Kurt Joseph Pellegrino (born May 7, 1979 in Point Pleasant, NJ) is an American mixed martial artist, currently competing in the lightweight division of the UFC. Pellegrino also runs his own MMA Academy in Belmar NJ.  He lives and trains in NJ and also trains with Kenny Florian's camp in Boston, MA. Pellegrino trained previously at the Armory in Jupiter, Florida with Justin Haskins, Eduardo Guedes, and Raphael Chaves. Prior to the Armory, he trained with Ricardo Almeida, a world famous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor at a Renzo Gracie affiliate school. He wrestled for Point Pleasant High School and placed 2nd in the state of NJ in his junior and senior year. Pellegrino was a two time wrestling state finalist. Opened Kurt Pellegrino's MMA School in Belmar, New Jersey in 2008. 
Pellegrino fought Alberto Crane at UFC Fight Night on January 23, 2008, which he won by a TKO. The fight was notable as the only preliminary bout aired on the televised card. He received Fight of the Night award for this fight. Also, Pellegrino had a tooth knocked out early in the fight, which actually ripped a hole in his mouth, under his lip, and still went on to win, impressing fans and commentators alike.
He defeated Thiago Tavares, in a preliminary bout at UFC 88: Breakthrough. Pellegrino bloodied Tavares' face in the first round and went on to win by a unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 29–28, 29–27, 29–27. There was a small controversy in the fight, as it appeared that Tavares submitted to an armbar in the second round, but the referee did not stop the bout, causing boos from the audience. The fight was awarded "Fight of the Night" and was voted by UFC as the #2 best fight of 2008.
Pellegrino next fought at Ultimate Fight Night 17 on February 7, 2009. He defeated Rob Emerson by submission due to a rear naked choke in the third round. In his most recent bout at UFC 101 Pellegrino defeated Josh Neer by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27). It was his first win on a UFC main card.
Pellegrino and his wife Melissa have a daughter named Priscilla.
|Professional record breakdown|
|20||14 wins||4 losses|
|Fabricio Camoes||UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy||2010-03-27||Newark, New Jersey, US|
|Win||14–4||Josh Neer||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 101: Declaration||2009-08-08||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US|
|Win||13–4||Rob Emerson||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens||2009-02-07||2||3:14||Tampa, Florida, US|
|Win||12–4||Thiago Tavares||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 88: Breakthrough||2008-09-06||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, US|
|Loss||11–4||Nate Diaz||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UFC Fight Night 13||2008-04-02||2||3:06||Broomfield, Colorado, US|
|Win||11–3||Alberto Crane||TKO (Punches)||UFC Fight Night 12||2008-01-23||2||1:55||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Loss||10–3||Joe Stevenson||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 74: Respect||2007-08-25||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||10–2||Nate Mohr||Submission (Ankle lock)||UFC Fight Night 9||2007-04-05||1||2:58||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||9–2||Junior Assuncao||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 64: Unstoppable||2006-10-14||1||2:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||8–2||Jesse Chilton||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||AFC 18-Absolute Fighting Championships 18||2006-08-26||1||3:35||Boca Raton, Florida, US|
|Loss||7–2||Drew Fickett||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 61: Bitter Rivals||2006-07-08||3||1:20||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||7–1||Vadim Kulchitskiy||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||RF 11-Reality Fighting 11||2006-02-11||1||N/A||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|Win||6–1||Kazuki Okubo||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||Euphoria-USA vs. Japan||2005-11-05||1||0:38||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|Win||5–1||Steve Kinnison||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||FCC 20-Freestyle Combat Challenge 20||2005-09-24||N/A||N/A||Racine, Wisconsin, US|
|Win||4–1||Sergey Golyaev||Submission||Euphoria-USA vs. Russia||2005-05-14||1||3:24||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|Win||3–1||Jay R. Palmer||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||ROC 7-Ring of Combat 7||2004-11-20||1||3:16||Elizabeth, New Jersey, US|
|Loss||2–1||Satoru Kitaoka||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Pancrase-2004 Neo-Blood Tournament, Semifinals||2004-07-25||2||0:34||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Jay Isip||Submission (Armbar)||RF 5-Reality Fighting 5||2003-11-01||1||3:38||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|Win||1–0||Mac Danzig||Decision (Unanimous)||WEC 4-Rumble Under The Sun||2002-08-31||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, US|
- ↑ http://www.pellegrinomma.com
- ↑ http://www.kurtpellegrino.com
- ↑ SI.com
- ↑ Frankie Edgar vs. Kurt Pellegrino likely for The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale. MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved on 2009-09-10.
- ↑ Kurt Pellegrino injured, forced out of The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale bout with Frankie Edgar. MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved on 2009-10-30.
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- ↑ UFC: Ultimate Fighting Championship