Rich Attonito

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Rich Attonito
Born (1977-06-16) June 16, 1977 (age 39)
Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Other names The Raging Bull
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 72 in (180 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida
Team American Top Team
Rank brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
NCAA Division I Wrestling
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 10
By knockout 4
By submission 2
By decision 4
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Rich Attonito (born June 16, 1977) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division. He is best known for his stint on the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. He was a Division 1 wrestler at Hofstra.

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Early career[edit]

A 2001 graduate of Hofstra University in Long Island, Rich Attonito wrestled several different weight classes as a member of the Pride wrestling team including the 167 lbs. and 197 lbs. divisions, picking up the team's award for "Most Improved Wrestler" in 2000.

Attonito's interest in mixed martial arts was piqued when he saw his teammate from college, Phil Baroni, take the UFC by storm. However, he did not jump headlong into the sport until 2006, when, while working as a personal trainer on Long Island, one of his coworkers challenged him to make the most of his athletic abilities by training in MMA. Attonito began to dabble in jiu jitsu and took a fight three months later, thinking his MMA career would be short lived. After his fifth fight, in 2006, members of the esteemed American Top Team camp approached Attonito to see if he would be interested in training with them down in Florida.[1]

He jumped at the chance, dropping everything and temporarily living in a one bedroom apartment with his brother who lived in Florida at the time. He has been training full-time with American Top Team ever since, although he still works full-time as a personal trainer who serves as a strength and conditioning coach for several mixed martial artists, including UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti. As such, Attonito trains, either himself or as a personal trainer, in some form between 5:00 AM and 9:00 PM.[2]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In March 2010, Attonito was announced as part of the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter.[3]

In his first fight, to gain entry into the TUF house, Attonito defeated Lyle Steffens via unanimous decision (20–18, 20–18, 20–18). Chuck Liddell selected Attonito as his second pick, making him the 4th overall pick out of 14 competitors.

Rich's second fight came was against Kyacey Uscola. The fight ended due to Uscola throwing two illegal knees in round one, giving Rich the DQ win. After an MRI, it was revealed that Rich had broken his hand during the fight and will be unable to continue in the tournament. Rich's spot in the quarter-finals of the competition was taken by Court McGee, after perceived controversy over his loss to Nick Ring.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Rich made his UFC debut at TUF 11 Finale against Team Ortiz fighter, Jamie Yager. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

At UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares, Attonito faced debuting Brazilian Rafael Natal. Attonito won the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27). During the first round of the fight, Attonito dropped Natal with a right hook which almost prompted the referee to stop the fight. The rest of the fight was close, however the knockdown was enough for Attonito to take the decision.

Attonito fought David Branch on December 4, 2010 at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale.[4] He lost the fight via unanimous decision, getting dominated for all three rounds by Branch's superior ground skills.

Attonito was expected to drop to welterweight and face Matt Brown on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4.[5] However, Martin Kampmann was forced out of his bout with John Howard with an injury and Brown was chosen as his replacement, while Attonito faced Daniel Roberts.[6] He won the fight via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Attonito faced promotional newcomer Jake Hecht on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140.[7] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

Attonito was expected to face Rick Story on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4.[8] However, Attonito was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Papy Abedi.[9]

Attonito was briefly linked to a bout against promotional newcomer Gunnar Nelson in a catchweight bout, contested at 175 lb. on September 29, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 5, replacing an injured Pascal Krauss.[10] However, Attonito had reservations about taking the short notice bout due to the weight cut requirements and DaMarques Johnson took on Nelson instead.[11] After turning down the fight with Nelson at both 170 lbs. and at 175 lb. catchweight, Attonito was released from the UFC.[12]

Personal life[edit]

His dad teaches Phys-Ed, Health, and Drivers-Ed at West Morris Mendham High School in Mendham, New Jersey [13]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–5 Jake Hecht TKO (elbows and punches) UFC 140 December 10, 2011 2 1:10 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 10–4 Daniel Roberts Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry June 26, 2011 3 5:00 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Welterweight Debut.
Loss 9–4 David Branch Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale December 4, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–3 Rafael Natal Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares September 15, 2010 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 8–3 Jamie Yager TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale June 19, 2010 2 4:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–3 Gregory Babene Decision (unanimous) XC-1: Xtreme MMA Championship June 18, 2009 3 5:00 Rome, Italy
Win 6–3 Uber Gallegos Submission (arm-triangle choke) KOTC: Hurricane February 21, 2009 1 3:31 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Loss 5–3 Isidro Gonzalez Submission (armbar) Cage Warriors 36: USA Destruction January 30, 2009 1 4:21 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 5–2 Ryan Hodge TKO (punches) WFC 6: Battle in the Bay March 22, 2008 3 1:23 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 4–2 Rolando Dominique Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Gladiator Championship December 14, 2007 1 4:06 Miami, Florida, United States Middleweight Debut.
Loss 3–2 Bristol Marunde TKO (punches) Euphoria: USA vs. Russia November 5, 2005 3 1:57 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–1 Lance Everson Decision (unanimous) Reality Fighting 9 August 6, 2005 3 5:00 Wildwood, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–1 Mark Raposa TKO (punches) Mass Destruction 18 December 11, 2004 N/A N/A Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 1–1 Mike Marshall Decision (split) Mass Destruction 16 May 15, 2004 N/A N/A Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 Mike Mitchell TKO (punches) Mass Destruction 15 February 21, 2004 1 2:26 Boston, Massachusetts, United States


  1. ^ Stephenson, Kye (June 22, 2010). " Exclusive Interview with Rich Attonito". Retrieved July 9, 2010. 
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  3. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter 11 cast unveiled with 28 middleweight fighters". Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  4. ^ "David Branch vs. Rich Attonito set for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale". Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  5. ^ "Rich Attonito vs. Matt Brown move from TUF 13 Finale to UFC on Versus 4". March 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "UFC on Versus 4: Matt Brown vs John Howard booked for June 26 with Martin Kampmann injured". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Rich Attonito meets newcomer Jake Hecht at UFC 140". Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
  8. ^ "Rick Story vs Rich Attonito added to UFC on FX 4 fight card in Atlantic City". March 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rick Story Gets New UFC on FX 4 Opponent". May 8, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Replacement Rich Attonito meets Gunnar Nelson at UFC on FUEL TV 5". September 17, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ Marrocco, Steven; Morgan, John (2012-09-17). "DaMarques Johnson, not Rich Attonito, meets Gunnar Nelson at UFC on FUEL TV 5". Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  12. ^ Jesse Denis (October 11, 2012). "Rich Attonito Cut From The UFC". Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ "TUF 11 Fighter Rich Attonito's Guest Blog: Episode 2". 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 

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