Ramsey Nijem

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Ramsey Nijem
Born (1988-04-01) April 1, 1988 (age 29)
Concord, California, United States
Other names Stripper Ramsey
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)
Style Wrestling, Kajukenbo
Fighting out of Orem, Utah
Team The Pit
Wrestling NCAA Division I wrestling[2]
Years active 2008-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 10
By knockout 4
By submission 2
By decision 4
Losses 6
By knockout 3
By submission 2
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ramsey Nijem (born April 1, 1988) is a Palestinian American mixed martial artist who last competed in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Nijem has made a name for himself fighting in Utah. He was a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.

Early life[edit]

A Palestinian American,[3] Nijem was born in Concord, California, but raised in Mill Creek, Washington.[4] He attended Henry M. Jackson High School from 2002 through 2006. During those years, Nijem was a part of his high school's soccer, cross-country, and wrestling teams. His senior season in wrestling he went 27-5 and earned "Wrestler of the Year" honors. He was also wrestling captain for his junior and senior seasons.[4]

After high school, Nijem enrolled in Utah Valley University, also wrestling for the school.

MMA career[edit]

Nijem began his training with Riven Academy of MMA in 2008. Electing to skip an amateur career, Nijem made his pro debut April 18, 2008 defeating Ryan Miller via first round rear-naked choke submission. After taking a nineteen-month hiatus from the sport, he returned losing to Gordon Bell via an armbar submission only 21 seconds into the first round.

Only a month after his first loss he defeated Logan Hancock via unanimous decision, bring his professional record to 2-1. Ramsey recorded his first TKO win in April 2010, defeating Eric Uresk at Showdown Fights: Burkman vs. Paul. He made his lightweight debut against Scott Casey, winning the fight via first round submission.

In June, 2011 at his UFC debut at the TUF 13 finale, Nijem walked out to the Matisyahu song "One Day." His choice of music was significant due to Nijem's Palestinian background and Matisyahu's Orthodox Jewish background, and the moment has been recognized for its "diplomatic initiative and message centered on peace." [5]

Ramsey is now the Head MMA Coach at Ultimate Combat Training Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ramsey is also the Coach of the Fight Team there, and trains many fighters that compete in and around the state of Utah, and beyond.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In 2011, Nijem had signed with the UFC to compete in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.

Nijem was picked fourth on Team dos Santos and eighth overall. In the fourth preliminary match-up, Nijem was selected to fight Bellator veteran, Charlie Rader. In the first round Nijem controlled the fight by putting Rader on the fence, and obtaining a few last minute take downs. In the second round Nijem was able to take Rader down early and lock in a fight ending rear naked choke.[6]

Nijem was selected to fight Clay Harvison in the quarterfinals. Nijem went on to win the fight by rear naked choke less than a minute in. In the semifinals, Nijem fought Chris Cope, defeating him via TKO in round two. The win moved him into the live finale for the chance to become the winner of The Ultimate Fighter.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Nijem made his official UFC debut on June 4, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale against Tony Ferguson to crown the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 13. Nijem lost the bout via KO in the first round after getting caught flush by a left hook.

Nijem defeated Danny Downes on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137 via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27).[7]

Nijem was expected to face Anthony Njokuani on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141.[8] However, Nijem was forced out of the bout, citing an injury and replaced by Danny Castillo.[9]

Nijem faced promotional newcomer C.J. Keith on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4.[10] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Nijem faced Joe Proctor on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5.[11] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Nijem faced Myles Jury on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[12] He lost the fight via knockout in the second round.

Nijem fought James Vick on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26.[13] He lost the fight via submission at 58 seconds in the first round.

Nijem next faced fellow TUF alumni and teammate Justin Edwards on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Nijem faced Beneil Dariush on April 11, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 39.[15] He won the fight via TKO in the first round. The win also won Nijem his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[16]

Nijem faced Carlos Diego Ferreira on August 30, 2014 at UFC 177.[17] He lost the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the second round. Despite the loss, Nijem was awarded his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[18]

Nijem was expected to face Erik Koch on July 25, 2015 at UFC on Fox 16.[19] However, Koch was forced from the bout with injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Andrew Holbrook.[20] Holbrook defeated Nijem by split decision.[21] 15 of 15 media outlets scored the decision in favor of Nijem.[22]

On October 2, 2015, it was announced that Nijem was cut from the UFC roster.[23]

World Series of Fighting[edit]

On August 29, 2016 it was announced that Nijem had signed a multi-fight deal with World Series of Fighting.[24]

The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption[edit]

