- Name: Mario Sperry
- Pro MMA Record: 13-4-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
- Nickname: Zen Machine
- Current Streak: 1 Win
- Age: 1966-09-28 | Date of Birth: 1966.09.28
- Last Fight: July 14, 2007 in CR
- Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 231.0 lbs
- Affiliation: Brazilian Top Team
- Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: N/A
- Career Disclosed Earnings: $0 USD
- Born: Brazil
- Fighting out of: Brazil
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After breaking into the worldwide Jiu-Jitsu spotlight during the 1995 CBJJ World Championships, Mario Sperry has garnered a reputation as one of the foremost submission fighters in the world. He has won titles in the CBJJ multiple times along with titles in the ADCC, and he became the first fighter in history to make a member of the legendary Gracie family—Royler Gracie—submit in a match.
In addition to his extensive grappling resume, Sperry entered the world of professional fighting in 1995, and prior to his retirement in 2007, he defeated the likes of Vernon White and, during his successful run in the Pride Fighting Championships, Igor Vovchanchyn.
Mario was also the fight World BJJ champ to be beaten in MMA. He was TKOed due to a cut agiaist Igor Zinovier in Extreme Fighting. He then came back to win the Australian Cage Fightign Championships 2 years later. It was a tournament with UFC vets Elvis Sinosic and Chris Haseman.
Sperry was trained in the art of Jiu-Jitsu by Carlson Gracie, and has in turn trained some of the world’s top mixed martial arts grapplers, including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, and Paulo Filho.
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Videos & Highlights
Highlight | Mario Sperry Highlight Video by Hello Japan - Brazil Vol. 13 report dead link
MMA highlight video maker Hello Japan features legendary grappling specialist "Zen Machine" Mario Sperry in Volume 13 of his highlight video series featuring Brazilian fighters.