November 27, 1981
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
|Other names||Big Deal|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||72.0 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||
Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaGilbert, Arizona, United States
|Team||Power MMA Team|
|Rank||2nd degree Black belt in Chitō-ryū Karate|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
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 shown 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.
Mixed martial arts career
Maximum Fighting Championship
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 Power MMA and Fitness in Gilbert, Arizona.
The Ultimate Fighter
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"
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
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.
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).
Jimmo's most notable fight at that point of his career was against Wilson Gouveia at MFC 25. 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.
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.
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. 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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
For his second fight with the promotion, Jimmo faced James Te-Huna on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald. 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 was expected face UFC newcomer Steve Bossé at the The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale on April 16, 2014 in Quebec City. However, Bossé was forced to pull out of the bout citing an injury. Jimmo instead faced UFC newcomer Sean O'Connell. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned Jimmo his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Maximum Fighting Championship
- MFC Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Most Consecutive Title Defenses (Two)
- Most fights in MFC history (Eleven)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||19 wins||4 losses|
|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; Tied Fastest KO in UFC history|
|Win||16–1||Rameau 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|
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- "Lashley, Prangley victorious at MFC". sherdog.com. May 16, 2009.
- "Lutter edges MacDonald; Alessio KOs Fioravanti". sherdog.com. October 3, 2009.
- "Leites, MacDonald win at MFC 23". sherdog.com. December 5, 2009.
- "Gouveia-Jimmo signed for MFC". sherdog.com.
- "Top 10 questions for MFC 25". sherdog.com. April 26, 2010.
- "Leites subs Taylor; Jimmo outpoints Gouveia at MFC 25". sherdog.com. May 8, 2010.
- "Exclusive: Ryan "Big Deal" Jimmo's camp explain why they turned down MFC Light Heavyweight title shot". cagepotato.com. October 7, 2010.
- "Jimmo vs Lewis for LHW Title". topmmanews.com. February 25, 2011.
- "Jimmo Re-signs, Defends Title at MFC 29". topmmanews.com. March 10, 2011.
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- "Jimmo UFC Debut Postponed". topmmanews.com. January 13, 2012.
- "Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh added to UFC 149 in Calgary". mmajunkie.com. 2 May 2012.
- "James Te Huna vs. Ryan Jimmo Added to UFC on Fuel 7 in England". mmaweekly.com. December 13, 2012.
- "Clarke, Jimmo Added to UFC Winnipeg Card". TopMMANews.com. March 12, 2013.
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