Ryan Jimmo

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Ryan Jimmo
Born Ryan Jimmo
(1981-11-27) November 27, 1981 (age 32)
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Other names Big Deal
Nationality Canadian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 72.0 in (183 cm)[1]
Fighting out of

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Gilbert, Arizona, United States
Team Power MMA Team
Rank 2nd degree black belt in Chitō-ryū
Years active 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 23
Wins 19
By knockout 8
By submission 2
By decision 9
Losses 4
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ryan Jimmo (born November 27, 1981) is a Canadian mixed martial artist who competes as a Light Heavyweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2007, Jimmo mostly fought in Canada, as well as competing in the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He is the former MFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Jimmo is also an avid chess player and co-hosts a weekly Mixed Martial Arts radio program with Jay Pagliaro and Scott Lewis on KDUS Radio in Phoenix, Arizona.

Background[edit]

Jimmo is from New Brunswick, Canada and is the youngest of his four siblings. He has a background in karate, beginning the martial art from a very young age and was taught by his father, a 5th degree black belt. Jimmo's father competed in Japan twice and was placed 5th in the world in his style. Jimmo himself began competition when he was 10 years old, winning provincial and regional championships. He also competed nationally before being show mixed martial arts. At St. Malachy's Memorial High School, Jimmo was captain of the football team but was also president of the chess club. He began amateur bodybuilding after breaking his leg from karate in 2004.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Maximum Fighting Championship[edit]

Jimmo began his career in the Maximum Fighting Championship. His professional debut came at MFC 11 against former professional football player Adam Braidwood. The fight ended via TKO (punches) in the first round. Jimmo then appeared at MFC - Unplugged 3 and defeated Dwayne Lewis via unanimous decision.

After this, Jimmo appeared at MFC 14 and 15, in between three local appearances. Amassing a 5-0 record over that span with two wins by rear-naked choke and three by TKO. Ryan currently trains out of the Hayabusa Training Centre in St. Albert, Alberta.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

After compiling a 6–1 record, Jimmo successfully navigated tryouts for The Ultimate Fighter. Jimmo was selected as one of the sixteen light heavyweights in the eighth season. Jimmo's first fight, to get entry into the house was against Antwain Britt. Britt took the victory in a majority decision after two rounds. Jimmo later expressed disappointment in his performance, but did add that "Dana White said it was probably one of the better fights of the day so that’s good. The UFC already has their eye on me"[3]

After his elimination from TUF 8, Jimmo went back to the local circuit, where he recorded three victories; one of which was over Jesse Forbes via unanimous decision.

Return to Maximum Fighting Championship[edit]

Jimmo then re-joined Maximum Fighting Championship and made his promotional debut at MFC 21 against Mychal Clark. Jimmo was untroubled throughout and took a unanimous decision with all judges scoring the bout 30–27.[4]

Jimmo followed this up with a slightly controversial split decision victory over UFC veteran Marvin Eastman at MFC 22. The fight largely revolved around exchanges in the clinch. Sherdog gave the bout to Eastman, but the official result was in favor of Jimmo, with scorecards of 29–28, 28–29, 29–28).[5]

Jimmo's third fight in MFC was against Emanuel Newton at MFC 23. Jimmo reportedly controlled most of the bout in the clinch and took a unanimous decision victory (30–27, 29–28, 29–28).[6]

Jimmo's most notable fight at that point of his career was against Wilson Gouveia at MFC 25.[7] Prior to the fight, Sherdog discussed Jimmo's position in his division and stated that "Jimmo has all the tools and an affable personality that makes him championship material. Unfortunately, though, Jimmo has failed to capitalize on numerous opportunities to cement himself in the title picture because he hasn’t been a big finisher despite a 12-fight winning streak." Sherdog also added that they didn't believe that Jimmo could "grind out another win" as Gouveia, who was making his return to the light heavyweight division, would not gas out, as he had done on occasion at middleweight in the UFC.[8]

