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Bloodsport is a heavyweight robot built by Bots 'n' Stuff Robotics, which competed in every season of the BattleBots reboot since Discovery Season 4.

In its debut season, Bloodsport was a round, black and red robot armed with a 47" bar spinner with sharpened, blood-spatterer edges, made from S7 tool steel. The robot also had a curved pole protruding from the top, assisting it to self-right in a similar fashion to Gigabyte. The robot was also accompanied by a minibot named Thumb War, which bares a passing resemblance to three-time Comedy Central BattleBots champion Hazard. In its debut season, Bloodsport won a decision with Lucky, along with having destructive KOs with Breaker Box and The Four Horsemen. However, Bloodsport lost to Black Dragon and failed to make the Top 16 after being deflected out of the BattleBox in a rumble with Railgun MAX and Uppercut.

Thumb War, Bloodsport's minibot during Discovery Season 4.

Bloodsport returned for Discovery Season 5, with a new look to the bot, inspired by the team's beetleweight Zero Traction. The bot was heavily upgraded from its previous version, with the body of Bloodsport being instead of circular to allow for it to win more pushing battles. Bloodsport also sported a set of four hinged wedgelets at the front and five different weapon bars made from a mix of AR500 and S7 tool steel: the Long Bar, The Disk, the Tri-bar, the THICC bar and the Key, ranging from 57lbs to 77lbs in weight. The four Scorpion 5025 motors powering the primary weapon of Bloodsport ensured it could hit the 250mph maximum tip speed BattleBots allows. With the new shape to the chassis, the team had to redesign the self-righting pole to allow for it to remain functional without the four corners hitting the BattleBox floor. The eventual shape ensured this would not happen, and would put less stress on the weapon motors.

All of Bloodsport's weapon configurations as of the 2020 season.

Bloodsport performed significantly better in the 2020 season, finishing the Fight Night rounds with an unbeaten 3-0 record, including a Main Event victory over eventual champion End Game - the New Zealand bot's only loss of the season. It won its Round of 32 fight against Gruff, but lost to Aren Hill's Tantrum in the Round of 16. Bloodsport also participated in the Beta BattleBots: Bounty Hunters bracket, defeating rookie bots Aegis and HiJinx before losing to BattleBots veteran Donald Hutson and Lock-Jaw.

Bloodsport's array of weapons during the 2021 season.

Team Bots 'n' Stuff returned for Discovery Season 6 with Bloodsport, along with a brand new robot called Retrograde. The team swapped out their S7 tool steel blades for a tougher but softer AR500 steel to avoid snapping their weaponry as they did against Gruff a year prior. These weapon options were slightly lighter, with their heaviest option now weighing 72lbs. However, Bloodsport was largely outclassed by Whiplash in their opening fight of the 2021 and suffered a first Fight Night loss since 2019. It then redeemed itself with a knockout win over SubZero and got the nod from the judges against Claw Viper. In the Top 32, Bloodsport faced Minotaur and lost after their newest weapon option "Club Sandwich" broke after sustained attacks from the Brazilian bot.

Away from BattleBots, team captain Justin Marple and Aaron Lucas competed in Mumbai, India with a featherweight lifter called Lift Off under the team name Area 51 Robotics. The bot fought twice, first winning a four-way rumble before losing a 1v1 against a bot from Team Ua!rrior, who had previously beaten Bloodsport with their 250lb heavyweight Black Dragon. Bloodsport's beetleweight inspiration Zero Traction also fought in several Canadian events, including Toronto Bot Brawl in November 2019, where it earned a 6-1 record. Minibot Thumb War has competed on its own in numerous live events under the names Phantom, Phantom II, and Phantom III.

Robot History[]

Discovery Season 4[]

Bloodsport vs. Lucky

Sparks fly as Bloodsport and Lucky collide.

Bloodsport's first ever match was against veteran Lucky. When the match began, things were pretty even as Bloodsport was able to get their weapon going but unable to do major damage to Lucky's front wedge, only cutting off the top corners and causing some sparks. After a few more hits, Bloodsport's weapon spun down as a result of an overheated motor controller, allowing Lucky to take advantage. Luckily, Bloodsport managed to stay upright during Lucky's attacks and got their weapon back up to speed, managing to strike Lucky's side with little damage done. Bloodsport's weapon eventually spun down again and Lucky took advantage once more. However, when Bloodsport got its weapon going a third time, they tore into and then tore off Lucky's front wedge, sending it out of the arena. As time ran down, both robots had little way to take advantage of the other's vulnerability and simply drove around. The judges awarded Bloodsport a unanimous 3-0 decision.

