoger in the clinch, knocked him down, and finished him with ground and pound.

On the night of the The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale, he won a Unanimous decision against Bobby Southworth, who was considered to be the best light heavyweight on the show by Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, and Dana White, due to his pre-show professional record.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Hoger faced Stephan Bonnar at UFC Ultimate Fight Night on August 6, 2005. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, giving him the first loss of his career. He then faced Jeff Newton at UFC 56 on November 19, 2005. He won the fight via second round rear-naked choke.

In his third fight in the promotion, Hoger faced then-undefeated Rashad Evans at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 on April 6, 2006. He lost the fight via split decision. Hoger faced Lyoto Machida at UFC 67 on February 3, 2007. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, and was released from the promotion shortly after.

Post-UFC career

In his first fight outside of the UFC, Hoger replaced Mike Ciesnolevicz to face longtime MMA fighter Vernon White at IFL: Moline on April 7, 2007. Hoger lost the fight via rear-naked choke, giving him three losses in a row.

He then faced Jason Dolloff at World Championship Fighting 4 on September 19, 2008. Hoger knocked out Dolloff just under twenty seconds into the first round, snapping his three-fight losing streak in the process. Hoger faced Johnathan Ivey at Urban Rumble Championship on January 24, 2009, for the URC Heavyweight Championship. He won the fight via third round kimura to win the Heavyweight Championship.

Hoger was scheduled to face Alistair Overeem at UG 11: A Decade of Fights on October 17, 2009. However, Hoger was removed from the bout and was replaced by Tony Sylvester.

He faced Patrick Miller at Worldwide Gladiator on April 9, 2010. He won the fight via TKO.

In his latest fight, he faced Jody Poff at Fight Night MMA on June 5, 2010. He won the fight via armbar submission.

Personal life

Sam went to Chugiak High School, he is a graduate of LSU with two Political Science degrees (Theory and Government) Class of 2002 and studied for his MBA at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He was also the founder of the Brazilian Jujitsu Club at LSU.

Sam Hoger has opened up an MMA training center in Houston, Texas, which opened on April 13, 2009.


  • In 1996, Sam Hoger was awarded the Alaska State Medal of Heroism for saving a drowning teammate by Gov. Tony Knowles.
  • Sam Hoger received his black belt from Ted Stickel of Gracie Barra Alaska on July 1, 2009, being only the second person to receive this distinguishing honor from Ted Stickel.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Urban Rumble Championship
    • URC Heavyweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record

Amateur mixed martial arts record

External links

  • Professional MMA record for Sam Hoger from Sherdog Edit this at Wikidata
  • Sam Hoger on IMDb
  • "Sam Hoger".

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