Yuri Villefort

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Yuri Villefort
Born (1991-03-23) March 23, 1991 (age 28)
Brasília, DF, Brazil[1]
NationalityBrazilian
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight (2012-2013, present)
Lightweight (2009-2010, 2014-2015)
Reach73 in (185 cm)
Fighting out ofBoca Raton, Florida, United States
TeamBlackzilians
American Top Team (formerly)
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total18
Wins11
By knockout4
By submission4
By decision3
Losses7
By submission2
By decision5
Notable relativesDanillo Villefort, brother
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Yuri Villefort (born March 23, 1991) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2009, he has competed for the UFC and Strikeforce.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Yuri started his career in 2009 and fought mainly for Florida-based promotions. With a record of six victories and no losses, Villefort signed with Strikeforce.[2]

Strikeforce[edit]

Villefort was expected to face Travis Bush on July 24, 2011 at Strikeforce Challengers 16: Fodor vs. Terry. However, he was removed from the event due to training injuries.[3]

Villefort made his debut against Quinn Mulhern on May 19, 2012 at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier. He lost via split decision (30–27 Mulhern, 29–28 Villefort, 29–28 Mulhern).[4]

Villefort was expected to face Nah-Shon Burrell on September 29, 2012 at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy.[5] However, the event was cancelled due to headliner and lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez getting injured.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Villefort made his promotional debut against fellow Strikeforce import Nah-Shon Burrell on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. He lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28).[7]

Villefort faced Sean Spencer on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader. He lost the fight via split decision (30–27 Spencer, 29–28 Villefort, 29–28 Spencer).[8] and was subsequently released from the promotion.[9]

Post-UFC career[edit]

Villefort returned to MMA after a one-year hiatus, and faced Chris Bennett at Fight Time 21 on November 7, 2014. Despite being the considerable favorite coming into the fight, Villefort would lose the fight via guillotine choke, just forty-five seconds into the first round.[10]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 11 wins 6 losses
By knockout 4 0
By submission 4 2
By decision 3 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–7 João Zeferino Decision (unanimous) PFL 6 August 16, 2018 3 1:10 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 11–6 Rick Story Decision (unanimous) PFL 3 July 5, 2018 3 5:00 Washington, D.C., United States
Win 11–5 Victor Moreno Submission (guillotine choke) Victory FC 59 December 16, 2017 1 0:29 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Defended Victory FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 10–5 Kassius Holdorf Decision (unanimous) Victory FC 56 April 14, 2017 5 5:00 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Won Victory FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 9–5 Cody Carrillo Decision (unanimous) Victory FC 50 May 21, 2016 3 5:00 Topeka, Kansas, United States
Win 8–5 Kenneth Glenn KO (knee) Victory FC 47 January 29, 2016 1 4:15 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Catchweight bout of 163 lbs.
Win 7–5 Doug Jenkins KO (punches) Gladiator Cage Fights November 21, 2015 1 1:40 St. Charles, Missouri, United States Catchweight bout of 160 lbs.
Loss 6–5 Adam Townsend Decision (unanimous) RFA vs. Legacy FC 1: Pantoja vs. Page May 8, 2015 3 5:00 Robinsonville, Mississippi, United States
Loss 6–4 Chris Bennett Submission (guillotine choke) Fight Time 21: Soares vs. Barroso November 7, 2014 1 0:45 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Returned to Lightweight.
Loss 6–3 Sean Spencer Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader September 4, 2013 3 5:00 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Loss 6–2 Nah-Shon Burrell Decision (unanimous) UFC 157 February 23, 2013 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Catchweight bout (175.8 lb); Burrell missed weight.[11]
Loss 6–1 Quinn Mulhern Decision (split) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier May 19, 2012 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Moved up to Welterweight.
Win 6–0 Jason Fitzhugh Submission (armbar) Action Fight League: Rock-N-Rumble 3 July 4, 2010 2 2:04 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 5–0 Julio César Andrade Decision (unanimous) Bitetti Combat 6 February 25, 2010 3 5:00 Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil
Win 4–0 Joshua Lee TKO (punches) Unconquered 1: November Reign November 20, 2009 2 4:08 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Frank Carrillo KO (punch) G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 2 September 26, 2009 1 4:03 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Win 2–0 Bounmy Somchay Submission (guillotine choke) XFN: Da Matta vs. Thorne May 14, 2009 1 2:22 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 1–0 Lindon Mitchell Submission (heel hook) RW 3: Florida April 24, 2009 1 0:51 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yuri Villefort: official UFC profile". UFC.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  2. ^ MMAjunkie.com staff (May 25, 2011). "Travis Bush vs. Yuri Villefort added to Strikeforce Challengers 16 prelims". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  3. ^ Bloodyelbow.com staff (January 9, 2012). "2011 world MMA scouting report review: welterweights". Bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  4. ^ John Morgan and Steven Marrocco (May 19, 2012). "'Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final' results: Quinn Mulhern outgrapples Yuri Villefort". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  5. ^ MMAjunkie.com staff (August 30, 2012). "Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Yuri Villefort added to 'Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy'". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  6. ^ Matthew Roth (September 24, 2012). "Strikeforce Melendez vs. Healy cancelled due to Gilbert Melendez getting injured". Bleacherreport.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  7. ^ Steven Marrocco (February 23, 2013). "UFC 157 results/photos: Nah-Shon Burrell tops Yuri Villefort in opening thriller". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  8. ^ Combate.com staff (September 4, 2013). "Sean Spencer vence brasileiro Yuri Villefort por decisão dividida" (in Portuguese). Sportv.Globo.com. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  9. ^ Tim Burke (September 28, 2013). "Mike Ricci, three others removed from UFC roster". Bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  10. ^ Rainer Lee (November 10, 2014). "Beyond the Octagon: UFC vets Riki Fukuda and Gilbert Smith, plus Tiger Sarnavskiy's flying knee". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  11. ^ MMAjunkie.com staff (February 22, 2013). "UFC 157 weigh-in results: Ronda Rousey (134.6), Liz Carmouche (133.6) official". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013.

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