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Pedro Rizzo Bio

Pedro Augusto Rizzo (Portuguese pronunciation:[ˈpedɾu ˈʁizu]; born May 3, 1974) is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist, kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter who competed for the UFC, PRIDE, M-1 Global, and Affliction. Although he never captured the UFC Heavyweight Championship, Rizzo competed for it three times and was regarded as a top contender for many years. Coming from a Vale Tudo background, Rizzo is regarded as one of the most dangerous strikers in MMA history. Rizzo holds notable victories over former UFC champions Mark Coleman, Dan Severn, Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski, Ricco Rodriguez and Ken Shamrock.

Contents

  • 1 Mixed martial arts career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Championships and accomplishments
  • 4 Mixed martial arts record
  • 5 Kickboxing record (Incomplete)
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Mixed martial arts career

Early in his career Rizzo has adopted brutal leg kicks from Amsterdam-based Chakuriki gym where he developed strong stand up style and used this to great effect in the cage. Rizzo is a talented and feared striker in mixed martial arts.

Rizzo is a former World Vale Tudo Championship (WVC) Heavyweight Champion and former contender for the UFC heavyweight belt. A stint in PRIDE FC did not go too well for the former UFC Heavyweight title contender, and Rizzo suffered quick losses at the hands of Sergei Kharitonov and Roman Zentsov.

Rizzo returned to his winning ways on March 9, 2007, when he beat UFC veteran Justin Eilers by unanimous decision at the début show of Art of War Undisputed Arena Fighting Championship, which was held in Dallas, Texas.

He defeated Jeff Monson on September 1, 2007. This fight took place on the first pay-per-view event promoted by the Art of War Undisputed Arena Fighting Championship organization. Rizzo was defeated at Affliction: Banned by Josh Barnett, via knockout in round 2.

He was defeated by Gilbert Yvel at Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp via knockout in round 1. In his rematch with Jeff Monson, Rizzo won a decision at Bitetti Combat. He revealed in the post-fight interview that he had an elbow problem 10 days before the fight and that was why he could not push for the knockout that "the Brazilian fans deserved".

Rizzo also won his last two fights, against Gary Goodridge at Washington Combat and against eventual UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at Impact Fighting Championships in Australia.

He was expected to face former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia on August 14 at War on the Mainland but it was discovered that Sylvia broke his foot in his fight with Mariusz Pudzianowski.

Rizzo was expected to be the main event against Tim Sylvia at ProElite 2 in November, However he pulled out of the bout due to an injury.

On June 21, 2012, Rizzo faced former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko, at M-1 Global ring in St. Petersburg, Russia. Rizzo got caught by a right hand from Fedor that knocked him down; Fedor then proceeded with punches that left Rizzo motionless at 1:24 of the first round.

On May 26, 2013, Pedro faced Japanese heavyweight Satoshi Ishii at IGF: GENOME 26. He lost via unanimous decision.

On September 12, 2015, Pedro returned to face Andrew Flores at Face to Face 12. He won via leg kicks, forcing Flores to quit in between rounds, and Rizzo announced his retirement shortly after the fight.

Personal life

Rizzo has a daughter.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Art of War Undisputed Arena Fighting Championship
    • IFA Heavyweight Championship (1 Time)
  • World Vale Tudo Championship
    • WVC Superfight Championship (1 Time)
    • WVC 2 Tournament Winner
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Fight of the Year (2001) vs. Randy Couture on May 4

Mixed martial arts record

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)

Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes

See also

External links

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