Pedro Rizzo

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Pedro Rizzo
Born (1974-05-03) May 3, 1974 (age 43)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other names The Rock
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 244 lb (111 kg; 17 st 6 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Style Muay Thai, Luta Livre, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team Ruas Vale Tudo
Black House
American Top Team
Teacher(s) Marco Ruas
Rank Black prajied in Muay Thai
4th degree black belt in Luta Livre
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 1996–2015 (MMA)
Kickboxing record
Total 34
Wins 31
By knockout 30
Losses 2
By knockout 2
Draws 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 31
Wins 20
By knockout 12
By submission 4
By decision 4
Losses 11
By knockout 7
By decision 4
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Pedro Augusto Rizzo (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpedɾu ˈʁizu]; born May 3, 1974) is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist, kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter who competed for the UFC, PRIDE, M-1 Global, and Affliction. Although he never captured the UFC Heavyweight Championship, Rizzo competed for it three times and was regarded as a top contender for many years. Coming from a Vale Tudo background, Rizzo is regarded as one of the most dangerous strikers in MMA history. Rizzo holds notable victories over former UFC champions Mark Coleman, Dan Severn, Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski, Ricco Rodriguez and Ken Shamrock.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early in his career Rizzo has adopted brutal leg kicks from Amsterdam-based Chakuriki gym where he developed strong stand up style and used this to great effect throughout his career.

Rizzo is a former World Vale Tudo Championship (WVC) Heavyweight Champion and former contender for the UFC heavyweight belt. A stint in PRIDE FC did not go too well for the former UFC Heavyweight title contender, and Rizzo suffered quick losses at the hands of Sergei Kharitonov and Roman Zentsov.

Rizzo returned to his winning ways on March 9, 2007, when he beat UFC veteran Justin Eilers by unanimous decision at the début show of Art of War Undisputed Arena Fighting Championship, which was held in Dallas, Texas.

He defeated Jeff Monson on September 1, 2007. This fight took place on the first pay-per-view event promoted by the Art of War Undisputed Arena Fighting Championship organization. Rizzo was defeated at Affliction: Banned by Josh Barnett, via knockout in round 2.

He was defeated by Gilbert Yvel at Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp via knockout in round 1. In his rematch with Jeff Monson, Rizzo won a decision at Bitetti Combat. He revealed in the post-fight interview that he had an elbow problem 10 days before the fight and that was why he could not push for the knockout that "the Brazilian fans deserved".

Rizzo also won his last two fights, against Gary Goodridge at Washington Combat and against eventual UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at Impact Fighting Championships in Australia.

He was expected to face former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia on August 14 at War on the Mainland but it was discovered that Sylvia broke his foot in his fight with Mariusz Pudzianowski.[1]

Rizzo was expected to be the main event against Tim Sylvia at ProElite 2 in November,[2] However he pulled out of the bout due to an injury.[3]

On June 21, 2012, Rizzo faced former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko, at M-1 Global ring in St. Petersburg, Russia. Rizzo got caught by a right hand from Fedor that knocked him down; Fedor then proceeded with punches that left Rizzo motionless at 1:24 of the first round.

On May 26, 2013, Pedro faced Japanese heavyweight Satoshi Ishii at IGF: GENOME 26. He lost via unanimous decision.

On September 12, 2015, Pedro returned to face Andrew Flores at Face to Face 12.[4] He won via leg kicks, forcing Flores to quit in between rounds, and Rizzo announced his retirement shortly after the fight.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Rizzo has a daughter.[6]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Art of War Undisputed Arena Fighting Championship
    • IFA Heavyweight Championship (1 Time)
  • World Vale Tudo Championship
    • WVC Superfight Championship (1 Time)
    • WVC 2 Tournament Winner
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 20-11 Andrew Flores Smith TKO (Leg Kicks) Face to Face 12 September 12, 2015 1 5:00 Espirito Santo, Brazil
Loss 19-11 Satoshi Ishii Decision (Unanimous) IGF - Genome 26 May 26, 2013 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 19-10 Fedor Emelianenko KO (punches) M-1 Global June 21, 2012 1 1:24 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 19-9 Ken Shamrock TKO (leg kicks & punches) Impact FC 2 July 18, 2010 1 3:33 Sydney, Australia
Win 18-9 Gary Goodridge TKO (doctor stoppage) Washington Combat: Battle of the Legends May 15, 2010 2 5:00 Washington D.C. United States
Win 17-9 Jeff Monson Decision (unanimous) Bitetti Combat MMA 4 Sep 12, 2009 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 16-9 Gilbert Yvel KO (punches) Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp Jun 27, 2009 1 2:10 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 16-8 Josh Barnett KO (punch) Affliction: Banned Jul 19, 2008 2 1:44 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 16-7 Jeff Monson TKO (punches) Art of War 3 September 1, 2007 3 2:40 Dallas, Texas, United States Defended IFA Heavyweight Championship.[7]
Win 15-7 Justin Eilers Decision (unanimous) Art of War 1 March 9, 2007 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States Won vacant IFA Heavyweight Championship.[8]
Loss 14-7 Roman Zentsov KO (Punch) PRIDE 31 February 26, 2006 1 0:25 Saitama, Japan
Loss 14-6 Sergei Kharitonov TKO (soccer kick & punches) PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005 June 26, 2005 1 2:02 Saitama, Japan
Win 14-5 Ricco Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) UFC 45 November 21, 2003 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 13-5 Tra Telligman TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 43 June 6, 2003 2 4:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12-5 Vladimir Matyushenko Decision (unanimous) UFC 41 February 28, 2003 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 12-4 Gan McGee TKO (corner stoppage) UFC 39 September 27, 2002 1 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 12-3 Andrei Arlovski KO (punches) UFC 36 March 22, 2002 3 1:45 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11-3 Randy Couture TKO (punches) UFC 34 November 2, 2001 3 1:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 11-2 Randy Couture Decision (split) UFC 31 May 4, 2001 5 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Fight of the Year (2001).
Win 11–1 Josh Barnett KO (punch) UFC 30 February 23, 2001 2 4:21 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 10–1 Dan Severn Submission (leg kicks) UFC 27 September 22, 2000 1 1:33 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Loss 9–1 Kevin Randleman Decision (unanimous) UFC 26 June 9, 2000 5 5:00 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States For UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 9–0 Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (punches) UFC 23 November 19, 1999 3 1:12 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–0 Tra Telligman KO (punch) UFC 20 May 7, 1999 1 4:30 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Win 7–0 Mark Coleman Decision (split) UFC 18 January 8, 1999 1 15:00 Kenner, Louisiana, United States
Win 6–0 David Abbott KO (punch) UFC Brazil October 16, 1998 1 8:07 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Win 5–0 Richard Heard Submission (punishment) World Vale Tudo Championship 3 January 19, 1997 1 13:12 Brazil
Win 4–0 Vernon White KO (soccer kick) World Vale Tudo Championship 2 November 10, 1996 1 6:30 Brazil
Win 3–0 Michael Tielrooy Submission (keylock) World Vale Tudo Championship 2 November 10, 1996 1 0:18 Brazil
Win 2–0 Nicholas Hill (as Niccolaus) Submission (punches) World Vale Tudo Championship 2 November 10, 1996 1 1:49 Brazil
Win 1–0 Eric Labaille TKO (punches) IMA: Battle of Styles October 26, 1996 1 2:57 Netherlands

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)[edit]

Kickboxing Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

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