Bryce Andrew Mitchell (born October 4, 1994) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Featherweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Mitchell appeared in the reality television series The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated. As of December 13, 2022, he is #11 in the UFC featherweight rankings.
|Born||Bryce Andrew Mitchell|
October 4, 1994
Texarkana, Arkansas, U.S.
|Other names||Thug Nasty|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Division||Featherweight (145 lbs)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Searcy, Arkansas, U.S.|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mitchell was born and raised in Cabot, Arkansas and attended Cabot High School. He played multiple sports, including basketball for the varsity team and wrestling, in which he placed second at the 7A state championships as a junior and fourth at the 6A state championships as a senior.[non-primary source needed] After high school, Mitchell moved to Searcy, Arkansas to attend Harding University.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
After racking up an undefeated professional MMA record of 9–0, Mitchell was chosen to The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Featherweight tournament. He defeated Jay Cucciniello in the quarterfinals but ended up losing to the eventual season winner Brad Katona in the semi-finals. Despite the loss, Mitchell was signed to the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Mitchell faced Tyler Diamond on July 6, 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated. He won the fight by majority decision.
Mitchell faced Bobby Moffett on March 23, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Pettis. He won the fight by unanimous decision. This fight earned the Fight of the Night award.
Mitchell faced Matt Sayles on December 7, 2019 at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik. He won the fight by submission from a twister in the first round; this was only the second twister submission victory in UFC history. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award and it was named the 2019 Submission of the Year by sites like Sherdog, MMAJunkie and MMA Fighting. Subsequently, Mitchell signed a new, four-fight contract with the UFC.
Mitchell was scheduled to face Charles Rosa on May 2, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman. However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed and the bout took place on May 9, 2020 at UFC 249. After nearly submitting Rosa on numerous occasions, Mitchell won the fight via unanimous decision with the three scorecards listing 30–25, 30–25, and 30–24 scores.
Mitchell faced Andre Fili on October 31, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva. This bout marked the first time a fighter has worn custom trunks since the Reebok deal with the promotion, as Mitchell used camo shorts during the contest. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Mitchell faced Edson Barboza on March 5, 2022 at UFC 272. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Mitchell was scheduled to face Movsar Evloev as a main event on November 5, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 214. However, Evloev withdrew in mid October due to injury and the bout was scrapped.
Mitchell faced Ilia Topuria on December 10, 2022 at UFC 282. He lost the fight via submission in round two.
Mitchell is scheduled to face Jonathan Pearce on May 6, 2023, at UFC 288.
Mitchell has a degree in economics from Harding University. Outside of his mixed martial arts career, he is a cattle farmer.
Mitchell is politically outspoken, voicing his belief that SARS-CoV-2 was created in a lab by the U.S. government and deliberately released, and that the U.S. government stages mass shootings to advance a gun confiscation agenda. He has also criticized the Federal Reserve as a "corrupt institution" that is manipulating the value of the U.S. dollar. In addition, Mitchell is also a flat Earther, a geocentrist and believes that gravity is a hoax.
In 2021, Mitchell released a seven-track country rap mixtape titled "Pasture Fire".
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Matt Sayles
- Fight of the Night (One Time) vs. Bobby Moffett
- UFC Honors 2019 Submission of the Year vs. Matt Sayles
- 2019 Submission of the Year vs. Matt Sayles
- 2019 Submission of the Year vs. Matt Sayles
- MMA Fighting
- 2019 Submission of the Year vs. Matt Sayles
- 2019 Submission of the Year vs. Matt Sayles
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|16 matches||15 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||15–1||Ilia Topuria||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 282||December 10, 2022||2||3:10||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–0||Edson Barboza||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 272||March 5, 2022||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–0||Andre Fili||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva||October 31, 2020||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–0||Charles Rosa||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 249||May 9, 2020||3||5:00||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Win||12–0||Matt Sayles||Submission (twister)||UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik||December 7, 2019||1||4:20||Washington, DC, United States||Catchweight (148.5 lb) bout; Sayles missed weight. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||11–0||Bobby Moffett||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Pettis||March 23, 2019||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||10–0||Tyler Diamond||Decision (majority)||The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finale||July 6, 2018||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–0||Jose Mariscal||Decision (unanimous)||V3 Fights: Willis vs. Norwood||June 17, 2017||3||5:00||Memphis, Tennessee, United States||Defended the V3 Fights Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||8–0||Isaac Ware||Submission (rear-naked choke)||V3 Fights: Mitchell vs. Ware||January 14, 2017||1||1:30||Memphis, Tennessee, United States||Won the vacant V3 Fights Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Brandon Phillips||Submission (triangle choke)||WSOF 33||October 7, 2016||2||3:14||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Catchweight (151 lb) bout; Phillips missed weight.|
|Win||6–0||Bobby Taylor||Submission (triangle choke)||V3 Fights: Sanders vs. Anders||June 18, 2016||1||3:10||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||5–0||Jorge Medina||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WSOF 27||January 23, 2016||1||1:02||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||4–0||Chris Culley||Submission (armbar)||V3 Fights: Hall vs. Shelton||September 26, 2015||1||3:39||Memphis, Tennessee, United States||Catchweight (150 lb) bout.|
|Win||3–0||Tony Williams||Submission (rear-naked choke)||V3 Fights: Davis vs. Hall||June 20, 2015||1||4:31||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||2–0||Jesse Sanderson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||AXS TV Fights RFA vs. Legacy Superfight||May 8, 2015||1||2:09||Robinsonville, Mississippi, United States||Featherweight debut.|
|Win||1–0||Sheldon Smith||Submission (rear-naked choke)||V3 Fights: Johnson vs. Kennedy||January 24, 2015||1||3:01||Memphis, Tennessee, United States||Bantamweight debut.|
Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|2 matches||1 win||1 loss|
|Loss||1–1||Brad Katona||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated||Jun 20, 2018 (airdate)||3||4:17||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 27 Semi-final round.|
|Win||1–0||Jay Cucciniello||Decision (unanimous)||May 9, 2018 (airdate)||2||5:00||TUF 27 Quarterfinal round.|
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- ^ UFC Honors
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