American mixed martial arts fighter

Robert “Bubba” McDaniel (born May 3, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who formerly fought as a Middleweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he went (1–2). He was a member of FX’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen.


Mixed martial arts career[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In January 2013, it was announced that McDaniel was selected for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen.[1] To get into the TUF house, McDaniel defeated Ryan Bigler by TKO. During the choosing of teams, he was the third pick of Jon Jones for Team Jones and sixth overall.

McDaniel faced eventual winner Kelvin Gastelum in the preliminary round. Despite being favored to win, McDaniel was submitted in the second round via rear-naked choke.

McDaniel was chosen by Jones for the wildcard spot and faced Kevin Casey. Bubba won via corner stoppage after Casey didn’t answer the bell for the third round.

McDaniel lost via early KO to Uriah Hall in the quarterfinals.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

McDaniel made his UFC debut against castmate Gilbert Smith on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[2] He won the fight via submission in the third round.

McDaniel faced Brad Tavares on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[3] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

McDaniel was expected to face TUF 17 castmate Tor Troéng on March 15, 2014 at UFC 171.[4] However, Troéng was forced to pull out of the bout citing an injury. McDaniel instead faced UFC newcomer Sean Strickland.[5] He failed again and lost the bout via submission in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.[6]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Previous to fighting in the UFC, McDaniel appeared on an early Bellator MMA fight card in 2009. He faced William Chris Spicer at Bellator 6 and won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.

In May 2014, McDaniel signed with Bellator MMA. He made his return on June 6, 2014, facing Matt Jones at Bellator 121.[7] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

McDaniel faced Emiliano Sordi on October 10, 2014 at Bellator 128.[8] He lost via guillotine choke submission in the first round.

In his second fight for the promotion, McDaniel faced Kenyon Jackson at Bellator 146 on November 20, 2015. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

After nearly two years away from Bellator, McDaniel will compete at Light Heavyweight when he replaces Muhammed Lawal against Liam McGeary at Bellator 185 on October 20, 2017.[9] The following week, McGeary pulled out of the fight due to an injury.

Personal life[edit]

McDaniel’s son, Wilder, passed away October 11, 2018 at two years old.[10] Late October 2018, McDaniel was arrested for allegedly making terroristic threats against a man he believed killed his son.[11]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

See also[edit]


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  • ^ “TUF 17 Finale fight card”. April 9, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  • ^ Staff (2013-06-04). “McDaniel vs. Tavares added to UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 in Indy”. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  • ^ “Silva-St Preux, McDaniel-Troeng booked for UFC 171 in Dallas”. 2013-12-07.
  • ^ Staff (2014-03-03). “Sean Strickland replaces Tor Troeng, faces Robert McDaniel at UFC 171”. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  • ^ Staff (2014-04-21). “Report: UFC releases Bubba McDaniel and Renee Forte”. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  • ^ Josh Sanchez (2014-05-23). “Bellator 121 fight card announced with James Thompson, Sokoudjou and more”. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
  • ^ “Sarnavskiy vs. Gunderson, McDaniel vs. Sordi added to Bellator 128”. 2014-09-09.
  • ^ “Bubba McDaniel Replaces ‘King Mo,’ Meets Liam McGeary at Bellator 185 on Oct. 20”.
  • ^ Bubba McDaniel (October 12, 2018). Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • ^ Tristen Critchfield (October 31, 2018). “UFC Vet Bubba McDaniel Allegedly Made ‘Terroristic Threats’ to Man He Believes Killed Son”.
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  • ^ “Bubba McDaniel vs. Ken Jackson”. Tapology.
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