The fight was later made a catchweight bout of 208 lbs, after Gouveia once again came in overweight; this, despite moving up a weight class originally. Jimmo used various striking techniques to control his opponent and dropped Gouveia on a few occasions. Jimmo walked away with a unanimous decision (30–27, 30–26, 30–26). Jimmo attributed the victory to Gouveia gassing out after his difficulty with making weight.[9]

Jimmo was then scheduled to fight for the Maximum Fighting Championship's Light Heavyweight title against newcomer Glover Teixeira, but Jimmo questioned why he had been made to work for a title shot, while Teixeira, "a relative unknown" received a shot immediately.[10] MFC then placed Bobby Southworth into the title bout, though Southworth would later withdraw from the fight due to personal problems. Jimmo still has no opponent scheduled.[10]

Jimmo defeated fellow Canadian, Dwayne Lewis at MFC 28 on February 25, 2011 to win the vacant MFC Light Heavyweight Championship.[11]

Jimmo was expected to face former MFC Light-Heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton at MFC 29 on April 8.[12] However, he took on replacement Zak Cummings and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Jimmo defended his title against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at MFC 31, winning a controversial unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Jimmo was expected to make his promotional debut against Karlos Vemola on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX 1.[13] However, Jimmo was forced from the bout with an injury.[14]

Jimmo defeated Anthony Perosh in seven seconds via first round KO at UFC 149, tying for the fastest knockout in UFC history.[15]

For his second fight with the promotion, Jimmo faced James Te-Huna on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald.[16] He had a successful first round as Jimmo dropped Te-Huna with a head kick. However, Te-Huna then rebounded by controlling the second and third rounds with his striking and wrestling, resulting in a unanimous decision loss for Jimmo.

Jimmo next fought Igor Pokrajac at UFC 161 on June 15, 2013.[17] Jimmo won the fight via unanimous decision.

Jimmo faced Jimi Manuwa on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30.[18] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round due to a leg injury.[19]

Jimmo was expected face UFC newcomer Steve Bossé at the The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale on April 16, 2014 in Quebec City.[20] However, Bossé was forced to pull out of the bout citing an injury.[21] Jimmo instead faced UFC newcomer Sean O'Connell.[22] He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned Jimmo his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[23]

