Rhadi Ferguson

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Rhadi Ferguson
Born Rhadi Bullard Ferguson
(1975-04-03) April 3, 1975 (age 42)[1]
Residence Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Jujitsu, Boxing,
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Team American Top Team
Teacher(s) Jack Williams
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Judo
Mixed martial arts record
Total 3
Wins 3
By knockout 2
By submission 1
Losses 0
Draws 0
Other information
University Howard University
Capella University
Spouse Dr. Traci Ferguson
Children Rufus Alexander Ferguson
Rhadi Isabelle Ferguson
Website http://www.rhadi.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Rhadi Bullard Ferguson (born April 3, 1975) is a Bahamian-American mixed martial arts trainer, strength and conditioning coach, motivational speaker, and black belt in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[2]


Ferguson grew up in Miami, Florida in the United States where he began training in judo at the age of 7 under the tutelage of 7th degree red and white belt Jack Williams, until the age of 12.[3] Ferguson had to quit judo for several years after his family had left Miami and moved to Rockville, Maryland and would not begin training again until after he finished college at age 22.[4]

Ferguson is a four time national champion in judo.[2] At the age of 29, Ferguson competed in judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece in the men's half-heavyweight division. He was previously an alternate in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.[5]

In addition to judo, Ferguson also holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and has competed in numerous jiu-jitsu and submission grappling tournaments. Ferguson was a member of American Top Team and received his Black Belt from Ricardo Liborio.[2][4] During his competitive career, Ferguson who stands 5 ft 9 in and weighed 225 lb. had a reported 5% body fat.[5]

Ferguson has coached many athletes including; Taraje Williams-Murray, Lloyd Irvin, Karo Parisyan, Cara Heads,[6] Thiago Alves, Brandon Vera, Jeff Monson, Valerie Gotay, Marco González,[2] and Bobby Lashley.[7]


Ferguson attended and graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland in 1992. From 1992 to 1997 Ferguson attended Howard University in Washington, DC on a football scholarship and also was one of only a few students in the history of the school to play 3 sports (Football, Wrestling, and Track). Ferguson graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and later in 2002 received his Master of Arts in Teaching degree (M.A.T.) with a 4.0 GPA from the university. In 2009, he received his Ph.D. in education with a 4.0 GPA from Capella University.[2] While at Howard University he became a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

MMA career[edit]

Ferguson made his professional MMA debut in August 2010 and won his first two bouts via TKO in the first round.[8][9]

Ferguson made his Strikeforce debut at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine on January 7, 2011, competing in the light heavyweight division.[10] He was originally scheduled to face Moldovan wrestler Ion Cherdivara, but visa issues forced him off the card with John Richard stepping in as a late replacement.[11] Ferguson defeated Richard by submission (Kneebar) at 2:00 in round 2.

Personal life[edit]

Ferguson currently lives in South Calcutta, West Indies with his wife Traci Ferguson,[5] and the couple's two children; son Rufus Alexander and daughter Rhadi Isabelle.[12] Ferguson's cousin was street fighter, The Ultimate Fighter 10 cast member and UFC vet, Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson.[13]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 John Richard Submission (kneebar) Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine January 7, 2011 2 2:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 2–0 Jeremy Boczulak TKO (punches) Gameness Fighting Championships October 9, 2010 1 1:21 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 1–0 Darryell Perry II TKO (punches) Hybrid Fight League August 21, 2010 1 0:07 Hopkinsville, Kentucky, United States


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