Mike Ricci (fighter)

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Mike Ricci
Born (1986-03-18) March 18, 1986 (age 31)
Montreal, Quebec
Other names The Martian
Nationality Canadian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Welterweight
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)
Style Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Team Tristar Gym[1]
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Firas Zahabi
Years active 2008-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 11
By knockout 6
By submission 1
By decision 4
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By decision 3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mike Ricci (born March 18, 1986) is a Canadian mixed martial artist who competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and has also fought in Bellator Fighting Championships.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

It was announced that Ricci would be a participant in Bellator Fighting Championships Season 2 Lightweight Tournament. His first round match-up was against Pat Curran the fight took place at Bellator 14 in Chicago, Illinois a little more than midway through the round, Curran connected on a powerful right hook that sent Ricci crashing to the mat where he stayed unconscious for a few minutes after a few follow up punches. The bout was stopped, and Curran won via KO in the first round.[2]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Ricci joined the cast of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson as part of Team Carwin. In his first fight Ricci defeated Dom Waters via unanimous decision in the first round of the tournament. Following his first round victory Ricci went on to fight fellow Canadian Michael Hill in the quarterfinals of the tournament winning via unanimous decision. Ricci went on to defeat Neil Magny in the semifinals winning via knockout in the first round and also winning Knockout of the Season.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Ricci was defeated by Colton Smith via unanimous decision on December 15, 2012 at the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale.[3]

For his second UFC fight, Ricci returned to lightweight division.[4] He defeated Colin Fletcher via unanimous decision on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158.[5]

Ricci next faced Myles Jury on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165.[6] He lost the fight via split decision. His release from the UFC was subsequently announced on the internet and social network sites on Friday, September 27, 2013.[7]

Titan Fighting Championship[edit]

Ricci made his Titan Fighting Championships debut against former Strikeforce and UFC fighter Jorge Gurgel on February 28, 2014 at Titan FC 27.[8][9] He won via TKO due to punches and elbows in the first round.

Ricci was expected to face George Sotiropoulos at Titan Fighting Championship 28 on April 25, 2014,[10] however Ricci suffered an injury and the fight was rescheduled for August 22, 2014 at Titan FC 29.[11] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ricci was expected to face Yoshiyuki Yoshida for the vacant Titan FC Lightweight Championship at Titan FC 31 on October 31, 2014.[12] Prior to the fight, Ricci failed to make weight. Both men agreed to fight in a non-title 157 lb catchweight fight instead,[13] but it was ultimately cancelled due to Yoshida refusing to fight just hours before the event.[14]

World Series of Fighting[edit]

On August 18, 2015, it was announced that Ricci signed with the World Series of Fighting.[15][16]

Ricci made his WSOF debut on November 20, 2015 at WSOF 25 in a one night only eight man Lightweight tournament to determine a number one contender for the WSOF Lightweight Championship.[17] He was set to face fellow UFC veteran Brian Cobb in the quarterfinal bout but Cobb was replaced by Joe Condon.[18] Ricci won via knockout due to a head kick in the first round. However, Ricci suffered a hip injury and was replaced in the tournament for his quarterfinal bout.[19]

On December 18, 2015, it was announced that Ricci will fight in the co-main event at WSOF 27 on January 23, 2016 against Caros Fodor.[20][21] Ricci was later replaced by Luiz Firmino at this event due to an injury.

