Ivan Menjivar

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Ivan Menjivar
Born (1982-05-30) May 30, 1982 (age 31)
La Paz, El Salvador[1]
Other names The Pride of El Salvador
Nationality El Salvador
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Featherweight
Lightweight
Welterweight
Fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Team Tristar Gym
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2001-2006, 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 37
Wins 25
By knockout 9
By submission 10
By decision 6
Losses 12
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 8
By disqualification 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ivan Menjivar (born May 30, 1982) is a Salvadoran-Canadian mixed martial artist who formerly fought in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Menjivar formerly fought in the welterweight and lightweight divisions, before dropping to featherweight.

Menjivar made his MMA debut in 2001 and fought until 2006, earning a record of 20-7. After he was defeated by Bart Palaszewski at an IFL event, he retired from MMA. Four years later, he came out of retirement for W-1 MMA, defeating Aaron Miller by triangle choke submission in round one.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

In November 2010, Menjivar signed with the WEC,[2] right before its merger with the UFC.

In his promotional debut, Menjivar dropped to bantamweight and faced Brad Pickett on December 16, 2010 at WEC 53, the final WEC event.[3] After a back and forth fight, Menjivar lost via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). The bout won Fight of the Night honors.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On October 28, 2010, WEC merged with the UFC. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[4]

Menjivar defeated Charlie Valencia via first round TKO on April 30, 2011 at UFC 129, after breaking his nose with a short elbow and following up with punches to finish the fight in 90 seconds.

Menjivar next faced Nick Pace on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133.[5] The bout was held at a catchweight of 138 pounds after Menjivar failed to make weight.[6] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Menjivar submitted John Albert with a first round rear naked choke on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1.[7] His performance earned him the Submission of the Night award.

Menjivar was expected to face Renan Barão at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012.[8] However, Barão was pulled from the bout to face Urijah Faber for the Interim Bantamweight Title on the same card. Menjivar instead faced Mike Easton at the event and lost the fight via unanimous decision.[9]

Menjivar defeated promotional newcomer Azamat Gashimov via first round submission due to an armbar on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.[10] The performance earned Menjivar Submission of the Night honors.

