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Ronnie Mann
BornRonnie Mann
(1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 32)
Bangkok, Thailand
Other namesKid Ninja
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Fighting out ofCheltenham, England, United Kingdom
TeamIron Mann Gym
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Braulio Estima
Years active2003–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission11
By decision8
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision6
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ronnie Mann (born 12 October 1986) is an English professional mixed martial artist who competes in the featherweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2003, Mann has mostly fought in England and Japan.

Mann is a veteran of the former top English organisation Cage Rage Championships and was a quarter-finalist in the Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix in 2009, losing to Hatsu Hioki. Mann is also the current Shark Fights Featherweight champion, after defeating Doug Evans in September 2010.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Background and early career[edit]

Mann grew up in Cheltenham, England. Mann also idolised Marco Ruas and Royce Gracie as a youngster after being introduced to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Mann began taking Muay Thai lessons at the age of 11 and participated in jiu-jitsu and kickboxing tournaments at the age of 13. Mann competed in his first amateur fight at the age of 16 and turned professional a year later.[1] In Japan, he fought under the name of Ronnie Ushiwaka, his mother's maiden name.[2]( His Mothers Maiden Name was Promlert (THAI) Mann's professional mixed martial arts career began in November 2003 with a win over Andy Dicks.[3] A few months later, Mann made his Shooto debut, at Shooto Holland where he won via triangle choke after 56 seconds.[4] Staying in Holland, Mann won a further fight, knocking his opponent out in under two minutes.[5] Mann then recorded five successive submission victories.[3]

Domestic prominence[edit]

In mid-2006, Mann signed with top domestic organisation, Cage Rage and made his promotional debut at the Cage Rage: Contenders 1 event against Ashleigh Grimshaw. Mann later stated that the fight was one of his toughest, especially after being hit with an early low blow.[6] The organisation, at the time, adopted the "open guard rule," allowing fighters to stomp on each other. At the end of the third round, the fight was declared a draw, despite Mann feeling that he had the better of the fight, after a knockdown in the first round and a triangle choke attempt in the second round.[6]

Mann later joined the Cage Gladiators promotion in England and made his promotional debut at Cage Gladiators 2, against Denas Banevicius, winning via submission (strikes) at 1:42 of the first round.[3] Three months later, Mann returned at Cage Gladiators 3, defeating Chris Freeborn via submission (triangle choke) at 2:46 of the first round.[3]

At Cage Rage 20, in a rematch with Ashleigh Grimshaw, whom Mann had earlier drawn with, Mann controlled the stand-up and the top position on the floor. Towards the end of the fight, Grimshaw attempted a comeback, utilising ground-and-pound offense, though Mann was declared the winner via unanimous decision after three rounds.[7]

Mann's next fight (and third in the Cage Rage organisation) was against top domestic prospect, Robbie Olivier. The fight saw both fighters neutralise the other's ground game. In the stand-up, Mann was regarded as being unusually tentative, which gave Olivier the opportunity to take him to the floor, where again, neither fighter was able to advance position or do anything of note. After three rounds, Olivier was declared the winner via unanimous decision.[8]

At Cage Rage 24, Mann faced Jordan Miller, who took the fight at short notice.[9] Mann was able to take Miller down almost immediately in the fight and took a rear naked choke. Mann dominated from that point and soon after, transitioned to a triangle choke after just 53 seconds of the first round.[10]

After this, Cage Rage became defunct and Mann re-joined Cage Gladiators, immediately competing against Frederic Fernandez for the Cage Gladiators World Featherweight Championship at the Cage Gladiators 6 event. Mann was able to utilise his wrestling skills again, dominating the takedowns, neutralising his opponent. Mann was able to take the unanimous decision after effective striking, leading Sherdog to once again label him "a star in the making."[11]

Mann was then scheduled to face future World Extreme Cagefighting standout Brad Pickett, though the fight was later cancelled after Pickett suffered a broken arm defending a high kick.[12]

Mann instead took a fight in Croatia, defeating Ivica Djebic via TKO (injury).[3] Returning to Cage Gladiators at the Cage Gladiators 8 event, Mann defeated Steve McCombe via submission (choke) in the first round.[3]


Mann then signed with Sengoku Raiden Championship in Japan, to participate in their Featherweight Grand Prix. In the opening round, Mann faced Tetsuya Yamada and defeated him via unanimous decision (30–29, 30–29, 30–29). During the first round of the fight, Mann was able to land powerful punches, before falling into a deep kneebar attempt from Yamada. After escaping, Mann was able to gain top position to end the first round.[13] The second round saw Yamada attempt a standing Kimura, which was fought off by Mann, who was later able to take down Yamada twice, whilst fighting off a second kimura attempt.[13] The final round saw poor kickboxing attempts by Yamada, which was countered by two takedowns. Finally, Mann looked to utilise an ankle lock, which was reversed into another kneebar by Yamada. After the third round ended, Mann was declared the winner via decision.[13]

