James Edson Berto
|James Edson Berto|
|Born||James Edson Berto
July 5, 1983
|Other names||Little Tiger|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||69.0 in (175 cm)|
|Style||Boxing, Kickboxing, Shoot wrestling|
|Fighting out of||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Team||Tiger's World of Martial Arts|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
James Edson Berto, also known as Edson Berto (born July 5, 1983), is a Haitian-American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division. A professional competitor since 2004, Berto has formerly competed for Bellator MMA, Strikeforce, and EliteXC. Berto is the brother of professional boxer Andre Berto.
Originally from Haiti, Berto moved with his family and six younger siblings to Winter Haven, Florida at a young age. Berto began training in the martial arts when he was young, as his father, Diesuel, is a former professional boxer and mixed martial artist who competed at UFC 10. Also like his father, Berto competed in soccer at the professional level in Haiti.
Mixed martial arts career
Berto made his professional MMA debut in 2004 and compiled an overall record of 10-3-1 before being signed by EliteXC.
Berto faced John Shackleford on February 10, 2007 at EliteXC: Destiny. Berto won via TKO in the second round.
Berto next faced Victor Valenzuela at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni in an event co-promoted by Strikeforce and EliteXC on June 22, 2007. Berto won via submission in the first round.
Berto made his next appearance against KJ Noons for ShoXC's Elite Challenger Series on July 27, 2007. Berto was knocked out by a knee in the third round.
After the demise of EliteXC, Berto went 2-4 in the regional circuit before being signed by Bellator MMA.
Berto was originally scheduled to make his Bellator debut at Bellator 50 against Luis Palomino on September 17, 2011. However, the bout was cancelled when Palomino had to pull out due to a hand injury.
Berto instead made his Bellator debut at Bellator 94 against Bruno Carvalho on March 28, 2013. Berto won via submission in the first round.
Berto comes from a family of fighters; his father is a former professional boxer and mixed martial artist, his brother is professional boxer Andre Berto, and Berto's sister, Revelina, is a professional mixed martial artist as well. Berto also has another brother, Cleveland, who is a former Florida high school state wrestling champion who placed second in the NCAA national tournament in college.
Championships and accomplishments
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Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||17 wins||12 losses|
|Loss||17–12–1||Rad Martinez||Decision||Bellator 114||March 28, 2014||3||5:00||West Valley City, Utah, United States||Featherweight debut.|
|Loss||17-11-1||Patricky Freire||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 107||November 8, 2013||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||17-10-1||Bruno Carvalho||Submission (heel hook)||Bellator 94||March 28, 2013||1||1:27||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||16-10-1||Abel Trujillo||Submission (punches)||CFA 6||April 13, 2012||1||1:10||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Loss||16-9-1||Luis Palomino||Decision (unanimous)||W-1 MMA 7||October 15, 2011||3||5:00||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Win||16-8-1||Greg Loughran||Submission (heel hook)||AOF 7||April 3, 2010||1||2:05||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||15-8-1||Jason Ball||Decision (unanimous)||RFC 19||November 13, 2009||5||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||15-7-1||Jason Ball||Decision (split)||RFC 18||July 24, 2009||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||15-6-1||Edson Diniz||Decision (split)||RFC 16||February 27, 2009||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||14-6-1||Conor Heun||TKO (punches and elbows)||EliteXC: Heat||October 4, 2008||2||2:18||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Loss||14-5-1||Yves Edwards||KO (flying knee)||EliteXC: Street Certified||February 16, 2008||1||4:56||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||14-4-1||Josh Odom||Decision (unanimous)||RFC 10||November 10, 2007||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||13-4-1||Juan Barrantes||Decision (unanimous)||RFC 9||September 15, 2007||5||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||12-4-1||KJ Noons||KO (knee)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||July 27, 2007||3||0:45||Santa Ynez, California, United States|
|Win||12-3-1||Victor Valenzuela||Submission (heel hook)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni||June 22, 2007||1||0:47||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||11-3-1||John Shackleford||TKO (punches)||EliteXC: Destiny||February 10, 2007||2||2:27||Southaven, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||10-3-1||Chris Mickle||Submission (heel hook)||RFC 7||November 4, 2006||1||0:22||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||9-3-1||Mike Bogner||Submission (heel hook)||RFC 6||September 15, 2006||1||2:56||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||8-3-1||Brandon McConkey||TKO (punches)||RFC 5||June 2, 2006||2||4:25||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Draw||7-3-1||Matt Lee||Draw||AFC 16||April 22, 2006||2||5:00||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Win||7-3||Peter Kalvijec||Submission (heel hook)||RFC 4||February 10, 2006||1||1:08||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||6-3||Harris Norwood||Submission (heel hook)||RFC 3||November 11, 2005||1||4:42||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||5-3||Adriano Pereira||Decision (split)||AFC 13||July 30, 2005||2||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||5-2||Renat Myzabekov||Submission (heel hook)||RFC 2||July 22, 2005||1||2:49||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||4-2||Marshall Blevins||Submission (heel hook)||RCF: Punishment||May 21, 2005||2||1:40||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||3-2||Keith Wilson||Decision (unanimous)||RFC 1||February 18, 2005||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||3-1||Bryan Medlin||Decision (majority)||AFC 9||July 31, 2004||2||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||3-0||Chad Gauldin||TKO (punches)||AFC 8||May 1, 2004||1||2:55||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||2-0||Gregory Roberts||TKO||Obaktagon Challenge 1||April 10, 2004||3||1:15||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Win||1-0||Scott Johnson||Submission (punches)||AFC 7||February 27, 2004||1||4:59||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
- Mark Richards. "A Look At The Fighting Berto Family". adcombat.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18.
- "Edson Berto Returns To Tampa To Defend MMA Lightweight Title In Front of Hometown Fans". mma-zone.com.