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Travis Lutter Bio

Travis Lutter (born May 12, 1973) is a retired American mixed martial artist who won The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado.


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Mixed martial arts career
    • 2.1 The Ultimate Fighter
    • 2.2 Title shot
    • 2.3 After TUF
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Championships and accomplishments
  • 5 Grappling credentials
  • 6 Mixed martial arts record
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Lutter was born and raised in South Dakota. He began wrestling when he was 12 years old, continuing through high school where he earned All-State honors and then also competed during his first two years attending Northern State University, where he majored in criminal justice. Lutter had originally begun training in Muay Thai, before viewing an early UFC event dominated by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, Royce Gracie. Lutter then moved to Dallas, Texas and began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Mixed martial arts career

The Ultimate Fighter

With this victory, Lutter became the challenger for Anderson Silva's Middleweight title. Lutter dedicated his victory on November 11 to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to support wounded U.S. servicemen.

Title shot

On the day of the weigh-in, one day before the February 3, 2007 bout at UFC 67, Lutter failed to make weight. He weighed-in at 187 pounds on the first attempt, and 186.5 two hours later on his second attempt. Because of his failure to meet the required 185 pounds, his match with Silva was changed to a three-round, non-title bout. This upset many fans, and he was booed upon his entrance into the octagon. Lutter would go on to lose in the second round via submission due to a triangle choke.

After TUF

Lutter was scheduled to return to the UFC at UFC 74 on August 25, 2007 against UFC newcomer Ryan Jensen; however he was forced to withdraw from the event due to a neck injury. After over a year's absence from the UFC, Lutter was next matched against former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin at UFC 83. After nearly catching Franklin with an armbar in the first round, Lutter was defeated by Franklin in the second round by TKO.

After losing two consecutive bouts, Lutter was released from his UFC contract. This makes him the first Ultimate Fighter winner to be released from UFC contract. He defeated Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald in the main event of Maximum Fighting Championship 22 on October 2, 2009.

Lutter's next bout occurred on May 21, 2010, against Rafael Natal. This bout was part of the Moosin: God of Martial Arts show in Worcester, Massachusetts. After 2 take down attempts Lutter was noticeably tired, he lost by knockout in the first round.

Personal life

Lutter is married and has four children. Lutter owns and operates two martial arts training centers in Fort Worth, TX, offering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing and mixed martial arts.

Championships and accomplishments

    • HnS Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)

Grappling credentials

  • Winner Ultimate Submission Challenge 2003
  • Competitor 2001 ADCC World Championships
  • Competitor 2000 ADCC World Championships
  • Winner 2001 National USA ADCC Qualifier
  • Winner 2000 National USA ADCC Qualifier
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Carlos Machado
  • 1st place 2001 Texas State BJJ Champion
  • 3rd place Heavyweight Purple Belt, 2000 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 3rd place Purple Belt Heavyweight, 2000 Pan-American Games
  • 1st place Heavyweight Champion 1999 Texas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open
  • 1st place Heavyweight and Overall Champion 1998 Texas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships
  • 2nd place 1998 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1st place Heavyweight Champion 1998 USA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships
  • 1st place Heavyweight Champion 1997 San Antonio Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open

Mixed martial arts record

External links

  • Official site
  • Professional MMA record for Travis Lutter from Sherdog Edit this at Wikidata
  • "Travis Lutter". 

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