Jerry Bohlander is an American former mixed martial artist. He is most notable for his UFC appearances and was a former UFC champion, winning the first lightweight (under 200 lb) tournament at UFC 12. He was a member of the legendary fight team the Lion's Den alongside other notable fighters such as Ken Shamrock, Guy Mezger, and Frank Shamrock. Bohlander was considered one of the best under 200 lb. fighters in the world during his time with the UFC. Bohlander was first exposed to combat sports in the form of high school wrestling. He was team mates with UFC fighter Pete Williams.
Jerry Bohlander began his MMA career on November 9, 1995 at United Full Contact Federation 2, where he defeated Phil Benedict by armbar.With his victory at UFCF 2, Bohlander received an invitation to the open-weight UFC 8 tournament. Jerry won his quarter final fight against Scott Ferrozzo, who outweighed him by nearly 120 pounds. Jerry would then lose his semi-final bout to K1 and future Pride veteran Gary Goodridge via TKO. After losing his fight with Goodridge, Bohlander would go on a 5 fight win streak that would culminate in him winning the UFC 12 Lightweight tournament. Following his victory at the UFC 12 Lightweight Tournament, Bohlander was knocked out by future UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante. Bohlander would bounce back from this knockout loss by putting on arguably the finest performance of his career against Kevin Jackson. Kevin Jackson (an olympic gold medalist at the 1992 Barcelona games) was 3-1 at the time with his one loss being to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Frank Shamrock. Jackson and Bohlander fought for ten minutes ending with Bohlander securing the armbar victory. The bout won Wrestling Observer Newsletter's "Fight of the Year" category for 1998.Subsequent to his victory over Jackson, Bohlander was defeated by future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Tito Ortiz. Bohlander would go on to fight 3 more times in his career before retiring from the sport with a record of 11-4.
On June 30, 2010, he was involved in the fatal shooting of 38 year old Jose Luis Martinez Chavez. At the time of the shooting, Jeremiah Bohlander was a Napa County Sheriff's Deputy working with The Napa County Special Investigations Bureau (NSIB). Jeremiah Bohlander had been with NSIB six months. Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein said that the shooting of Jose L. Martinez Chavez was justified. In 2005, during Jerry's first year of service as a peace officer, he shot and fatally wounded Samuel Paul Rodriguez. As Jerry waited to be cleared of any wrongdoing, he was afforded paid administrative leave.
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