James Edson Berto

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James Edson Berto
Born James Edson Berto
(1983-07-05) July 5, 1983 (age 34)
Gros-Morne, Haiti
Other names Little Tiger
Nationality Haitian-American
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Lightweight
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
Years active 2004–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 30
Wins 17
By knockout 4
By submission 10
By decision 3
Losses 12
By knockout 3
By submission 1
By decision 8
Draws 1
Other information
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.

Background[edit]

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.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Berto made his professional MMA debut in 2004 and compiled an overall record of 10-3-1 before being signed by EliteXC.

EliteXC[edit]

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.

Berto made his next EliteXC appearance at EliteXC: Street Certified on February 16, 2008 against Yves Edwards. Berto lost via knockout from a flying knee at the end of the first round.

Berto made his final EliteXC appearance in his next fight against Conor Heun at EliteXC: Heat on October 4, 2008. Berto lost via TKO in the second round.

Independent promotions[edit]

After the demise of EliteXC, Berto went 2-4 in the regional circuit before being signed by Bellator MMA.

Bellator MMA[edit]

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 then faced Patricky Freire at Bellator 107 on November 8, 2013. Berto lost via unanimous decision.

Berto made his next appearance and his Featherweight debut against Rad Martinez at Bellator 114 on March 28, 2014. Berto lost via decision.

Personal life[edit]

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.[2]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

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