Wilson Reis

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Wilson Reis
Born (1985-01-06) January 6, 1985 (age 35)
Januária, Minas Gerais, Brazil
ResidenceSan Diego, California, United States
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Reach65 in (165 cm)[1]
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Submission Wrestling
Fighting out ofSan Diego, California[2]
TeamAlliance MMA
G13 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank     Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roberto Godoi[3]
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
By submission10
By decision13
By knockout4
By submission1
By decision5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Wilson Reis Monte Alto Gonçalves (born January 6, 1985, in Januária) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Flyweight division. Reis is the former EliteXC Bantamweight Champion and has also competed for UFC, Bellator, ShoXC and Cage Warriors. Reis also appeared as an assistant Jiu-Jitsu coach in Dominick Cruz's team on The Ultimate Fighter: Live.


Reis received his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from instructor Roberto Godoi. As a brown belt he won the 2004 Jiu Jitsu World Championships. Reis was crowned the first and only EliteXC Bantamweight champion on September 26, 2008. He trains at BJJ United in Pennsylvania and at Daddis Fight Camps in New Jersey and Philadelphia. He previously taught Brazilian jiu-jitsu and No-gi at Tri-State Martial Arts Academy in Levittown, Pennsylvania. Reis formerly competed in Bellator Fighting Championships. He competed for the first time in his native Brazil in WFE 11 - Platinum, winning by submission.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]


Reis debuted for the EliteXC promotion on their ShoXC series in January 2008. He later appeared on their main cards at EliteXC: Primetime and EliteXC: Unfinished Business.

In September 2008, Reis defeated Abel Cullum to win the vacant EliteXC Bantamweight Championship.

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

In January 2009, it was announced that Reis reached an exclusive agreement with Bellator Fighting Championships.[5] Wilson Reis defeated Henry Martinez on April 10, 2009, at Bellator 2 in the first round of the Featherweight Tournament.[6] He experienced his first loss against Joe Soto in the semi-finals at Bellator 6.

Reis was scheduled to make his Japanese debut for World Victory Road at Sengoku 12 on March 7, 2010.[7] However, Reis withdrew from the show in order to compete in season 2 of the Bellator Fighting Championships.

Reis was victorious in the first round of the Bellator featherweight tournament, defeating Shad Lierley via submission in the third round, after dominating the entire fight with this superior ground game. He advanced to the semi-finals to face Patricio Freire who held a 13-0 record. Reis lost via unanimous decision, his second career loss.

Reis faced Deividas Taurosevičius on October 21, 2010, at Bellator 33.[8] He won the fight via split decision.

Reis then competed in the Bellator Season Four Featherweight tournament and won his quarterfinal fight against Zac George at Bellator 37 by submission in the first round.

Reis then had a rematch with Patricio Freire in the semifinals at Bellator 41, but lost via KO in the third round.

Reis dropped down to Bantamweight and competed in the Bellator Season Five Bantamweight tournament. In the quarterfinals, he faced Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 51, losing by second-round KO (flying knee and punches).


After losing two consecutive fights in a row, Reis has been released from the Bellator promotion along with Dan Hornbuckle.[9]

Reis then competed in Win Fight & Entertainment (WFE), appearing for the first time in his native Brazil in WFE 11 - Platinum in December 2011. He defeated Bruno "Demente" Menezes by rear naked choke.[10]

On December 8, 2012, Reis fought for Europe's top organization Cage Warriors and defeated Owen Roddy by third-round submission in one of the fights of the year in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In August 2013, it was announced that Reis had signed with the UFC. Reis was expected to face Hugo Viana at UFC Fight Night 28 on September 4, 2013.[11] However, just days before the event Viana was forced out of the bout with an injury, removing their fight from the card altogether.[12]

A few days after that announcement, Reis was again sought as a replacement. He stepped in to face Ivan Menjivar on September 21, 2013, at UFC 165, replacing Norifumi Yamamoto.[13] Reis was successful in his debut, winning via unanimous decision.[14]

Reis faced Iuri Alcântara on February 15, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 36.[15] He lost the fight via split decision.[16]

Reis was briefly linked to a bout with Pedro Munhoz on May 31, 2014, at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale.[17] However, the bout never materialized as Reis was replaced by promotional newcomer Matt Hobar.[18]

For his next fight, Reis moved down to the flyweight division. He was expected to face Tim Elliott on August 23, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 49.[19] However, Elliott pulled out of the bout in the days leading up to the event. Reis instead faced promotional newcomer Joby Sanchez.[20] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[21]

