Pedro Rizzo

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Pedro Rizzo
Born (1974-05-03) May 3, 1974 (age 39)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other names The Rock
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 244 lb (111 kg; 17 st 6 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Team Ruas Vale TudoBlack House
American Top Team
Rank 4th degree black belt in Luta Livre
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 1996-present (MMA)
Kickboxing record
Total 34
Wins 31
By knockout 30
Losses 2
By knockout 2
Draws 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 29
Wins 19
By knockout 11
By submission 4
By decision 4
Losses 10
By knockout 7
By decision 3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Pedro Augusto Rizzo (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpedɾu ˈʁizu]; born May 3, 1974) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and Muay Thai fighter who has competed for the UFC, PRIDE, M-1 Global, and Affliction.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Trained early by Marco Ruas, Rizzo has adopted Ruas' brutal leg kicks and has developed strong stand up fighting and used this to great effect in the cage. Rizzo is a talented and feared striker in mixed martial arts.

Rizzo is a former WVC Heavyweight Champion and former contender for the UFC heavyweight belt. A stint in PRIDE FC did not go too well for the former UFC Heavyweight title contender, and Rizzo suffered quick losses at the hands of Sergei Kharitonov and Roman Zentsov.

Rizzo returned to his winning ways on March 9, 2007, when he beat UFC veteran Justin Eilers by unanimous decision at the début show of Art of War Undisputed Arena Fighting Championship Undisputed Arena Fighting Championships, which was held in Dallas, Texas.

He defeated Jeff Monson on September 1, 2007. This fight took place on the first pay-per-view event promoted by the Art of War Undisputed Arena Fighting Championship organization. Rizzo was defeated at Affliction: Banned by Josh Barnett, via knockout in round 2.

He was defeated by Gilbert Yvel at Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp via knockout in round 1. In his rematch with Jeff Monson, Rizzo won a decision at Bitetti Combat. He revealed in the post-fight interview that he had an elbow problem 10 days before the fight and that was why he could not push for the knockout that "the Brazilian fans deserved".

Rizzo also won his last two fights, against Gary Goodridge at Washington Combat and against eventual UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at Impact Fighting Championships in Australia.

He was expected to face former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia on August 14 at War on the Mainland but it was discovered that Sylvia broke his foot in his fight with Mariusz Pudzianowski.[1]

Rizzo was expected to be the main event against Tim Sylvia at ProElite 2 in November,[2] However he pulled out of the bout due to an injury.[3]

On June 21, 2012, Rizzo faced former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko, at M-1 Global ring in St. Petersburg, Russia. Rizzo got caught by a right hand from Fedor that knocked him down; Fedor then proceeded with punches that left Rizzo motionless at 1:24 of the first round.

On May 26, 2013, Pedro faced Japanese heavyweight Satoshi Ishii at IGF: GENOME 26. He lost via unanimous decision.

Personal life[edit]

Rizzo has a daughter.[4]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Art of War Undisputed Arena Fighting Championship
    • UAFC Heavyweight Championship (1 Time)
    • IFA Heavyweight Championship (1 Time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–11 Satoshi Ishii Decision (unanimous) IGF: GENOME 26 May 26, 2013 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 19–10 Fedor Emelianenko KO (punches) M-1 Global June 21, 2012 1 1:24 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 19–9 Ken Shamrock TKO (leg kicks and punches) Impact FC 2 July 18, 2010 1 3:33 Sydney, Australia
Win 18–9 Gary Goodridge TKO (doctor stoppage) Washington Combat: Battle of the Legends May 15, 2010 2 5:00 Washington D.C. United States
Win 17–9 Jeff Monson Decision (unanimous) Bitetti Combat MMA 4 Sep 12, 2009 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 16–9 Gilbert Yvel KO (punches) Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp Jun 27, 2009 1 2:10 Mississippi, United States
Loss 16–8 Josh Barnett KO (punch) Affliction: Banned Jul 19, 2008 2 1:44 California, United States
Win 16–7 Jeff Monson TKO (punches) Art of War 3 September 1, 2007 3 2:40 Texas, United States Won UAFC Heavyweight Title
Win 15–7 Justin Eilers Decision (unanimous) Art of War 1 March 9, 2007 3 5:00 Texas, United States Won IFA Heavyweight Title
Loss 14–7 Roman Zentsov KO (punch) PRIDE 31 February 26, 2006 1 0:25 Saitama, Japan
Loss 14–6 Sergei Kharitonov TKO (soccer kick and punches) PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005 June 26, 2005 1 2:02 Saitama, Japan
Win 14–5 Ricco Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) UFC 45 November 21, 2003 3 5:00 Connecticut, United States
Win 13–5 Tra Telligman TKO (cut) UFC 43 June 6, 2003 2 4:24 Nevada, United States
Loss 12–5 Vladimir Matyushenko Decision (unanimous) UFC 41 February 28, 2003 3 5:00 New Jersey, United States
Loss 12–4 Gan McGee TKO (corner stoppage) UFC 39 September 27, 2002 1 5:00 Connecticut, United States
Win 12–3 Andrei Arlovski KO (punches) UFC 36 March 22, 2002 3 1:45 Nevada, United States
Loss 11–3 Randy Couture TKO (punches) UFC 34 November 2, 2001 3 1:38 Nevada, United States For UFC Heavyweight Championship
Loss 11–2 Randy Couture Decision (unanimous) UFC 31 May 4, 2001 5 5:00 New Jersey, United States For UFC Heavyweight Championship. Fight of the Year (2001).
Win 11–1 Josh Barnett KO (punch) UFC 30 February 23, 2001 2 4:21 New Jersey, United States
Win 10–1 Dan Severn TKO (leg kicks) UFC 27 September 22, 2000 1 1:33 Louisiana, United States
Loss 9–1 Kevin Randleman Decision (unanimous) UFC 26 June 9, 2000 5 5:00 Iowa, United States For UFC Heavyweight Championship
Win 9–0 Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (punches) UFC 23 November 19, 1999 3 1:12 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–0 Tra Telligman KO (punch) UFC 20 May 7, 1999 1 4:30 Alabama, United States
Win 7–0 Mark Coleman Decision (split) UFC 18 January 8, 1999 1 15:00 Louisiana, United States
Win 6–0 David Abbott KO (punch) UFC Brazil October 16, 1998 1 8:07 Brazil
Win 5–0 Richard Heard Submission (punishment) World Vale Tudo Championship 3 January 19, 1997 1 13:12 Brazil
Win 4–0 Vernon White KO (soccer kick) World Vale Tudo Championship 2 November 10, 1996 1 6:30 Brazil
Win 3–0 Michael Tielrooy Submission (keylock) World Vale Tudo Championship 2 November 10, 1996 1 0:18 Brazil
Win 2–0 Niccolaus Niccolaus Submission (punches) World Vale Tudo Championship 2 November 10, 1996 1 1:49 Brazil
Win 1–0 Eric Labaille TKO (punches) IMA: Battle of Styles October 26, 1996 1 2:57 Netherlands

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)[edit]

Kickboxing Record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

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