In February 2017, it was revealed that Nijem would compete again on the UFC's reality show in the 25th season on The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption.[25] Nijem was the third pick overall for Team Dillashaw. He defeated Julian Lane in the opening round by TKO in the first round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–6 Andrew Holbrook Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2 July 25, 2015 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 9–5 Carlos Diego Ferreira TKO (punches) UFC 177 August 30, 2014 2 1:53 Sacramento, California, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 9–4 Beneil Dariush TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson April 11, 2014 1 4:20 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Performance of the Night.
Win 8–4 Justin Edwards Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou January 15, 2014 3 5:00 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Loss 7–4 James Vick Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen August 17, 2013 1 0:58 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 7–3 Myles Jury KO (punch) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez April 20, 2013 2 1:02 San Jose, California, United States
Win 7–2 Joe Proctor Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz December 8, 2012 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 6–2 C.J. Keith TKO (punches) UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida June 22, 2012 1 2:29 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–2 Danny Downes Decision (unanimous) UFC 137 October 29, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 4–2 Tony Ferguson KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos Finale June 4, 2011 1 3:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost The Ultimate Fighter 13; Welterweight bout.
Win 4–1 Scott Casey Submission (rear-naked choke) Showdown Fights: Respect September 10, 2010 1 2:48 Orem, Utah, United States Lightweight debut.
Win 3–1 Eric Uresk TKO (punches) Showdown Fights: Burkman vs. Paul April 23, 2010 2 4:02 Orem, Utah, United States
Win 2–1 Logan Hancock Decision (unanimous) Throwdown Showdown 5: Homecoming November 20, 2009 3 5:00 Orem, Utah, United States
Loss 1–1 Gordon Bell Submission (armbar) Xtreme Combat October 24, 2009 1 0:21 Richfield, Utah, United States
Win 1–0 Ryan Miller Submission (rear-naked choke) Throwdown Showdown 1 April 18, 2008 1 2:15 Orem, Utah, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 4-1 James Krause Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Garbrandt vs Team Dillashaw June 21, 2017 (airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 25 Quarter-Final round.
Win 4–0 Julian Lane TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Garbrandt vs Team Dillashaw May 24, 2017 (airdate) 1 4:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 25 Preliminary round.
Win 3–0 Chris Cope TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter 13 June 1, 2011 (airdate) 2 1:49 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter 13 Semi-Final round.
win 2–0 Clay Harvison Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter 13 May 18, 2011 (airdate) 1 0:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter 13 Quarter-Final round.
Win 1–0 Charlie Rader Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter 13 April 20, 2011 (airdate) 2 3:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter 13 Preliminary round.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Dillashaw vs. Barao 2". UFC.com. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ramsey Nijem - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ UFC Fight Night 26: Ramsey Nijem 'Our job is pretty much on the line every time we fight'
  4. ^ a b http://www.wolverinegreen.com/sports/m-wrestl/mtt/nijem_ramsey00.html
  5. ^ http://fightland.vice.com/blog/the-cultural-diplomacy-of-ramsey-nijem
  6. ^ http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/04/21/ramsey-nijem-on-winning-his-fight-painting-his-toenails/
  7. ^ "Ramsey Nijem vs. Danny Downes added to UFC 137 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. July 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ Martin, Damon (November 12, 2011). "Anthony Njokuani vs. Ramsey Nijem Agreed for UFC 141". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ramsey Nijem out, Danny Castillo in against Anthony Njoukani at UFC 141". MMAjunkie.com. December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Ramsey Nijem vs. C.J. Keith Added to UFC on FX 4". mmaweekly.com. 2012-03-25. 
  11. ^ "TUF veterans Ramsey Nijem and Joe Proctor to meet at UFC on FOX 5 in Seattle". mmajunkie.com. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ "UFC on FOX 7 adds Jury-Nijem". mmajunkie.com. February 7, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ramsey Nijem vs. James Vick joins UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 in Boston". mmajunkie.com. June 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ Staff (2013-11-24). "UFC Fight Night 35 Card Grows with Addition of Three New Bouts". uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  15. ^ Alex Schlinsky. "UFC Fight Night 39: Abu Dhabi adds ten fights". fansided.com. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  16. ^ Staff (2014-04-11). "UFC Fight Night 39 bonuses: Clay Guida, Tatsuya Kawajiri nab 'FOTN' honors". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  17. ^ Jesse Holland (2014-07-13). "UFC 177: Ramsey Nijem vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira on tap for Aug. 30 in Sacramento". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  18. ^ "UFC 177 bonuses: Dillashaw, Medeiros, Ferreira, Nijem win $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. August 31, 2014. 
  19. ^ Damon Martin (2015-04-22). "Ramsey Nijem meets Erik Koch at FOX UFC Fight Night in Chicago". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-04-22. 
  20. ^ Staff (2015-06-29). "Andrew Holbrook in for Erik Koch against Ramsey Nijem at UFC on FOX 16". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-29. 
  21. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-07-25). "UFC on FOX 16 results: Andrew Holbrook granted split over flabbergasted Nijem". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  22. ^ "Andrew Holbrook def. Ramsey Nijem". MMA Decisions. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  23. ^ Jesse Holland (2015-10-02). "Report: UFC cuts Ramsey Nijem, three others". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  24. ^ "WSOF Signs Lightweight Star Ramsey Nijem To Multi-Fight Deal". 
  25. ^ Marc Raimondi (2017-02-15). "Joe Stevenson, James Krause, Jesse Taylor among TUF: Redemption cast members". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 

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