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July 14, 1974 |
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Fighting out of||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Falaniko "Niko" Vitale is an American mixed martial artist. He competes in the Middleweight division and has fought in the UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, the IFL, and King of the Cage. He is the former SuperBrawl Middleweight Champion, and also won the X-1 Middleweight Tournament.
Vitale was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and is a native of Waipahu, Hawaii. He is of mixed Samoan, Chinese, German, and Portuguese descent. He graduated from Waipahu High School and was a star defensive back in football, going on to play for the University of Hawaii.
Mixed martial arts career
Vitale made his professional debut in 1999 against future UFC veteran Aaron Riley and won via TKO. Vitale would then go on to win his next three fights, his fourth career bout being his King of the Cage debut, before being handed his first professional loss by Japanese fighter Yasuhito Namekawa by a guillotine choke submission in the RINGS organization. He compiled a career record of 13-2 with only one fight outside of his Hawaii (his King of the Cage debut in California) before making his UFC debut.
Vitale made his UFC debut at UFC 43 against Olympic wrestler Matt Lindland in Nevada and won in a spectacular and very unusual slam knockout in which Lindland attempted to slam Vitale but landed on his own head knocking himself out. Vitale then mounted Lindland and the referree stopped the match. Two fights later, the two would have a rematch at UFC 45, which would result in a loss for Vitale after he submitted due to strikes.
In his next fight Vitale bounced back with a win over former UFC Middleweight Champion Dave Menne via unanimous decision. Two fights later, Vitale defeated future UFC veteran Yushin Okami via split decision.
Three fights after his loss to Horn, Vitale made his Strikeforce debut, winning after his opponent submitted due to strikes. In his next fight under the Strikeforce banner, Vitale lost to Trevor Prangley via referee decision. Three fights later, Vitale returned in a bout against Frank Trigg which he lost via unanimous decision.
King of the Cage
Vitale would return over a year later against Elmer Waterhen at KOTC - Ali'is on July 14, 2012. Vitale won via TKO in the first round.
Vitale is married and has four children. He and his family are Christians.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|40 matches||30 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||30–11||Jaime Jara||Submission (rear-naked choke)||X-1: Jara vs. Vitale||September 26, 2014||2||N/A||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||30–10||Elmer Waterhen||TKO (punches)||KOTC - Ali'is||July 14, 2012||1||3:36||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||29–10||Hector Lombard||KO (punch)||Bellator 44||May 14, 2011||3||0:54||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||29–9||Dylan Clay||KO (punch)||X-1 Events: Champions III||March 12, 2011||1||3:04||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||28–9||Kala Hose||Submission (ezekiel choke)||X-1 Events: Heroes||September 11, 2010||4||2:26||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||27–9||Kalib Starnes||Submission (ezekiel choke)||X-1 Events: Champions II||March 20, 2010||1||2:22||Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||26–9||Frank Trigg||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Payback||October 3, 2008||3||5:00||Colorado, United States|
|Win||26–8||Ricky Shivers||TKO (cut)||X-1 Events: Champions||January 26, 2008||1||0:49||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||25–8||Joey Guel||Decision (unanimous)||X-1 Events: Champions||January 26, 2008||3||Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||24–8||Trevor Prangley||Decision (referee decision)||Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives||November 16, 2007||2||2:12||California, United States|
|Win||24–7||Ron Fields||Submission (strikes)||Strikeforce: Playboy Mansion||September 29, 2007||1||3:02||California, United States|
|Win||23–7||Steve Renaud||Submission (strikes)||X-1: Grand Prix 2007||August 4, 2007||1||0:43||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||22–7||Mavrick Harvey||Submission (strikes)||X-1: Extreme Fighting 2||March 17, 2007||1||2:41||Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||21–7||Jeremy Horn||Decision (split)||IFL: Oakland||January 19, 2007||5||4:00||California, United States|
|Win||21–6||Tony Williams||KO||Extreme Wars 5: Battlegrounds||October 6, 2006||1||2:48||Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||20–6||Robbie Lawler||KO (punches)||Icon Sport: Lawler vs. Niko 2||February 25, 2006||1||3:38||Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||20–5||Jason Miller||Submission (rear naked choke)||Icon Sport: Opposites Attract||October 28, 2005||2||2:41||Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||20–4||Robbie Lawler||KO (punches)||Superbrawl: Icon||July 23, 2005||2||4:36||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||20–3||Masanori Suda||KO (punch)||SB 39: Destiny||April 9, 2005||1||4:07||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||19–3||Ron Fields||Submission (heel hook)||SuperBrawl 38||December 12, 2004||1||3:48||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||18–3||Yushin Okami||Decision (split)||SuperBrawl 36||June 18, 2004||3||5:00||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||17–3||Keith Winters||Submission (toe hold)||SuperBrawl 34||March 28, 2004||1||1:24||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||16–3||Dave Menne||Decision (unanimous)||SuperBrawl 33||February 7, 2004||3||5:00||Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||15–3||Matt Lindland||Submission (strikes)||UFC 45||November 21, 2003||3||4:23||Connecticut, United States|
|Win||15–2||Justin Ellison||KO||SuperBrawl 31||September 20, 2003||1||2:35||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||14–2||Matt Lindland||KO (slam)||UFC 43||June 6, 2003||1||1:56||Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–2||Tyrone Roberts||Submission (toe hold)||SuperBrawl 28||February 8, 2003||2||1:26||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||12–2||Sean McCully||Submission||SuperBrawl 27||November 9, 2002||1||0:51||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||11–2||Pascal Gosselin||Submission (armbar)||UCC Hawaii: Eruption in Hawaii||September 17, 2002||1||2:00||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||10–2||Charlie Wesr||Submission (toe hold)||Force Fighting Championships 1||May 18, 2002||2||1:15||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||9–2||Jason Drexel||Submission (kimura)||SuperBrawl 23||March 9, 2002||1||3:05||Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||8–2||Sean Gray||TKO (punches)||Warriors Quest 3: Punishment in Paradise||December 1, 2001||1||3:47||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||8–1||John Renken||TKO||SuperBrawl 22||November 2, 2001||1||2:29||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||7–1||Todd Medina||Decision (unanimous)||Warriors Quest 1: The New Beginning||May 29, 2001||3||5:00||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||6–1||Dennis Reed||Submission (armbar)||SuperBrawl 21||May 24, 2001||1||0:43||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||5–1||Ricardo Barros||TKO||Warriors of the New Millennium 2||November 24, 2000||1||3:44||Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||4–1||Yasuhito Namekawa||Submission (guillotine choke)||Rings USA: Rising Stars Block B||July 22, 2000||2||0:27||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||4–0||Aaron Torres||Submission (armbar)||KOTC 4 - Gladiators||June 24, 2000||1||2:21||California, United States|
|Win||3–0||Ahmad Reese||Submission (strikes)||Rage in the Cage 3||January 18, 2000||1||1:41||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||2–0||Phil Ortiz||Submission (armbar)||SuperBrawl 15||December 7, 1999||1||2:39||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||1–0||Aaron Riley||TKO||RITC 2: Marching of the Warriors||October 15, 1999||1||7:06||Hawaii, United States|
- "Champ Hector Lombard meets Falaniko Vitale in Bellator 44 non-title bout". MMAjunkie. Archived from the original on 2011-02-25.