Bloodsport vs. Black Dragon

Bloodsport gets punted onto its back by Black Dragon.

Bloodsport was next placed against newcomer from Brazil, Black Dragon. When the match began, Bloodsport was tossed high into the air near the arena barrier, nearly getting flipped over in the process. Luckily, Bloodsport landed upright and started to get its weapon back up to speed. Unfortunately, Bloodsport took another hit from its opponent and lost its self-righting pole. Making matters worse, the third hit disabled their weapon, which left them quite vulnerable. Bloodsport took a fourth and final hit that flipped them over. With both possible ways to right itself gone or disabled, Bloodsport was unable to get back into the fight and was counted out, giving Black Dragon the win by KO.

Bloodsport vs. Breaker Box

Bloodsport rips off Breaker Box's lifting plow.

Bloodsport delivers the final blow to Breaker Box.


Bloodsport was now up against Jim Smentowski and his upgraded version of Breaker Box. Bloodsport started off relatively evenly with Breaker Box as their first hit didn't cause any damage. However, as Bloodsport continued to attack, they hit Breaker Box's weapon arm and pulled it away from the chassis. Additionally, the impact caused Breaker Box some drive issues. Bloodsport then ripped off the entire plow assembly and left Breaker Box with little to fight or defend with. Bloodsport's weapon then spun down for much of the match but Bloodsport had done enough to Breaker Box that there was little for them to deal with. Bloodsport then got its weapon going and delivered a final hit that knocked Breaker Box out. Breaker Box was counted out, giving Bloodsport the win by KO at 1:36.

Bloodsport vs. The Four Horsemen

Bloodsport destroys Skye.

Bloodsport hits Pizza.

Bloodsport hits and rips off Buttercup's wheel.


Up next for Bloodsport was a match against Ian Watts and The Four Horsemen. Bloodsport also brought in its little minibot of Thumb War to even the numbers a bit. As the match got underway, Bloodsport attacked Skye and removed its weapon assembly completely, disabling Skye in the process. Next, Bloodsport attacked Pizza and threw it on top of the screws, where it couldn't escape. By this point, only the wedgebots were the working members of The Four Horsemen left so Bloodsport went after Buttercup, which was down to one wheel while Daisy was also pretty much immobilized from Thumb Wars blade. While Bloodsport broke the other wheel off Buttercup, then went after Daisy and broke a piece of its only wheel left, leaving it pretty much immobilized. The Four Horsemen were counted out, giving Bloodsport the win by KO at 1:09.

Bloodsport vs. Uppercut vs. Railgun MAX

Bloodsport gets punted out of the arena by Railgun MAX.


Bloodsport was close to the Top 16, but it had to win a rumble against fellow newcomer spinners, Uppercut and Railgun MAX. Bloodsport got its weapon up to speed and traded blows with Railgun MAX while Uppercut stayed back. Unfortunately, Bloodsport then took a big hit from Railgun MAX that launched it out of the arena where it landed upside down. This effectively ended its chances at making the Top 16, but it also crippled Railgun MAX badly for the rest of the match against Uppercut. They both continued fighting until Uppercut knocked out Railgun MAX to earn a spot in the Top 16.

Bloodsport vs. Sharkoprion

Bloodsport shreds the upper body of Surrenderbot.


Bloodsport also had an exhibition match against veteran Sharkoprion who was accompanied by minibot Surrenderbot. As the match began, was slow to get its weapon going. Still, it was able to take a hit from Sharkoprion and attack Surrenderbot. Soon, it got its weapon going and tore into Surrenderbot and Sharkoprion, leaving both disabled. Bloodsport attacked both once more, causing Sharkoprion to lose a wheel and go flying across the arena and leaving Surrenderbot unrecognizable. Sharkoprion was counted out, giving Bloodsport the win by KO.

Discovery Season 5[]

Bloodsport vs. Skorpios

Sparks fly as Bloodsport and Skorpios exchange blows.