Menjivar faced Urijah Faber on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.[11] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Menjivar was expected to face Norifumi Yamamoto on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165.[12] However, Yamamoto was removed from the bout and was replaced by Wilson Reis.[13] Menjivar lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Menjivar faced Hatsu Hioki in a featherweight bout on March 1, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter China Finale.[14] He lost the fight via unanimous decision, and was subsequently released from the promotion.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Menjivar and his wife have two children, a daughter and a son. He balances MMA with a full-time airport security job at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.[16]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 25–12 Hatsu Hioki Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter China Finale: Kim vs. Hathaway March 1, 2014 3 5:00 Cotai Strip, Macau, China Return to Featherweight
Loss 25–11 Wilson Reis Decision (unanimous) UFC 165 September 21, 2013 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 25–10 Urijah Faber Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 157 February 23, 2013 1 4:34 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 25–9 Azamat Gashimov Submission (armbar) UFC 154 November 17, 2012 1 2:44 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Submission of the Night
Loss 24–9 Mike Easton Decision (unanimous) UFC 148 July 7, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 24–8 John Albert Submission (rear naked choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger February 15, 2012 1 3:45 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Submission of the Night
Win 23–8 Nick Pace Decision (unanimous) UFC 133 August 6, 2011 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 138 lb catchweight bout; Menjivar missed weight.
Win 22–8 Charlie Valencia TKO (elbow and punches) UFC 129 April 30, 2011 1 1:30 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 21–8 Brad Pickett Decision (unanimous) WEC 53 December 16, 2010 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States Bantamweight debut
Win 21–7 Aaron Miller Submission (triangle choke) W-1 MMA 5: Judgment Day June 19, 2010 1 2:25 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 20–7 Bart Palaszewski Decision (split) International Fight League: World Championship Semifinals November 2, 2006 3 4:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 20–6 Caol Uno Decision (unanimous) Hero's 7 October 9, 2006 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix semi-final.
Win 20–5 Hideo Tokoro Decision (majority) Hero's 6 August 5, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix quarter-final.
Win 19–5 Justin Tavernini Submission (triangle choke) Ultimate Cage Wars 4 May 27, 2006 1 N/A Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 18–5 Taiyo Nakahara Decision (unanimous) Hero's 5 May 3, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix opening round.
Loss 17–5 Urijah Faber DQ (illegal kick to downed opponent) TKO 24: Eruption January 28, 2006 2 2:02 Laval, Quebec, Canada
Win 17–4 Joe Lauzon Submission (calf slicer) APEX: Undisputed September 3, 2005 1 N/A Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 16–4 Mika Shida Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Spiral 6 July 31, 2005 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–4 Brandon Carlson Submission (rear naked choke) KOTC: Edmonton April 16, 2005 1 0:45 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 14–4 Ryan Ackerman TKO APEX: Genesis September 5, 2004 2 2:02 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 13–4 Matt Serra Decision (unanimous) UFC 48 June 19, 2004 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–3 Mike French Submission (armbar) Ultimate Generation Combat 6 December 20, 2003 1 0:40 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 12–3 Antoine Coutu TKO Ultimate Generation Combat 5 October 18, 2003 1 N/A Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 11–3 Vitor Ribeiro Decision (unanimous) Absolute Fighting Championships 4 July 19, 2003 3 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 11–2 Brandon Shuey Submission (kneebar) WFF 4: Civil War April 4, 2003 1 0:38 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 10–2 Max Marin TKO MFC: Unplugged November 29, 2002 1 4:12 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 9–2 Andy Social Submission (armbar) UCC Proving Ground 8 November 3, 2002 1 0:20 Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
Win 8–2 Shane Rice TKO UCC 11: The Next Level October 11, 2002 1 1:58 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 7–2 Jay R. Palmer TKO (slam) UCC Hawaii: Eruption in Hawaii September 17, 2002 1 1:03 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 6–2 Jeff Curran Decision (unanimous) UCC 10: Battle for the Belts 2002 June 15, 2002 3 5:00 Hull, Quebec, Canada
Loss 5–2 Jason Black Submission (guillotine choke) UCC 8: Fast and Furious March 30, 2002 1 3:33 Rimouski, Quebec, Canada
Win 5–1 Andy Lalonde TKO UCC Proving Ground 4 March 9, 2002 1 1:00 Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
Loss 4–1 Georges St-Pierre TKO (punches) UCC 7: Bad Boyz January 25, 2002 1 4:59 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 4–0 Dany Ward KO (head kick) UCC Proving Ground 2 December 16, 2001 1 1:05 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada
Win 3–0 Francois Flibotte Submission (rear naked choke) UCC Proving Ground 1 October 28, 2001 1 1:24 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada
Win 2–0 J.F. Bolduc Decision (split) UCC 4: Return Of The Super Strikers May 12, 2001 1 10:00 Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Win 1–0 David Guigui Submission UCC 3: Battle for the Belts January 27, 2001 1 7:54 Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Ivan-Menjivar
  2. ^ http://www.wec.tv/index.cfm?fa=news.detail&gid=86000
  3. ^ "Brad Pickett vs. Ivan Menjivar added to promotion-ending WEC 53 card". mmajunkie.com. November 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Menjivar-Pace Targeted for UFC 133 in Philly". sherdog.com. May 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz Official Weigh-in Results (UPDATED)". MMAweekly.com. August 5, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ "John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar added to UFC on FUEL TV 1 in Omaha". mmajunkie.com. 2011-12-20. 
  8. ^ "Bantamweight shakeup: Menjivar fights Barao". mmajunkie.com. March 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ivan Menjivar Draws Mike Easton After Renan Barão Promoted to UFC Title Fight". mmaweekly.com. May 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ "UFC 154 draws Ivan Menjivar vs. Azamat Gashimov". mmajunkie.com. September 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ Martin, Damon (December 3, 2012). "Urijah Faber Expected to Rematch Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157 in Anaheim". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ Staff (June 20, 2013). "Ivan Menjivar vs. Norifumi Yamamoto targeted for UFC 165 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ Cameron Gidari (2013-09-02). "Wilson Reis Replaces “Kid” Yamamoto, Faces Ivan Menjivar at UFC 165". MMAdiehards.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  14. ^ Keith Grienke (January 1, 2014). "Menjivar to Face Hioki at TUF: China Finale". TopMMANews.com. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ "UFC releases Ivan Menjivar following decision loss to Hatsu Hioki". bloodyelbow.com. March 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Canadian Menjivar debuts on final WEC card". Sportsnet.ca. 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 

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