12 October 1986
|Other names||Kid Ninja
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Fighting out of||Cheltenham, England|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Braulio Estima|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Ronnie Mann (born 12 October 1986) is an English professional mixed martial artist who competes in the featherweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2003, Mann has mostly fought in England and Japan.
Mann is a veteran of the former top English organisation Cage Rage Championships and was a quarter-finalist in the Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix in 2009, losing to Hatsu Hioki. Mann is also the current Shark Fights Featherweight champion, after defeating Doug Evans in September 2010.
Mixed martial arts career
Background and early career
Mann grew up in Cheltenham, England. Mann also idolised Marco Ruas and Royce Gracie as a youngster after being introduced to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Mann began taking Muay Thai lessons at the age of 11 and participated in jiu-jitsu and kickboxing tournaments at the age of 13. Mann competed in his first amateur fight at the age of 16 and turned professional a year later. In Japan, he fought under the name of Ronnie Ushiwaka, his mother's maiden name.( His Mothers Maiden Name was Promlert (THAI) Mann's professional mixed martial arts career began in November 2003 with a win over Andy Dicks. A few months later, Mann made his Shooto debut, at Shooto Holland where he won via triangle choke after 56 seconds. Staying in Holland, Mann won a further fight, knocking his opponent out in under two minutes. Mann then recorded five successive submission victories.
In mid-2006, Mann signed with top domestic organisation, Cage Rage and made his promotional debut at the Cage Rage: Contenders 1 event against Ashleigh Grimshaw. Mann later stated that the fight was one of his toughest, especially after being hit with an early low blow. The organisation, at the time, adopted the "open guard rule," allowing fighters to stomp on each other. At the end of the third round, the fight was declared a draw, despite Mann feeling that he had the better of the fight, after a knockdown in the first round and a triangle choke attempt in the second round.
Mann later joined the Cage Gladiators promotion in England and made his promotional debut at Cage Gladiators 2, against Denas Banevicius, winning via submission (strikes) at 1:42 of the first round. Three months later, Mann returned at Cage Gladiators 3, defeating Chris Freeborn via submission (triangle choke) at 2:46 of the first round.
At Cage Rage 20, in a rematch with Ashleigh Grimshaw, whom Mann had earlier drawn with, Mann controlled the stand-up and the top position on the floor. Towards the end of the fight, Grimshaw attempted a comeback, utilising ground-and-pound offense, though Mann was declared the winner via unanimous decision after three rounds.
Mann's next fight (and third in the Cage Rage organisation) was against top domestic prospect, Robbie Olivier. The fight saw both fighters neutralise the other's ground game. In the stand-up, Mann was regarded as being unusually tentative, which gave Olivier the opportunity to take him to the floor, where again, neither fighter was able to advance position or do anything of note. After three rounds, Olivier was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
At Cage Rage 24, Mann faced Jordan Miller, who took the fight at short notice. Mann was able to take Miller down almost immediately in the fight and took a rear naked choke. Mann dominated from that point and soon after, transitioned to a triangle choke after just 53 seconds of the first round.
After this, Cage Rage became defunct and Mann re-joined Cage Gladiators, immediately competing against Frederic Fernandez for the Cage Gladiators World Featherweight Championship at the Cage Gladiators 6 event. Mann was able to utilise his wrestling skills again, dominating the takedowns, neutralising his opponent. Mann was able to take the unanimous decision after effective striking, leading Sherdog to once again label him "a star in the making."
Mann instead took a fight in Croatia, defeating Ivica Djebic via TKO (injury). Returning to Cage Gladiators at the Cage Gladiators 8 event, Mann defeated Steve McCombe via submission (choke) in the first round.
Mann then signed with Sengoku Raiden Championship in Japan, to participate in their Featherweight Grand Prix. In the opening round, Mann faced Tetsuya Yamada and defeated him via unanimous decision (30–29, 30–29, 30–29). During the first round of the fight, Mann was able to land powerful punches, before falling into a deep kneebar attempt from Yamada. After escaping, Mann was able to gain top position to end the first round. The second round saw Yamada attempt a standing Kimura, which was fought off by Mann, who was later able to take down Yamada twice, whilst fighting off a second kimura attempt. The final round saw poor kickboxing attempts by Yamada, which was countered by two takedowns. Finally, Mann looked to utilise an ankle lock, which was reversed into another kneebar by Yamada. After the third round ended, Mann was declared the winner via decision.
