“Hulk Hands” proved he deserves his nickname!
Tyler Freeland is about 4’11” which makes him one of the smallest MMA fighters ever. His weight is about 145 lbs (66 kg) and this guy is extremely dangerous. He’s never in a boring fight win or lose, his fights don’t go to decision.
Born with hypochondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, Tyler is a great example of what MMA is all about. We have short people in MMA like Tyler or tall fighters like Stefan Struve, who is 7 ft 0 in (213 cm), we have fighters compete without a leg or without an arm. Tyler was wrestling In his high school years which led him to MMA. With an amateur record of 15-6 and nine bouts won by (technical) knockout, the nickname “HULK Hands” is fully deserved in his case.
Tyler’s pro debut happened a long time ago when he defeated Diego Melendez at Tachi Palace Fights 8 “All or Nothing” by unanimous decision on February 18, 2011. He hasn’t fought in over 4 years since. Knee surgery took him quite a while to recover from, so he remained sidelined for several years.
Here is his comeback fight after over 4 years of waiting. The fight took place at the Gladiator Challenge “Warriors” event at Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, CA on March 7 against Tim Miller. After a short feeling out process Tyler threw a big right hand, followed by another one. He missed but scored a takedown right away, it didn’t take long for Freeland to mount his much taller opponent. Freeland threw one punch on the ground from the mount and Miller gave up his back rolling to his belly right away. Freeland followed with more ground and pound to both sides of his opponent’s head, Miller wasn’t defending himself or tried to escape so the referee had no choice but to stop the fight.