Bob Sapp practiced sports since a child, and ended up playing football in college. He played in the NFL starting NFL but could not compete much due to constant injuries. After retiring in 2000, he became a professional wrestler. He made his first appearance in Japan for PRIDE in 2002, and immediately became a fan favorite due to his style and character. During his prime, he defeated legendary kickboxer Ernesto Hoost twice and became a Japanese sensation. He has traveled all over the world for fights, and as television personal. He aims to defeat Akebono again to bring back the Bob Sapp fever once again.