May 30, 1982 |
La Paz, El Salvador
|Other names||The Pride of El Salvador|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Fighting out of||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2001-2006, 2010–present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
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
In his promotional debut, Menjivar dropped to bantamweight and faced Brad Pickett on December 16, 2010 at WEC 53, the final WEC event. 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
On October 28, 2010, WEC merged with the UFC. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.
Menjivar was expected to face Renan Barão at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012. 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.
Menjivar was expected to face Norifumi Yamamoto on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165. However, Yamamoto was removed from the bout and was replaced by Wilson Reis. 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. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, and was subsequently released from the promotion.
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.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|37 matches||25 wins||12 losses|
|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|
- "Brad Pickett vs. Ivan Menjivar added to promotion-ending WEC 53 card". mmajunkie.com. November 4, 2010.
- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010.
- "Menjivar-Pace Targeted for UFC 133 in Philly". sherdog.com. May 20, 2011.
- "UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz Official Weigh-in Results (UPDATED)". MMAweekly.com. August 5, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
- "John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar added to UFC on FUEL TV 1 in Omaha". mmajunkie.com. 2011-12-20.
- "Bantamweight shakeup: Menjivar fights Barao". mmajunkie.com. March 23, 2012.
- "Ivan Menjivar Draws Mike Easton After Renan Barão Promoted to UFC Title Fight". mmaweekly.com. May 19, 2012.
- "UFC 154 draws Ivan Menjivar vs. Azamat Gashimov". mmajunkie.com. September 8, 2012.
- Martin, Damon (December 3, 2012). "Urijah Faber Expected to Rematch Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157 in Anaheim". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- Staff (June 20, 2013). "Ivan Menjivar vs. Norifumi Yamamoto targeted for UFC 165 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
- Cameron Gidari (2013-09-02). "Wilson Reis Replaces “Kid” Yamamoto, Faces Ivan Menjivar at UFC 165". MMAdiehards.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
- Keith Grienke (January 1, 2014). "Menjivar to Face Hioki at TUF: China Finale". TopMMANews.com. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
- "UFC releases Ivan Menjivar following decision loss to Hatsu Hioki". bloodyelbow.com. March 21, 2014.
- "Canadian Menjivar debuts on final WEC card". Sportsnet.ca. 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2010-12-16.