Bloodsport's first fight of the season was against Skorpios. In response, Bloodsport went with their new overhead disc spinner. Bloodsport started off well, dishing out hits to Skorpios, but was soon pushed into the arena barrier and had lost two of the front wedgelets, one of which was from its own disc sheering it off. However, Skorpios had little offense to deal with this as its sawblade was bent in an earlier exchange, so Bloodsport continued its attacks, causing damage to Skorpios' front right side, nearly ripping off the front right plate behind the wedgelet. Bloodsport then let its weapon spin down to cool off briefly before getting nearly delivered to the pulverizer. However, Skorpios was much less mobile by this point and smoke began to pour out. After delivering a final hit, Bloodsport waited for the count-out and took the win by KO. The post-fight analysis showed how Bloodsport lost its wedgelets and that it lost its right front wheel at some point in that battle.

Bloodsport vs. End Game

Bloodsport delivers a hit to the front of End Game.

Next for Bloodsport was a match against Jack Barker and End Game, whom had quickly dispatched of the former champ Tombstone in their last battle. For this match, Bloodsport came in with two wedgelets and their "Thicc Bar." Bloodsport immediately began by running away to avoid End Game's box rush, striking back twice before quickly losing its wedgelets. With Bloodsport's weapon stopped for now, End Game took a chunk out near the back right wheel, but when End Game began chasing Bloodsport, End Game found its drive failing pretty quick. Bloodsport got its weapon going again and was sent flying into the corner, dangerously close to being ejected like its last hit with Railgun MAX. Bloodsport recovered, but End Game began emitting smoke and had lost its weapon and weapon belt. End Game was counted out, giving Bloodsport the win by KO.

Bloodsport vs. Chronos

Chronos and Bloodsport eye each other up from the off.

Bloodsport was now up against the ring spinner Chronos, whom had been having a rough regular season thus far. Bloodsport was quickly able to take out Chronos' ring spinner but was unwilling to risk further damage to its weapon so it spun down and tried to attack without it. This resulted in mostly a pushing match with Bloodsport only getting its weapon up to maybe half top speed. Still, they managed to take the fight to a judges' decision, which ruled unanimously for Bloodsport.

Bloodsport vs. Gruff

Gruff nearly flips Bloodsport.

Bloodsport pushes Gruff against the wall as Gruff activates its flamethrower.

As one of the few bots in Season 5 to finish the Fight Night rounds with a 3-0 record, Bloodsport made it into the Round of 32 as the No.2 seed and took on the No.31 seed Gruff and Sam McAmis. Bloodsport was armed with its tribar but was off to a very poor start as the first impact with their weapon cost them a third of their tribar, leaving it unbalanced. After trying unsuccessfully to still use it, Bloodsport resorted to pushing and lost at least one wedgelet as they were lifted up by Gruff. Bloodsport began controlling the match with just its two wedgelets remaining and took Gruff to the pulverizer, suffering a hit from the hammer itself. Gruff was unable to mount much of an attack so Bloodsport controlled the rest of the match and only lost its last two wedgelets before time ran out. The judges awarded Bloodsport a 2-1 split decision and a spot in the Top 16.

Bloodsport vs. Tantrum

Bloodsport lands a shot on Tantrum.

Bloodsport next faced Aren Hill's Tantrum and opted for the "Thicc bar" which saw them beat End Game earlier in the season. The fight started with Bloodsport attempting to find space to spin up to speed, but Tantrum chased them down. Bloodsport inevitably did spin up, but the first meaningful impact saw their own wedgelets be ripped away. Tantrum was able to tank the glancing hits Bloodsport gave, but persisted in chasing its opponent and prevent it from spinning up to full speed. It then held Bloodsport against the side of the box, getting in underneath and pinning it momentarily. Tantrum's drum was spinning, but had yet to land a punch on Bloodsport. It got underneath Bloodsport again, attempted to hold the No.2 seed against the wall, and then rammed it against the red square's screws. Bloodsport escaped and finally got up to speed, but took a hit from the pulverizer after being coerced into the corner by Tantrum. Aren Hill's machine held Bloodsport under the hammer and allowed it to deliver blows to their self-righting pole, bending it out of shape in the process. With under a minute to go, Tantrum chased Bloodsport around the box and continued to smother its attempts to spin up. A wheel then fell out of Bloodsport, allowing Tantrum to pin it under the opposite pulverizer for the remaining seconds of the fight. Tantrum won by a split decision, and Bloodsport's pursuit of the Giant Nut had come to an end.

