Ryan Schultz grew up in North Platte, Nebraska. He was a member of his high school wrestling team, graduating in 1996. Schultz has a degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska, where he continued to compete in wrestling, coached by Matt Lindland. After graduation, Ryan worked as an apprentice plumber in Colorado, before embarking on his MMA career.
Ryan Schultz is a member of Team Quest, training with his former wrestling coach, Matt Lindland.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Schultz was entered into his first MMA fight by friend. The fight took place at Dan Severn's promotion Dangerzone, in April 2004, in North Dakota. Schultz hadn't trained at all for the fight, but won by KO, after just 45 seconds. A few days after the fight, Lindland asked Schultz to join Team Quest, an offer which Schultz accepted. Over the next three years, Schultz competed in 20 fights in various promotions, including the WEC, Hawaiian promotion SuperBrawl, Absolute Fighting Championship, and SportFight - a promotion founded by Matt Lindland and Randy Couture.
In June 18, 2004, Schultz won an eight man lightweight tournament, at SuperBrawl 36 in Hawaii. Schultz won his first fight that night, against Mike Aina, by a split decision. In the semi-final fight, Schultz submitted Deshaun Johnson by a rear naked choke in the first round. In the finals, Schultz defeated Roger Huerta, who verbally submitted due to a dislocated jaw.
International Fight LeagueEdit
Ryan Schultz entered the IFL promotion as a member of the Portland Wolfpack team, with a record of 13-7-1. He defeated Cam Ward by TKO in his first fight in the promotion, but lost to Los Angeles Anacondas' Chris Horodecki in his second fight, two months later. In his third fight, in December 29, 2006, he faced Quad Cities Silverbacks' Bart Palaszewski. Schultz dominated the first and second round of the fight, but got caught by Palaszewski's right hand in the third round, and lost by KO. The match was awarded "Fight of the Night" honors.
After winning his next three bouts in the IFL, Schultz was selected to replace John Gunderson (himself a replacement for Shad Lierley) in a fight against Chris Horodecki for the IFL lightweight championship. In the bout, which took place at the IFL - World Grand Prix Finals, Schultz was able to avenged his first loss to Horodecki in the IFL. Schultz pinned Horodecki's right hand early in the first round, continued to pound him until the referee stepped in at 2:51 of the first round, and was crowned the first IFL Lightweight Champion.
Before the IFL promotion folded, Schultz successfully defended his title twice, defeating John Gunderson and Deividas Taurosevicius, both by unanimous decision.
World Victory Road - SengokuEdit
In July 2008, Schultz has agreed to a five event deal with the Japanese promotion Sengoku. In his first fight for the promotion, at Sengoku IV, Schultz lost to Mizuto Hirota, by KO in the second round. Schultz faced Jorge Masvidal in his next fight, which took place less than a month after Sengoku IV. Masvidal was able to knockdown Schultz in the first round, and finished him by TKO using strikes on his grounded opponent.
|Loss||20-12-1||Kazunori Yokota||KO (Punches)||Sengoku 10||9/23/09||1||2:37||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||20-11-1||Jorge Masvidal||TKO (Punches)||Sengoku 5||9/28/08||1||1:57||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||20-10-1||Mizuto Hirota||KO (Superman Punch)||Sengoku 4||8/24/08||2||4:25||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||20-9-1||Deividas Taurosevicius||Decision (Unanimous)||IFL - Connecticut||5/16/2008||5||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, USA||Defended IFL Lightweight Championship|
|Win||19-9-1||John Gunderson||Decision (Unanimous)||IFL - Las Vegas||2/29/2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||Defended IFL Lightweight Championship|
|Win||18-9-1||Chris Horodecki||TKO (Strikes)||IFL - World Grand Prix Finals||12/29/2007||1||2:51||East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA||Became First IFL Lightweight Champion|
|Win||17-9-1||Aaron Riley||Decision (Unanimous)||IFL - 2007 Team Championship Final||9/20/2007||3||4:00||Hollywood, Florida, USA|
