Jake Rosholt (born September 2, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist and former collegiate amateur wrestler. Rosholt formerly competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and is best known for his victory over Chris Leben. His younger brother Jared Rosholt followed in his foot steps of wrestling at Oklahoma State and fighting in the UFC.
Competing for Oklahoma State University, Rosholt won the 184-pound NCAA Division I wrestling title in 2003 as a freshman and the 197-pound title in 2005 and 2006. Rosholt, wrestled at OSU, was a 4-time All-American and 2004 Big 12 Conference champion.
He placed second at the 2005 and 2006 Big 12 Conference but went on to win NCAA championships both years, making him the 15th three-time NCAA Champion in Oklahoma State history and just their 10th four-time All-American. He ended his college career with a 105–20 career record. In high school, Rosholt won three Idaho state titles and the 2001 189-pound high school national championship as a member of the Sandpoint High School Bulldogs.
In the spring of 2007 Jake began training for MMA competition at the Las Vegas-based Xtreme Couture gym. He is signed with the Team Takedown management company. He made his WEC debut at WEC 36, facing Nissen Osterneck. Rosholt had difficulty defending against Osterneck's stand-up, but was able to secure a number of takedowns and dominate on the ground before winning by technical knockout. Soon after, the WEC dissolved their middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, and Rosholt was one of the fighters transferred to the UFC.
Rosholt was originally scheduled to face Alessio Sakara at UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens, but Sakara withdrew due to injury and was replaced by International Fight League champion Dan Miller who quickly disposed of Rosholt in the first round via guillotine choke.
In his second UFC fight, Rosholt defeated The Ultimate Fighter 1 alumni Chris Leben at UFC 102. He won the fight after choking out Leben in round 3. Jake earned the $60,000 bonus for submission of the night. Rosholt lost to Kendall Grove by submission on November 21, 2009 at UFC 106. Following the loss, Rosholt was cut from the UFC.
Rosholt was set to face UFC and MMA vet Jeremy Horn on April 16 on the "Bad Boys 2" card for King of the Cage, but the fight was canceled when Rosholt sustained a neck injury the day before the event. Rosholt then faced John Ott at Titan FC 18 on May 27, 2011. Rosholt dominated most of the fight until he landed an illegal knee in the third round, resulting in a disqualification loss. However, on June 21, 2011, the Kansas Athletic Commission announced it had overturned the ruling to a no-contest, stating that the knee was landed unintentionally.
Rosholt then fought in a rematch against Matt Horwich at Shark Fights 17: Horwich vs. Rosholt 2 on July 15, 2011. In their first fight, Horwich defeated Rosholt by TKO in the third round in November 2010. This time however, Rosholt used a more conservative strategy as he dominated every round on all three judges scorecards to win a unanimous decision.
Rosholt made his light heavyweight debut against Matt Thompson at XKO 15 on June 2, 2012. Rosholt lost the bout via submission in the first round.
Rosholt faced Anthony Johnson at Xtreme Fight Night 9 on September 21, 2012. He lost the fight via TKO due to a head kick in the second round.Ultimate Fighting Championship
Submission of the Night (One time) vs. Chris Leben
184-pound NCAA Division I wrestling champion (2003)
197-pound NCAA Division I wrestling champion (2005, 2006)
Big 12 Conference champion (2004)
189-pound high school national champion (2001)