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Steve Jennum

Born Omaha, NE
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)
Style Ninjutsu[1]
Fighting out of Omaha, NE
Years active 1994–1997 MMA
MMA record
Total 5
Wins 2
By submission 2
Losses 3
Draws 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Steve Jennum is a retired American mixed martial arts fighter and Nebraska police officer. He was the winner of the UFC 3 tournament in 1994. He entered the tournament as an alternate for Ken Shamrock, replacing Shamrock in the finals.

Therefore, Jennum only needed one fight to win the UFC 3 tournament (normally a fighter would have had to participate in four matches to win). This anomaly prompted the UFC to change its rules, requiring alternates to win a preliminary fight to balance the advantage of being an alternate.



After UFC 3, Steve Jennum would go on to win only one more fight in his career, defeating Melton Bowen in UFC 4, who was 31-6 as a professional boxer going into the bout. [2] Jennum performed a high profile O goshi hip throw on the boxer, much to the delight of the crowd, eventually submitting him with a straight armbar. Jennum could not continue in UFC 4 because his hands became so swollen that he could not close them as a result of punching Bowen so many times in the head without protective gloves.

Prior to his debut in the ring, Jennum was a high ranking Black Belt Instructor in Robert Bussey's Warrior International (RBWI).. Jennum also started his own martial arts school in Omaha, NE. UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre mentioned that watching Jennum win UFC 3 contributed to his decision to compete in mixed martial arts.[3]

On December 17, 2007, while he was off-duty, an assailant tried to hit him over the head with a bottle in a parking lot to rob him. He fought off the attacker and eventually backed off after an accomplice drew a knife. The three suspects took off in a getaway vehicle, but he found the suspects' vehicle a short time later and notified his fellow officers of the whereabouts. Police later arrested the three suspects.

Mixed martial arts record

Outcome Record Opponent Details Event Date Round, Time Notes
Loss 2-3 Jason Godsey Submission (Choke) EC 4-Extreme Challenge 4 2/22/1997 1, 2:02
Loss 2-2 Marco Ruas Submission (Punches) WVC 1-World Vale Tudo Championship 1 8/14/1996 1, 1:44
Loss 2-1 David "Tank" Abbott Submission (Neck Crank) UU 95-Ultimate Ultimate 1995 12/16/1995 1, 1:14
Win 2-0 Melton Bowen Submission (Armbar) UFC 4-Revenge of the Warriors 12/16/1994 1, 4:47
Win 1-0 Harold Howard Submission (Strikes) UFC 3-The American Dream 9/9/1994 1, 1:27 Won UFC 3 Tournament


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  2. ^ boxer Melton Bowen
  3. ^ Mixed Martial Arts Ring Report - The hardest hitting news from the UFC, EliteXC, MFC, TKO, and more - Trusted MMA News

External links

Professional MMA record for Steve Jennum from Sherdog



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