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Nationality  American
Name  Brad Imes
Height  6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Role  Mixed Martial Artist

Division  Heavyweight
Education  University of Missouri
Fighting out of  Bettendorf, Iowa
TV shows  E:60
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Born  March 13, 1977 (age 38) Maryville, Missouri (1977-03-13)
Other names  The Hillbilly Heartthrob
Weight  265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st)
Martial arts  Kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Similar People  Rashad Evans, Hermes Franca, Ronaldo Souza, Nate Marquardt, Nate Diaz

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Bradley Imes "Brad" Smith (born March 13, 1977), better known as Brad Imes, is an American mixed martial artist. He appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 2, and has competed as a Heavyweight in the UFC, WEC, IFL, PFC, Titan FC, and King of the Cage.


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Imes was born and raised in Maryville, Missouri. He began wrestling when he was five years old. He also played high school football in Columbia, Missouri, but did not start at a position on the team. Imes was 5'9" and weighed 165 lbs when he graduated before attending the University of Missouri. Within the next two years, Imes stood at 6'7", weighed 290 lbs, and walked on to the school's football team as a sophomore before earning a scholarship as an offensive tackle and lettering in his senior season. After college, Imes played for the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League for two seasons and was a strength coach for TCU. Imes later moved to Sacramento, California, where he worked as the general manager of a landscaping supply store before being laid off, and then began pursuing mixed martial arts.

Early career

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Imes made his professional debut in 2004 for the WEC and won his first three fights before being invited to compete on The Ultimate Fighter 2.

The Ultimate Fighter 2

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Imes was the last pick for his division, and was coached by his training partner and then-UFC Middleweight Champion, Rich Franklin. In his first fight in the house, Imes defeated Rob MacDonald via triangle choke submission in the first round. In the semi-finals, Imes faced Seth Petruzelli and won via split decision. At The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale on November 5, 2005, Imes faced future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans, and lost via split decision, the first loss of his career.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

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At UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 on April 6, 2006, Imes faced Dan Christison and lost via armbar submission in the third round, but won "Fight of the Night" honors. He then won two fights for independent promotions before returning to the UFC at UFC 69 on April 7, 2007, and lost via unanimous decision.


After his last appearance in the UFC, Imes went 7-1, fighting in promotions such as the Palace Fighting Championship and King of the Cage before being signed by the International Fight League.

International Fight League

Imes made his IFL debut on May 16, 2008 at IFL: Connecticut, facing then-champion Roy Nelson for the IFL Heavyweight Championship. He was knocked out with a punch in the first round.


Imes went 1-2 in his last three professional fights before retiring.


Imes now works as a full-time firefighter in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Imes was featured in a small role in the 2007 action film Missionary Man.

Personal life

Imes and his wife had their first child together in March 2011.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Fight of the Night (one time) vs. Dan Christison
  • References

    Brad Imes Wikipedia