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"The Wolverine"

9-4-0

Mike Rio

Mike "The Wolverine" Rio
  • Given Name: Michael Alexander Rio
  • Professional MMA Record: 9-4-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Wolverine
  • Current Streak: 3 Losses
  • Age: 32 | Date of Birth: 1981.07.06
  • Last Fight: January 25, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $16,000 USD
  • Height: 5'9" (176cm) | Reach: 70.0" (178cm)
  • Gym/Affiliation: Zen Jiu-Jitsu
  • Born: Miami, Florida, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Miami, Florida
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook
  • College: Lindenwood University
  • Foundation Style: Wrestling

Mike Rio Wiki Update Wiki

Mike Rio is an American lightweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He is a wrestler and trains out of various gyms around his native Miami, Florida. He was a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter: Live. He has a notable win over John Cofer. Of his nine career wins, eight have been finishes with equal numbers of submissions and T/KOs.


Rio began wrestling at an early age. While in high school, he was a two time state wrestling champ for Miami Southbridge High School that also helped his school win two titles. He would also set the record for fastest pin in the national 103 pound division at four seconds. He went on to wrestle in college and would win a national championship at the junior college level for Harper College as well as a NAIA national champ twice for Lindenwood University. His roommate while at Lindenwood was another future UFC fighter, Jonathan Brookings.

Mike began his professional MMA career in 2008, winning his first six fights before losing a decision to UFC veteran, Efrain Escudero, by decision. He would bounce back winning his next two fights before trying out for The Ultimate Fighter: Live. He would defeat Ali Mclean by submission to earn his way into the house. He was chosen for Dominick Cruz's team as the seventh overall pick.His first fight in the house was against Andy Ogle, but he would be submitted with less than a minute left in the second round. At the end of the show, it was revealed that all fighters on the show would be fighting on the finale except Rio and Ogle who were both injured. 


Rio would still go on to fight for the promotion. He was given a fight with fellow cast member, John Cofer, at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale. He would walk away with an armbar victory in his promotional debut. However, Rio lost his next two fights by first round submission to Francisco Trinaldo and Tony Ferguson. Rio was looking to get back on track against TUF: Live castmate, Daron Cruickshank, at UFC on Fox 10. Throughout the fight, Rio seemed outmatched, but in the second round, he appeared to be close to completing a heel hook submission. His opponent was able to eventually escape even though it appeared that he had the submission locked in. With only four seconds remaining in the second round, Rio would be put down with a headkick and finished with punches on the way to his third consecutive loss.


The Ultimate Fighter 15

Episode 1 Rio def. Ali Maclean by Rear Naked Choke at 3:32 of Round 1

Episode 9 Andy Ogle def. Rio by Rear Naked Choke at 4:19 of Round 2

Last updated 02.13.2014, 9:01 AM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO
4:56 Round 2 of 3, 9:56 Total
Daron Cruickshank
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC on FOX 10: Henderson vs. Thomson
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2014.01.25
Odds: +220 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
#7 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
Loss | Submission
1:52 Round 1 of 3
Tony Ferguson
Ref: Kerry Hatley
UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2013.10.19
Odds: +375 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
UFC 166 Submission of the Night
Loss | Submission | Choke
3:08 Round 1 of 3
Francisco Trinaldo
Ref: Kevin Mulhall
UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2013.05.18
Odds: +270 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:11 Round 3 of 3, 14:11 Total
John Cofer
Ref: Kim Winslow
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2012.12.15
Odds: -125 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:53 Round 1 of 3
John Ortolani
Ref: Jorge Alonso
CFA 4: Izquierdo vs. Cenoble
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2011.12.17
Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:01 Round 1 of 3
Zach Juusola
Ref: Troy Waugh
CFA 3: Howard vs Olson
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2011.10.09
Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Efrain Escudero
CFA 2: McCorkle vs Befort
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2011.07.23
Weigh-In: 154.8 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Sylvain Bynum Mixed Fighting Alliance 2011.02.12
Win | Submission | Choke Jimmy Chaikong G-Force Fights 2010.11.18
Win | Decision | Unanimous Mike Bruno Mixed Fighting Alliance 2010.09.18
Win | Submission Carlos Galindo Costa Rica Fights 2009.10.31
Win | Submission Nathaniel Robinson WWCF 2008.11.29
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Marc Seno Reality Combat Championship 2 2008.03.01

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