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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. [1] 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. [2]

MMA careerEdit

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.

Despite a strong first round, Pellegrino was defeated by TUF 5 winner Nate Diaz via triangle choke at UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2, 2008, in Broomfield, Colorado.

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.[3] 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.

He was expected to face Frankie Edgar on December 5, 2009 at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale[4], but has been forced off the card due to an injury.[5]

Pellegrino is scheduled to face Fabricio Camoes on March 27, 2010 at UFC 111.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Pellegrino and his wife Melissa have a daughter named Priscilla.[7]

MMA recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time Location
Brazil flag Fabricio Camoes UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy 2010-03-27 United States flag Newark, New Jersey, US
Win 14–4 United States flag Josh Neer Decision (Unanimous) UFC 101: Declaration 2009-08-08 3 5:00 United States flag Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Win 13–4 United States flag Rob Emerson Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens 2009-02-07 2 3:14 United States flag Tampa, Florida, US
Win 12–4 Brazil flag Thiago Tavares Decision (Unanimous) UFC 88: Breakthrough 2008-09-06 3 5:00 United States flag Atlanta, Georgia, US
Loss 11–4 United States flag Nate Diaz Submission (Triangle Choke) UFC Fight Night 13 2008-04-02 2 3:06 United States flag Broomfield, Colorado, US
Win 11–3 United States flag Alberto Crane TKO (Punches) UFC Fight Night 12 2008-01-23 2 1:55 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Loss 10–3 United States flag Joe Stevenson Decision (Unanimous) UFC 74: Respect 2007-08-25 3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 10–2 United States flag Nate Mohr Submission (Ankle lock) UFC Fight Night 9 2007-04-05 1 2:58 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 9–2 Brazil flag Junior Assuncao Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 64: Unstoppable 2006-10-14 1 2:04 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 8–2 United States flag Jesse Chilton Submission (Guillotine Choke) AFC 18-Absolute Fighting Championships 18 2006-08-26 1 3:35 United States flag Boca Raton, Florida, US
Loss 7–2 United States flag Drew Fickett Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 61: Bitter Rivals 2006-07-08 3 1:20 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 7–1 Ukraine flag Vadim Kulchitskiy Submission (Guillotine Choke) RF 11-Reality Fighting 11 2006-02-11 1 N/A United States flag Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
Win 6–1 Japan flag Kazuki Okubo TKO (Doctor Stoppage) Euphoria-USA vs. Japan 2005-11-05 1 0:38 United States flag Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
Win 5–1 United States flag Steve Kinnison Submission (Rear Naked Choke) FCC 20-Freestyle Combat Challenge 20 2005-09-24 N/A N/A United States flag Racine, Wisconsin, US
Win 4–1 Russia flag Sergey Golyaev Submission Euphoria-USA vs. Russia 2005-05-14 1 3:24 United States flag Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
Win 3–1 United States flag Jay R. Palmer Submission (Rear Naked Choke) ROC 7-Ring of Combat 7 2004-11-20 1 3:16 United States flag Elizabeth, New Jersey, US
Loss 2–1 United States flag Satoru Kitaoka Submission (Guillotine Choke) Pancrase-2004 Neo-Blood Tournament, Semifinals 2004-07-25 2 0:34 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–0 United States flag Jay Isip Submission (Armbar) RF 5-Reality Fighting 5 2003-11-01 1 3:38 United States flag Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
Win 1–0 United States flag Mac Danzig Decision (Unanimous) WEC 4-Rumble Under The Sun 2002-08-31 3 5:00 United States flag Uncasville, Connecticut, US

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