Former UFC fighter Dave Kaplan made an appearance on the long-running television trivia show know as Jeopardy! earlier this week.
“Diamond” Dave Kaplan (3-4) was a competitor against opponents, Anneke Garcia and returning two-day champion Jessica Holloway.
According to the report from MMA Junkie, “Champ Holloway had $9,600 to start Double Jeopardy. Garcia had $3,600, and Kaplan was in third at $2,400. He picked first to start the round and chose the $2,000 clue in the “Menagerie” category. He was first to ring in with his knowledge of the trapdoor spider to quickly bump himself into second place.
“He stayed with his strategy of picking the higher-dollar clues and went to ‘School Within a School’ for $2,000 – which hid one of two Daily Doubles in the round. Kaplan then went for his spinning ish by wagering his full $4,400 – which would have put him just $800 behind the leader. But when he whiffed on Penn State instead of Carnegie Mellon, it dropped him to $0 and he never recovered.
“Late in the game, with three clues left in the ‘Theater’ category, Kaplan wasn’t mathematically out of it yet. But Garcia rang in first on the $1,200 clue to ensure no matter what happened, Kaplan would finish with no money. That made him ineligible for Final Jeopardy, and Garcia went on to win the game by knocking off the two-time defending champ.”
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) January 10, 2019
Kaplan competed on season 8 of the Ultimate Fighter where he was coached under former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. He had one win on the season, a rear-naked choke submission over Fernando Bernstein. He then sustained losses to Phillipe Nover and Junie Browning. He would then get a shot to compete at UFC 98 where he dropped a split decision to George Roop.
Kaplan would fight one more time in his career, a knockout loss to Dominique Robinson at Tachi Palace Fights.