Josh Grispi

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Josh Grispi
BornJosh Richard Grispi
(1988-10-14) October 14, 1988 (age 31)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Other namesThe Fluke
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Reach74.0 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofRockland, Massachusetts, United States
TeamSouth Shore Sportfighting
Years active2006–2014
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission7
By decision1
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision2
SpouseSabrina Grispi
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: June 18, 2017

Josh Richard Grispi (born October 14, 1988) is an American former professional mixed martial artist. A professional competitor from 2006 until 2014, he has competed for the UFC and WEC.


Grispi, a talented hockey player, was kicked out of many schools and even a paintball facility before venturing into mixed martial arts when he was 13 years old, following the advice of his father. Grispi went to South Shore Sportfighting. The sport grew on Grispi, and he began fighting in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, winning local tournaments while often being the youngest competitor.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

After beginning his career in 2006 and going 10-1 in smaller promotions, Grispi was signed by the WEC.

He made his promotional debut against Mark Hominick at WEC 32, locking in a rear-naked choke submission in the first round.[2] This was followed up by an early first round TKO victory over Micah Miller.[2]

His next fight came against former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver at WEC 41 on June 7, 2009. He won the fight via guillotine choke submission 33 seconds into the fight. Two days before the Pulver fight, Grispi injured his ankle while training, but agreed to fight anyway. He underwent surgery and returned in the summer of 2010.[3]

Grispi returned after a year off to face LC Davis on June 20, 2010 at WEC 49.[4] Grispi submitted Davis by guillotine choke submission at 2:33 of the first round, earning Submission of the Night honors.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Grispi was expected to face Erik Koch on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52.[6] However, 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]

He was expected to fight José Aldo at UFC 125 for the UFC Featherweight Championship but Aldo was forced to withdraw due to injury.[8] Risking his #1 contender status, Grispi instead fought late replacement Dustin Poirier at the event and lost via unanimous decision. Grispi suffered a jaw injury in the fight which sidelined him for 5 months.[9]

Grispi faced George Roop on June 4, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.[10] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.

Grispi was expected to face Matt Grice on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136.[11] However, Grispi was forced from the bout and replaced by Nam Phan.[12]

Grispi was expected to face Pablo Garza on August 4, 2012 at UFC on FOX 4.[13] However, Garza was forced out of the bout and replaced by Rani Yahya.[14] Grispi lost to Yahya after he tapped out to a north–south choke in the first round.

Grispi faced Andy Ogle on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barão vs. McDonald.[15] Grispi lost the fight via unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.[16]

Post-UFC career[edit]

After serving his sentence in jail, Grispi has returned to the mixed martial arts and was expected to face Bruce Boyington for NEF Lightweight Championship at NEF 42 on February 8, 2020.[17] However on January 20, 2020, news surfaced that Grispi was forced to withdraw from the bout due to legal complications and was replaced by Manny Bermudez.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Grispi filed for divorce while incarcerated and has a son and a daughter with ex wife Kaitlyn.[19] and is also a distant relative of legendary boxer Rocky Marciano. Aside from fighting, Grispi used to do construction work with his father.[20]

Legal Issues[edit]

