Mike Massenzio

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Mike Massenzio
Born (1982-11-01) November 1, 1982 (age 35)
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Other names The Master of Disaster
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach 73.5 in (187 cm)
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Team Team Ironhorse MMA
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 13
By knockout 2
By submission 6
By decision 5
Losses 9
By knockout 3
By submission 5
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mike Vito Massenzio (born November 1, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist who has competed as a Middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He wrestled in New Jersey and was a two-time high school state champion in 2000 (160 lbs.) and 2001 (171 lbs.) at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, New Jersey. Additionally in 2001, Mike was the U.S. National High School Wrestling Champion. In 2003, he was the Runner-up at the Junior College National Tournament and was crowned the National Champion in 2004.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]


In Jujitsu and Submission Grappling, Mike has won numerous competitions in both N.A.G.A. and Grappler’s Quest. In 2006 he was crowned the N.A.G.A. World Champion in the Expert Division of the Submission fighting competition.


Mike is currently head coach for the Bergen Community College Bulldog wrestling team in Paramus, New Jersey.[2]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Mike's first win for the promotion came over Drew McFedries via submission at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer in his UFC debut. However, Massenzio lost in his next bout to CB Dollaway on December 27, 2008, at UFC 92.

Massenzio then missed several months, before facing former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Stann, who was making his middleweight debut, on August 1, 2010 at UFC on Versus 2.[3] Massenzio was submitted by a triangle choke midway through the final round. After second straight loss in the UFC he was released from the promotion.

Return to UFC[edit]

Massenzio next returned to the UFC replacing an injured Igor Pokrajac against Krzysztof Soszynski on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131.[4] Massenzio took the fight at light heavyweight with only 3 days notice, despite normally fighting at middleweight. He lost the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27).

Massenzio fought Steve Cantwell on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[5]

Massenzio faced Rousimar Palhares on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142[6] He lost the fight via submission when Palhares put him in a heel hook in the first round.

Massenzio faced Karlos Vemola on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3.[7] He lost the bout in the second round due to a rear-naked choke and was subsequently released from the promotion once again.[8]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–9 Ariel Sepulveda Submission (rear-naked choke) Ring of Combat 44 April 5, 2013 3 1:14 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 13–8 Ron Stallings TKO (knee to the body) Ring of Combat 42 September 14, 2012 1 4:03 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For the ROC Middleweight Championship.[9]
Loss 13–7 Karlos Vemola Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller May 5, 2012 2 1:07 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Loss 13–6 Rousimar Palhares Submission (heel hook) UFC 142 January 14, 2012 1 1:03 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 13–5 Steve Cantwell Decision (unanimous) UFC 136 October 8, 2011 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Return to Middleweight
Loss 12–5 Krzysztof Soszynski Decision (unanimous) UFC 131 June 11, 2011 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Light Heavyweight bout
Win 12–4 Nate Kittredge TKO (punches) Combat Zone 37: Kicking It at the Rock April 29, 2011 2 3:32 Salem, New Hampshire, United States
Loss 11–4 Brian Stann Submission (triangle choke) UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko August 1, 2010 3 3:10 San Diego, California, United States Fight of the Night
Loss 11–3 CB Dollaway TKO (punches) UFC 92 December 27, 2008 1 3:01 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–2 Drew McFedries Submission (kimura) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer September 17, 2008 1 1:28 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Loss 10–2 Danillo Villefort Submission (kneebar) IFL: Connecticut May 16, 2008 1 3:25 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 10–1 Lance Everson Submission (guillotine choke) Ring of Combat 17: Beast of the Northeast Finals November 30, 2007 1 4:04 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–1 Erik Charles Submission (north-south choke) Ring of Combat 16: Beast of the Northeast Semi-Finals October 26, 2007 1 1:18 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 8–1 Dustin Cook Submission (rear-naked choke) Ring of Combat 15: Beast of the Northeast Quarterfinals September 7, 2007 2 2:21 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 7–1 Eric Tavares Submission (rear-naked choke) Ring of Combat 14: Tournament of Champions Finals April 27, 2007 1 3:34 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–1 Masakatsu Okuda Decision (unanimous) World Best Fighter: USA vs. Asia February 3, 2007 3 N/A Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–1 Dante Rivera Decision (unanimous) Reality Fighting 13: Battle at the Beach 2006 August 5, 2006 3 5:00 Wildwood, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–1 Dan Miller Decision (split) Reality Fighting 12: Return to Boardwalk Hall April 29, 2006 3 3:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–1 Bill Scott TKO (doctor stoppage) Reality Fighting 11: Battle at Taj Mahal February 11, 2006 1 3:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–1 Drew Puzon Decision (majority) Reality Fighting 10 November 19, 2005 2 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 1–1 Jay Coleman TKO (punches) Reality Fighting 9: Battle at the Beach 2005 August 6, 2005 2 0:17 Wildwood, New Jersey, United States
win 1–0 Lionel Cortez Submission (keylock) Reality Fighting 8 April 2, 2005 1 2:05 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States


  1. ^ Mike Massenzio, Ultimate Fighting Championship. Accessed May 17, 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.ihigh.com/bergenbulldogs/section_10.html
  3. ^ "Brian Stann vs. Mike Massenzio In The Works For UFC On Versus 2". heavy.com. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Pokrajac off Saturday's UFC 131; Massenzio in Against 'K-Sos'". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Steve Cantwell vs. Mike Massenzio added to UFC 136 in Houston". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Palhares-Massenzio Matchup Added to Growing UFC 142 Card". sherdog.com. November 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Karlos Vemola vs. Mike Massenzio added to UFC on FOX 3 in New Jersey". mmajunkie.com. February 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ Anton Tabuena (June 4, 2012). "UFC Releases Several Fighters From Their Roster". bloodyelbow.com. 
  9. ^ "Ring of Combat XLII Official Results". mixedmartialarts.com. September 14, 2012. 

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