Chris Cariaso

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Chris Cariaso
Born (1981-05-27) May 27, 1981 (age 33)
San Jose, California, United States
Other names Kamikaze
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Division Flyweight
Bantamweight
Reach 64.5 in (164 cm)
Fighting out of San Francisco, California
Team Fight and Fitness
Years active 2006 – present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 23
Wins 17
By knockout 3
By submission 2
By decision 12
Losses 6
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Chris Vincent Cariaso (born May 27, 1981) is a Filipino-American mixed martial artist who competes as a Flyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of 22 July 2014, he is #8 in official UFC flyweight rankings.[1]

Personal[edit]

Cariaso is of Filipino descent.[2][3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Since turning professional in 2006, Cariaso has competed in several organizations, obtaining wins in large MMA promotions such as Strikeforce and EliteXC, with all of his fights taking place in his native Northern California.

ISCF - International Sport Combat Federation[edit]

Cariaso won the ISCF Bantamweight Title on October 24th, 2009 when he defeated Rolando Velasco by TKO at 3:17 of round 2 due to strikes.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Cariaso made his WEC debut against Rafael Rebello on June 20, 2010 at WEC 49.[4] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Cariaso next faced Renan Barão on December 16, 2010 at WEC 53.[5] He lost via submission in the first round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[6]

In his first UFC fight, Cariaso faced Will Campuzano on January 22, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 23.[7] He won the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Cariaso was expected to face Norifumi Yamamoto on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130.[8] However, Yamamoto was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Michael McDonald.[9] Cariaso lost a hard fought split decision to McDonald in a closely contested fight.

Cariaso faced UFC newcomer Vaughan Lee on November 5, 2011 at UFC 138.[10] He won the fight via split decision.

Cariaso faced Takeya Mizugaki on February 26, 2012 at UFC 144.[11] Cariaso defeated Mizugaki via unanimous decision.

Cariaso decided to drop to the flyweight division where he faced Josh Ferguson at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Cariaso fought John Moraga on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.[13] He was submitted in the third round with a guillotine choke.

Cariaso faced Jussier Formiga on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Cariaso next faced Iliarde Santos on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29.[14] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Cariaso was expected to face Kyoji Horiguchi on February 1, 2014 at UFC 169.[15] However, Horoguchi pulled out of the bout citing injury[16] and was replaced by WEC veteran Danny Martinez.[17] Cariaso won the fight via unanimous decision.

Cariaso faced Louis Smolka on May 10, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 40.[18] He won the fight via split decision.

A rescheduled bout with Kyoji Horiguchi was expected to take place on September 20, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 52.[19] However, on July 15, 2014 it was announced that Cariaso would receive a title shot against UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in the co-main event of UFC 177.[20] On August 12, the Johnson/Cariaso bout was moved to the main event of UFC 178.[21] Cariaso lost the bout via submission due to a kimura in the second round.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–6 Demetrious Johnson Submission (kimura) UFC 178 September 27, 2014 2 2:29 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Flyweight Championship
Win 17–5 Louis Smolka Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva May 10, 2014 3 5:00 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 16–5 Danny Martinez Decision (unanimous) UFC 169 February 1, 2014 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 15–5 Iliarde Santos TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields October 9, 2013 2 4:31 Barueri, Brazil
Loss 14–5 Jussier Formiga Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold May 18, 2013 3 5:00 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Loss 14–4 John Moraga Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 155 December 29, 2012 3 1:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–3 Josh Ferguson Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman July 11, 2012 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Flyweight debut
Win 13–3 Takeya Mizugaki Decision (unanimous) UFC 144 February 26, 2012 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 12–3 Vaughan Lee Decision (split) UFC 138 November 5, 2011 3 5:00 Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Loss 11–3 Michael McDonald Decision (split) UFC 130 May 28, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–2 Will Campuzano Decision (unanimous) UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 January 22, 2011 3 5:00 Fort Hood, Texas, United States
Loss 10–2 Renan Barão Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 53 December 16, 2010 1 3:47 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 10–1 Rafael Rebello Decision (unanimous) WEC 49 June 20, 2010 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 9–1 Rolando Velasco TKO (punches) LTD: Rumble in Richmond October 24, 2009 2 3:17 Richmond, California, United States Won ISCF World Title
Win 8–1 Alvin Cacdac Submission (rear-naked choke) WCSC: The Awakening May 30, 2009 1 3:56 San Francisco, California, United States
Win 7–1 Anthony Figueroa Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson June 17, 2008 2 4:34 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 6–1 Mark Oshiro TKO (punches) ShoXC 6 March 21, 2008 1 2:38 Friant, California, United States
Win 6–0 Rick McCorkell Decision (unanimous) ShoXC 3 October 26, 2007 3 5:00 Santa Ynez, California, United States
Win 5–0 Anthony Figueroa Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni June 22, 2007 3 3:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 4–0 David Barrios KO (head kick) CCFC: Total Elimination May 12, 2007 2 1:34 Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 3–0 Andrew Valladerez Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Young Guns February 10, 2007 3 3:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 2–0 Walt Hughes Decision (unanimous) Warrior Cup 1 August 12, 2006 3 5:00 Stockton, California, United States
Win 1–0 Ralph Alvarado Decision (unanimous) ICFO 1: Stockton May 13, 2006 3 5:00 Stockton, California, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UFC Fighter Rankings". UFC. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  2. ^ https://www.facebook.com/chriskamikazecariaso/posts/10150375601054544
  3. ^ http://fightsportasia.com/2014/02/03/filipino-american-cariaso-wins-at-ufc-169/
  4. ^ "Newcomer Chris Cariaso meets Rafael Rebello on WEC 49 preliminary card". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  5. ^ "Renan Barão returns to the cage at WEC 53". tatame.com. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  6. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Will Campuzano meets Chris Cariaso at UFC Fight Night 23". mmajunkie.com. January 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ "UFC 130: Norifumi 'Kid' Yamamoto vs Chris Cariaso booked for May 28". mmamania.com. March 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ "McDonald replaces injured "Kid" Yamamoto, meets Cariaso at UFC 130". mmajunkie.com. April 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ "UFC newcomer Vaughan Lee meets Chris Cariaso at UFC 138". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  11. ^ "Takeya Mizugaki Meets Chris Cariaso at UFC 144". mmaweekly.com. 2011-11-21. 
  12. ^ "Chris Cariaso, Josh Ferguson Drop to Flyweight, Meet at UFC on Fuel TV". heavy.com. May 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ "John Moraga vs. Chris Cariaso slotted for UFC 155 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. November 22, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2012. 
  14. ^ John Petit (August 20, 2013). "Iliarde Santos Vs Chris Cariaso Signed For UFC Fight Night 29". fighters.com. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  15. ^ Staff. "Kyoji Horiguchi drops to flyweight, meets Chris Cariaso at UFC 169". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  16. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-01-15). "Kyoji Horiguchi drops off UFC 169 card". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  17. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-01-15). "Danny Martinez gets call for octagon debut at UFC 169". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  18. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-02-21). "Cariaso-Smolka added to UFC Fight Night in Cincinnati". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  19. ^ Dave Meltzer (2014-06-26). "Akiyama, Yamamoto, Gomi all set to compete on UFC's Sept. 20 show". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  20. ^ Kevin Iole (2014-07-15). "Demetrious Johnson to defend belt against Chris Cariaso at UFC 177". Yahoo Sports Canada. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  21. ^ "Jon Jones injured, forced out of planned UFC 178 meeting with Daniel Cormier". MMAjunkie.com. August 12, 2014. 

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