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April 15, 1976|
Belmar, New Jersey, United States
Mike Dolce (born April 15, 1976) is an American trainer, strength and conditioning coach, weight-cut coach, author, nutrition and fitness expert, and motivational speaker. He is a former mixed martial artist.
Mike Dolce was born and raised in Belmar, New Jersey, the son of James Vincent Dolce (who worked with animals), and Joanne Cobb. At age 8 he had an obsession with muscle building and strength training which led him to become a wrestler and powerlifter in high school.
By the age of 13, Dolce was wrestling competitively, and cutting weight in an attempt to earn a college scholarship. In 1993, when he was 17 years old, Dolce opened his own personal training business, which he still promotes via shadow accounts through MMA-based forums.
Professional fighting career
Dolce started training as a wrestler in 1990. In 1999, Dolce began practicing mixed martial arts (MMA).
As a professional MMA fighter, he fought at welterweight for the Portland Wolfpack of the International Fight League (IFL) and set the record for fastest knockout in IFL history. He won his first three professional MMA bouts.
Professional coaching career
In 2004, Dolce was hired as the head strength and conditioning coach by Team Quest in Portland, Oregon, working with Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Nate Quarry, and Chael Sonnen.
Dolce’s methods as a weight-cut coach were highlighted in 2010, after successfully managing the 45-pound weight cut for Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. In another successful weight-cut, Dolce helped Duane Ludwig. He also led Ronda Rousey through her weight cut for her championship fight against Miesha Tate.
Since then, Dolce has been the weight-cut coach to many UFC athletes such as Johny Hendricks, Ronda Rousey, Gilbert Melendez, Vitor Belfort, Thiago Alves, Chael Sonnen, Mirsad Bektic, Nik Lentz, Duane Ludwig, Michael Bisping, Antonio Silva and Jake Ellenberger, helping them shed significant pounds before their fights.
In 2007, Dolce published The Dolce Diet: 3 Weeks to Shredded. He then published The Dolce Diet: Living Lean in 2010 and The Dolce Diet: Living Lean Cookbook in 2011.
Dolce also records weekly fitness and nutrition podcasts, videos and gives over 30 motivational talks to the U.S. military every year.
Awards and recognitions
Dolce boasts one of the fastest knockouts in International Fight League (IFL) history.
He was voted the 2013, 2014 and 2015 World MMA Trainer of the Year, an award given to the leading and most influential strength and conditioning expert, sports psychology mentor or nutrition advisor in MMA. In 2014, Dolce was inducted into the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame for his contributions in the area of health and nutrition.
His career highlight as a coach so far has been successfully managing the 45-pound weight cut for Quinton Jackson in 2010.
In 2014, Dolce coached BJ Penn for his third fight with Frankie Edgar. Penn lost the fight via TKO, and said afterwards he would "never hire Dolce again for anything". Dolce responded to the criticism and cited stress and pressure as reasons for Penn's loss.
George Lockhart, nutritionist to Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and other UFC champions, claimed in 2014 that he had never seen any real science from Dolce, and pointed to the fact that four athletes coached by Dolce had been caught using performance-enhancing drugs.
UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, refuted these claims in episode 579 of his top rated podcast, stating, "no Dolce athlete... ever tested positive for any banned substances, while working with Dolce."
A follow up interview with Mike Dolce showed that he had turned down a business proposal by Lockhart in which Dolce would have nothing to do with designing the programs or diets, but would simply lend his name for marketing purposes. Steph Daniels stated, "I can verify the contents of the e-mail to be exactly as he described, since Mike forwarded it to me."
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||5 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||5-10||J. T. Taylor||Decision (split)||UFO: Rumble at the Races||July 24, 2010||3||5:00||Kennewick, Washington, United States|
|Win||5-9||Michael Riggs||KO (knee)||Kickdown 80: Mile High Battle||July 10, 2010||1||4:59||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||4-9||Dennis Olson||Submission (guillotine choke)||Adrenaline: New Breed||February 26, 2010||3||3:17||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||4-8||Roman Mitichyan||Decision (unanimous)||Called Out MMA: Called Out MMA 1||August 15, 2009||3||5:00||Ontario, California, United States|
|Loss||4-7||Shane Primm||TKO (punches)||Music City MMA: Rock and Havoc||July 18, 2009||1||4:44||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||4-6||Nuri Shakir||TKO (Punches)||WCF: World Championship Fighting 6||March 14, 2009||2||2:25||Wilmington, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||3-6||Jake Paul||Submission (guillotine choke)||RFC: Bragging Rights 2||September 13, 2008||1||2:20||Eugene, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||3-5||Karl Amoussou||TKO (kick to the body)||M-1 Challenge 5: Japan||July 17, 2008||2||0:41||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||3-4||Mike Pierce||KO (punch)||SF 20: Homecoming||October 27, 2007||1||N/A||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||3-3||Lyman Good||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: 2007 Semifinals||August 2, 2007||3||4:00||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||3-2||Antonio McKee||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: Everett||June 1, 2007||3||4:00||Everett, Washington, United States|
|Loss||3-1||Delson Heleno||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: Connecticut||April 13, 2007||3||4:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||3-0||Jim Abrille||TKO (punches)||IFL: Atlanta||February 23, 2007||1||0:19||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||2-0||Mitch Whitesel||Decision (unanimous)||ROC 12: Tournament of Champions Quarterfinals||November 17, 2006||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1-0||Josh Burnham||Decision (unanimous)||SF 17: Hot Zone||August 5, 2006||3||5:00||Portland, Oregon, United States|
Mixed martial arts amateur record
|Amateur record breakdown|
|4 matches||1 win||3 losses|
|Loss||1-3||Peter Aspenwal||Decision (unanimous)||SF 15: Tribute||April 8, 2006||3||3:00||Oregon, United States|
|Loss||1-2||Cory Devela||KO (punch)||SF 12: Breakout||September 16, 2005||2||0:00||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||1-1||Tom Brown||KO (punch)||SF 10: Mayhem||May 28, 2005||1||1:42||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||0-1||Bristol Marunde||TKO (punches)||SF 8: Justice||January 8, 2005||1||2:54||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
Dolce was named a Game Changer of the Year in 2014 by Men's Fitness magazine.
Dolce has also been featured heavily on London Real TV for his diet, fitness and motivation advice.
- "Mike Dolce "Skull Cracker"". mixedmartialarts.com.
- "Three years after last bout, MMA trainer Mike Dolce mulls a return to the cage". MMAjunkie.
- "Mike Dolce". onnit.com.
- Adept Mobile. "Extreme Weight Loss' Ultimate Fighter". ufc.com.
- "'Jobs That Don't Suck' Spotlight: UFC Weight Coach Mike Dolce Talks Walking The Walk". Shows Blog.