| The Iron Lion|
76 in (193 cm)
Heavyweight (265 lb)
Team Hammer House
| 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
| July 29, 1973 (age 42)
Jefferson, Ohio, United States (1973-07-29) |
230 lb (104 kg; 16 st 6 lb)
UFC 57: Couture vs. Liddell 3
West Liberty University
Branden Lee Hinkle Wikipedia
Branden Lee Hinkle is an American mixed martial artist who has competed in the UFC, Pancrase, RINGS, and BodogFIGHT.
Born and raised in Jefferson, Ohio, Hinkle holds an accomplished wrestling background, competing at West Liberty State College in West Virginia where he was a two-time NCAA Division II Champion, a U.S. National Freestyle Wrestling All-American and also excelled at tennis, being a West Virginia College Conference Tennis Champion.
Hinkle was offered a fight in Brazil for $1000 and an all-expenses paid trip. He accepted and made his professional debut against future PRIDE veteran Ebenezer Fontes Braga in 1998 for the International Vale Tudo organization in Brazil. The inexperienced Hinkle lost the fight by submission (triangle choke). After amassing a 12-6-1 record, with wins over Travis Fulton, Yoshihisa Yamamoto, and Jorge Rivera, Hinkle was signed by the UFC.
Hinkle made his UFC debut against Sean Gannon at UFC 55. Gannon, a former Boston police officer, had gained fame for defeating Kimbo Slice in an organized but unsanctioned fight that had was uploaded onto YouTube. Hinkle won the fight by TKO, but dropped his next three consecutive fights against veteran Jeff Monson, former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Jason Lambert, and another UFC veteran, Alexandre Ferreira.
Hinkle then bounced back with a unanimous decision win over former PRIDE veteran Roman Zentsov before facing fellow collegiate wrestler and future UFC veteran, Chris Tuchscherer. Hinkle was knocked out by punches. In his next fight he faced UFC and Strikeforce veteran Kevin Jordan, and won by TKO. HInkle then debuted in Pancrase, but lost by submission (rear-naked choke). Hinkle's last professional fight was in 2016, in Woodward, Oklahoma, which he won by submission.
Hinkle has held the following titles:NCAA Div II Champion
US National Freestyle Wrestling All-American
Korean Neo Fight World Heavyweight Champion
World Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Champion
WV College Conference Tennis Champion