Vagner Rocha

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Vagner Rocha
Vagner Rocha.jpg
Born (1982-06-06) June 6, 1982 (age 34)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other names Ceará
Residence Pembroke Pines, Florida
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Division Featherweight (2012-present)
Lightweight (2011)
Welterweight (2009-2011)
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States
Team Vagner Rocha Martial Arts
Rank 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 14
By knockout 3
By submission 8
By decision 3
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 2
Website [1]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: May 18, 2010

Vagner Rocha (born June 6, 1982 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and professional mixed martial artist, currently competing in the lightweight division.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Primarily known for his expertise in Brazilian jiu-jitsu,[1] Rocha began his MMA career in 2009. In addition to regional promotions in his adopted state of Florida, Rocha has competed for Bellator and Strikeforce.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Vagner made his UFC debut on June 11, 2011 against Donald Cerrone at UFC 131, replacing an injured Mac Danzig.[2] Cerrone dominated Rocha by utilizing leg kicks, Rocha lost via unanimous decision.

In his second UFC bout Rocha defeated Ultimate Fighter 14 alumni Cody McKenzie on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 25 by submission due to a rear naked choke in the second round.[3]

Rocha was expected to make his featherweight debut against Mike Brown on January 15, 2012 at UFC on FX 1.[4] However, Brown was forced from the bout with an injury. Rocha instead made his featherweight debut against Jonathan Brookins on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1.[5] He lost the fight via KO in the first round. After the loss to Brookins, Rocha was subsequently released from the promotion.[6]

Fight Time Promotions[edit]

Rocha faced Mike Bruno on November 2, 2012 at Fight Time 12. Rocha won the fight by submission due to a triangle choke in the second round.

Rocha faced Kamrin Naville on February 15, 2013 at Fight Time 13. Rocha won the fight by unanimous decision.

Rocha faced J.P. Reese on April 26, 2013 at Fight Time 14. Rocha won the fight by submission in the fifth round.

Rocha faced journeyman Randy Barroso on August 23, 2013 at Fight Time 16. Rocha won the fight by submission in the first round.

Return to UFC[edit]

On April 20, 2014, it was announced that Rocha would return at UFC 172 to replace Yancy Medeiros, who shifted in the card to face Jim Miller, against Joe Ellenberger.[7] However, Rocha suffered a last-minute training injury and the bout was removed from the card.[8]

Rocha faced Jake Matthews on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 55.[9] He lost the fight due to technical submission in the second round.

Rocha was expected to face promotional newcomer Joseph Duffy on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185.[10] However, Rocha pulled out of the bout in early February citing injury and was replaced by Jake Lindsey.[11] Rocha was subsequently released from the promotion.[12]

Titles and accomplishments[edit]

  • Fight Time Promotions
    • Fight Time Lightweight Championship (One time)
    • ISKA Lightweight Championship (One time)

Personal life[edit]

He is married, has 2 kids and currently resides in Pembroke Pines, Florida where he teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Vagner Rocha Martial Arts.[13]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–4 Yoislandy Izquierdo Decision (unanimous) Fight Time 35: A New Era February 17, 2017 5 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 13–4 Rafael da Silva Alves TKO (leg kicks) Fight Time 32 August 12, 2016 3 2:36 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 12–4 Gabriel Miranda TKO (punches) Fight Time 30 April 22, 2016 1 4:35 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Loss 11–4 Jake Matthews Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping November 8, 2014 2 1:52 Sydney, Australia
Win 11–3 Randy Barroso Submission (triangle choke) Fight Time 16: Rocha vs. Barroso August 23, 2013 1 3:09 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Defended the Fight Time Lightweight Championship
Win 10–3 J.P. Reese Submission (rear-naked choke) Fight Time 14: This Means War! April 26, 2013 5 2:18 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Defended the Fight Time Lightweight Championship
Win 9–3 Kamrin Naville Decision (unanimous) Fight Time 13: MMA Kings February 15, 2013 3 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Non-title bout
Win 8–3 Mike Bruno Submission (triangle choke) Fight Time 12: Warriors Collide November 2, 2012 2 0:53 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Won the Fight Time Promotions and ISKA Lightweight Championship
Loss 7–3 Jonathan Brookins KO (punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger February 15, 2012 1 1:32 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Featherweight debut
Win 7–2 Cody McKenzie Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger September 17, 2011 2 3:49 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Loss 6–2 Donald Cerrone Decision (unanimous) UFC 131 June 11, 2011 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 6–1 Jacob Clark Submission (armbar) MFA: New Generation 5 May 7, 2011 1 2:32 Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 5–1 Bret Bergmark Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum June 26, 2010 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 5–0 Francisco Soares TKO (punches) Bellator 13 April 8, 2010 2 2:07 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 4–0 Patrick Mikesz Submission (armbar) Action Fight League: Rock-N-Rumble 2 March 5, 2010 1 2:10 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Renato Puente Submission (armbar) NDC 1: Peru vs. American Top Team October 17, 2009 1 1:06 Lima, Peru
Win 2–0 Igor Gracie Decision (unanimous) Bellator 11 June 12, 2009 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 1–0 Alan Arzeno Submission (rear-naked choke) XCF: Rumble in Racetown 1 February 14, 2009 1 0:42 Daytona Beach, Florida, United States

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Mac Danzig out at UFC 131, Vagner Rocha now faces Donald Cerrone". May 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Vagner Rocha vs. Cody McKenzie added to UFC Fight Night 25 in New Orleans". July 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mike Brown vs. Vagner Rocha added to UFC on FX 1". November 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 1 adds Brookins vs. Rocha". January 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ Guilherme Cruz (February 24, 2012). "Vagner Rocha cut from the UFC following loss to Jonathan Brookins". 
  7. ^ MMA Fighting Newswire (April 20, 2014). "Vagner Rocha vs. Joe Ellenberger being targeted for UFC 172". 
  8. ^ Staff (April 23, 2014). "Vagner Rocha hurt, UFC 172 bout with Joe Ellenberger scrapped". 
  9. ^ Matt Erickson (September 11, 2014). "Five bouts added to UFC Fight Night 55 in Australia". Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ Staff (January 19, 2015). "Joseph Duffy meets Vagner Rocha at UFC 185 in Dallas". Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  11. ^ Jason Floyd (2015-02-04). "Jake Lindsey replaces an injured Vagner Rocha, meets Joseph Duffy at UFC 185". Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  12. ^ Matt Boone (19 October 2015). "17 Additional Fighters Released From UFC". Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
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