Dakota Bush is an American professional MMA fighter of the UFC lightweight division. Bush went to the University of Central Missouri. Besides MMA, he also works for Hyde Sheet Metal doing architectural sheet metal work.
As an amateur, he won the MO regional sectional, and state titles. He trained under Patrick Smith, also his father-in-law. He turned pro in 2016. As of April 2021, he has an MMA record of 8-3-0. He measures 5'10" tall and weighs 155 lbs. Bush was born on June 9, 1994, in Cuba, Missouri.
Dakota Bush's Career
On January 26, 2013, Bush defeated Fahrudin Kostjerevac at Cage Championships MMA thereby starting his amateur career. He lost the next match against John Baxter on June 1, 2013. The 5 foot 10 inches fighter's next bout was against Laree Hutchinson on June 6, 2014. Bush won the fight by a unanimous decision. He defeated Fred Freeman at Cage Championships MMA on September 20, 2014.
His next opponent was Zachary Burchman who he TKO ed at 1:41 of round 1 ultimately having his fourth amateur win. The three names that Bush defeated before his professional career began were Jeradon Brown, Jamese Taylor III, and Derek Clardy. Dakota Bush made his pro debut on January 15, 2016, at Cage Championship 54 fighting against Matteo Callazo.
The Missouri-born fighter defeated Callazo by a technical knockout at 2:53 of Round 1. Six months later on July 23, he had his second pro career win versus Chris Petty at Shamrock FC 273. He unanimously won the next fight against C.Jay Hunter on March 3, 2017, at Gateway Fighting Series 8. On September 1, 2017, Bush got his fourth straight win defeating Jose Martinez by a rear-naked choke at LFA 21: Noblitt vs Branjão.
He faced his first pro defeat in a bout against Bryce Logan at LFA 37: Bice vs Perez on April 20, 2018. In his next two fights, Dakota defeated Patrick Rivera and Jordin Hinman both by a rear-naked choke decision. On May 24, 2019, Jaleel Willis gave Bush suffered his second loss at LFA 67: James vs Martin. At LFA 92: Wirth vs Askar. The young MMA fighter had his seventh pro win defeating Brian Del Rosario at 2:38 of round 1.
He next conquered Austin Clem at LFA 98: Fremd vs Oliveira via TKO. On April 17, 2021, the Cuba city native lost the bout against Austin Hubbard via 3 round decision.
Dakota Bush's Net worth, Purse, Earnings
To date, sources have remained oblivious to Bush's purses and earnings. Though it's not that the martial artist doesn't take home the portion of the money that MMA fights are generally known to make.
Being a UFC fighter, the average earning of $147,965 applies to him as well. And at times even the lowest-paid UFC competitors have been reported of cashing in $200,000+ a year. There's a good chance that Bush might be raking in $10,000 to $30,000 per fight, standard UFC compensation for the lowest and newbie's tier. For a step beyond, this could go as high as $250,000 per fight.
When new fighters get a handful of wins and establish themselves inside the octagon, they usually end up having a much better contract. And the 26-year-old's 8-3 record makes him an ideal candidate. Worth noticing is that lowest and middle-tier fighters always have the advantage of getting a win bonus, unlike UFC'S elites.
To put it into perspective, if Josh has a $90,000 payout for a fight; and he wins, he will receive $90,000 more (the total payout amounting to $180,000).
Dakota Bush's Wife
Dakota is married to Gabrielle Bush. She is a nurse and a former homecoming queen. They began their marital rides on May 26, 2018. Together they share a son, Brax, born June 9, 2018, and a daughter, Finleigh, born October 1, 2019.
Gabrielle had publicly announced her relationship with Dakota on July 21, 2015, through her Instagram. This was two months after she had revealed her pregnancy with Brax to her fans.