Robert Malcolm Sapp aka Bob "The Beast" Sapp (born September 22 1974) is an American kickboxer, mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and former world champion professional wrestler and former professional American Football player. Sapp currently has an MMA record of 9-3-1 as of February 2008, mostly fighting in Japan. He is well-known in Japan, where he has appeared in commercials, television programs, and has released a music CD entitled "It's Sapp Time". Sapp also appeared in an episode of the HBO program Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. In Japan he has appeared in 23 commercials, 200 times on TV, in 1000 interviews, on 200 products with his name or image, as an author or subject of 4 books (according to his self-introduction in the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 11 August 2003). He is currently wrestling for HUSTLE and has tentatively returned to fighting for K-1.
On October 16, 2007, Bob Sapp made a surprise appearance at HUSTLE's Korakuen Hall event. Attacking Razor Ramon HG and his partner. Sapp aligned himself with Generalissimo Takada's MONSTER Army. He also announced that he would wrestle at the HUSTLE Mania 11/25 Yokohama Arena event.
His opponent was confirmed to be Razor Ramon HG on November 4, 2007, and defeated him in the resultant match.
After arriving in Japan, Sapp fought a number of low level Japanese fighters, winning all his bouts through sheer strength and size. During this time fans were first introduced to Sapp's "bullrush" technique, whereby he would rush an opponent with punches, quickly overwhelming them. PRIDE and K-1 collaborated to create a show billed "Dynamite" in Japan and "Shockwave" in the United States. He faced then-champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Sapp was defeated and shortly afterward moved to K-1.
In June 2005, Sapp won the K-1 Japan Grand Prix in Hiroshima to become one of 16 fighters qualified for the 2005 K-1 World GP. In the Japan GP, Sapp showcased greatly improved stamina, as well as better technique, than in his previous fights after intensive training under Sam Greco. In the K-1 2005 World GP Eliminations he lost by decision to "The Techno Goliath" Choi Hong-man.
On May 13 2006, Sapp was to headline the K-1 show in Holland. His opponent was Ernesto Hoost. Hoost stated in previous interviews and the interview on that show that this was to be his last match in Holland before his retirement. Sapp attended all the pre-fight press conferences and even attended the opening ceremonies for the show. It is unclear at the moment as to why, but Sapp pulled out of the event midway through the show.
K-1 issued a statement claiming Sapp pulled out due to new demands he brought to promoters during the show. K-1 would not agree to those demands since they felt their written contract was final and Sapp left. The full K-1 press release can be viewed on the organization's website.
Sapp has not issued a statement, but a different point of view on the events that occurred.
However, he did participate in this year's K-1 event in the Amsterdam Arena, fighting as a replacement for Remy Bonjasky, against Peter Aerts. Sapp, however, lost the fight at KO within 20 seconds in the first round by a knee .
He most recently has been getting offers from WWE again as well as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) to work with them, but his K-1 contract is prohibiting him from going through with any return to the ring.
Sapp made a surprise return to the K-1 ring after a 2 year absence against comedian and part time K-1 competitor Bobby Ologun. Ologun was unable to mount any effective offense as he was quickly run down and overpowered by Sapp in the 1st round.
Sapp was defeated at the 55 second mark of the first round by TKO. His left eye was cut open.
|9 Wins - 3 Losses - 1 Draw|
|02/23/2008||Loss||9-3-1||Jan Nortje||Strikeforce: At The Dome||TKO (Punches)||Round 1, 0:55|
|12/31/2007||Win||9-2-1||Bobby Ologun||K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite||TKO (Punches)||Round 1, 4:10|
|11/5/2005||Win||8-2-1||Kim Jong Wang||K-1-Seoul Heros's||TKO (Strikes)||Round 1, 0:08|
|7/6/2005||Win||7-2-1||Alan Karaev||K-1-Heores 2||KO (Punch)||Round 1, 3:44|
|3/26/2005||Win||6-2-1||Min Soo Kim||K-1-Heroes 1||KO (Punch)||Round 1, 1:12|
|12/31/2004||Draw||5-2-1||Jérôme Le Banner||K-1-Premium 2004 Dynamite||Draw||Round 4, 3:00|
|5/22/2004||Loss||5-2||Kazuyuki Fujita||K-1 MMA-ROMANEX||Submission (Strikes)||Round 1, 2:15|
|3/14/2004||Win||5-1||Sumiyabazar Dolgorsuren||K-1-Beast 2004||Towel (Groin Injury)||Round 1, 5:00|
|9/21/2003||Win||4-1||Stefan Gamlin||K-1-Japan Grand Prix 2003||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Round 1, 0:52|
|12/31/2002||Win||3-1||Yoshihiro Takayama||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2002-K-1 vs Inoki||Submission (Armbar)||Round 1, 2:16|
|8/28/2002||Loss||2-1||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||PRIDE Shockwave||Submission (Armbar)||Round 2, 4:03|
|6/23/2002||Win||2-0||Kiyoshi Tamura||PRIDE 21||TKO (Punches)||Round 1, 0:11|
|4/28/2002||Win||1-0||Yoshihisa Yamamoto||PRIDE 20||TKO (Strikes)||Round 1, 2:44|
|10 Wins - 7 Losses - 0 Draws|
|06/23/2007||Loss||10-7||Peter Aerts||K-1 World GP 2007 in Amsterdam, Netherlands||KO (Left knee)||1R, 0:26|
|12/31/2005||Loss||10-6||Musashi||K-1 - Premium Dynamite 2005||Decision||3R|
|9/23/2005||Loss||10-5||Choi Hong Man||FieLDS K-1 WORLD GP 2005 - Osaka||Decision||3R|
|6/14/2005||Win||10-4||Tatsufumi Tomihira||K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 - Hiroshima||Decision||3R|
|6/14/2005||Win||9-4||Hiraku Hori||K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 - Hiroshima||KO||2R, 1:54|
|6/14/2005||Win||8-4||Yoshihiro Nakao||K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 - Hiroshima||Decision||3R|
|6/26/2004||Loss||7-4||Ray Sefo||K-1 - Beast 2004 Shizuoka||KO||2R, 0:29|
|4/30/2004||Win||7-3||Tommy Glanville||K-1 - Battle at the Bellagio 2||KO||1R, 0:33|
|3/27/2004||Win||6-3||Seth Petruzelli||K-1 - Saitama 2004||TKO (elbow injury)||1R, 0:57|
|12/31/2003||Win||5-3||Akebono||K-1 - Premium 2003 Dynamite||KO||1R, 2:58|
|10/11/2003||Loss||4-3||Remy Bonjasky||K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 - Opening Round||DQ||2R|
|8/15/2003||Win||4-2||Kimo Leopoldo||K-1 - Battle at the Bellagio||TKO||2R, 1:11|
|3/30/2003||Loss||3-2||Mirko Filipovic||K-1 Saitama Grand Prix 2003||KO||1R, 1:26|
|12/7/2002||Win||3-1||Ernesto Hoost||K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 - Finals||KO||2R, 2:53|
|10/5/2002||Win||2-1||Ernesto Hoost||K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 - Opening Round||TKO (doctor stoppage)||1R, 3:00|
|9/22/2002||Win||1-1||Cyril Abidi||K-1 - Andy Spirits||KO||1R, 1:17|
|6/2/2002||Loss||0-1||Tsuyoshi Nakasako||K-1 - Survival 2002||DQ||1R|