Pedro Augusto Rizzo (born May 3, 1974) is a Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter and Muay Thai fighter. He has a professional MMA record of 17–9–0 as of September 12, 2009. He holds notable wins over Mark Coleman, Dan Severn, Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski, and Ricco Rodriguez.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Trained by Marco Ruas, Rizzo has adopted Ruas' brutal leg kicks and has developed strong stand up fighting and used this to great effect in the cage. Rizzo was a talented and feared striker in mixed martial arts.
Rizzo is a former 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 the March 9, 2007, when he beat UFC veteran Justin Eilers by unanimous decision at the début show of Art of War Undisputed Arena Fighting Championships, 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 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 couldn't push for the knockout that "the Brazilian fans deserved".
Rizzo has a daughter named Laila.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|31||17 wins||9 losses|
|Win||17–9||Jeff Monson||Decision (Unanimous)||Bitetti Combat MMA 4||September 12, 2009||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||16–9||Gilbert Yvel||KO (Punches)||Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp||June 27, 2009||1||2:10||Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||16–8||Josh Barnett||KO (Punch)||Affliction: Banned||July 19, 2008||2||1:44||California, United States|
|Win||16–7||Jeff Monson||TKO (Punches)||Art of War 3||September 1, 2007||3||2:40||Texas, United States||Wins UAFC Heavyweight Title|
|Win||15–7||Justin Eilers||Decision (Unanimous)||Art of War 1||March 9, 2007||3||5:00||Texas, United States|
|Loss||14–7||Roman Zentsov||KO (Punch)||PRIDE 31: Dreamers||February 26, 2006||1||0:25||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||14–6||Sergei Kharitonov||TKO (Strikes)||PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005||June 26, 2005||1||2:02||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||14–5||Ricco Rodriguez||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 45: Revolution||November 21, 2003||3||5:00||Connecticut, United States|
|Win||13–5||Tra Telligman||TKO (Cut)||UFC 43: Meltdown||June 6, 2003||2||4:24||Nevada, United States|
|Loss||12–5||Vladimir Matyushenko||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 41: Onslaught||February 28, 2003||3||5:00||New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||12–4||Gan McGee||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||UFC 39: The Warriors Return||September 27, 2002||1||5:00||Connecticut, United States|
|Win||12–3||Andrei Arlovski||KO (Punches)||UFC 36: Worlds Collide||March 22, 2002||3||1:45||Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Randy Couture||TKO (Strikes)||UFC 34: High Voltage||November 2, 2001||3||1:38||Nevada, United States||UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||11–2||Randy Couture||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 31: Locked & Loaded||May 4, 2001||5||5:00||New Jersey, United States||UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||11–1||Josh Barnett||KO (Punch)||UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk||February 23, 2001||2||4:21||New Jersey, United States|
|Win||10–1||Dan Severn||Submission (Strikes)||UFC 27: Ultimate Bad Boyz||September 22, 2000||1||1:33||Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||9–1||Kevin Randleman||Decision||UFC 26: Ultimate Field of Dreams||June 9, 2000||5||5:00||Iowa, United States||UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||9–0||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||TKO (Strikes)||UFC 23: Ultimate Japan 2||November 19, 1999||3||1:12||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–0||Tra Telligman||KO||UFC 20: Battle for the Gold||May 7, 1999||1||4:30||Alabama, United States|
|Win||7–0||Mark Coleman||Decision||UFC 18: Road to the Heavyweight Title||January 8, 1999||1||15:00||Louisiana, United States|
|Win||6–0||David Abbott||KO (Punch)||UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil||October 16, 1998||1||8:07||Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Richard Heard||Submission (Punishment)||World Vale Tudo Championship 3||January 19, 1997||1||13:12||Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Michael Tielrooy||Submission (Keylock)||World Vale Tudo Championship 2||November 10, 1996||1||0:18||Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Niccolaus Niccolaus||Submission (Punches)||World Vale Tudo Championship 2||November 10, 1996||1||1:49||Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Vernon White||KO (Kick)||World Vale Tudo Championship 2||November 10, 1996||1||6:30||Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Eric Labaille||TKO||IMA: Battle of Styles||October 26, 1996||1||2:57||Holland|
- ↑ Pedro Rizzo interview: MMA Sport interview exclusive with Pedro Rizzo. MMASportsmag.com, by Ed Preuss (July 14, 2008). Retrieved on August 16, 2008.