Sam Hoger

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Sam Hoger
Born (1980-06-28) June 28, 1980 (age 39)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Other namesThe Alaskan Assassin
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Fighting out ofHouston, Texas
TeamHoger Martial Arts
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Karate
Years active2001-2002 (amateur), 2003-2010
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission6
By decision1
By submission1
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Samuel Earl Hoger (/ˈhɡər/; born June 28, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist, Poker player, 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.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[1] He then faced John Accardo at Reality Combat Fighting 14 on March 15, 2002, he won via referee stoppage TKO.[2]

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[edit]

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.[3]

On the night of The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale,[4] 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[edit]

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.[5] 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,[6] 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,[7] and was released from the promotion shortly after.[8]

Post-UFC career[edit]

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.[9] Hoger lost the fight via rear-naked choke, giving him three losses in a row.[10]

He then faced Jason Dolloff at World Championship Fighting 4 on September 19, 2008.[11] Hoger knocked out Dolloff just under twenty seconds into the first round, snapping his three-fight losing streak in the process.[12] Hoger faced Johnathan Ivey at Urban Rumble Championship on January 24, 2009, for the URC Heavyweight Championship,[13] 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.[14] However, Hoger was removed from the bout and was replaced by Tony Sylvester.[15]

He faced Patrick Miller at Worldwide Gladiator on April 9, 2010, he won the fight via TKO.[16]

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[edit]

Sam went to Chugiak High School,[17] 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.[18]

Sam Hoger has opened up an MMA training center in Houston, Texas, which opened on April 13, 2009.[19]


  • In 1996, Sam Hoger was awarded the Alaska State Medal of Heroism for saving a drowning teammate by Gov. Tony Knowles.[20]
  • 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[edit]

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

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 10 wins 4 losses
By knockout 3 0
By submission 6 1
By decision 1 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–4 Jody Poff Submission (armbar) FNMMA – Fight Night MMA June 5, 2010 1 0:50 Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Win 9–4 Patrick Miller TKO (punches) WG – Worldwide Gladiator April 9, 2010 1 0:27 Pasadena, Texas, United States
Win 8–4 Johnathan Ivey Submission (kimura) URC – Urban Rumble Championship January 24, 2009 3 0:35 Pasadena, Texas, United States Won the URC Heavyweight Championship.[21]
Win 7–4 Jason Dolloff TKO (punches) World Championship Fighting – World Championship Fighting 4 September 19, 2008 1 0:17 Wilmington, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 6–4 Vernon White Submission (rear-naked choke) International Fight League – Moline April 7, 2007 2 3:25 Moline, Illinois, United States
Loss 6–3 Lyoto Machida Decision (unanimous) UFC 67 February 3, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 6–2 Rashad Evans Decision (split) UFC Fight Night 4 April 6, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–1 Jeff Newton Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 56 November 19, 2005 2 2:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–1 Stephan Bonnar Decision (unanimous) UFC Ultimate Fight Night August 6, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Bobby Southworth Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale April 9, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Chris Herring Submission (guillotine choke) MMA – Eruption April 30, 2004 1 2:37 Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Win 3–0 Adam Maciejewski Submission (triangle choke) EC 54 – Extreme Challenge 54 October 12, 2003 1 1:29 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 2–0 Josh Hendricks Submission (arm-triangle choke) NLF – Next Level Fighting September 13, 2003 1 4:41 Steubenville, Ohio, United States
Win 1–0 Matt Freeland KO (kick) AOW – Art of War June 21, 2003 1 3:15 Kalispell, Montana, United States

Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
2 matches 2 wins 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
By submission 1 0
By decision 0 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2–0 John Accardo TKO (referee stoppage) RCF 14: Reality Combat Fighting 14 March 15, 2002 1 0:36 United States
Win 1–0 Robert DiMarco Submission (rear-naked choke) RCF 9: Reality Combat Fighting 9 January 27, 2001 1 0:26 Houma, Louisiana, United States Amateur debut.


  1. ^ "Reality Combat Fighting 9 Results". January 27, 2001.
  2. ^ "Reality Combat Fighting 14 Results". March 15, 2002.
  3. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter 1: Team Liddell vs. Team Couture (TUF: 1) Episode Results". Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter Finale: The Wait is Over, Southworth vs. Hoger". April 6, 2005.
  5. ^ "Stephan Bonnar vs. Sam Hoger". August 6, 2005.
  6. ^ " Preview: Ultimate Fight Night 4 Part II". April 6, 2006.
  7. ^ "UFC 67: All or Nothing Official Results". February 3, 2007.
  8. ^ "Pat Miletich: Sam Hoger Is "No Longer with the UFC"". March 23, 2007.
  9. ^ "IFL'S Silverback: Mike C. out, Sam Hoger in". March 25, 2007.
  10. ^ "Vernon White vs. Sam Hoger, IFL 11". April 7, 2007.
  11. ^ "WCF Preview: Sam Hoger returns to head WCF 4". September 19, 2008.
  12. ^ "Sam Hoger wins at Heavyweight, knocks out Jason Dolloff at WCF 4". September 22, 2008. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014.
  13. ^ "Sam Hoger continues Heavyweight return". January 24, 2009.
  14. ^ "Report: Alistair Overeem vs Sam Hoger in the works for Oct. 17 Golden Glory event". October 6, 2009.
  15. ^ "Alistair Overeem fighting Tony Sylvester -- not Sam Hoger -- at Oct. 17 Golden Glory event". October 9, 2009.
  16. ^ "WG: Worldwide Gladiator Results". April 9, 2010.
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  18. ^ The Official Website of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® Archived 2010-05-23 at the Wayback Machine. UFC. Retrieved on 2012-03-11.
  19. ^ Hoger Mixed Martial Arts. Retrieved on 2012-03-11.
  20. ^ Nancy Gates "The Alaska Almanac: Facts about Alaska" Edition 30, (2009)
  21. ^ "Urban Rumble Championship 3 Official Results". January 24, 2009.

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