As of August 6, 2014, Grispi is being held without bail on domestic abuse and assault charges against his wife. Grispi had first been arrested on August 1, 2014 and charged with multiple counts of improperly storing firearms near minors, as well as assault and battery on his wife. However, Grispi was released on August 4, 2014 after posting $2,000 bail.[19] That same day, Grispi allegedly assaulted his wife again by punching and kicking her repeatedly, as well as sending his bull terrier dog who had been trained to attack her after her. However, his wife was able to escape and reach a neighbor's house to receive help. The neighbor then called police to report the assault.[19][21] The police searched Grispi's house and found 20 marijuana plants and 15 grams of cocaine.[21] Grispi's wife told police her husband had been abusive to her for the past two years in their three-year marriage. One officer described the event as "the worst case of domestic abuse I've ever seen." On June 16, 2017 Grispi was handed a 5-1/2-year jail term for his crimes and five years for probation once he is released. [21] On June 16, 2017, Grispi was convicted on 25 of 29 charges in Plymouth County Superior Court in Brockton, Massachusetts. He received a sentence of 5-1/2 years of incarceration and 5 years of probation upon release. Several charges, such as witness intimidation and witness tampering, related to behavior while incarcerated and awaiting trial, were added.[22]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
19 matches 14 wins 5 losses
By knockout 6 1
By submission 7 2
By decision 1 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–5 Andy Ogle Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Barão vs. McDonald February 16, 2013 3 5:00 London, England, United Kingdom
Loss 14–4 Rani Yahya Submission (north/south choke) UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera August 4, 2012 1 3:15 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 14–3 George Roop TKO (body punch) The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale June 4, 2011 3 3:14 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 14–2 Dustin Poirier Decision (unanimous) UFC 125 January 1, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–1 LC Davis Technical submission (guillotine choke) WEC 49 June 20, 2010 1 2:33 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Submission of the Night.
Win 13–1 Jens Pulver Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 41 June 7, 2009 1 0:33 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 12–1 Micah Miller TKO (punches) WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura August 3, 2008 1 0:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–1 Mark Hominick Technical submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 32: Condit vs. Prater February 18, 2008 1 2:55 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Win 10–1 Spencer Paige KO (head kick) FFP: Untamed 18 December 15, 2007 1 0:11 Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Win 9–1 Paul Gorman Submission (triangle choke) FFP: Untamed 14 June 16, 2007 1 2:29 Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Win 8–1 Glen Medeiras KO (punches) RF: Domination April 28, 2007 1 0:40 Concord, New Hampshire, United States
Win 7–1 Charlie Murphy Submission (armbar) WFL 16: Moment of Truth 2 March 31, 2007 1 N/A Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 6–1 Fernando Bernandino Decision (majority) FFP: Untamed 10 March 10, 2007 3 5:00 Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Win 5–1 Edward Odquina Submission (armbar) WFL 15: Winter Brawl 2007 February 3, 2007 1 1:11 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 4–1 Henrique Bilcalho Submission (heel hook) CZ 19: Above and Beyond December 2, 2006 1 1:32 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 4–0 Eddie Felix TKO (punches) FFP: Untamed 8 November 18, 2006 1 0:49 Mansfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win 3–0 Cylde Ganthier KO (punches) WFL 12: Calloway Cup 3 October 28, 2006 1 N/A Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 2–0 Dan Bonnell Submission (guillotine choke) CZ 18 October 14, 2006 1 0:27 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 Nick Zimmerman TKO (punches) RF: Invasion September 26, 2006 1 0:18 Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Josh Grispi". Retrieved 2011-03-24.
  2. ^ a b "Relentless Mike Brown outlasts Urijah Faber, retains title in WEC 41 main event". June 7, 2009.
  3. ^ "WEC Featherweight Josh Grispi Rehabbing From Ankle Surgery". Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  4. ^ "Josh Grispi makes return against L.C. Davis on WEC 49 main card". Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  5. ^ "WEC 49 bonuses: Hominick, Jabouin, Wineland and Grispi each earn $10k awards". June 21, 2010. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "Josh Grispi vs. Erik Koch targeted for WEC 52 in November". Retrieved 2010-09-16.
  7. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". October 28, 2010. Archived from the original on May 25, 2012.
  8. ^ "With Jose Aldo out, Dustin Poirier faces Josh Grispi at UFC 125". 2010-11-24.
  9. ^ "UFC 125 medical suspensions: Nasal fractures hit Edgar, Vera, Davis, and Baroni". 2011-01-03.
  10. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 Finale: Josh Grispi vs George Roop booked for June 4 in Las Vegas". 2011-02-13.
  11. ^ "UFC 136: Josh Grispi vs Matt Grice possible for Oct. 8 in Houston, Texas". 2011-07-14.
  12. ^ Pennick, Jamie (August 11, 2011). "Josh Grispi out of UFC 136, Nam Phan steps up to face Matt Grice in Houston". Retrieved August 11, 2011.
  13. ^ "UFC on FOX 4 adds Grispi-Garza". Archived from the original on May 24, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  14. ^ "UFC on FOX 4 gets Josh Grispi vs Rani Yahya". Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  15. ^ John Petit (2012-12-04). "Josh Grispi and Andy Ogle Fighting in London". Archived from the original on 2014-05-04. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  16. ^ Staff (February 20, 2013). "UFC releases Jon Fitch, Vladimir Matyushenko, 14 others". Archived from the original on February 22, 2013.Poor Grispi:'(
  17. ^ Nolan King (November 12, 2019). "Ex-UFC fighter Josh Grispi books first fight since 2014 domestic violence arrest".
  18. ^ Nolan King (January 20, 2020). "Ex-UFC fighter Josh Grispi pulled from MMA return due to 'legal complications'".
  19. ^ a b c Benjamin Paulin. "Middleboro UFC fighter denied bail after vicious beating of wife - News - The Taunton Daily Gazette, Taunton, MA - Taunton, MA". Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  20. ^ "The Roller Coaster Ride of Josh Grispi's Life". Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  21. ^ a b c Benjamin Paulin. "Middleboro UFC fighter denied bail after vicious beating of wife - News - The Taunton Daily Gazette, Taunton, MA - Taunton, MA". Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  22. ^ Cody Shepard. "Middleboro UFC fighter sentenced to jail for abusing wife - News - The Enterprise, Brockton, MA - Brockton, MA". Retrieved 2019-04-07.

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