On March 23, 2016, it was announced that Ricci will fight in the co-main event at WSOF 31 on June 17, 2016 against Strikeforce and UFC vet Jason High.[22] He lost via technical knockout in the second round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–5 Jason High TKO (punches) WSOF 31 June 17, 2016 2 4:08 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 11–4 Joe Condon KO (head kick) WSOF 25 November 20, 2015 1 2:41 Phoenix, Arizona, United States WSOF Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 10–4 George Sotiropoulos Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 29 August 22, 2014 3 5:00 Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
Win 9–4 Jorge Gurgel TKO (punches and elbows) Titan FC 27 February 28, 2014 1 3:57 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Loss 8–4 Myles Jury Decision (split) UFC 165 September 21, 2013 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 8–3 Colin Fletcher Decision (unanimous) UFC 158 March 16, 2013 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Return to Lightweight
Loss 7–3 Colton Smith Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale December 15, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter 16 Welterweight Final
Win 7–2 Tony Hervey Decision (unanimous) Ringside MMA 13 March 17, 2012 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 6–2 Daron Cruickshank Decision (unanimous) Ringside MMA 12 October 21, 2011 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 6–1 Jesse Ronson TKO (punches) Ringside MMA 10 April 9, 2011 1 3:12 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 5–1 Pat Curran KO (punch) Bellator 14 April 15, 2010 1 3:01 Chicago, Illinois, United States Bellator Season 2 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 5–0 Jordan Mein Decision (unanimous) Ringside MMA 4 November 14, 2009 3 5:00 Drummondville, Quebec, Canada
Win 4–0 Jean-Marc Lalonde TKO (punches) Ringside MMA 1 May 30, 2009 1 2:35 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 3–0 Rory McDonell TKO (body kick) XMMA 6 - House of Pain November 8, 2008 2 2:15 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 2–0 Reza Kamali Submission (rear-naked choke) TKO MMA 35 October 3, 2008 1 3:41 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 1–0 Stephane Chretien TKO (punches) TKO MMA 34 June 7, 2008 3 4:58 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4–0 Neil Magny KO (elbow) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson December 7, 2012 (airdate) 1 4:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Semi-Final round
Win 3–0 Michael Hill Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson November 30, 2012 (airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Quarter-Final round
Win 2–0 Dom Waters Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson November 9, 2012 (airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Preliminary round
Win 1–0 Jason South TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson September 14, 2012 (airdate) 1 1:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Elimination round

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davidson, Neil. "Montreal MMA pros GSP, MacDonald and Ricci weigh in on fighting friends." Canadian Press. 14 2012: n. page. Web. 16 Dec. 2012. <http://ca.news.yahoo.com/montreal-mma-pros-gsp-macdonald-ricci-weigh-fighting-160448560--spt.html>.
  2. ^ "Bellator 14 recap: Imada, Askren, Reis and Curran advance in tourney action". MMAJunkie.com. 2010-04-15. Archived from the original on 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  3. ^ "TUF 16 finalists Colton Smith vs Mike Ricci meet at live finale December 15 in Las Vegas". mmamania.com. 2012-12-07. 
  4. ^ "TUF 16 runner up Mike Ricci headed to lightweight, eyes UFC 158 slot". mmajunkie.com. 2012-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Mike Ricci vs. Colin Fletcher added to UFC 158". MMAjunkie.com. January 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci added to UFC 165". MMAfighting.com. June 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "UFC releases 'TUF 16' finalist Mike Ricci". mmajunkie.com. 2013-09-28. 
  8. ^ "Titan Fighting Championship begins anew with event headlined by Ricci vs Gurgel on CBS Sports Network". mmafighting.com. 2014-01-08. 
  9. ^ "Mike Ricci meets Jorge Gurgel at Titan FC 27". mmanytt.se. 2014-01-09. 
  10. ^ "Ricci Making Quick Return To Titan Fighting". TopMMANews.com. 2014-03-05. 
  11. ^ "Titan FC 28: Mike Ricci withdrawing from bout with George Sotiropoulus". fcfighter.com. 2014-03-25. 
  12. ^ "Mike Ricci meets Yoshiyuki Yoshida at Titan FC 31". 
  13. ^ "Mike Ricci misses weight and loses Titan FC title shot". dococtagon.com. 2014-10-30. 
  14. ^ "Yoshiyuki Yoshida pulls out of tonights Titan FC 31 headliner against Mike Ricci". mmajunkie.com. 2014-10-31. 
  15. ^ "‘TUF 16’ Finalist, Titan FC Vet Mike Ricci Signs With World Series of Fighting". sherdog.com. 2015-08-18. 
  16. ^ "WSOF signs UFC vets Jason High and Mike Ricci". mmajunkie.com. 2015-08-18. 
  17. ^ "World Series of Fighting to unleash one-night, 8-man tournament in November". sherdog.com. 2015-10-07. 
  18. ^ "WSOF announces tourney matchups; Ricci gets Cobb". topmmanews.com. 2015-10-17. 
  19. ^ "WSOF 25 results: Brian Foster caps unlikely comeback, KOs Joao Zeferino to win tourney". MMA Junkie. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  20. ^ "WSOF 27: Future Champs Headed To FedExForum On Jan 23". 
  21. ^ "WSOF 27 adds Ricci vs. Fodor and Gamzatov vs. Holder". 
  22. ^ "Jason High vs. Mike Ricci targeted for co-main event at June's WSOF 31". 
  23. ^ "TUF 16 season bonuses: Ricci, Smith, Ellis and Manley awarded $25K bonuses". mmafrezny.com. 2012-12-16. 

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