May 13, 1979 |
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|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||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu4th degree black belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
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.
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.
Mixed Martial Arts career
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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. 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.
Paixão has a daughter named Emma.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||11 wins||5 losses|
|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||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
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
- http://www.fredsonpaixaobjj.com/ Archived May 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Fredson Paixão taps out Caol Uno". graciemag.com. 2010-05-31.
- "Province: 'Definitely Guilty' of Ingesting Banned Substance". sherdog.com. 2009-08-17.
- "Caraway vs. Paixão latest addition to WEC card". mmaweekly.com. 2010-01-28.
- "Courtney Buck Replaces Bryan Caraway, Fights Fredson Paixão at WEC 47". mmafrenzy.com. 2010-02-11.
- "Bryan Caraway Vs. Fredson Paixao Added To WEC 50". bleacherreport.com. 2010-06-16.
- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-10-31.
- "Pablo Garza vs. Fredson Paixao in the works for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale". mmajunkie.com. November 4, 2010.
- "Fredson Paixao: Little Bark, Plenty of Bite". WEC.tv. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
- "Knockout Promotions 03/20/09 Official Results". Mixedmartialarts.com. March 20, 2009.