In the quarter finals of the tournament, Mann faced early tournament favourite, Hatsu Hioki who had previously defeated World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Chris Manuel.[14] Mann weighed in at 142.6 lbs, whilst Hioki, who was unbeaten in his last seven fights, weighed in at 143.3 lbs. Mann stated that "[I] plan for an exciting and explosive fight."[15]

During the fight, Mann was able to land several successful punches, before Hioki took Mann down with a trip, where he was able to land knees and execute a D'arce choke. After scrambling to avoid an armbar attempt, Mann fell to a triangle choke, tapping out at 3:09 of the first round.[16] After the fight, Mann stated "I started off well, standing up, but I fell into his game. Fell into his trap. The punches were only small punches, but it was the triangle that was slowly coming on, so in the end, I tapped."[16]

After his elimination from the Featherweight Grand Prix, Mann competed in his third fight in Sengoku against Shigeki Osawa, who Sherdog labelled a talented young prospect.[17] After three rounds, Mann was victorious, via unanimous decision.[18]

Move to North America[edit]

Mann still had one more fight left on his Sengoku contract and also expressed a desire to join World Extreme Cagefighting and eventually fight Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo.[1]

Despite his contract with Sengoku, Mann went on to make his North American debut against Doug Evans on 11 September 2010 at Shark Fights 13.[19] The bout saw Mann hit Evans with multiple combinations and low kicks, before utilising a flying knee. Evans counter-attacked with takedowns, which he kept up into the final round. Mann won the bout via split decision (47–48, 48–47, 48–47) to become the new Shark Fights Featherweight champion.[20]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

On 17 February, it was announced Mann had signed with Bellator Fighting Championships.[21] He had his first fight for the promotion against Josh Arocho at Bellator 42.[22] Mann was able to dominate the fight with superior wrestling and won the fight via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27).

That win earned Mann a place in the Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament where he faced Adam Schindler at Bellator 46 in his quarter final match-up. Mann stuffed all attempts from the wrestler to take the fight to the ground before he scored a stunning first round KO win with a right uppercut left hook combination which dropped Schindler before swarming on him with hammerfists to leave him unconscious on the mat.[23]

Mann faced Pat Curran in the Featherweight tournament semifinals at Bellator 47. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Mann fought Kenny Foster at Bellator 53 for a spot in the next Featherweight tournament. He dominated the stand-up but then got taken down which gave him the opportunity to finish via submission (triangle choke) in the first round.

Mann was defeated by Mike Corey via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) in the Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament. In the first round he dropped Corey twice, but was outwrestled in the next two to lose the decision.

Cage Warriors[edit]

On 6 June 2013 Cage Warriors announced that they signed Mann to a five fight deal.[24] He is scheduled to meet Jose Luis Zapater at Cage Warriors 57.[25] And he would go on to defeat Zapater by way of TKO (punches) in the 1st round.

