May 7, 1979|
Point Pleasant, New Jersey, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||71.5 in (182 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Point Pleasant, New Jersey|
|Team||Kurt Pellegrino Mixed Martial Arts Academy|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Marcelo Garcia|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Pellegrino runs his own MMA Academy in Belmar, New Jersey in which he has many up and coming fighters including Jeff Lentz, Steven Deangelis, Lester Caslow and fellow former UFC fighter Greg Soto. He lives and trains in New Jersey and also trains with Kenny Florian's camp in Boston, Massachusetts. Pellegrino trained previously at the Armory in Jupiter, Florida with Justin Haskins, Eduardo Guedes, and Raphael Chaves. Prior to the Armory, he trained with Ricardo Almeida, a world-famous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor at a Renzo Gracie affiliate school. He wrestled for Point Pleasant Boro High School and placed second in the state in his junior and senior year. Pellegrino was a two-time wrestling state finalist. He opened Kurt Pellegrino's MMA School in Belmar, New Jersey in 2008.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
The Italian-American Pellegrino fought Alberto Crane at UFC Fight Night on January 23, 2008, who he defeated via second round TKO. The fight was notable as the only preliminary bout aired on the televised card. He received Fight of the Night award for this fight. Also, Pellegrino had a tooth knocked out early in the fight, which actually ripped a hole in his mouth, under his lip, and still went on to win, impressing fans and commentators alike.
Despite a strong first round, Pellegrino was defeated by TUF 5 winner Nate Diaz via triangle choke at UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2, 2008, in Broomfield, Colorado. As Diaz locked up the choke, he had time to flex for the crowd and throw up double middle fingers before Pellegrino submitted.
He defeated Thiago Tavares, in a preliminary bout at UFC 88: Breakthrough. Pellegrino bloodied Tavares' face in the first round and went on to win by a unanimous decision (29–28, 29–27, 29–27). There was a small controversy in the fight, as it appeared that Tavares submitted to an armbar in the second round, but the referee did not stop the bout, causing boos from the audience. The fight was awarded Fight of the Night honors and was voted by UFC as the #2 best fight of 2008.
Pellegrino's next fight was against Australian standout, George Sotiropoulos in which he lost by unanimous decision  at UFC 116 on July 3. Pellegrino tore his ACL and meniscus in the 1st round. Two weeks after the fight he underwent two surgeries to repair his meniscus and to replace his ACL.
On May 31, 2011, Pellegrino decided not to renew his contract with the UFC and to leave MMA for the time being.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Pellegrino made his return to MMA and by signing with Bellator Fighting Championships. He fought Patricky Freire at Bellator 59 on November 26 and lost via TKO in the first round. During his post-fight interview, Pellegrino once again announced his retirement from MMA.
Mixed Martial Arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Reality Fighting
- Reality Fighting Lightweight Championship (One time)
- Amateur Wrestling:
- New Jersey State Wrestling Finalist (Two time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||16 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||16–7||Patricky Freire||TKO (punches)||Bellator 59||November 26, 2011||1||0:50||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||16–6||Gleison Tibau||Decision (split)||UFC 128||March 19, 2011||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||16–5||George Sotiropoulos||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 116||July 3, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–4||Fabrício Camões||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 111||March 27, 2010||2||4:20||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Win||15–4||Josh Neer||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 101||August 8, 2009||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||14–4||Rob Emerson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens||February 7, 2009||2||3:14||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||13–4||Thiago Tavares||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 88||September 6, 2008||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||12–4||Nate Diaz||Submission (flying triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon||April 2, 2008||2||3:06||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||12–3||Alberto Crane||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Swick vs. Burkman||January 23, 2008||2||1:55||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Joe Stevenson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 74||August 25, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–2||Nate Mohr||Submission (achilles lock)||UFC Fight Night: Stevenson vs. Guillard||April 5, 2007||1||2:58||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Win||10–2||Junior Assunção||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 64: Unstoppable||October 14, 2006||1||2:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–2||Jesse Chilton||Submission (guillotine choke)||Absolute Fighting Championships 18||August 26, 2006||1||3:35||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Loss||8–2||Drew Fickett||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 61: Bitter Rivals||July 8, 2006||3||1:20||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–1||Vadim Kulchitskiy||Submission (guillotine choke)||Reality Fighting 11||February 11, 2006||1||N/A||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||7–1||Kazuki Okubo||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Euphoria: USA vs. Japan||November 5, 2005||1||0:38||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||6–1||Steve Kinnison||Submission (rear naked choke)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 20||September 24, 2005||N/A||N/A||Racine, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||5–1||Sergey Golyaev||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Euphoria: USA vs. Russia||May 14, 2005||1||3:24||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4–1||Jay R. Palmer||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ring of Combat 7||November 20, 2004||1||3:16||Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Satoru Kitaoka||Submission (guillotine choke)||Pancrase: 2004 Neo-Blood Tournament Semifinals||July 25, 2004||2||0:34||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Muhsin Corbbrey||Decision (unanimous)||Reality Fighting 6||April 3, 2004||3||5:00||Wildwood, New Jersey, United States||Won Reality Fighting Lightweight Championship|
|Win||2–0||Jay Isip||Submission (armbar)||Reality Fighting 5||November 1, 2003||1||3:38||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1–0||Mac Danzig||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 4||August 31, 2002||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
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