UFC vet who competed in MMA from 1995 to 2000. One of the biggest fighters to ever compete in the UFC (hard to believe at only 6'2), John Matua entered the octagon a black belt in the Hawaiian martial art of bone breaking, Kapu Ku'ialua. In the strange interconnected world of martial arts he is actually a distant cousin of the famous Sumo wrestler Akebono, who was mentored by UFC 1 competitor Teila Tuli. Matua also has the distinction of a secondary brush with MMA history as his manager for UFC 6 Greg Patschull, was one of the claimed creators of the octagon. Patschull was a pro-wrestling promoter, known also as Kazja, who put on an event in 1993 called "Cage of Rage" which used an eight-sided cage design. Billed as no-rules fighting, Art Davie and Royce Gracie attended the event, but supposedly left once they realized it was all worked. Neither of them would ever admit recalling the cage design. Outside of the ring, Matua was the bouncer at a club called Cowboy Boogie in Anaheim, California. He claimed to have entered the UFC to raise funds for his brother who had been shot and paralyzed trying to stop an attempted rape. Rumor has it that he's still a bouncer in Orange County, California.
|Place of birth||Garden Grove, California, USA|