BattleBots: Bounty Hunters[]

Bloodsport vs. Aegis

Bloodsport immobilizes Aegis.

Bloodsport's first fight of its Beta BattleBots: Bounty Hunters bracket came against newcomer Aegis. Bloodsport was equipped with its four-toothed overhead bar spinner but did not immediately spin it up as the match got underway, as Aegis was not moving well at all. Bloodsport got its weapon going anyway and moved Aegis away from the screws to see if it would help them out. Aegis still did not move and was only able to drive in circles after Bloodsport delivered another hit. Bloodsport continued to attack until Aegis was completely ripped open on at least one side and a countout began. Aegis was counted out, giving Bloodsport the win by KO and a spot in the next round.

Bloodsport vs. HiJinx

Bloodsport and HiJinx meet in the BattleBox.

After effortlessly taking down Aegis, Bloodsport faced HiJinx in Round 2 and opted to keep using its four-toothed bar. The first impact was relatively minor, causing no visible damage. However, as the match went on, Bloodsport was starting to gain the upper hand as they were keeping on HiJinx and preventing their opponent's weapon from reaching top speed. Bloodsport then tried to attack again but only managed to clip HiJinx's wheel. This left HiJinx struggling but this did not stop Bloodsport from delivering another hit. This proved to be the final blow as a piece of HiJinx was torn off and HiJinx's weapon was the only part of the robot moving. HiJinx was counted out, giving Bloodsport the win by KO and a spot in the next round of the bracket.

Bloodsport vs. Lock-Jaw

Bloodsport aims for the plow of Lock-Jaw.

Bloodsport was now in the semi-finals to determine which of them would face Beta for a piece of $25,000. In this fight, they faced veteran Donald Hutson and Lock-Jaw. Bloodsport got its weapon up to speed but quickly lost its front wedgelets and was being sent flying as a result of Donald Hutson's attacks. Bloodsport then lost a piece of its bar, leaving it unbalanced and the robot quite vulnerable. Even so, Bloodsport attempted to get its weapon going and was eventually flipped over, where it was just able to self-right. Both robots remained active before time ran out but the judges put Lock-Jaw into the finals to face Beta.

Discovery Season 6[]

Bloodsport vs. Whiplash

Sparks fly as Bloodsport and Whiplash duke it out.

Bloodsport tries to escape Whiplash.

Bloodsport's first fight of the 2021 season was a Main Event bout against last season's runner-up Whiplash. Whereas the Vazquez family were only denied the Giant Nut by End Game a season prior, Bloodsport was the only robot to beat the New Zealand team en route to their title win. Bloodsport had its tri-bar for this fight and just two inside wedgelets, whereas Whiplash opted for additional armor, sacrificing their disc spinner to remain under the weight limit.

Bloodsport lays immobile on top of the Upper Deck.

The fight began with Whiplash charging straight at Bloodsport to try and prevent them from spinning up, but Whiplash had to turn due to Bloodsport's movement, running into the Upper Deck in the process. Bloodsport dealt some glancing shots with its tri-bar spinner, but was largely running away from Whiplash as it dealt occassional glancing blows with its primary weapon. Bloodsport lost a tire from one of the next engagements and found itself clamped down by the arm of Whiplash and run into the one set of screws, which appeared to not be working. Bloodsport attempted to spin up but was grabbed again and taken to the Upper Deck this time, where it was freed. Despite having the more damaging weaponry, it was Bloodsport who had taken the most damage up to this point. And as it found itself caught momentarily on a killsaw slot, Whiplash capitalized and got underneath Bloodsport, lifting it over. It righted itself but was overturned again, carried over the screws and on top of the Upper Deck, where it could no longer right itself. Bloodsport was counted out, and Whiplash took the win by KO with just a second left on the clock.

Bloodsport vs. SubZero

SubZero lands a flip on Bloodsport.

The knockout blow.

