Roman Mitichyan

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Roman Mitichyan
Born (1978-09-04) September 4, 1978 (age 40)
Vanadzor, Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic
Other names The Emperor
Nationality Armenian
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Style Wrestling, Sambo, Judo
Fighting out of North Hollywood, California, U.S.
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 8
By knockout 1
By submission 5
By decision 2
Losses 3
By knockout 2
By submission 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Roman Mitichyan (born September 4, 1978) is an Armenian-American professional mixed martial artist, actor and stuntman. He briefly appeared on Spike TV's reality show The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra, as a part of Team Serra, but was forced to leave the show due to injury.[1]


Mitichyan was born in Vanadzor. He started training at the age of eight in freestyle wrestling, before switching to training in Sambo and Judo under Baxshik Saroyan. Mitichyan and his family moved to America in 1997, and he started training at the Hayastan Judo Club under Gene Lebell and Gokor Chivichyan. In 2000, he settled in Los Angeles with the intention of pursuing an acting career.[2]

MMA career[edit]

Mitichyan amassed a 4-1 MMA record before appearing on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra. He broke his elbow during the pre-team selection evaluation, and was subsequently removed from the show before he had an opportunity to fight. However, he was brought back to fight on the show's finale, where he defeated Dorian Price via ankle lock submission in only 23 seconds, earning him a contract with the UFC.[3] In his following fight at UFC Fight Night 13, he was defeated by fellow TUF 6 alumnus George Sotiropoulos via TKO in the second.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Roman has performed roles and stunts in various films and television shows, including NUMB3RS, Dexter, Felon, 24, NCIS: Los Angeles, Takers, CSI: Miami, Sons of Anarchy, NCIS, CSI: NY, John Wick, Furious 7, Escape Plan 2: Hades, and Backseat.[2][5]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 8–3 William Sriyapai Submission (leg triangle) Lights Out Promotions - Chaos at the Casino May 5, 2012 1 0:52 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 7–3 Preston Scharf Decision (unanimous) MEZ Fights June 12, 2010 3 3:00 Hollywood, California, United States
Win 6–3 Mike Dolce Decision (unanimous) Call to Arms - Called Out Fights August 15, 2009 3 3:00 Ontario, California, United States
Loss 5–3 Jason Meaders KO California Xtreme Fighting January 29, 2009 3 2:41 El Monte, California, United States
Loss 5–2 George Sotiropoulos TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night 13 April 2, 2008 2 2:24 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 5–1 Dorian Price Submission (achilles lock) The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale December 8, 2007 1 0:23 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–1 Mike Robles KO (knee) WTFC May 3, 2007 3 3:50 Highland, California, United States
Win 3–1 Mike Penalber Submission (rear naked choke) California Xtreme Fighting 3 August 19, 2006 1 3:50 Upland, California, United States
Loss 2–1 James Wilks Submission (armbar) Universal Above Ground Fighting: Ultimate Cage Fighting 4 October 12, 2003 2 N/A Upland, California, United States
Win 2–0 Brad Mohler Submission (heel hook) Reality Submission Fighting: Shooto Challenge October 3, 2003 1 N/A Belleville, Illinois, United States
Win 1–0 Bong Fedalizo Submission (armbar) Kage Kombat 14 April 5, 1999 1 0:52 Los Angeles, California, United States

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Felon Swamper Deputy
2010 Takers Russian #3
2012 Argo Iranian Comiteh in Truck Uncredited
2014 John Wick Red Circle Security Uncredited
2015 Furious 7 Khalid Uncredited
2015 Extraction Dmitri
2016 War Dogs Iraqi Insurgent Uncredited
2016 The Promise Van
2018 Escape Plan 2: Hades Bookstore Clerk
2018 Backseat Cleric


Year Title Role Notes
2006–2008 NUMB3RS Kaleem Rafiq / Ken Benswrth / Qassim 3 episodes
2007 Dexter Santos Hamanes Episode: "The Dark Defender"
2008 The Shield Armenian Thug Episode: "Money Shot"
2010 24 Mikhail 2 episodes
2010–2018 NCIS: Los Angeles Guard / ISIS Man / Terrorist / Stalker / Iranian / Serbian / Bodyguard #2 7 episodes
2011 CSI: Miami Cole Gryder Episode: "Caged"
2011 Sons of Anarchy Ivo Episode: "Out"
2012, 2017 NCIS Afghani / Enemy Fighter 2 episodes
2013 CSI: NY Egyptian Thug Episode: "Seth and Apep"
2015, 2018 Hawaii Five-0 Shooter / Thug / Gunman 3 episodes
2015 Bones Heavy Episode: "The Murder in the Middle East"
2015 Agent X Good Dignitary Episode: "Fidelity"
2016 Castle Rayas Thug Episode: "Much Ado About Murder"
2016 Person of Interest Heavy Episode: "ShotSeeker"
2016 Fear the Walking Dead Infected Bartender Episode: "Pablo & Jessica"
2017 The Blacklist: Redemption National Police Officer Episode: "Kevin Jensen"
2017 SEAL Team SUV Driver Episode: "The Spinning Wheel"


  1. ^ Sloan, Mike (December 9, 2007). "No bull: 'El Matador' shines at 'The Ultimate Fighter' finale". Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "About". RomanMMA. Retrieved June 10, 2018. 
  3. ^ Filloy, Dustin (October 16, 2013). "The Ultimate Fighter 6: Where Are They Now?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 10, 2018. 
  4. ^ Preston, Tony (February 9, 2009). "TUF 6: Where Are They Now?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 10, 2018. 
  5. ^ Arakelyan, Syune (May 15, 2018). "Exclusive. Actor Roman Mitichyan on visting Armenia with Serj Tankian and new Hollywood projects with Christian Bale and Sylvester Stallone". Style. Retrieved June 10, 2018. 

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