Ido Pariente

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Ido Pariente
Born עידו פריינטה
(1978-08-31) August 31, 1978 (age 36)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Other names "The Hebrew Hammer"
Nationality Israeli
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Israel
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 12
By knockout 3
By submission 5
By decision 3
Unknown 1
Losses 6
By knockout 4
By submission 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ido Pariente (Hebrew: עידו פריינטה‎; born August 31, 1978) is an Israeli mixed martial arts fighter and trainer.[1][2][3][4][5][6] His nickname is "The Hebrew Hammer".[7] He is one of Israel's top fighters.[4][8]

Pariente was the Victory Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion in 2001, Pankration World Champion in 2003, European Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) champion brown belt in 2007, and Desert Combat Lightweight titleholder in 2007.

Early life and education[edit]

Pariente was born in Tel Aviv, Israel on August 31, 1978.[7] He fought karate from the age of 7 until he was 17. He is a BJJ second-degree black belt, and as of 2010 he had been fighting professionally for over 10 years.[7][9][10][11]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

In 1999, Pariente went to the United States to train and fight for two years.[8] He trains full time, mostly in Israel under Muay Thai coach Itzik Franko and one month a year in Brazil, while teaching BJJ at a 100-student school that he has named MMA Israel.[11][8] Pariente fights out of an Orthodox stance.[12] He is reputed to have good Muay Thai skills.[9]

Pariente was the Victory Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion in 2001, Pankration World Champion in 2003, European BJJ champion brown belt in 2007, and Desert Combat Lightweight titleholder in 2007.[11][8]

In June 2007, David A. Avila writing for MSNBC said that he anticipated that the most competitive match at the June 2 Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG)/Elite Xtreme Combat (EliteXC) Dynamite!! USA event might be between Jake Shields (17–4–1) and Pariente in a welterweight fight.[13][11][14] The event was held at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and was televised on Showtime.[13][14][11]

Shields was's third-ranked welterweight and later EliteXC champion; Pariente was a lightweight.[11] Pariente had accepted the fight before realizing that Shields fought at the higher welterweight weight, but when he questioned the arrangement he was told, "It's this fight or no fight".[11] Pariente responded, "Well, it's K-1 Dynamite, of course I'm fighting."[11] He said, "This is a great opportunity for me. I plan to take advantage of it".[15]

However, Shields, from San Francisco, defeated Pariente in the main event of the K-1 competition.[16][7][15] He dominated early, getting the mount position following a quick takedown, and when Pariente gave up his back Shields defeated Pariente at 2:06 of the first round on a submission tapout by rear naked choke.[16][2][17][18] Shields won $24,000 for the fight, while Pariente received $2,500.[19]

In October 2007, Pariente defeated Romanian Gica Apostu to retain the Desert Combat title, winning Desert Combat V. He fought at 85 kg, for Team Franko, coached by Yitzhak Franko.[20][21]

Pariente was a lightweight participant in 2008 on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir, but was eliminated in season 8 by Efrain Escudero, The Ultimate Fighter lightweight winner of the season.[22][7][22] Escudero started the fight quickly, scoring with shots to Pariente's body, and then slowed the pace down. Pariente used an early clinch to score a trip takedown, and then followed with his own shots to Escudero's body.[23] Escudero kicked his way free, scored a takedown of his own, worked onto Pariente's back, and finished by modifying a rear-naked choke into a choke/crank that turned Pariente's head purple.[24][23][23] Pariente said later that TUF 8 had been his dream for a long time, and the loss was very hard on him mentally.[25]

Speaking about mixed martial arts fighting in 2010, Pariente said that MMA demands "strength, athleticism, flexibility and more balance than in any other sport", and that in contrast to those who view the sport as overly violent, "You can't call a sport in which the competitors are under close medical supervision and need a license to compete barbaric. It's not what people think. It's not just about people fighting in a cage. This is a serious sport".[1] Pariente had a record of 8–4 as of February 2010.[7]

On November 9, 2010, he fought Josh Hewlett of San Francisco, a former wrestler and football player, in Israel FC: Genesis. The MMA event was held in front of a boisterous crowd of 6,500 people at Nokia Arena in the Tel Aviv neighborhood of Yad Eliahu on pay-per-view available worldwide, and was slated to be the largest MMA event ever in Israel.[4] Pariente won the lightweight bout at 2:54 of the first round by submission.[3][26][27]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–6 United Kingdom Dale Hardiman KO (punches) CWFC 48 – Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 48 July 21, 2012 3 0:44
Win 12–5 United States Chad Hinton Decision (split) Gladiator Cage Fights – Knockout Night 1 April 23, 2011 3 5:00
Win 11–5 United States Joshua Hewlett Submission (armbar) Israel FC: Genesis November 9, 2010 1 2:54
Loss 10–5 United States Joshua Thorpe KO (punches) Empire Fighting Championships – A Night of Reckoning 2 February 27, 2010 1 3:54
Loss 10–4 France Seydina Seck KO (punches) Dog Fight 5 October 1, 2009 1 2:00
Win 10–3 United States Keith Perkins Submission (punches) H.B. Dick – Promotions May 23, 2009 1 4:51
Win 9–3 Italy Vasile Doczi Submission (triangle choke) Desert Combat 6 February 29, 2008 1 1:05 Defended Desert Combat Lightweight championship
Win 8–3 Romania Gica Apostu Decision (unanimous) Desert Combat 5 October 25, 2007 3 5:00 Defended Desert Combat Lightweight championship
Loss 7–3 United States Jake Shields Submission (rear naked choke) K-1 Dynamite!! USA June 2, 2007 1 2:06
Win 7–2 United States Nardu Debrah TKO (punches) ROC 14 – Tournament Finals April 27, 2007 2 3:22
Win 6–2 Israel Moshe Kaitz Decision (unanimous) DC 3: Desert Combat 3 March 10, 2007 3 5:00 Won vacant Desert Combat Lightweight championship
Loss 5–2 France Johnny Frachey Decision (unanimous) K-1 Slovakia February 26, 2006 3 5:00
Win 5–1 Lithuania Mindaugas Smirnovas Submission (leglock) Hero's Lithuania 2005 November 26, 2005
Win 4–1 United States Don Hamilton Decision(unanimous) Gladiators 16 June 30, 2001 3 5:00
Win 3–1 United States Jason Purcell TKO (punches) Gladiators 14 May 11, 2001
Loss 2–1 United States Aaron Jerome TKO (punches) Gladiators 11 December 9, 2000 1 0:53
Win 2–0 United States Dylan Norris TKO (punches) EC 38 – Extreme Challenge 38 November 16, 2000 1 0:26
Win 1–0 Russia Khaled Basheer Submission (choke) Gladiators 5 – Gladiators 5 May 6, 2000 2 N/A

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b Tal Ben Ezra (November 10, 2010). "A bloody good time at Israeli debut of mixed martial arts". Haaretz. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Hawkins, Matt (October 6, 2010). "Johnston City MMA fighter books Israel bout". The Daily Republican. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Former NFL receiver Morton to compete in first MMA event Saturday". The Miami Herald. May 31, 2007. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
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