Fredson Paixão

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Fredson Paixão
Born (1979-05-13) May 13, 1979 (age 38)
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, MMA
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Team Fredson Paixão Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association
Gracie Barra Combat Team
Rank      4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 11
By knockout 1
By submission 6
By decision 4
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By decision 4
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Fredson Paixão Melo (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈfɾɛdʒisõ pajˈʃɐ̃w̃]; born May 13, 1979) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor. He has competed as a featherweight in the United States at the UFC and WEC, DEEP in Japan, and Jungle Fight in Brazil. He is a four-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu professor who teaches in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has affiliate schools in California, United States, and Okinawa, Japan under the Fredson Paixao Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association banner. He is a former member of the Gracie Barra Combat Team.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[edit]

Paixão is one of the top grapplers in the world earning his black belt under Grand Master Osvaldo Alves in 1998. He is one of only two people to ever be skipped from purple belt straight to black belt.[1]

He has won multiple World Championships as a black belt. He took first place in the Worlds in 1998 (as purple belt); and 2001, 2002, and 2005 (as black belt). In addition, he finished second (silver medal) in 2004. He is also a nine-time Brazilian National Champion.

In May 2010, Paixão defeated Caol Uno (who is a BJJ black belt, Judo black belt, shoot wrestler, and UFC veteran) in a No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu superfight at the UFC Fan Expo held in Las Vegas at UFC 114.[2]

Mixed Martial Arts career[edit]

Paixão made his WEC debut, losing a unanimous decision to Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 40. Paixao originally suffered a split decision loss to Cole Province at WEC 42, but the result was changed to a 'No Contest' after Province tested positive for banned substances during a post-fight screening.[3]

Paixão was expected to face Bryan Caraway on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47,[4] but Caraway was forced off the card with an injury. Paixão instead faced Courtney Buck[5] and won via first round submission.

Paixão defeated Caraway via split decision at WEC 50.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[7]

Paixão has the distinction of being part of the very first featherweight fight in UFC history. His UFC debut was against Pablo Garza at The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale.[8] Though Paixão was knocked out in the first round by a flying knee from Garza and released from the promotion, he continues to be the personal BJJ coach to many UFC executives and fighters.

Personal life[edit]

Paixão has a daughter named Emma.[9]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–5 (1) Lance Palmer Decision (split) RFA 4: Griffin vs. Escudero November 2, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–4 (1) Pablo Garza KO (flying knee) The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale December 4, 2010 1 0:51 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States First Featherweight fight in UFC history.
Win 11–3 (1) Bryan Caraway Decision (split) WEC 50 August 18, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–3 (1) Courtney Buck Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 47 March 6, 2010 1 2:39 Columbus, Ohio, United States
NC 9–3 (1) Cole Province No Contest WEC 42 August 9, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Originally split decision loss; changed to NC; Province failed post fight drug test.
Loss 9–3 Wagnney Fabiano Decision (unanimous) WEC 40 April 5, 2009 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States WEC debut.
Win 9–2 Mitch Coats Submission Knockout Promotions 2009[10] March 20, 2009 1 4:58 Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 8–2 Thomas Denny Submission (armbar) GFC: Evolution May 19, 2007 1 4:32 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 7–2 Masakazu Imanari Decision (majority) Deep: 25 Impact August 4, 2006 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 6–2 Marcos Galvão Decision Jungle Fight 6 April 29, 2006 3 Manaus, Brazil
Win 6–1 Mike French Submission (armbar) GFC: Team Gracie vs. Team Hammer House March 3, 2006 2 0:42 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 5–1 Miljan Djurasinovic Submission (rear-naked choke) Jungle Fight 5 November 26, 2005 1 Manaus, Brazil
Win 4–1 Jean Robert Monier Submission (rear-naked choke) Jungle Fight 4 May 21, 2005 3 Manaus, Brazil
Win 3–1 Fábio Mello Decision (unanimous) Jungle Fight 3 October 23, 2004 3 5:00 Manaus, Brazil
Win 2–1 Andre Rodrigues TKO Papucaia Fight 1 September 11, 2004 Papucaia, Brazil
Loss 1–1 Yoshiro Maeda Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Brave 7 August 22, 2004 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 1–0 Rani Yahya Decision Jungle Fight 2 May 15, 2004 3 5:00 Manaus, Brazil

Championships and achievements[edit]


Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Osvaldo Alves.

4 time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion: 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005

9 time Brazilian National Champion: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

See also[edit]


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