In the unforgiving world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), few fighters embody determination and perseverance as resoundingly as Tim ‘Beowulf’ Bender. From challenging beginnings to a promising career, Bender’s journey is one of resilience, grit, and an unwavering love for the sport.
Bender, 33, leapt into combat sports five years ago, a step he’d always longed to take but could only pursue when time and resources allowed. His journey began with boxing, but when COVID-19 put a halt to USA boxing events in 2020, Bender stepped boldly into the world of kickboxing with only two weeks of training. It wasn’t long before he transitioned into MMA, which he regards as the most authentic form of fighting.
Residing at the intersection of power and finesse, Bender’s favorite techniques give us a glimpse into his versatility as a fighter. His preferred striking method is using his hands, and the Americana, a classic submission, is his favored grappling technique. His diverse skill set, derived from his background in boxing and striking, is complemented by his newfound passion for wrestling—an element he deeply appreciates in MMA.
Bender’s unwavering commitment to his craft is evident in his day-to-day life. For him, being a fighter is not just a profession; it’s a lifestyle that informs his every decision, from his sleeping patterns to his dietary habits. Bender’s dedication is a testament to his relentless pursuit of success in MMA—a pursuit that has seen him start his professional career undefeated.
Despite his growing list of accomplishments, Bender is fueled by a sense of longing. He dreams not of a specific opponent but of a satisfying fight, one that fulfills the deep-seated urge he has for the sport. He also hopes that his legacy transcends his achievements in the ring, aspiring to be remembered as a good person as well as a good fighter.
Support on his journey to success has come from unexpected places. While his friends and family have not been overtly supportive, his largest cheerleading squad is composed of gym buddies, strangers, and his in-laws. Bender has shown that it’s possible to chase your dreams regardless of the odds, even if it means fighting Jake Paul—a high-profile celebrity outside the world of MMA.
When not training, Bender enjoys cooking and walking with his wife. Although his life has been marked by several personal hardships, he finds solace in the cage. He is slated to fight Javier Coronado on July 8th in Bloomington, MN—a fight for which he is preparing with steadfast resolve.
Tim ‘Beowulf’ Bender is more than just an MMA fighter. He is a testament to the spirit of perseverance, a living embodiment of resilience, and an inspiration to many. As he continues to rise through the ranks, one thing remains clear: Bender is a force to be reckoned with in the MMA world.