Jimmo faced Ovince St. Preux on June 14, 2014 at UFC 174.[24] He lost the fight with a broken arm and was forced to verbally submit in the second round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–4 Ovince St. Preux Verbal Submission (arm injury) UFC 174 June 14, 2014 2 2:10 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 19–3 Sean O'Connell KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy April 16, 2014 1 4:27 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Performance of the Night
Loss 18–3 Jimi Manuwa TKO (leg injury) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz October 26, 2013 2 4:41 Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Win 18–2 Igor Pokrajac Decision (unanimous) UFC 161 June 15, 2013 3 5:00 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Loss 17–2 James Te-Huna Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald February 16, 2013 3 5:00 London, England, United Kingdom
Win 17–1 Anthony Perosh KO (punch) UFC 149 July 21, 2012 1 0:07 Calgary, Alberta, Canada Knockout of the Night; Fastest KO in UFC LHW history
Win 16–1 Sokoudjou Decision (unanimous) MFC 31 October 7, 2011 5 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Defended MFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 15–1 Zak Cummings Decision (unanimous) MFC 29: Conquer April 8, 2011 5 5:00 Windsor, Ontario, Canada Defended MFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 14–1 Dwayne Lewis TKO (doctor stoppage) MFC 28 February 25, 2011 3 3:13 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Won vacant MFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 13–1 Wilson Gouveia Decision (unanimous) MFC 25 May 7, 2010 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 12–1 Emanuel Newton Decision (unanimous) MFC 23 December 4, 2009 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 11–1 Marvin Eastman Decision (split) MFC 22 October 2, 2009 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 10–1 Mychal Clark Decision (unanimous) MFC 21 May 15, 2009 3 5:00 Enoch, Alberta, Canada
Win 9–1 Rick Roufus TKO (punches) PFP: Wanted November 29, 2008 1 2:24 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 8–1 Jesse Forbes Decision (unanimous) XMMA 6: House of Pain November 6, 2008 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 7–1 Chris Fontaine TKO (punches) X: Fight October 4, 2008 1 4:39 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Win 6–1 Jeff Lundburg TKO (punches) ECC 7: Bad Blood March 15, 2008 1 1:31 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 5–1 Craig Zellner Submission (rear naked choke) MFC 15: Rags to Riches February 22, 2008 1 3:20 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 4–1 Samir Seif TKO (punches) PFP: New Year's Restitution January 13, 2008 1 4:33 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 3–1 Nick Goetz Submission (rear naked choke) MFC 14: High Rollers November 23, 2007 1 0:44 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 2–1 Matt Acorn TKO (punches) ECC 6: Hometown Heroes October 20, 2007 1 2:30 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 1–1 Dwayne Lewis Decision (unanimous) MFC: Unplugged 3 April 20, 2007 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 0–1 Adam Braidwood TKO (punches) MFC 11: Gridiron February 3, 2007 1 1:54 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - TUF Nations Finale Bisping vs. Kennedy". UFC.com. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.hayabusamixedmartialarts.com/ryan-jimmo-instructor
  3. ^ "MM-Eh Jimmo talks TUF experience; Loiseau eyes UFC return". sherdog.com. September 18, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Lashley, Prangley victorious at MFC". sherdog.com. May 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Lutter edges MacDonald; Alessio KOs Fioravanti". sherdog.com. October 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Leites, MacDonald win at MFC 23". sherdog.com. December 5, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Gouveia-Jimmo signed for MFC". sherdog.com. 
  8. ^ "Top 10 questions for MFC 25". sherdog.com. April 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Leites subs Taylor; Jimmo outpoints Gouveia at MFC 25". sherdog.com. May 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Exclusive: Ryan "Big Deal" Jimmo's camp explain why they turned down MFC Light Heavyweight title shot". cagepotato.com. October 7, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Jimmo vs Lewis for LHW Title". topmmanews.com. February 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Jimmo Re-signs, Defends Title at MFC 29". topmmanews.com. March 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Ryan Jimmo vs. Karlos Vemola added to UFC on FX 1". mmajunkie.com. November 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Jimmo UFC Debut Postponed". topmmanews.com. January 13, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh added to UFC 149 in Calgary". mmajunkie.com. 2 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "James Te Huna vs. Ryan Jimmo Added to UFC on Fuel 7 in England". mmaweekly.com. December 13, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Clarke, Jimmo Added to UFC Winnipeg Card". TopMMANews.com. March 12, 2013. 
  18. ^ Ariel Helwani (2013-08-09). "Jimi Manuwa vs. Ryan Jimmo targeted for UFC's return to England". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  19. ^ Steven Marrocco. "UFC Fight Night 30 results: Ryan Jimmo injury results in TKO loss to Jimi Manuwa". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  20. ^ Keith Grienke. "Jimmo to Welcome Bosse to the UFC". TopMMANews.com. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  21. ^ John Morgan (2014-03-05). "Bosse out at TUF Nations Finale, promotion seeks new opponent for Jimmo". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  22. ^ Zane Simon (2014-03-06). "Report: UFC targeting Sean O'Connell to replace Steve Bosse at TUF Nations Finale". bloodyelbow. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  23. ^ Staff (2014-04-16). "TUF Nations Finale bonuses: Poirier, Corrasani earn 'Fight of the Night' awards". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  24. ^ Staff (2014-05-02). "Ryan Jimmo vs. Ovince St. Preux added to UFC 174 in Vancouver". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 

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