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Porto Alegre, Brazil
|Other names||The Zen Machine|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||100 kg (220 lb; 16 st)|
|Fighting out of||Boca Raton, Florida|
|Rank||5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Sperry first broke onto the sport Jiu-Jitsu scene in the early eighties. A protegee of Carlson Gracie, Mario earned his black belt at the 1995 World Championships of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, where he entered and won the heavyweight black belt division. Mario won again in 1996, 1997, and 1998. In late 1998 Mario Sperry became the first fighter in history to make a Gracie submit in a match when he defeated Royler Gracie in Brazil. He became the first World Submission Grappling Champion, a title he held for three consecutive years.
Sperry has also competed in mixed martial arts, with wins over such fighters as Vernon White and Igor Vovchanchyn. He is also one of the founders of the Brazilian Top Team, where he trained fighters such as Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Antônio Rogério Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, and Paulo Filho, among others.
ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
ADCC 2013 Superfight: Defeated Fabio Gurgel
ADCC 2011 Superfight: Defeated Renzo Gracie
ADCC 2000 Superfight: Defeated Roberto Traven
ADCC 1999 Superfight: Defeated Enson Inoue
ADCC 1998 88–98 kg: 1st place Absolute: 1st place
Record of opponents:
CBJJ World Championships
1999 Black Belt Absolute: =3rd Place Black Belt Super Pesado = 2nd Place
1998 Black Belt Absolut =1st Place
1997 Black Belt Super-Pesado: 1st Place Black Belt Absolute: =3rd Place
1996 Black Belt Pesadissimo: 1st Place
Championships and Accomplishments
- Black Belt World Mundial Champion 1996, 1997, and 1998.
- Brazilian National Black Belt Heavyweight Champion 1994 and 1995.
- Voted Best Purple Belt in Brazil by the Brazilian Confederation in 1990.
- Voted Best Brown Belt in Brazil by the Brazilian Confederation 1992.
Mixed Martial Arts
- Coliseum 2000
- Coliseum 2000 Heavyweight Championship (1 Time)
- Extreme Fighting
- Extreme Fighting Middleweight Tournament Runner Up
- Martial Arts Reality Super Fight
- Martial Arts Reality Super Fight Championship (1 Time)
- Ultimate Caged Combat
- 1997 Ultimate Caged Combat Overall Championship Tournament Winner
- Vale Tudo Super Fight Champion at the Titanic Duel in Brazil 1995
Submission Grappling Accomplishments
- Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Competition Heavyweight and Absolute Class Champion 1998
- Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Competition Superfight Champion 1999.
- Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Competition Superfight Champion 2000.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||13 wins||4 losses|
|Win||13-4||Lee Hasdell||Submission (rear naked choke)||Cage Rage 22||July 14, 2007||1||1:39||London, England|
|Loss||12-4||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||TKO (punches)||Pride 31 - Dreamers||February 26, 2006||1||1:20||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||12-3||Hirotaka Yokoi||TKO (knees)||PRIDE 29||February 20, 2005||1||9:08||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||11-3||Mike Bencic||KO (punch)||PRIDE Bushido 2||February 15, 2004||1||0:11||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||10-3||Yuki Kondo||TKO (doctor stoppage)||PRIDE Shockwave 2003||December 31, 2003||1||3:27||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||10-2||Andrei Kopylov||TKO (cut)||PRIDE 22||September 29, 2002||1||6:02||Japan|
|Win||9-2||Wataru Sakata||Decision (unanimous)||UFO: Legend||August 8, 2002||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||8-2||Murilo Rua||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE 20||April 28, 2002||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||8-1||Igor Vovchanchyn||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||PRIDE 17||March 3, 2001||1||2:52||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7-1||Hiromitsu Kanehara||Decision (majority)||C2K Colosseum 2000||May 26, 2000||3||5:00||Japan||Won Coliseum 2000 Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||6-1||Chris Haseman||Submission(punches)||Caged Combat 1 - Australian Ultimate Fighting||March 22, 1997||1||1:12||Sydney, Australia||Won Caged Combat 1 Tournament|
|Win||5-1||Neil Bodycote||Submission(punches)||Caged Combat 1 - Australian Ultimate Fighting||March 22, 1997||1||0:47||Sydney, Australia||Caged Combat 1 Semifinals|
|Win||4-1||Vernon White||Decision (unanimous)||Caged Combat 1 - Australian Ultimate Fighting||March 13, 1997||3||5:00||Sydney, Australia||Caged Combat 1 First Round|
|Win||3-1||Andrey Dudko||Submission(kimura)||MARS - Martial Arts Reality Superfighting||November 22, 1996||1||4:15||Alabama, United States||Won MARS Superfight Championship|
|Loss||2-1||Igor Zinoviev||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Extreme Fighting 1||November 18, 1995||1||11:39||North Carolina, United States||EDC Middleweight Tournament finals|
|Win||2-0||Rudyard Moncayo||Submission(punches)||Extreme Fighting 1||November 18, 1995||1||2:42||North Carolina, United States||EFC Middleweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||1-0||Jose Balduino||Submission (strikes)||Duelo de Titas 1||September 1, 1995||N/A||N/A||Brazil|
- Yes, the year was great for me. I began winning my fight in Pride in February and then the next month my daughter was born.
- Surf de Stand Up na Indonésia com Zé Mário Sperry, lenda do Jiu-Jitsu brasileiro "Lenda viva do Jiu-Jitsu brasileiro, o carioca Zé Mário Sperry é também um ávido surfista, que embarcou em sua quarta temporada para a Indonésia no final de abril deste ano, e registrou todos os momentos da trip."