Bloodsport's second fight was against SubZero. Having found no luck with their tri-bar against Whiplash, the team opted to use their four-toothed bar, while SubZero sported a front wedge to deflect the shots from Bloodsport. When the match began, Bloodsport lost several wedgelets from its early attacks, but also damaged the front of their opponent. SubZero attempted to flip multiple times, though missed several times in succession. By the time they finally landed a flip, but Bloodsport landed upright and was not affected by the attack. However, SubZero appeared lethargic and was being outdriven by Bloodsport, who took the opportunity to land more hits to the front of SubZero. The deadly bar continued to slice into the sides of SubZero, bending side armor into one of its wheels and causing it to begin smoking. As SubZero's rear wheel was still spinning but could not make contact with the floor, it became clear the repeat attacks had warped the chassis enough to high-center SubZero on its own frame. Bloodsport landed one more hit on the immobile SubZero, which sent one of its wheels flying towards Chris Rose. It was then counted out and Bloodsport took the win by KO.

Bloodsport vs. Claw Viper

Bloodsport fighting Claw Viper.

Claw Viper fights back despite losing its weapon.

Sat at 1-1, Bloodsport was given a third Fight Night battle to determine their tournament fate. Their final opponent was fellow 1-1 bot Claw Viper. Bloodsport was able to spin up and dealt a glancing hit to Claw Viper's back end. It then turned and drove straight into Claw Viper's weapon, ripping off its top clamping arm and buckling the UMHW forks. Claw Viper gave chase but in trying to lift its opponent, sent its weapon into the spinning bar of Bloodsport. This further damaged Claw Viper's weaponry and a chunk of UMHW was sent flying towards the drivers. The two bots went head to head again, this time sandwiching Hatchling and causing damage to its battery as smoke rose from the minibot. However, Claw Viper was able to use its superior drive power to bully Bloodsport into the short corner and under the pulverizer. It escaped to spin up again and dealt another hit, but Bloodsport was sent flying and almost bounced out of the arena. Claw Viper continued to tank hits from the horizontal spinner as it again got underneath Bloodsport and drove it the length of the BattleBox, slamming it into the housing for the screws, and then into the hazard itself. Bloodsport had again spun up but was lacking a wedgelet and attempted to land attacks in the closing seconds but was unsuccessful. The remains of Claw Viper's weaponry dangled from the bot as the fight went to the judges, and as damage carried more weight, Bloodsport took the win by a unanimous decision, sealing a place in the Top 32 as the No.17 seed.

Bloodsport vs. Minotaur

Minotaur shoves Bloodsport into the corner.

Bloodsport is pinned against the wall late on.

Bloodsport's first opponent in the knockout stages was Team RioBotz and No.16 seed Minotaur. For this battle, Bloodsport debuted their "Club Sandwich" weapon and opted for just a single hinged wedgelet at the front. Both robots immediately spun up as they evaded each other in the opening seconds. Minotaur then landed a shot on Bloodsport which popped it into the air. Upon landing, it became apparent that Bloodsport's weapon had buckled upward on one side and a piece had come off as it drove away. Despite being unbalanced, Bloodsport spun up again but shook as it did so and was stopped as soon as it hit Minotaur. This happened several times over with Bloodsport unable to cause damage to the frame of the 2018 season runner up. Bloodsport finally got its weapon back up to a high speed and made contact with Minotaur, but again came off worse and was shoved into the Upper Deck. They escaped, but Minotaur attacked from the front and ripped away its single wedgelet. The Brazilian bot remained aggressive as it smothered its opponent, pressing it against the arena barrier. As time wore on, Bloodsport suffered several pulverizer hits but survived as the fight went to the judges. Minotaur took the win by unanimous decision, eliminating Bloodsport from the competition.

