Mário Sperry

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Mário Sperry
Born (1966-09-28) September 28, 1966 (age 49)
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Other names The Zen Machine
Nationality Brazilian
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 100 kg (220 lb; 16 st)
Division Heavyweight
Fighting out of Boca Raton, Florida
Team Imperial Athletics
Rank 5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
black belt in Judo
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 13
By knockout 3
By submission 7
By decision 3
Losses 4
By knockout 3
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

José Mário Sperry (born September 28, 1966) is a Brazilian heavyweight mixed martial artist. His specialty is Brazilian jiu-jitsu, grappling and ground fighting.


Born in a wealthy family and coming from a military college, Sperry started his martial arts career learning judo under master Georges Mehdi, expanding his training to Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Carlson Gracie when he was a brown belt. Mario earned his black belt in this art at the 1995 World BJJ Championships, where he entered and won the heavyweight black belt division. He won again in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

In late 1998 Mario Sperry became the first fighter in history to make a Gracie submit in a match when he defeated Royler Gracie in Brazil by koshi-jime or "clock choke". He became the first World Submission Grappling Champion, a title he held for three consecutive years.

Sperry has also competed in mixed martial arts, with wins over such fighters as Vernon White and Igor Vovchanchyn. He is also one of the founders of the Brazilian Top Team, where he trained fighters such as Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Antônio Rogério Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, and Paulo Filho, among others.

Grappling credentials[edit]

ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships

ADCC 2013 Superfight: Defeated Fabio Gurgel

ADCC 2011 Superfight: Defeated Renzo Gracie

ADCC 2000 Superfight: Defeated Roberto Traven

ADCC 1999 Superfight: Defeated Enson Inoue

ADCC 1998 88–98 kg: 1st place Absolute: 1st place

Record of opponents:

CBJJ World Championships

1999 Black Belt Absolute: =3rd Place Black Belt Super Pesado = 2nd Place

1998 Black Belt Absolut =1st Place

1997 Black Belt Super-Pesado: 1st Place Black Belt Absolute: =3rd Place

1996 Black Belt Pesadissimo: 1st Place

Personal life[edit]

Mario has a daughter who was born in March 2005.[1] Sperry is also an avid competitive surfer.[2] Aside from his fighting career, he has a degree in economics.[3]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

  • Black Belt World Mundial Champion 1996, 1997, and 1998.
  • Brazilian National Black Belt Heavyweight Champion 1994 and 1995.
  • Voted Best Purple Belt in Brazil by the Brazilian Confederation in 1990.
  • Voted Best Brown Belt in Brazil by the Brazilian Confederation 1992.

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

  • Coliseum 2000
    • Coliseum 2000 Heavyweight Championship (1 Time)
  • Extreme Fighting
    • Extreme Fighting Middleweight Tournament Runner Up
  • Martial Arts Reality Super Fight
    • Martial Arts Reality Super Fight Championship (1 Time)
  • Ultimate Caged Combat
    • 1997 Ultimate Caged Combat Overall Championship Tournament Winner
  • Other
    • Vale Tudo Super Fight Champion at the Titanic Duel in Brazil 1995

Submission Grappling Accomplishments[edit]

  • Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Competition Heavyweight and Absolute Class Champion 1998
  • Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Competition Superfight Champion 1999.
  • Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Competition Superfight Champion 2000.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13-4 Lee Hasdell Submission (rear naked choke) Cage Rage 22 July 14, 2007 1 1:39 London, England
Loss 12-4 Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (punches) Pride 31 - Dreamers February 26, 2006 1 1:20 Saitama, Japan
Win 12-3 Hirotaka Yokoi TKO (knees) PRIDE 29 February 20, 2005 1 9:08 Saitama, Japan
Win 11-3 Mike Bencic KO (punch) PRIDE Bushido 2 February 15, 2004 1 0:11 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 10-3 Yuki Kondo TKO (doctor stoppage) PRIDE Shockwave 2003 December 31, 2003 1 3:27 Saitama, Japan
Win 10-2 Andrei Kopylov TKO (cut) PRIDE 22 September 29, 2002 1 6:02 Japan
Win 9-2 Wataru Sakata Decision (unanimous) UFO: Legend August 8, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 8-2 Murilo Rua Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 20 April 28, 2002 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 8-1 Igor Vovchanchyn Submission (arm-triangle choke) PRIDE 17 November 3, 2001 1 2:52 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7-1 Hiromitsu Kanehara Decision (majority) C2K Colosseum 2000 May 26, 2000 3 5:00 Japan Won Coliseum 2000 Heavyweight Championship
Win 6-1 Chris Haseman Submission(punches) Caged Combat 1 - Australian Ultimate Fighting March 22, 1997 1 1:12 Sydney, Australia Won Caged Combat 1 Tournament
Win 5-1 Neil Bodycote Submission(punches) Caged Combat 1 - Australian Ultimate Fighting March 22, 1997 1 0:47 Sydney, Australia Caged Combat 1 Semifinals
Win 4-1 Vernon White Decision (unanimous) Caged Combat 1 - Australian Ultimate Fighting March 13, 1997 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia Caged Combat 1 First Round
Win 3-1 Andrey Dudko Submission(kimura) MARS - Martial Arts Reality Superfighting November 22, 1996 1 4:15 Alabama, United States Won MARS Superfight Championship
Loss 2-1 Igor Zinoviev TKO (doctor stoppage) Extreme Fighting 1 November 18, 1995 1 11:39 North Carolina, United States EDC Middleweight Tournament finals
Win 2-0 Rudyard Moncayo Submission(punches) Extreme Fighting 1 November 18, 1995 1 2:42 North Carolina, United States EFC Middleweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 1-0 Jose Balduino Submission (strikes) Duelo de Titas 1 September 1, 1995 N/A N/A Brazil

Submission grappling record[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Win Brazil Fabio Gurgel Decision ADCC 2013 Absolute 2013
Win Brazil Renzo Gracie Points ADCC 2011 Absolute 2011
Loss Brazil Roger Gracie Points ADCC 2003 -99kg 2003
Loss United States Mark Kerr Penalty ADCC 1999 Absolute 2001
Win Japan Enson Inoue Points ADCC 1999 Absolute 1999
Loss Brazil Rodrigo Comprido Advantage World Championship 1999
Loss Brazil Leonardo Leite Points World Championship 1999
Win Brazil Roberto Roleta Advantage World Championship 1998
Win Brazil Royler Gracie Submission (clock choke) World Championship 1998
Loss Brazil Roberto Roleta Points World Championship 1998
Win Brazil Simon Siasi Sumission (kneebar) ADCC 1998 Absolute 1998
Win Russia Oleg Taktarov Points ADCC 1998 Absolute 1998
Win Brazil Ricardo Alves Submission (choke) ADCC 1998 -99kg 1998
Win Brazil Renato Verissimo Submission (choke) ADCC 1998 -99kg 1998
Win United States Larry Parker Submission (armbar) ADCC 1998 -99kg 19978
Win Brazil Muhammad Saleh Points ADCC 1998 -99kg 1998
Win Brazil Roberto Correa Submission (wrist lock) World Championship 1997
Win Brazil Saulo Ribeiro Points World Championship 1997
Win Brazil Francisco Bueno Submission (wrist lock) Atlantico Sul 1994

Notable students[edit]


  1. ^ Yes, the year was great for me. I began winning my fight in Pride in February and then the next month my daughter was born.
  2. ^ Surf de Stand Up na Indonésia com Zé Mário Sperry, lenda do Jiu-Jitsu brasileiro "Lenda viva do Jiu-Jitsu brasileiro, o carioca Zé Mário Sperry é também um ávido surfista, que embarcou em sua quarta temporada para a Indonésia no final de abril deste ano, e registrou todos os momentos da trip."
  3. ^ Snowden, Jonathan. MMA Encyclopedia, ECW Press, 2010

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