Tyson Pedro

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Tyson Pedro
Born Tyson Pedro
(1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 26)[1]
Sydney, Australia
Other names Kangaroo Paws
Nationality Australian
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 205.5 lb (93.2 kg; 14.68 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 79 in (201 cm)
Style Jiu-Jitsu, Kempo, Boxing
Fighting out of Sydney, Australia
Team Lions High Performance Centre
Rank Black belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Black belt in Kempo[2]
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active 2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 9
Wins 7
By knockout 2
By submission 5
Losses 2
By submission 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Tyson Pedro (born 17 September 1991) is an Australian mixed martial artist who competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of 26 July 2018, he is the #14 ranked contender in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings.[3]


Pedro is an Australian of Spanish American and Samoan heritage.[4][5]

He is the son of John Pedro who owned King of the Cage in Australia[6] and was one of exponent MMA and fighters fought in the first cage fight in Australia.[7][8] With seven black belts of different combat sport style,[8] John Pedro introduced Pedro 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.[9][8]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

After winning over Kiwi Steven Warby at Australia Fighting Championship via a rear-naked choke, Pedro called UFC president Dana White personally asking to add him at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson at Melbourne should any fighters pull out from the event. He was added from card reshuffling after Luke Rockhold withdrew from the event due to a sprained anterior cruciate ligament.[10][7][11]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[12]

Pedro faced Paul Craig on 4 March 2017 at UFC 209.[13] He won the bout via first round TKO.[14]

Pedro fought Ilir Latifi on 9 September 2017 at UFC 215.[15] He lost the fight via unanimous decision, handing Pedro his first professional loss.[16]

Pedro faced Saparbek Safarov on 11 February 2018 at UFC 221 winning the match with a submission due to a kimura hold in the 1st round.[17]

Pedro faced Ovince Saint Preux on June 23, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 132.[18] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[19]

On 10 August, 2018 it was revealed that Pedro had signed a new, six-fight contract with UFC.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Pedro is married to Rosie. He is the son of John Pedro, who is famous for bringing MMA to Australia.[21]

Pedro's brother in law is UFC heavyweight fighter Tai Tuivasa.[22][23]

Pedro is a fan of the Penrith Panthers, a professional Rugby League team in Australia.[24]

As of December 2017, Pedro hosted "The Halfcast Podcast" with Tai Tuivasa as co-host.[25][26][27]

He is named after former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson [28]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 7–2 Ovince Saint Preux Submission (straight armbar) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards June 23, 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tyson Pedro". Tapology. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tyson Pedro - Official UFC Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved 16 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Humans of the Islands: Tyson Pedro". The Coconet.tv. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  5. ^ "What's Fresh –Tyson Pedro dominates in UFC debut". niufm.com. Retrieved 2017-05-04. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Cooke, Richard (2017-12-02). "Fists of fate: Tyson Pedro, 26, mixed martial artist". The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 2017-12-22. 
  7. ^ a b "A Quick Chat With Tyson Pedro On The Eve Of The Fight Of His Life: UFC Fight Night 101". Sports. 2016-11-24. Retrieved 2017-12-22. 
  8. ^ a b c "Pedro to fight at UFC Melbourne". Retrieved 2017-12-22. 
  9. ^ "Meet Tyson Pedro: West Sydney's Man in UFC Fight Night 101". Vice Sports. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  10. ^ Oates, Alex (19 October 2016). "Rising MMA star Tyson Pedro calls on UFC boss Dana White to add him to the UFC Melbourne card". Herald Sun. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "Rockhold vs. Souza 2 rematch canceled". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-12-22. 
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night 101 Bonuses: Robert Whittaker Pockets $100K for First-Round TKO". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  13. ^ "Australian light-heavyweight Tyson Pedro to take on Paul Craig at UFC 209". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  14. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-03-04). "UFC 209 results: Tyson Pedro puts Paul Craig away in first with vicious elbows". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  15. ^ Johan Taliercio (2017-06-28). "Ilir Latifi ready for new match - get unreserved opponent on UFC 215". mmanytt.se. Retrieved 2017-06-28.  (in Swedish)
  16. ^ "UFC 215 results: Ilir Latifi's wrestling hands Tyson Pedro first pro loss". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-10. Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  17. ^ "UFC locks in first bouts for Perth event". The West Australian. 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  18. ^ Sherdog.com. "Ovince St. Preux vs. Tyson Pedro, Two Other Bouts Booked for UFC Fight Night 132 in Singapore". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-04-15. 
  19. ^ "UFC Fight Night 132 results: Ovince Saint Preux gets dropped early but submits Tyson Pedro". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2018-06-23. 
  20. ^ Nathan Zur (August 10, 2018). "Aussie Duo Tai Tuivasa, Tyson Pedro Both Sign New Six-Fight Contracts With The UFC". sherdog.com. 
  21. ^ "FC 209: Tyson Pedro out to hit it hard in Las Vegas, just like the man he was named after, Mike Tyson". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  22. ^ "UFC 209: Tyson Pedro out to hit it hard in Las Vegas, just like the man he was named after, Mike Tyson". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  23. ^ "Tai Tuivasa to join UFC on four-fight deal and will fight in heavyweight division". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  24. ^ "UFC 209: Western Sydney's Tyson Pedro set for the big time". the Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  25. ^ The halfcast podcast (2017-10-30), The Halfcast Podcast #1, retrieved 2017-12-24 
  26. ^ The halfcast podcast (2017-11-23), The Halfcast Podcast #2, retrieved 2017-12-24 
  27. ^ The halfcast podcast (2017-12-07), The Halfcast Podcast #3, retrieved 2017-12-24 
  28. ^ Walshaw, Nick. "UFC 209: Tyson Pedro out to hit it hard in Las Vegas, just like the man he was named after, Mike Tyson". 

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