In the quarter finals of the tournament, Mann faced early tournament favourite, Hatsu Hioki who had previously defeated World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Chris Manuel. Mann weighed in at 142.6 lbs, whilst Hioki, who was unbeaten in his last seven fights, weighed in at 143.3 lbs. Mann stated that "[I] plan for an exciting and explosive fight."
During the fight, Mann was able to land several successful punches, before Hioki took Mann down with a trip, where he was able to land knees and execute a brabo choke. After scrambling to avoid an armbar attempt, Mann fell to a triangle choke, tapping out at 3:09 of the first round. After the fight, Mann stated "I started off well, standing up, but I fell into his game. Fell into his trap. The punches were only small punches, but it was the triangle that was slowly coming on, so in the end, I tapped."
After his elimination from the Featherweight Grand Prix, Mann competed in his third fight in Sengoku against Shigeki Osawa, who Sherdog labelled a talented young prospect. After three rounds, Mann was victorious, via unanimous decision.
Move to North America
Despite his contract with Sengoku, Mann went on to make his North American debut against Doug Evans on 11 September 2010 at Shark Fights 13. The bout saw Mann hit Evans with multiple combinations and low kicks, before utilising a flying knee. Evans counter-attacked with takedowns, which he kept up into the final round. Mann won the bout via split decision (47–48, 48–47, 48–47) to become the new Shark Fights Featherweight champion.
Bellator Fighting Championships
On 17 February, it was announced Mann had signed with Bellator Fighting Championships. He had his first fight for the promotion against Josh Arocho at Bellator 42. Mann was able to dominate the fight with superior wrestling and won the fight via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27).
That win earned Mann a place in the Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament where he faced Adam Schindler at Bellator 46 in his quarter final match-up. Mann stuffed all attempts from the wrestler to take the fight to the ground before he scored a stunning first round KO win with a right uppercut left hook combination which dropped Schindler before swarming on him with hammerfists to leave him unconscious on the mat.
Mann fought Kenny Foster at Bellator 53 for a spot in the next Featherweight tournament. He dominated the stand-up but then got taken down which gave him the opportunity to finish via submission (triangle choke) in the first round.
Mann was defeated by Mike Corey via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) in the Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament. In the first round he dropped Corey twice, but was outwrestled in the next two to lose the decision.
On 6 June 2013 Cage Warriors announced that they signed Mann to a five fight deal. He is scheduled to meet Jose Luis Zapater at Cage Warriors 57. And he would go on to defeat Zapater by way of TKO (punches) in the 1st round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||21 wins||6 losses|
|Win||23–6–1||Marat Pekov||Decision (Unanimous)||Cage Warriors Fight Night 9||25 October 2013||3||5:00||Amman, Jordan|
|Win||22–6–1||Jose Luis Zapater||TKO (punches)||Cage Warriors 57||20 July 2013||1||3:19||Liverpool, England UK|
|Loss||21–6–1||Rodrigo Lima||Decision (Unanimous)||Bellator 94||28 March 2013||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States||Bantamweight debut. Bellator Season 9 Bantamweight Tournament Qualifier|
|Loss||21–5–1||Mike Corey||Decision (Unanimous)||Bellator 60||9 March 2012||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States||Bellator Season 6 Featherweight Tournament quarter-final|
|Win||21–4–1||Kenny Foster||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Bellator 53||8 October 2011||1||3:51||Miami, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||20–4–1||Pat Curran||Decision (Unanimous)||Bellator 47||23 July 2011||3||5:00||Rama, Ontario, Canada||Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament semi-final|
|Win||20–3–1||Adam Schindler||KO (Punches)||Bellator 46||25 June 2011||1||4:14||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament quarter-final|
|Win||19-3-1||Josh Arocho||Decision (Unanimous)||Bellator 42||23 April 2011||3||5:00||Newkirk, Oklahoma|
|Win||18–3–1||Doug Evans||Decision (Split)||Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs. Prangley||11 September 2010||5||5:00||Amarillo, Texas||Won the Shark Fights Featherweight title|
