1. Bob Sapp
Weight: 350 pounds (160 KG)
MMA Record: 11-18-1
It’s crazy to think that once upon a time Bob Sapp had a reasonable fight record. Up until 2006 in K-1 he had amassed a 10-4 record, and in MMA up to 2008 a similar 10-4-1 record. In the kickboxing ring he had defeated living legend Ernesto Hoost by TKO in back-to-back fights. ‘The Beast’ had also bested Cyril Abidi and Kimo Leopoldo among others. His MMA career had seen Sapp win over mediocre-to-poor competition, but he was a big draw especially in the Japanese market, and had knockout power due to his insane size and strength.
After an American football career marred by steroid allegations in the late 90’s, fighting seemed the only logical career path for a man of his stature, and could well have led to at least a legitimate career with how he’d started out. This would not be the case though, as Sapp became the biggest tomato can in the sport’s history. He had experienced back-to-back losses for the first time in his MMA career between May and October of 2009, all of which were soft to say the least. Then after submitting Sascha Weinpolter in 2010, ‘The Beast’ would go on a blatantly theatrical and disgraceful 12-fight losing skid.
Fighting mainly in Eastern European promotions, the diving machine would spend around 14 minutes of total fighting time in his last 12 outings over the span of two years between 2011-13. Rolles Gracie, Soa Palelei, Aleksander Emelianenko and Mariusz Pudzianowski were all among the men that ‘beat’ the now comical, and somewhat annoying Bob Sapp.
Sapp’s retirement couldn’t come quick enough, as ‘The Beast’ announced he had over $10 million in earnings and had paid off all his medical bills. He never made it to the UFC, but Strikeforce did have their one date with Sapp in 2008.
Here’s some interesting footage of Sapp, tune in to the next page for the honorable mentions list!