|Born||April 25, 1989|
|Other names||The Boogeyman|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (205 Ib)|
|Reach||76.5 in (194 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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Rakim Cleveland (born April 25, 1989) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division of Professional Fighters League. He has also fought for Legacy Fighting Championship and Titan Fighting Championship.
Before starting his career in mixed martial arts, he played college football at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.
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.
Rakim faced Maxim Grishin on August 2, 2018 at PFL 5. He lost the fight via submission in the second round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||19 wins||14 losses|
|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|
- List of male mixed martial artists
- List of current PFL fighters
- "Light Heavyweight - American Top Team".
- "Rakim Cleveland". ESPN.com.
- "Legacy FC 28: Bush vs. Cleveland - MMAjunkie". mmajunkie.com.
- "Steve Montgomery vs. Rakim Cleveland, Titan FC 29 - MMA Bout Page - Tapology". Tapology.
- "Rakim Cleveland: This Will Be a Big Year for Me - News - Victory Fighter".
- Sherdog.com. "Rakim". Sherdog.
- "Rashid Yusupov vs. Rakim Cleveland, PFL 2018 #2 - MMA Bout Page - Tapology". Tapology.
- "Rashid Yusupov - MMA Fighter Page - Tapology". Tapology.
- "Maxim Grishin vs. Rakim Cleveland, PFL 2018 #5 - MMA Bout Page - Tapology". Tapology.
- Professional MMA record for Rakim Cleveland from Sherdog
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