Tony DeSouza

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Tony De Souza
Born (1974-07-26) July 26, 1974 (age 39)
Lima, Peru
Other names Peruvian Savage, Peruvian Mad Man, El Mendigo
Nationality Peruvian
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Division Welterweight
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Lima, Peru
Team Nova União
Attitude and Fitness Fight Club
Sniper Gym
Rank black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2000-2007, 2012-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 11
By knockout 1
By submission 7
By decision 3
Losses 4
By knockout 4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Tony DeSouza (born July 26, 1974) is a Peruvian professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.[1]

Biography and career[edit]

His style of fighting is a blend of freestyle wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. De Souza competed in wrestling throughout his high school and college years in Los Angeles. He learned Brazilian jiu jitsu under John Lewis and Andre Pederneiras. De Souza's trademark submission is a modified guillotine choke known as the Peruvian Necktie. C.B. Dollaway used this choke to defeat Jesse Taylor at UFC: Silva vs. Irvin.

He calls his style of fighting Cholitzu, which came about by fusing the words jiu jitsu and cholo, a term which generally refers to people with various amounts of Amerindian racial ancestry.

He appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 5, the fifth season of the Ultimate Fighting Championship produced reality television series The Ultimate Fighter. On the show, DeSouza was the wrestling coach of Team Penn, the team coached by BJ Penn. He coached next to BJ Penn. He managed to expand jiu-jitsu to Gray Maynard and Joe Lauzon.

To date, DeSouza has a professional mixed martial arts record of eleven wins and four losses. DeSouza lives in Cuzco, Peru.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–4 PerrogonLuis Perrogon Submission (rear naked choke) MMA Nemesis 1 December 13, 2012 1 1:20 La Paz, Bolivia
Loss 10–4 CarneiroRoan Carneiro TKO (punches) UFC 79 December 29, 2007 2 3:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–3 AlvezThiago Alves KO (knee) UFC 66 December 30, 2006 2 1:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Alves tested positive for banned diuretics.
Win 10–2 HazelettDustin Hazelett Submission (kimura) Ortiz vs Shamrock 3 - The Final Chapter October 10, 2006 1 3:59 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 9–2 MonteiroFabricio Monteiro Decision (majority) Gold Fighters Championship 1 May 20, 2006 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 8–2 BandeiraVitelmo Kubis Bandeira Submission (kneebar) Jungle Fight 6 April 29, 2006 1 4:38 Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Loss 7–2 DiazAngelo Diaz TKO (cut) South American Open April 15, 2005 1 N/A Lima, Peru
Win 7–1 LimaCarlos Lima Submission (arm triangle choke) Jungle Fight 3 October 23, 2004 2 0:32 Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Win 6–1 AzeredoLuiz Azeredo Decision (split) Meca World Vale Tudo 11 June 5, 2004 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 5–1 LavenderChatt Lavender TKO (cut) World Fighting Alliance 1 November 3, 2001 1 3:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 4–1 NakaoJutaro Nakao KO (punch) UFC 33 September 28, 2001 2 0:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 RodriguezPaul Rodriguez Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 32 June 29, 2001 1 1:05 Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 BergerSteve Berger Decision (unanimous) UFC 31 May 4, 2001 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 TanarioKenneth Tanario Submission (toe hold) Gladiator Challenge 1 December 9, 2000 1 0:56 California, United States
Win 1–0 MelendezBen Melendez Submission (strikes) CFF - The Cobra Classic 2000 August 26, 2000 1 0:55 Anza, California, United States


  1. ^ "Tony DeSouza ("The Peruvian Savage")". Tapology. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 

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