Ivan Salaverry

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Ivan Salaverry
Born (1971-01-11) January 11, 1971 (age 46)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 75.5 in (192 cm)
Style Wrestling
Fighting out of Seattle, Washington, United States
Team Ivan Salaverry MMA
Rank      Black prajied in muay thai
     Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 1999–2008, 2011–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 23
Wins 14
By knockout 5
By submission 5
By decision 4
Losses 9
By knockout 4
By submission 1
By decision 3
By disqualification 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ivan E. Salaverry (born January 11, 1971) is a Canadian mixed martial arts fighter and instructor. He is a member of Tito Ortiz's Team Punishment, and is known for his well-rounded skills. Salaverry is a middleweight veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, BAMMA and the now-defunct World Fighting Alliance. In 2008 Salaverry fought his last fight for the UFC at UFC 84, losing to Rousimar Palhares by armbar in the first round. In 2011, Salaverry decided to return to MMA after 3 years out.[1]

He is also notable for being a pioneer of the crucifix-style position from side control, which is often referred to as "The Salaverry" during Mixed Martial Arts broadcasts, particularly by UFC commentator Joe Rogan. He also holds notable wins over Andrei Semenov and Joe Riggs.

MMA career[edit]

Salaverry began his MMA career in August 1999. Over the next four years Salaverry acquired an 8-2 professional record, his most notable fight taking place in Japan for Shooto against Akihiro Gono, which he lost via KO in the first round. In 2002 Salaverry made his UFC debut defeating Russian fighter Andrei Semenov. Salaverry would continue to fight for the UFC, but struggled to find consistency. He lost by decision to Matt Lindland, submitted Tony Fryklund, choked out Joe Riggs, lost a decision to Nathan Marquardt, lost via TKO to Terry Martin and lost via armbar submission to Rousimar Palhares. After the Palhares fight, Ivan Salaverry announced his retirement from professional fighting with a 13-7 record.

Personal life[edit]

He opened his own gym, Ivan Salaverry MMA, October 2005, in Seattle, Washington, where he lives with his wife and two sons.[2]

In a recent interview he said:

"This could be it for me, I honestly can tell you. I had a very nice career. I've talked it over with my wife and family, and the priorities are really going into the school, teaching, maybe some promotions, creating a fight team. Things of that nature."[citation needed]

In what was believed at the time to be his last MMA fight, Salaverry took on Brazilian newcomer Rousimar Palhares at UFC 84 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 24, 2008, losing by Submission (armbar) at 2:36 of Round 1.

On June 23, 2008 he announced that he has hung up his gloves for good and will no longer compete as a professional fighter.

On 28 April 2011, it was announced that Salaverry would come out of retirement to replace the injured Phil Baroni at BAMMA 6. Here he fought Matt Ewin losing a disappointing decision.[3] On 21 July 2012, he fought Fraser Opie for the Cage Contender Light Heavyweight title[4] - coming in as a late replacement for former UFC fighter, Jeff Monson, who failed to make weight for the fight.[5] He lost this fight in the second round due to an illegal headkick.

On December 11, 2015 Salaverry was promoted to Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu by 5th Degree Black Belt Marcelo Alonso in Seattle.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–9 Jerome Jones Decision (unanimous) Cage Warrior Combat 9 November 2, 2013 3 5:00 Kent, Washington, United States
Loss 13–9 Fraser Opie DQ (illegal kick) Cage Contender XIV July 21, 2012 2 N/A Dublin, Ireland For the Cage Contender Light Heavyweight Championship, Salaverry kicked a downed Opie
Loss 13–8 Matt Ewin Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 6: Watson vs. Rua May 21, 2011 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 13–7 Rousimar Palhares Submission (armbar) UFC 84 May 24, 2008 1 2:36 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–6 Terry Martin TKO (slam and punches) UFC 71 May 26, 2007 1 2:04 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–5 Art Santore TKO (punches) WFA: King of the Streets July 22, 2006 2 4:18 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 12–5 Nate Marquardt Decision (unanimous) UFC Ultimate Fight Night August 6, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–4 Joe Riggs Submission (triangle choke) UFC 52 April 16, 2005 1 2:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–4 Tony Fryklund Submission (body triangle) UFC 50 October 22, 2004 1 1:36 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 10–4 Khaliun Boldbataar Decision (unanimous) K-1 Beast 2004 in Niigata March 14, 2004 2 5:00 Niigata, Japan
Loss 9–4 Rene Rooze TKO (dislocated finger) K-1 Survival 2003 Japan Grand Prix Final September 21, 2003 1 2:42 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 9–3 Matt Lindland Decision (unanimous) UFC 39 September 27, 2002 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 9–2 Andrei Semenov TKO (punches) UFC 37 May 10, 2002 3 2:27 Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
Win 8–2 John Renken TKO (strikes) HOOKnSHOOT - Overdrive March 9, 2002 1 0:23 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 7–2 Jason Rigsby Decision HOOKnSHOOT - Kings 2 November 18, 2001 2 5:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 6–2 Steve Heath TKO (cut) IFC - Warriors Challenge 15 August 31, 2001 1 2:54 Oroville, California, United States
Win 5–2 Dan Corpstein KO (knees) AMC: Revenge of the Warriors July 21, 2001 2 N/A Rochester, Washington, United States
Loss 4–2 Akihiro Gono KO (spinning back kick) Shooto - To The Top 1 January 19, 2001 1 3:06 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–1 Dan Corpstein Submission (rear-naked choke) AMC - Path of the Warrior December 2, 2000 2 0:52 Kirkland, Washington, United States
Loss 3–1 Adam Ryan KO (punches) Western Canada's Toughest 2 August 12, 2000 N/A N/A Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 3–0 Jason Derrah Submission (armbar) UFCF - Everett 1 June 24, 2000 2 N/A Everett, Washington, United States
Win 2–0 Auggie Padeken Decision (unanimous) SuperBrawl 17 April 15, 2000 2 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 1–0 Peter da Silva Submission PPKA: Wenatchee August 22, 1999 1 N/A Wenatchee, Washington, United States

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record
Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 0-0-1 Hiroki Kurosawa Decision draw K-1 Beast II 2003 July 29, 2003 3 3:00 Saitama, Japan

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome to BAMMA - Home". Bamma.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  2. ^ "UFC veteran Ivan Salaverry: Retirement comes with no regrets". MMAJUNKIE.com, by Kelly Crigger. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  3. ^ Bower, Mick (2011-05-21). "Watson Blasts 'Ninja,' Retains Title at BAMMA 6". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  4. ^ "XIV". Cage Contender. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  5. ^ "Opie To Face New Opponent As Monson Withdraws". Cage Contender. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 

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