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Rakim Cleveland

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Rakim Cleveland
Born (1989-04-25) April 25, 1989 (age 30)
Dayton, Texas
Other namesThe Boogeyman
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight (205 Ib)
Reach76.5 in (194 cm)
Fighting out ofDes Moines, Iowa, United States
TeamAmerican Top Team[1]
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total31
Wins19
By knockout11
By submission6
By decision2
Losses10
By knockout1
By submission5
By decision4
Draws1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Rakim Cleveland (born April 25, 1989) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division of Professional Fighters League.[2] He has also fought for Legacy Fighting Championship[3] and Titan Fighting Championship.[4]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Before starting his career in mixed martial arts, he played college football at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.[5]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Rakim made his professional debut in November 2010. He fought Derrick Lewis, he lost the fight via armbar. He got his first profession victory against Richard White via keylock submission.[6]

PFL[edit | edit source]

Cleveland made his Professional Fighters League debut against Rashid Yusupov. He won the fight via TKO in the third round. [7] Yuspupov retired following the fight, after suffering a jaw injury.[8]

Rakim faced Maxim Grishin on August 2, 2018 at PFL 5.[9] He lost the fight via submission in the second round.

Mixed martial arts record[edit | edit source]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–10-1(1) Maxim Grishin Submission (rear-naked choke) PFL 5 August 2, 2018 2 4:03 Uniondale, New York, United States
Win 19–9-1(1) Rashid Yusupov TKO (retirement) PFL 2 June 21, 2018 3 0:01 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 18–9-1(1) Houston Alexander TKO (punches) Primus FC - Alexander vs. Cleveland December 9, 2017 3 3:04 Woodward, Oklahoma, United States
NC 17–9-1(1) Vitaly Shemetov NC (Accidental clash of heads) LKC - The Legend King Championship 3 August 26, 2017 1 N/A Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Win 17–9-1 Houston Alexander TKO (Knees and punches) EC - Extreme Challenge 234 April 15, 2017 1 4:45 Jefferson, Iowa, United States
Loss 16–9-1 Tanner Boser Decision (Unanimous) Unified MMA 29 - Boser vs. Cleveland December 16, 2016 5 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 16–8-1 Calley Kruger TKO (Punches) VFC 53 - Curran vs. Stots November 23, 2016 1 1:37 Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Win 15–8-1 B.J. Lacey Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) AFC - Ascendancy Fighting Championship 11 September 24, 2016 1 3:20 Clive, Iowa, United States
Loss 14–8-1 Mike Rhodes Submission (Guillotine Choke) VFC 51 - Emerson vs. West June 24, 2016 2 2:42 Urbandale, Iowa, United States
Win 14–7-1 Brian Houston KO (punch) VFC - Victory Fighting Championship 49 April 1, 2016 1 0:36 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 13–7-1 Jaquis Williams TKO (punches) VFC - Victory Fighting Championship 48 February 19, 2016 2 4:32 Urbandale, Iowa, Canada
Win 12–7-1 Ashdon Lightner Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) MCC 60 - Moreno vs. Stoddard September 4, 2015 1 1:10 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 11–7-1 Mark Scudder Decision (unanimous) Victory Fighting Championship - VFC Fight Night Harrah's 2 June 6, 2015 3 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 10-7-1 John Poppie Decision (Unanimous) MCC 58 - Moreno vs. Futrell March 13, 2015 5 5:00 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Draw 10–6-1 Robert Morrow Draw MCC 56 - Midwest Cage Championship 56 November 26, 2014 3 5:00 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Loss 10–6 Steve Montgomery Decision (split) Titan FC 29 August 22, 2014 3 5:00 Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
Win 10–5 Louis DeWerdt TKO (punches) MCC 54 - Midwest Cage Championship 54 July 27, 2014 1 0:48 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Loss 9–5 Bubba Bush Submission (Rear Naked Choke) LFC 28 - Legacy Fighting Championship 28 February 21, 2014 2 1:33 Arlington, Texas, United States
Win 9–4 Wayman Carter Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Carnage - MMA 1 November 16, 2013 1 3:00 Lawrence, Kansas, United States
Win 8–4 Armando Herrera Jr. TKO (punches) FF - Fury Fighting 1 November 1, 2013 1 0:44 Humble, Texas, United States
Win 7–4 Blake Breitsprecher Submission (punches) WWFC - World War Fighting Championship 13 September 28, 2013 1 4:33 Clive, Iowa, United States
Win 6–4 Andrew Potter KO (Head Kick) WWFC - World War Fighting Championship 12 July 13, 2013 1 0:07 Clive, Iowa, United States
Win 5–4 Brian Long TKO (punches) WWFC - World War Fighting Championship 11 April 27, 2013 1 0:29 Clive, Iowa, United States
Win 4–4 Ryan Sutton TKO (punches) Shamrock FC - Fight Night January 26, 2013 2 4:14 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 3–4 John McElroy Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) IC - Iowa Challenge 75 December 1, 2012 1 1:58 Mason City, Iowa, United States
Loss 2–4 Nate Rodriguez Submission (Triangle Choke) EC - Extreme Challenge 218 August 25, 2012 2 3:20 Bettendorf, Iowa, United States
Loss 2-3 Aaron Davis Decision (split) IXFA 8 - Delta Downs July 7, 2012 3 5:00 Vinton, Louisiana, United States
Loss 2–2 Derrick Lewis TKO (punches) LFC 9 - Legacy Fighting Championship 9 December 16, 2011 3 3:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 2–1 Dale Mitchell Decision (split) IXFA - Extreme Fighting April 23, 2011 3 5:00 Winnie, Texas, United States
Win 1–1 Richard White Submission (keylock) Ottumwa MMA - Throwdown in Fairfield 1 February 18, 2011 2 2:36 Fairfield, Iowa, United States
Loss 0–1 Derrick Lewis Submission (Armbar) WG - Worldwide Gladiator November 12, 2010 2 1:33 Pasadena, Texas, United States

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Light Heavyweight - American Top Team".
  2. "Rakim Cleveland". ESPN.com.
  3. "Legacy FC 28: Bush vs. Cleveland - MMAjunkie". mmajunkie.com.
  4. "Steve Montgomery vs. Rakim Cleveland, Titan FC 29 - MMA Bout Page - Tapology". Tapology.
  5. "Rakim Cleveland: This Will Be a Big Year for Me - News - Victory Fighter".
  6. Sherdog.com. "Rakim". Sherdog.
  7. "Rashid Yusupov vs. Rakim Cleveland, PFL 2018 #2 - MMA Bout Page - Tapology". Tapology.
  8. "Rashid Yusupov - MMA Fighter Page - Tapology". Tapology.
  9. "Maxim Grishin vs. Rakim Cleveland, PFL 2018 #5 - MMA Bout Page - Tapology". Tapology.

External links[edit | edit source]


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