Ivan E. Salaverry (born January 11, 1971) is a retired Canadian mixed martial arts fighter and instructor. He is a member of Tito Ortiz's Team Punishment, and is known for his well-rounded skills. Salaverry is a middleweight veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the now-defunct World Fighting Alliance. After a long layoff, he made his UFC return at UFC 71, losing to Terry Martin.
He is also notable for being a pioneer of the crucifix-style position from side control, which is often referred to as "The Salaverry" during Mixed Martial Arts broadcasts, particularly by UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
He opened his own gym, Ivan Salaverry MMA, October 2005, in Seattle, Washington, where he lives with his wife and 2 sons, Ivan and Gabriel, and has a beautiful daughter, Meridian Rose, who lives in Maui, Hawaii.
In a recent interview with he said:
“This could be it for me, I honestly can tell you. I had a very nice career. I’ve talked it over with my wife and family, and the priorities are really going into the school, teaching, maybe some promotions, creating a fight team. Things of that nature.”
In what could possibly be his last MMA fight, Salaverry took on Brazilian newcomer Rousimar Palhares at UFC 84 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 24, 2008, losing by Submission (armbar) at 2:36 of Round 1.
On June 23, 2008 he announced that he has hung up his gloves for good and will no longer compete as a professional fighter.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|24||12 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||12-7||Rousimar Palhares||Submission (Armbar)||UFC 84: Ill Will||May 24, 2008||1||2:36||Nevada, United States|
|Loss||12-6||Terry Martin||TKO (Suplex and Punches)||UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson||May 26, 2007||1||2:04||Nevada, United States|
|Win||12-5||Art Santore||TKO (Strikes)||WFA: King of the Streets||July 22, 2006||2||4:18||Los Angeles, California|
|Loss||11-5||Nathan Marquardt||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Ultimate Fight Night||August 6, 2005||3||5:00||Nevada, United States|
|Win||11-4||Joe Riggs||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2||April 16, 2005||1||2:42||Nevada, United States|
|Win||10-4||Tony Fryklund||Submission (Body Lock)||UFC 50: The War of '04||October 22, 2004||1||1:36||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ|
|Win||9-4||22px Khaliun Boldbataar||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1 Beast 2004 in Niigata||March 14, 2004||2||5:00||Niigata, Japan|
|Loss||8-4||Rene Rooze||TKO (Dislocated Finger)||K-1 Survival 2003 Japan Grand Prix Final||September 21, 2003||1||2:42||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||8-3||Matt Lindland||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 39: The Warriors Return||September 27, 2002||3||5:00||Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, Connecticut|
|Win||8-2||Andrei Semenov||TKO (Strikes)||UFC 37: High Impact||May 10, 2002||3||2:27||Louisiana, United States|
|Win||7-2||John Renken||TKO (Strikes)||HOOKnSHOOT - Overdrive||March 9, 2002||1||0:23||Indiana, United States|
|Win||6-2||Jason Rigsby||Decision||HOOKnSHOOT - Kings 2||November 18, 2001||2||5:00||Indiana, United States|
|Win||5-2||Steve Heath||TKO (Cut)||IFC - Warriors Challenge 15||August 31, 2001||1||2:54||California, United States|
|Win||4-2||Dan Corpstein||KO (Knees)||AMC: Revenge of the Warriors||July 21, 2001||1||N/A||Washington, United States|
|Loss||3-2||Akihiro Gono||KO (Spinning Back Kick)||Shooto - To The Top 1||January 19, 2001||1||3:06||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||3-1||Adam Tarsey||KO||Western Canada's Toughest 2||August 12, 2000||N/A||N/A||British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||3-0||Jason Derrah||Submission (Armbar)||UFCF - Everett 1||June 24, 2000||2||Washington, United States|
|Win||2-0||Auggie Padeken||Decision (Unanimous)||SuperBrawl 17||April 15, 2000||2||5:00||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||1-0||Peter da Silva||Submission||PPKA: Wenatchee||August 22, 1999||1||N/A||Washington, United States|
- ↑ UFC veteran Ivan Salaverry: Retirement comes with no regrets. MMAJUNKIE.com, by Kelly Crigger (2008-08-18). Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved on 2008-08-18.