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Sam Hoger - The Alaskan Assassin

Born in Eagle River, Alaska, Sam Hoger quickly picked up the moniker “The Alaskan Assassin” as a amateur fighter due to the quick and deciding manner in which he typically ended his fights. Born on June 28th, 1980, Hoger trained his wrestling and kung fu throughout his school years and began fighting in amateur bouts before being invited to appear on Spike TV’s original season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Hoger’s time on the show was marred by his reluctance to fight until absolutely necessary and his habit of stealing from and destroying the property of his housemates. He managed to avoid fighting until the semi-final round where he lost by TKO to Forrest Griffin. “The Alaskan Assassin” left the show amid rumors that he was a sociopath; his performance against Bobby Southworth and subsequent victory by unanimous decision on the show’s finale convinced UFC CEO Dana White that he was also a good fighter, and he was given a shot in the organization thanks to his performance.

Hoger next fought Stephan Bonnar at Ultimate Fight Night, losing the match by unanimous decision. After a submission win over Jeff Newton at UFC 56, Hoger appeared at Ultimate Fight Night 4 where he lost to The Ultimate Fighter season two participant Rashad Evans.
 

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