Reis next faced Scott Jorgensen on October 25, 2014, at UFC 179.[22] He won the fight by submission in the first round. Reis hurt Jorgensen with a body kick and backed up in pain, then immediately after shot in and successfully got the takedown on Jorgensen and passed to mount where he secured to an arm-triangle choke where Jorgensen was forced to tap.[23]

Reis faced Jussier Formiga on May 30, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 67.[24] He lost the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.[25]

Reis faced Dustin Ortiz on January 30, 2015, at UFC on Fox 18.[26] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[27]

Reis was expected to face current Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson on July 30, 2016, at UFC 201.[28] However, on July 8, it was announced that Johnson pulled out due to an undisclosed injury and the bout was postponed.[29] Reis remained on the card against promotional newcomer Hector Sandoval.[30] He won the fight via submission in the first round.[31]

Reis faced Ulka Sasaki on February 11, 2017, at UFC 208.[32] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[33]

UFC Flyweight Title Challenge[edit]

Reis faced Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson on April 15, 2017 at UFC on Fox 24.[34] After a one-sided affair through the first two rounds, Reis suffered his first loss by submission as Johnson won via armbar in the third round.[35]

Post title shot[edit]

Reis faced Henry Cejudo on September 9, 2017 at UFC 215[36] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[37]

Reis faced John Moraga on April 14, 2018 at UFC on Fox 29.[38] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[39]

Reis faced Ben Nguyen on December 2, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 142.[40] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[41]

As the last fight of his prevailing contract, Reis faced Alexandre Pantoja on April 13, 2019 at UFC 236.[42][43] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[44] Subsequently, UFC opted not to renew Reis' contract.[43]

Post-UFC career[edit]

On February 18, 2020, news surfaced that Reis signed a contract with ARES FC.[45]

Grappling career[edit]

Wilson Reis is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Roberto Godoi.

In 2004, Reis won the Brazilian jiu-jitsu World Championships as a Brown Belt.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
33 matches 23 wins 10 losses
By knockout 0 4
By submission 10 1
By decision 13 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 23–10 Alexandre Pantoja TKO (punches) UFC 236 April 13, 2019 1 2:58 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 23–9 Ben Nguyen Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa December 2, 2018 3 5:00 Adelaide, Australia
Loss 22–9 John Moraga Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje April 14, 2018 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Loss 22–8 Henry Cejudo TKO (punches) UFC 215 September 9, 2017 2 0:25 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 22–7 Demetrious Johnson Submission (armbar) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis April 15, 2017 3 4:49 Kansas City, Missouri, United States For the UFC Flyweight Championship.
Win 22–6 Ulka Sasaki Decision (unanimous) UFC 208 February 11, 2017 3 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States
Win 21–6 Hector Sandoval Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 201 July 30, 2016 1 1:49 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 20–6 Dustin Ortiz Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader January 30, 2016 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss 19–6 Jussier Formiga Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves May 30, 2015 3 5:00 Goiânia, Brazil
Win 19–5 Scott Jorgensen Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 179 October 25, 2014 1 3:28 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Catchweight (128 lbs) bout; Jorgensen missed weight.
Win 18–5 Joby Sanchez Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos August 23, 2014 3 5:00 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Flyweight debut.
Loss 17–5 Iuri Alcântara Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi February 15, 2014 3 5:00 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Win 17–4 Ivan Menjivar Decision (unanimous) UFC 165 September 21, 2013 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 16–4 Owen Roddy Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Warriors: 50 December 8, 2012 3 1:32 Glasgow, Scotland
Win 15–4 Billy Vaughan Submission (arm-triangle choke) Matrix Fights 7 October 26, 2012 1 3:28 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 14–4 Cody Stevens Decision (unanimous) Matrix Fights 6 July 13, 2012 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 13–4 Bruno Menezes Submission (rear-naked choke) WFE 11 - Platinum December 16, 2011 1 3:20 Salvador, Brazil Won the WFE Bantamweight Championship.
Loss 12–4 Eduardo Dantas KO (flying knee and punches) Bellator 51 September 24, 2011 2 1:02 Canton, Ohio, United States Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 12–3 Patricio Freire KO (punches) Bellator 41 April 16, 2011 3 3:29 Yuma, Arizona, United States Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 12–2 Zac George Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 37 March 19, 2011 1 2:09 Concho, Oklahoma, United States Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 11–2 Deividas Taurosevicius Decision (split) Bellator 33 October 21, 2010 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 10–2 Patricio Freire Decision (unanimous) Bellator 18 May 13, 2010 3 5:00 Monroe, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 10–1 Shad Lierley Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 14 April 15, 2010 3 3:33 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 9–1 Dwayne Shelton Decision (unanimous) Locked in the Cage 1 November 20, 2009 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Won the Extreme Force Featherweight Championship.
Win 8–1 Roberto Vargas Decision (split) Bellator 10 June 5, 2009 3 5:00 Ontario, California, United States
Loss 7–1 Joe Soto Decision (unanimous) Bellator 6 May 8, 2009 3 5:00 Robstown, Texas, United States Bellator Season 1 Featherweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 7–0 Henry Martinez Decision (unanimous) Bellator 2 April 10, 2009 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator Season 1 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 6–0 Abel Cullum Decision (unanimous) ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series September 26, 2008 5 5:00 Santa Ynez, California, United States Won the inaugural Elite XC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Bryan Caraway Decision (unanimous) EliteXC: Unfinished Business July 26, 2008 3 5:00 Stockton, California, United States
Win 4–0 Justin Robbins Submission (rear-naked choke) EliteXC: Primetime May 31, 2008 1 4:06 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Zach Makovsky Submission (arm-triangle choke) ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series January 25, 2008 2 1:15 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Diego Jimenez Submission (rear-naked choke) CITC: Fearless Fighters Return October 6, 2007 1 2:00 Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Baba Shigeyasu Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 81 July 28, 2007 3 5:00 West Orange, New Jersey, United States