He next fought Marat Pekov at Cage Warriors Fight Night 9 on 25 October 2013. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Mann faced Marcelo Costa at Cage Warriors 68 on 3 May 2014. Mann lost the fight via rear naked choke in the second round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 25–9–1 Damien Lapilus Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 28 24 February 2017 3 5:00 Belfast, Northern Island For the vacant BAMMA Featherweight Championship.
Win 25–8–1 Graham Turner KO (punch) BAMMA 25 14 May 2016 1 1:18 Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Loss 24–8–1 Shajidul Haque Decision (unanimous) M4TC 17: Long vs. Quinn 23 May 2015 3 5:00 Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom For the vacant M4TC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 24–7–1 Moktar Benkaci Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors 73 1 November 2014 3 5:00 Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Loss 23–7–1 Marcelo Costa Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Warriors 68 3 May 2014 2 3:35 Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Win 23–6–1 Marat Pekov Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors Fight Night 9 25 October 2013 3 5:00 Amman, Jordan
Win 22–6–1 Jose Luis Zapater TKO (punches) Cage Warriors 57 20 July 2013 1 3:19 Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Loss 21–6–1 Rodrigo Lima Decision (unanimous) Bellator 94 28 March 2013 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States Bantamweight debut. Bellator Season 9 Bantamweight Tournament Qualifier.
Loss 21–5–1 Mike Corey Decision (unanimous) Bellator 60 9 March 2012 3 5:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States Bellator Season 6 Featherweight Tournament quarter-final.
Win 21–4–1 Kenny Foster Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 53 8 October 2011 1 3:51 Miami, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 20–4–1 Pat Curran Decision (unanimous) Bellator 47 23 July 2011 3 5:00 Rama, Ontario, Canada Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament semi-final.
Win 20–3–1 Adam Schindler KO (punches) Bellator 46 25 June 2011 1 4:14 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament quarter-final.
Win 19–3–1 Josh Arocho Decision (unanimous) Bellator 42 23 April 2011 3 5:00 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 18–3–1 Doug Evans Decision (split) Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs Prangley 11 September 2010 5 5:00 Amarillo, Texas, United States Won the Shark Fights Featherweight title.
Win 17–3–1 Shigeki Osawa Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11 7 November 2009 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 16–3–1 Hatsu Hioki Submission (triangle choke) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8 2 May 2009 1 3:09 Tokyo, Japan Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix Second Round.
Win 16–2–1 Tetsuya Yamada Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 7 20 March 2009 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix Opening Round.
Win 15–2–1 Steve McCombe Submission (choke) Cage Gladiators 8 27 July 2008 1 N/A England, United Kingdom
Win 14–2–1 Ivica Djebic TKO (injury) WFC 5 - Noc Gladiatora 19 April 2008 N/A N/A Dubrovnik, Croatia
Win 13–2–1 Frederic Fernandez Decision (unanimous) Cage Gladiators 6 2 March 2008 3 5:00 Liverpool, England, United Kingdom Won the Cage Gladiators Featherweight World Championship.
Win 12–2–1 Jordan Miller Submission (triangle choke) Cage Rage 24 1 December 2007 1 0:53 London, England, United Kingdom
Loss 11–2–1 Robbie Olivier Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 22 14 July 2007 3 5:00 London, England, United States For the Cage Rage British Featherweight Championship.
Win 11–1–1 Ashleigh Grimshaw Decision (split) Cage Rage 20 10 February 2007 3 5:00 London, England, United Kingdom
Win 10–1–1 Chris Freeborn Submission (triangle choke) Cage Gladiators 3 3 December 2006 1 2:46 Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Win 9–1–1 Denas Banevicius Submission (strikes) Cage Gladiators 2 3 September 2006 1 1:42 Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Draw 8–1–1 Ashleigh Grimshaw Draw (majority) Cage Rage Contenders 28 May 2006 3 5:00 London, England, United Kingdom
Win 8–1 Harold Roder Submission (armbar) Staredown City 5 February 2006 1 N/A Oostzaan, Holland
Win 7–1 Kyle Davis Submission (triangle choke) House of Pain - Fight Night 4 3 December 2005 1 0:44 Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Loss 6–1 Allan Lee TKO (punches) Intense Fighting 22 October 2005 2 1:18 Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Win 6–0 Marco Dritty Submission (triangle choke) Urban Destruction 2 30 July 2005 1 N/A Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Win 5–0 Gary Howe Submission (choke) Urban Destruction 1 10 April 2005 1 N/A Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Win 4–0 Aaron Blackwell Submission (armbar) Anarchy Fight Night 20 February 2005 1 4:11 England, United Kingdom
Win 3–0 Abdul Bahaj KO (punches) IMA - Fight Mix 19 December 2004 1 1:36 Landsmeer, Holland
Win 2–0 Nayeb Hezam Submission (triangle choke) Shooto Holland - Knockout Gala 3 28 March 2004 1 0:56 Vlissingen, Holland
Win 1–0 Andy Dicks Submission (triangle choke) Grapple and Strike 8 22 November 2003 N/A N/A Kidderminster, England, United Kingdom

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Sengoku XI Predictions & Fight Previews". Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Ronnie Mann". Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Shooto Holland Knockout Gala III". 28 March 2004.
  5. ^ "IMA Mix Fight". 19 December 2004.
  6. ^ a b "Manning Up". 11 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Cage Rage: Esch makes short work of Thompson". 11 February 2007.
  8. ^ "Tedoradze defends Cage Rage title". 15 July 2007.
  9. ^ "Professor X to test Ninja at Cage Rage". 28 November 2007.
  10. ^ "Rua subs Professor X in Cage Rage". 1 December 2007.
  11. ^ "Thompson stops Blackledge at Cage Gladiators". 3 March 2008.
  12. ^ "Pickett primed for FX3 fight". 13 March 2008.
  13. ^ a b c "Sengoku Seventh Battle play-by-play". 20 March 2009.
  14. ^ "Quarterfinal matchups announced for Sengoku GP". 31 March 2009.
  15. ^ "Mann sees problem for Sengoku GP favourite Hioki". 1 May 2009.
  16. ^ a b "Hioki taps Mann to advance in Sengoku GP". 2 May 2009.
  17. ^ "Sengoku Eleventh Battle Preview". 3 November 2009.
  18. ^ "Santiago, Hioki upset in Sengoku". 6 November 2009.
  19. ^ "Shark Fights 13 adds champion Evans, Larson, Herman, Spratt, Mann, Hicks". 28 July 2010. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010.
  20. ^ "Prangley hands Jardine 5th straight loss". 12 September 2010.
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  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 November 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ "Bellator 46 results: Curran, Sandro, Malegarie, Mann advance in 145 pound tourney". 25 June 2011.
  24. ^ "Cage Warriors pays for Bellator release, inks Ronnie Mann". 6 June 2013.
  25. ^ "Ronnie Mann meets Jose Luis Zapater at Cage Warriors 57". 26 June 2013.

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