| The Silencer|
77.0 in (196 cm)
| January 4, 1984 (age 31)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (1984-01-04) |
Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Raphael Butler Wikipedia
Raphael Butler (born January 4, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois, United States) is an American Heavyweight boxer and mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator MMA.
Butler had a stellar amateur career, winning the 2004 National Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Championship. Butler represented the 4th Street Gym in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota.
Butler turned professional in 2004. He was seen as a future star in the sport early on, but suffered two TKO losses against journeyman fighters in 2005. In 2006 he took on ESPN house fighter Jason Gavern, and lost a decision. After the loss, Butler ran off a string of victories against marginal opposition before taking on Art Binkowski in a nationally televised showcase bout on ShoBox. Despite dropping Binkowski three times in the first round, Butler tired as the fight went on, and the referee stopped the fight with just 30 seconds left before the final bell, awarding Binkowski a TKO. After six more wins against lesser competition, Butler was knocked out in 6 rounds by contender "Fast" Eddie Chambers on June 20 in the Cayman Islands.
Butler made his professional MMA debut in 2010 and compiled an undefeated record of 5-0 before being signed by Bellator MMA.
Butler made his promotional debut on June 19, 2013 at Bellator 96 against Jeremiah O'Neal and won via first-round knockout.
Butler then won his next two fights under the Bellator banner before fighting Nick Rossborough to a draw at Bellator 119 on May 9, 2014.
Butler then faced Javy Ayala at Bellator 125 on September 19, 2014. Butler was handed his first professional loss via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.
Butler next fought Josh Diekmann at Bellator 134 on February 27, 2015, and rebounded with a first-round standing guillotine choke submission.