Height: 6'2" (188cm)
Weight: 205 lbs
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Sam "The Alaskan Assassin" Hoger (born Samuel Earl Hoger on June 28, 1980 in Eagle River, Alaska) is a mixed martial arts fighter most notable for appearing on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter , a reality television series produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship and broadcast on Spike TV. Hoger currently trains with Miletich Fighting Systems in Davenport, Iowa.
Hoger made it to the semi-finals on the show without having to fight. His comments at the time suggested a calculated effort on his part to win the show by fighting as late as possible. He was eliminated by Forrest Griffin in the semi finals, after a close first round. In the second round, Forrest came out looking to finish, got Hoger in the clinch, knocked him down, and finished him with ground and pound.
On the night of the finale, he won a unanimous decision against Bobby Southworth. Southworth was considered to be the best light heavyweight on the show by Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture,and Dana White, due to his Pre fighting experience he had at the time. Since the season one finale, Hoger has participated in several UFC events. In his first fight since the show's conclusion, at Ultimate Fight Night he faced Stephan Bonnar and lost a unanimous decision. He later faced Jeff Newton at UFC 56, winning the match by submitting Newton with a rear naked choke. In his next match at Ultimate Fight Night 4, he lost to The Ultimate Fighter season two competitor Rashad Evans by a split decision. Hoger's last match in the UFC was against Lyoto Machida in which he lost by decision as well. Now he is running the Miletich Fighting Systems Houston.
In the show, he maintained distance from others and made it a point to keep everyone confused, including his own teammates.
Sam has a degree in political science from Louisiana State University.
Sam Has been awarded The Alaska State Medal of Heroism for Saving a drowning teammate by Gov. Tony Knowles.