|Win||16-9-1||Savant Young||Decision (Unanimous)||IFL - Everett||6/1/2007||3||4:00||Everett, Washington, USA|
|Win||15-9-1||Joe Sampieri||Decision (Unanimous)||IFL - Connecticut||4/13/2007||3||4:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, USA|
|Loss||14-9-1||Bart Palaszewski||KO||IFL - Championship Final||12/29/2006||3||2:16||Uncasville, Connecticut, USA|
|Loss||14-8-1||Chris Horodecki||TKO (Strikes)||IFL-World Championship Semifinals||11/2/2006||2||0:24||Portland, Oregon, USA|
|Win||14-7-1||Cam Ward||TKO (Strikes)||IFL - Portland||9/9/2006||2||2:38||Portland, Oregon, USA|
|Loss||13-7-1||Hermes Franca||KO||AFC 16-Absolute Fighting Championships 16||4/22/2006||1||3:30||Boca Raton, Florida, USA|
|Win||13-6-1||Dave Cochran||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||SF 15-Tribute||4/8/2006||1||3:42||Portland, Oregon, USA|
|Loss||12-6-1||Kuniyoshi Hironaka||Submission (Armbar)||MARS-MARS||2/4/2006||2||1:40||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||12-5-1||Rich Clementi||Submission (Armbar)||AFC 14-Absolute Fighting Championships 14||12/10/2005||1||3:39||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA|
|Loss||12-4-1||David Gardner||Submission (Broken Rib)||FFC 15-Fiesta Las Vegas||9/14/2005||1||1:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Draw||12-3-1||Gesias Calvancanti||Draw||SF 11-Rumble at the Rose Garden||7/9/2005||3||5:00||Portland, Oregon, USA|
|Win||12-3||Hiroyuki Abe||TKO||Euphoria-USA vs World||2/26/2005||2||0:42||Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA|
|Loss||11-3||Keith Wilson||Decision (Unanimous)||SF 8-Justice||1/8/2005||3||5:00||Gresham, Oregon, USA|
|Win||11-2||David Gaona||KO||Euphoria-Road to the Titles||10/15/2004||1||2:17||Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||10-2||Jason Dent||TKO||APEX-Genesis||9/5/2004||1||2:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||9-2||Roger Huerta||Submission (Verbal)||SB 36-SuperBrawl 36||6/18/2004||1||1:47||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA|
|Win||8-2||Deshaun Johnson||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||SB 36-SuperBrawl 36||6/18/2004||1||2:55||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA|
|Win||7-2||Mike Aina||Decision (Split)||SB 36-SuperBrawl 36||6/18/2004||3||3:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA|
|Win||6-2||Gil Castillo||Decision (Majority)||WEC 10-Bragging Rights||5/21/2004||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, USA|
|Loss||5-2||Ronald Jhun||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||ROTR 5-Rumble on the Rock 5||5/7/2004||2||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA|
|Win||5-1||Eddy Ellis||KO||SF 1-Revolution||2/21/2004||1||1:53||Portland, Oregon, USA|
|Win||4-1||Hank Weis||N/A||KC 8-Kickdown Classic 8||1/17/2004||1||Denver, Colorado, USA|
|Win||3-1||Jeremy Saunders||TKO||URC 6-Ultimate Ring Challenge 6||10/25/2003||1||Longview, Washington, USA|
|Win||2-1||Hannibal Adofo||KO||WEC 8-Halloween Fury 2||10/17/2003||1||0:25||Lemoore, California, USA|
|Loss||1-1||JT Taylor||KO (Punches)||WEC 7-This Time It's Personal||8/9/2003||2||1:56||Lemoore, California, USA|
|Win||1-0||Jon Henderson||TKO||Dangerzone-Dakota Destruction||4/12/2003||1||0:45||New Town, North Dakota, USA|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Adams, Barbara (2006-08-02). Ryan ‘The Lion’ preps for Sportfight. The Gresham Outlook. Retrieved on 2009-07-28.
- ↑ Schultz Set for First IFL Title Defense. sherdog.com (2008-02-28). Retrieved on 2009-07-28.
- ↑ Young, John (2004-06-27). Ryan Schultz Roger Huerta. sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-28.
- ↑ Curtis, Steven (2006-12-30). Gracie and Silverbacks Win at IFL Finals. sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-28.
- ↑ Holmes, Scott (2007-12-30). IFL Crowns Five Champions. sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-28.
- ↑ SCHULTZ UPSETS HORODECKI AS IFL CROWNS CHAMPS. mmaweekly.com (2007-12-30). Archived from the original on 2007-12-31. Retrieved on 2009-07-28.
- ↑ Knapp, Brian (2008-07-28). Schultz Finds Security with Sengoku. sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-28.
- ↑ Herbertson , Daniel (2008-09-28). Strikes Bring Ribeiro Sengoku V Victory. sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-28.