See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United Instructors". Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
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  5. ^ "Wilson Reis expected to sign with the Bellator Fighting Championships". Five Ounces of Pain.
  6. ^ http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=8329&zoneid=13
  7. ^ "Sengoku Raiden Championships 12 matchups include champ Jorge Santiago, Wilson Reis". mmajunkie.com. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  8. ^ "REIS VS. TAUROSEVICIUS AT BELLATOR 33". mmaweekly.com. 2010-09-23.
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  10. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/events/WFE-11-Platinum-18911
  11. ^ Staff (2013-08-21). "Wilson Reis replaces injured Johny Bedford against Hugo Viana at UFN 28". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
  12. ^ Staff (2013-09-02). "Hugo Viana vs. Wilson Reis pulled from Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 28 lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
  13. ^ Cameron Gidari (2013-09-02). "Wilson Reis Replaces "Kid" Yamamoto, Faces Ivan Menjivar at UFC 165". MMAdiehards.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
  14. ^ Dave Doyle (2013-09-21). "UFC 165 results: Wilson Reis upsets Ivan Menjivar in UFC debut". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  15. ^ Staff (2013-12-19). "Yuri Alcantara meets Wilson Reis at UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-12-19.
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  17. ^ Ivan Raupp (2014-04-08). "UFC agenda Wilson Reis x Pedro Munhoz para o TUF Brasil 3 Finale (Brazilian Portuguese)". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
  18. ^ Mick Maynard (April 15, 2014). "Matt Hobar Recent Legacy Champ Off To The UFC; New Champ Crowned At Legacy 32". mikethetruth.com.
  19. ^ Staff (2014-06-11). "Tim Elliott vs. Wilson Reis booked for UFC Fight Night 49 in Tulsa". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
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  29. ^ Mike Bohn (2016-07-08). "Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson injured, out of UFC 201 title fight with Wilson Reis". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  30. ^ Dana Becker (2016-07-18). "Team Alpha Male's Hector Sandoval Takes On Wilson Reis At UFC 201". mmanews.com. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
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  38. ^ Staff (2018-02-03). "Ex-title challengers John Moraga, Wilson Reis meet at UFC on FOX 29 in Arizona". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
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  40. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-08-11). "Wilson Reis meets Ben Nguyen during UFC Adelaide in Flyweight clash" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  41. ^ Sherdog.com. "UFC Fight Night 142 Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
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  44. ^ "UFC 236 results: Max Griffin takes home hard-fought decision in Zelim Imadaev grudge match". MMA Junkie. 2019-04-14. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  45. ^ Farah Hannoun (February 18, 2020). "Ex-UFC flyweight title challenger Wilson Reis signs with ARES FC". mmajunkie.com.
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External links[edit]

New championship 1st Elite XC Bantamweight Champion
September 26, 2008 - October 20, 2008
Succeeded by
Elite XC ceased operations