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"The Rock"

19-11-0

Pedro Rizzo

Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo

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  • Name: Pedro Rizzo
  • Professional MMA Record: 19-11-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Rock
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 40 | Date of Birth: 1974.05.03
  • Last Fight: May 26, 2013 in IGF
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 243.5 lbs
  • Gym/Affiliation: Ruas Vale Tudo
  • Height: 6'1" (186cm) | Reach: N/A
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $70,000 USD
  • Born: Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Personal Pages: Twitter

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A Brazilian Vale Tudo fighter to the core, Pedro Rizzo earned his nickname, “The Rock,” due to his iron chin and powerful strikes. Rizzo debuted for the UFC in 1998 with a perfect 5-0 record and promptly defeated Tank Abbott, Mark Coleman, Tra Telligman, and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka en route to challenging for the heavyweight title in 2000. Rizzo lost that fight to Kevin Randleman, and went on to lose both of his subsequent attempts at gaining the belt against Randy Couture, but he remains one of the most respected heavyweight legends of the sport.


A powerful striker, Rizzo has knocked out top heavyweights such as Dan Severn, Andrei Arlovski, and Jeff Monson during his career. He also possesses a knockout win over Josh Barnett, a feat which is exceedingly hard to accomplish. Known as much for his punishing leg kicks as for his punches, in multiple interviews UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture said that he still bears a knot in his quadriceps from one of his battles with Rizzo from 2001.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:08 PM ET
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Pedro Rizzo MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Satoshi Ishii
IGF GENOME 26
Main Card | Heavyweight | 120 kg
2013.05.26
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:24 Round 1 of 3
Fedor Emelianenko
Ref: Yuji Shimada
M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2012.06.21
Odds: +700 Huge Underdog | Weigh-In: 243.5 lbs
Cancelled Bout Tim Sylvia ProElite 2 2011.11.05
Reason: Rizzo Arm Injury
Win | KO/TKO
3:33 Round 1 of 3
Ken Shamrock
Ref: John McCarthy
Impact FC 2: The Uprising - Sydney
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2010.07.17
Weigh-In: 244.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Retired Gary Goodridge Regional 2010.05.15
Win | Decision | Unanimous Jeff Monson Bitetti Combat 2009.09.12
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches Gilbert Yvel Fight Force International 2009.06.27
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
1:44 Round 2 of 3, 6:44 Total
Josh Barnett
Ref: Herb Dean
Affliction 1: Banned
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2008.07.19
Odds: +301 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 Base | Weigh-In: 242.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Jeff Monson Texas Regional 2007.09.01
Win | Decision | Unanimous Justin Eilers Texas Regional 2007.03.09
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
0:25 Round 1 of 3
Roman Zentsov
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro
Pride 31: Unbreakable
Main Card | Heavyweight
2006.02.26
Odds: -260 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 245.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:02 Round 1 of 3
Sergei Kharitonov
Ref: Minoru Toyonaga
Pride Critical Countdown 2005
Main Card | Heavyweight
2005.06.26
Odds: +150 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 235.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Ricco Rodriguez
Ref: Larry Landless
UFC 45: Revolution
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2003.11.21
Weigh-In: 243.5 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
4:24 Round 2 of 3, 9:24 Total
Tra Telligman
Ref: Larry Landless
UFC 43: Meltdown
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2003.06.06
Odds: -170 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 231.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Vladimir Matyushenko
Ref: Larry Landless
UFC 41: Onslaught
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2003.02.28
Odds: +100 Near Even | Weigh-In: 230.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Retired
5:00 Round 1 of 3
Gan McGee
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 39: The Warriors Return
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2002.09.27
Weigh-In: 246.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:45 Round 3 of 3, 11:45 Total
Andrei Arlovski
Ref: Larry Landless
UFC 36: Worlds Collide
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2002.03.22
Weigh-In: 237.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:38 Round 3 of 5, 11:38 Total
Randy Couture
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 34: High Voltage
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265
2001.11.02
Weigh-In: 235.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total
Randy Couture
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 31: Locked and Loaded
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265
2001.05.04
Weigh-In: 230.0 lbs
#82 Greatest Fight of All Time
#18 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
4:21 Round 2 of 3, 9:21 Total
Josh Barnett
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk
Main Card | Heavyweight
2001.02.23
Odds: -650 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 234.0 lbs
#90 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | Submission | Punches
1:33 Round 1 of 3
Dan Severn
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 27: Ultimate Bad Boyz
Main Event | Heavyweight
2000.09.22
Weigh-In: 237.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total
Kevin Randleman
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 26: Ultimate Field of Dreams
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight
2000.06.09
Weigh-In: 232.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:12 Round 3 of 3, 11:12 Total
Tsuyoshi Kosaka
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 23: Ultimate Japan 2
Main Card | Heavyweight
1999.11.19
Weigh-In: 233.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
4:30 Round 1 of 1
Tra Telligman
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 20: Battle for the Gold
Main Card | Heavyweight
1999.05.07
Weigh-In: 233.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
1 Round
Mark Coleman
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 18: The Road to the Heavyweight Title
Main Card | Heavyweight
1999.01.08
Weigh-In: 229.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
8:07 Round 1 of 1
David Abbott
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 17.5: Ultimate Brazil
Main Card | Heavyweight
1998.10.16
Weigh-In: 228.0 lbs
Win | Submission Richard Heard WVC 3 1997.01.19
Win | KO/TKO
6:30 Round 1 of 1
Vernon White
World Vale Tudo Championship 2
Main Event | Tournament Finals
1996.11.10
Win | Submission | Armlock
0:18 Round 1 of 1
Michael Tielrooy
World Vale Tudo Championship 2
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal
1996.11.10
Win | Submission | Punches
1:49 Round 1 of 1
Nicholas Hill
World Vale Tudo Championship 2
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal
1996.11.10
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Eric Labaille IMA 1996.10.26

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