17 September 1991
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Other names||Kangaroo Paws|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205.5 lb (93.2 kg; 14.68 st)|
|Reach||79 in (201 cm)|
|Style||Jiu-Jitsu, Kempo, Boxing|
|Fighting out of||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Team||Lions High Performance Centre|
|Rank||Black belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu |
Black belt in Kempo
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
He is the son of John Pedro, who owned King of the Cage in Australia and was one of exponent MMA and fighters fought in the first cage fight in Australia. With seven black belts of different combat sport style, Pedro was introduced to Japanese jiu-jitsu (a.k.a. jujutsu) at the age of 4. From jujutsu, he progressed to boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu before eventually fighting MMA.
Mixed martial arts career
After winning over Kiwi Steven Warby at Australian Fighting Championship 17 via rear-naked choke, Pedro called UFC president Dana White and personally asked him to fight at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson in Melbourne, should any fighters pull out from the event. He was added to the card after Luke Rockhold withdrew from the event due to a sprained anterior cruciate ligament.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Pedro made his promotional debut against Khalil Rountree on 15 November 2016 at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson. He won the fight via submission in round 1, for which he was awarded with a Performance of the Night bonus.
On 10 August 2018, it was revealed that Pedro had signed a new, six-fight contract with the UFC.
Pedro faced Maurício Rua on 2 December 2018 at UFC Fight Night 142. Rua defeating Pedro via technical knockout in round three, finishing Pedro with a flurry of strikes after Pedro suffered a leg injury and was unable to defend himself.
Pedro is expected to be sidelined for the majority of 2019 as he recovers from knee reconstruction surgery.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|10 matches||7 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||7–3||Maurício Rua||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa||2 December 2018||3||0:43||Adelaide, Australia|
|Loss||7–2||Ovince Saint Preux||Submission (straight armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards||23 June 2018||1||2:54||Kallang, Singapore|
|Win||7–1||Saparbek Safarov||Submission (kimura)||UFC 221||10 February 2018||1||3:54||Perth, Australia|
|Loss||6–1||Ilir Latifi||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 215||9 September 2017||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||6–0||Paul Craig||TKO (elbows)||UFC 209||4 March 2017||1||4:10||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–0||Khalil Rountree Jr.||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson||27 November 2016||1||4:07||Melbourne, Australia||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||4–0||Stephen Warby||Submission (rear-naked choke)||AFC 17||15 October 2016||1||3:05||Melbourne, Australia|
|Win||3–0||Don Endermann||Submission (rear-naked choke)||AFC 16: Sosoli vs. Tuivasa||18 June 2016||1||2:27||Melbourne, Australia|
|Win||2–0||Michael Fitzgerald||Submission (guillotine choke)||Urban Fight Night 6: Make or Break||12 March 2016||1||2:20||Liverpool, Australia|
|Win||1–0||Charlie Ngaheu||KO (punch)||Eternal MMA 3: Friday Night Fights||23 September 2013||1||0:31||Coolangatta, Australia|
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- @tyson_pedro_ (February 8, 2019). "Tried to surprise my mestre & professor tonight, but that's why he's the mestre because he did the double surprise. He asks me to come on the mat and I tried to tell him I have my hat & no gi, he looked at me with the it wasn't a request eyes & presented me with my black belt. 🙏🏽" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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