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Bob Sapp

Updated: 2010-01-29
Bob Sapp


Country USA Age 43
Club Team Beast Height 200 cm / 6.6"
Style Football (NFL), Pro-Wrestling (WCW) Weight 155 kg / 342 lbs
Website http://www.prowrestle.tv/bobsapp Categories WGP

K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Hiroshima Champion

Results Total Win KOs Loss Draw
K1 Fights 15 8 6 7 0
Other Fights 0 0 0 0 0
Statistics 15 53% 40% 47% 0


Robert Malcolm Sapp aka Bob "The Beast" Sapp (born September 22, 1974) is an American kickboxer, mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and former world champion professional wrestler and professional American Football player. Sapp currently has an MMA record of 8-2-1 as of December 2005, mostly fighting in Korea and Japan. He is well-known in Japan, where he has appeared in commercials, television programs, and has released a music CD entitled "It's Sapp Time". Sapp also appeared in an episode of the HBO program Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. In Japan he has appeared in 23 commercials, 200 times on TV, in 1000 interviews, on 200 products with his name or image, as an author or subject of 4 books (according to his self-introduction in the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 11 August 2003).


Bob Sapp is known as "The Beast". Contrary to popular belief, Bob Sapp is not related to Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp. Sapp began his athletic career in college football as a standout offensive lineman for the University of Washington, where he won the Morris Award. Expected by some to get high notice from pro scouts in the 1997 NFL draft, he slipped to the third round before being chosen by the Chicago Bears at 69th overall. Although Sapp was under pro contract for the next four seasons (with four different teams, each of which cut him within that season), he appeared in only one regular season game before failing many steroid tests and washing out of the league.

Bob went on to fight (and defeat) William "The Refrigerator" Perry in a Toughman boxing special promoted by the FX channel. He was subsequently recruited by the Japanese MMA organization PRIDE, where he quickly became a fan favorite due to his preternatural size and aggression. After a number of successes in Pride, Sapp was then invited by Kazuyoshi Ishii to K-1. Ishii, inventor of the fighting sport K-1, saw in Sapp the combination of great potential and great marketability.

Pro Wrestling

Bob Sapp's pro-wrestling career started in NWA Wildside in 2001. He was briefly contracted by World Championship Wrestling as a developmental wrestler, but he washed out of the program due to his poor cardiovascular conditioning. In 2004, Sapp competed for New Japan Pro Wrestling, winning their prestigious IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, though it was vacated shortly thereafter due to a mixed martial arts fight loss and film commitments. Sapp had roles in Elektra and the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard, starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. Bob Sapp also appeared as an extra in the movie Fun with Dick and Jane. There were rumors of Sapp being in talks with the WWE about signing a deal as reported in UK pro-wrestling magazine Powerslam but those talks have seemed to have died down.

PRIDE Fighting Championships

After arriving in Japan, Sapp fought a number of well-regarded Japanese fighters, winning all his bouts through sheer strength and size. During this time fans were first introduced to Sapp's "bullrush" technique, whereby he would rush an opponent with punches, quickly overwhelming them. PRIDE and K-1 collaborated to create a show billed "Dynamite" in Japan and "Shockwave" in the United States. He faced then-champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Sapp was defeated and shortly afterward moved to K-1.


Despite losing his first fight by disqualification, Sapp was initially successful in K-1. He twice defeated four-time K-1 champion Ernesto Hoost by technical knockout. Sapp's initial success with his intimidating, blind chase-and-punch method slowly petered out into disqualifications for bullrushing and punching after referee breaks. Additionally, experienced opponents discovered Sapp's weak points-his weak chin and legs. He also engaged in an ineffective but entertaining defensive stance consisting of cowering away from attacks and spinning around in a circle. In what marked the beginning of his K-1 decline, Sapp was knocked out by Croatian Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović in 86 seconds at the March 30, 2003, Saitama event. After Filipović landed several solid kicks to his sides and legs, an overhand left broke Sapp's orbital bone. In May 2004 he tapped out while on the ground due to kicks and strikes from Kazuyuki Fujita.

In June 2005, Sapp won the K-1 Japan Grand Prix in Hiroshima to become one of 16 fighters qualified for the 2005 K-1 World GP. In the Japan GP, Sapp showcased greatly improved stamina, as well as better technique, than in his previous fights after intensive training under Sam Greco. In the K-1 2005 World GP Eliminations he lost by decision to "The Techno Goliath" Choi Hong-man.

On May 13, 2006, Sapp was to headline the K-1 show in Holland. His opponent was Ernesto Hoost. Hoost stated in previous interviews and the interview on that show that this was to be his last match in Holland before his retirement. Sapp attended all the pre-fight press conferences and even attended the opening ceremonies for the show. It is unclear at the moment as to why, but Sapp pulled out of the event midway through the show.

K-1 issued a statement claiming Sapp pulled out due to new demands he brought to promoters during the show. K-1 would not agree to those demands since they felt their written contract was final and Sapp left. The full K-1 press release can be viewed on the organization's website.

Sapp has not issued a statement, but a different point of view on the events that occurred.

He most recently has been getting offers from the WWE again as well as TNA to work with them, but his K-1 contract is prohibiting him from going through with any return to the ring.

Cage Rage

On February 10, 2007 it was announced by the United Kingdom's Cage Rage promotion - the biggest MMA group in Europe - that Sapp would appear on its Cage Rage 21 event on April 21, facing Gary Turner. The move is partly a retaliatory one, as the UFC had chosen to run its first British show in years that same night at the Manchester Evening News Arena, headlined by Mirko Cro Cop, Andrei Arlovski and British star (and one-time Cage Rage competitor) Michael Bisping. Though Cage Rage promoter Andy Geer said that the UFC show would not affect ticket sales for CR21, the signing of Sapp was a clear sign that the company knew it would need a superstar draw in order to successfully compete with the American promotion. A few days before the event Bob Sapp pulled out of the scheduled fight. At short notice, Tank Abbott stepped in and lost to Gary Turner.


Bob Sapp faced the South African fighter Jan "The Giant" Nortje at the Strikeforce: At The Dome event in Tacoma, Washington at the Tacoma Dome on February 23, 2008. Sapp was defeated at the 55 second mark of the first round by TKO. His left eye was cut open.

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Eye witness reports / Comments

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Nejc (136 posts)
Posted: 2007-12-23 at: 11:01
I love his japanese TV commercials, heh, always funny.
rene (42 posts)
Posted: 2008-05-12 at: 10:50
hehe hes crazy want 2 see him fight agains mike tyson :P
Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2008-07-09 at: 08:51
I actually like Bob Sapp alot,, not for his style or size, but for the PR he has done for K-1 ( every one who likes K-1 knows who Bob Sapp is )

I think he is one of the biggest reasons that K-1 has reacht the level it has. Also alot of people say that Bob was/ is a usless fighter, still he managed to beat Hoos twice,, i think that says alot.
Sidekick (492 posts)
Posted: 2008-07-15 at: 11:41
is that fight against Mike Tyson going to take place some time, or has it been cancelled for good....would love to see that fight!
Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2008-09-10 at: 03:12
dont think that fight will ever happen. Tyson is out of the fight game for good now i think and it seems like Bob almost is aswell. Like you say Jeroen that would have been an interesting fight.
John (5 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-05 at: 01:45
KAZAKH (30 posts)
Posted: 2009-03-31 at: 12:38
"For show" man!!!!!!!!!!!
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