|Win||17–3–1||Shigeki Osawa||Decision (Unanimous)||Sengoku 11||7 November 2009||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||16–3–1||Hatsu Hioki||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Sengoku 8||2 May 2009||1||3:09||Tokyo, Japan||Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix Second Round|
|Win||16–2–1||Tetsuya Yamada||Decision (Unanimous)||Sengoku 7||20 March 2009||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix Opening Round|
|Win||15–2–1||Steve McCombe||Submission (Choke)||Cage Gladiators 8||27 July 2008||1||N/A||England|
|Win||14–2–1||Ivica Djebic||TKO (Injury)||WFC 5 - Noc Gladiatora||19 April 2008||N/A||N/A||Dubrovnik, Croatia|
|Win||13–2–1||Frederic Fernandez||Decision (Unanimous)||Cage Gladiators 6||2 March 2008||3||5:00||Liverpool, England||Won the Cage Gladiators Featherweight World Championship|
|Win||12–2–1||Jordan Miller||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain||1 December 2007||1||0:53||London, England|
|Loss||11–2–1||Robbie Olivier||Decision (Unanimous)||Cage Rage 22: Hard as Hell||14 July 2007||3||5:00||London, England||For the Cage Rage British Featherweight Championship|
|Win||11–1–1||Ashleigh Grimshaw||Decision (Unanimous)||Cage Rage 20: Born 2 Fight||10 February 2007||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||10–1–1||Chris Freeborn||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Cage Gladiators 3||3 December 2006||1||2:46||Liverpool, England|
|Win||9–1–1||Denas Banevicius||Submission (Strikes)||Cage Gladiators 2||3 September 2006||1||1:42||Liverpool, England|
|Draw||8–1–1||Ashleigh Grimshaw||Draw||Cage Rage - Contenders 1||28 May 2006||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||8–1||Harold Roder||Submission (Armbar)||Staredown City||5 February 2006||1||N/A||Oostzaan, Holland|
|Win||7–1||Kyle Davis||Submission (Triangle Choke)||House of Pain - Fight Night 4||3 December 2005||1||0:44||Cardiff, Wales|
|Loss||6–1||Allan Lee||TKO (Punches)||Intense Fighting||22 October 2005||2||1:18||Cambridge, England|
|Win||6–0||Marco Dritty||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Urban Destruction 2||30 July 2005||1||N/A||Bristol, England|
|Win||5–0||Gary Howe||Submission (Choke)||Urban Destruction 1||10 April 2005||1||N/A||Bristol, England|
|Win||4–0||Aaron Blackwell||Submission (Armbar)||Anarchy Fight Night||20 February 2005||1||4:11||England|
|Win||3–0||Abdul Bahaj||KO||IMA - Fight Mix||19 December 2004||1||1:36||Landsmeer, Holland|
|Win||2–0||Nayeb Hezam||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Shooto Holland - Knockout Gala 3||28 March 2004||1||0:56||Vlissingen, Holland|
|Win||1–0||Andy Dicks||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Grapple and Strike 8||22 November 2003||N/A||N/A||Kidderminster, England|
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- "Sengoku XI Predictions & Fight Previews". profighting-fans.com. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
- "Ronnie Mann". sherdog.com. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
- "Shooto Holland Knockout Gala III". sherdog.com. 28 March 2004.
- "IMA Mix Fight". sherdog.com. 19 December 2004.
- "Manning Up". sherdog.com. 11 June 2008.
- "Cage Rage: Esch makes short work of Thompson". sherdog.com. 11 February 2007.
- "Tedoradze defends Cage Rage title". sherdog.com. 15 July 2007.
- "Professor X to test Ninja at Cage Rage". sherdog.com. 28 November 2007.
- "Rua subs Professor X in Cage Rage". sherdog.com. 1 December 2007.
- "Thompson stops Blackledge at Cage Gladiators". sherdog.com. 3 March 2008.
- "Pickett primed for FX3 fight". sherdog.com. 13 March 2008.
- "Sengoku Seventh Battle play-by-play". sherdog.com. 20 March 2009.
- "Quarterfinal matchups announced for Sengoku GP". sherdog.com. 31 March 2009.
- "Mann sees problem for Sengoku GP favourite Hioki". sherdog.com. 1 May 2009.
- "Hioki taps Mann to advance in Sengoku GP". sherdog.com. 2 May 2009.
- "Sengoku Eleventh Battle Preview". sherdog.com. 3 November 2009.
- "Santiago, Hioki upset in Sengoku". sherdog.com. 6 November 2009.
- "Shark Fights 13 adds champion Evans, Larson, Herman, Spratt, Mann, Hicks". mmajunkie.com. 28 July 2010.
- "Prangley hands Jardine 5th straight loss". sherdog.com. 12 September 2010.
- "Bellator 46 results: Curran, Sandro, Malegarie, Mann advance in 145 pound tourney". mmajunkie.com. 25 June 2011.
- "Cage Warriors pays for Bellator release, inks Ronnie Mann". mmajunkie.com. 6 June 2013.
- "Ronnie Mann meets Jose Luis Zapater at Cage Warriors 57". mmajunkie.com. 26 June 2013.