Rico Chiapparelli

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Rico Chiapparelli is an American former amateur wrestler and mixed martial arts trainer. Being from Baltimore, Maryland, Chiapparelli became known as the "Baltimore Butcher," he was Junior National Champion as a senior in high school, and then was a standout wrestler for the University of Iowa.[1] While at Iowa, he was an NCAA National Champion in 1987 at 177 lbs.[2] After college, he competed in freestyle wrestling in the men's senior level, and went on to become the USAW National Champion in 1989 at 180.5 lbs.[3]

He would make himself famous in MMA by founding the team Real American Wrestling. Currently, Chiapparelli is a mixed martial arts, submission wrestling, and wrestling instructor.[citation needed]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Having trained Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Renzo Gracie,[4] Chiapparelli got into MMA when he was asked by his friend and wrestling colleague Tom Erikson to corner him in his debut for the 1996's MARS tournament.[5] Though his participation on the event cost him his relationship with Gracie, after learning of the business and the value of wrestling in the sport, Chiapparelli formed the team RAW or Real American Wrestling.[5] It was soon joined by Erikson, Dan Henderson, Randy Couture, Frank Trigg and Vladimir Matyushenko, among others.[6]

Chiapparelli had his first and only MMA match on September 13, 2003, beating Luiz Pantera in the Jungle Fight promotion in Brazil.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
1 match 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 0 0
By submission 0 0
By decision 1 0
Draws 0
No contests 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1-0 Luiz Pantera Decision (unanimous) Jungle Fight 1 September 13, 2003 3 5:00 Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil


  1. ^ "The Hit List: NCAA Division I Wrestling Champions Who Have Competed in MMA".
  2. ^ "1987 NCAA wrestling championships" (PDF).
  3. ^ "U.S. freestyle wrestling champions".
  4. ^ Vale Tudo Relics: When Men Landed on MARS
  5. ^ a b MMA History XVI: Rico Chiapparelli and the RAW Team
  6. ^ "As explained by Joe Rogan at 1:21:00 on the JRE @267". September 25, 2012.