Results[]

BLOODSPORT - RESULTS
Discovery Season 4
Fight Nights
3-1, lost Play-in
Fight Night vs. Lucky Won (JD)
Fight Night vs. Black Dragon Lost (KO)
Fight Night vs. Breaker Box Won (KO)
Fight Night vs. The Four Horsemen Won (KO)
NOTE: The battle against The Four Horsemen was intended for Science Channel, but was only aired in international broadcasts.
Play-in Rumble vs. Railgun MAX, Uppercut Lost (KO)
Exhibition Matches
Exhibition Match vs. Sharkoprion Won (KO)
Discovery Season 5
Fight Nights
3-0
Fight Night vs. Skorpios Won (KO)
Fight Night Main Event vs. End Game Won (KO)
Fight Night vs. Chronos Won (JD)
Top 32
2nd seed
Round of 32 vs. Gruff (31) Won (Split JD)
Round of 16 vs. Tantrum (18) Lost (Split JD)
Bounty Hunters 2020
Bounty Hunters 2020 - Beta Episode
Round 1 vs. Aegis Won (KO)
Round 2 vs. HiJinx Won (KO)
Round 3 vs. Lock-Jaw Lost (JD)
Discovery Season 6
Fight Nights
2-1
Fight Night Main Event vs. Whiplash Lost (KO)
Fight Night vs. SubZero Won (KO)
Fight Night vs. Claw Viper Won (JD)
Top 32
17th seed
Round of 32 vs. Minotaur (16) Lost (JD)

Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 12
  • Losses: 6
Competition Wins Losses
Discovery Season 4 Lucky (Undercard Match)

Breaker Box (Undercard Match)

The Four Horsemen (Undercard Match)

Sharkoprion (Exhibition Match)

Black Dragon (Undercard Match)

Uppercut (Play in Rumble)

Discovery Season 5 Skorpios (Undercard Match)

End Game (Main Event/Undercard Match)

Chronos (Undercard Match)

Gruff

Tantrum
BattleBots: Bounty Hunters Aegis

HiJinx

Lock-Jaw
Discovery Season 6 SubZero (Undercard Match)

Claw Viper (Undercard Match)

Whiplash (Main Event/Undercard Match)

Minotaur

Faruq Tauheed Introductions[]

"It's got the heart. All your efforts are in vein. It's pumped, you're drained. It'll cut you until you're one big laceration, and when you're dying, it'll say 'coagulations.' It's BLOODSPORT!"

"Put up your dukes. It's about to make you say Jean Claude van Damme. Oops, excuse my language mam. It's BLOODSPORT!"

"This bot's blade will give you a face-lift. See if it'll make you look like T. Swift because baby now you've got Bad Blood, and you'll never, ever, ever be put back together. It's BLOODSPORT!"

"Call in the CSI team because this bot is about to leave DNA everywhere. Destruction 'n' Annihilation. It's BLOODSPORT!"

"The first rule of robot fight club: you do not talk about robot fight club. It throws down underground. Your bot will contort from the force of BLOODSPORT!"

"This bot's legit, and it'll split your lip. Then kick your butt 'til it hurts like a papercut. I'm going to keep this intro short, it's BLOODSPORT!"

"This bot's bringing the action like he's Patrick Swayze. Like Steven Seagal, some would say he's gone crazy. He's tougher than tough, like Chuck Norris' beard and like Arnold as Conan, he's universally feared. Like Harrison Ford aboard Air Force One, if you mess with this bot, you'll be John Claude Van Dun. It's BLOODSPORT!"

“This plasma donation program is legally binding, and you’ll be spilling blood like that elevator scene in The Shining. So sit back, relax, and prepare for the pain and he uses that giant bar to try and find a vein. It’s BLOODSPORT!”

"From Cambridge, Massachusetts, it's BLOODSPORT!"

"This bot comes to us from Massachusetts, so you know what that means. *Clears throat* It's got a wicked overhead spinner, kid. You can park your card and hard a yard, but this bot will leave you marred and scarred. It's BLOODSPORT!"

"When his bar crushes you, you'll land with a thud. You'll be dead but he may be positive. We can donate your blood. Who does he wanna face? Don't even sweat it. Its blood type's O-negative which means anybody can get it. Give it up for BLOODSPORT!"

"This bot is one of the most feared in the entire tournament and the way he draws blood, you're gonna require a tourniquet. He'll find a way to cut you. Don't worry, he's an optimist. He's got precision with a blade. He puts the bot in phlebotomist. Give it up for BLOODSPORT!"

See Also[]

Trivia[]

  • In defeating End Game in Discovery Season 5, Bloodsport became the first bot to defeat the eventual Giant Nut winner.
  • The first version of Bloodsport was built in just seven weeks.
  • Bloodsport became the first robot to be immobilized on the Upper Deck hazard, new for the 2021 season.
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