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).[6] Mitchell appeared in the reality television series The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated. As July 2, 2024, he is #13 in UFC featherweight rankings[7]

Bryce Mitchell
BornBryce Andrew Mitchell[1]
(1994-10-04) October 4, 1994 (age 29)
Texarkana, Arkansas, U.S.[2]
Other namesThug Nasty
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
DivisionFeatherweight (145 lbs)
Reach70 in (178 cm)[3]
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofSearcy, Arkansas, U.S.
TeamBarata
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2015–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total18
Wins16
By submission9
By decision7
Losses2
By knockout1
By submission1
Amateur record
Total6
Wins5
By submission5
Losses1
By submission1
Other information
UniversityHarding University[5]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background

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Mitchell was born and raised in Cabot, Arkansas, and attended Cabot High School.[8][2] 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.[9][non-primary source needed][10][11][12] After high school, Mitchell moved to Searcy, Arkansas, to attend Harding University.[2]

Mixed martial arts career

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Early career

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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 Championship

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Mitchell faced Tyler Diamond on July 6, 2018, at The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated. He won the fight by majority decision.[13]

Mitchell faced Bobby Moffett on March 23, 2019, at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Pettis. He won the fight by unanimous decision.[14] This fight earned the Fight of the Night award.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17][18][19][20] Subsequently, Mitchell signed a new, four-fight contract with the UFC.[21]

Mitchell was scheduled to face Charles Rosa on May 2, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman.[22] However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed[23] and the bout took place on May 9, 2020, at UFC 249.[24] 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.[25]

Mitchell faced Andre Fili on October 31, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva.[26] 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.[27][28] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[29]

Mitchell faced Edson Barboza on March 5, 2022, at UFC 272.[30] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[31]

Mitchell was scheduled to face Movsar Evloev as a main event on November 5, 2022, at UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Lemos.[32] However, Evloev withdrew in mid October due to injury and the bout was scrapped.[33]

Mitchell faced Ilia Topuria on December 10, 2022, at UFC 282.[34] He lost the fight via submission in round two.[35]

Mitchell was scheduled to face Jonathan Pearce on May 6, 2023, at UFC 288.[36] However, Pearce was forced to withdraw from the event due to injury, and was replaced by Movsar Evloev.[37] In turn, Mitchell withdrew due to recurring back injury and was replaced by Diego Lopes.[38][39]

Mitchell faced Dan Ige on September 23, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 228.[40] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[41]

Mitchell faced Josh Emmett, replacing injured Giga Chikadze, on December 16, 2023, at UFC 296.[42] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[43]

Personal life

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Mitchell has a degree in economics from Harding University.[5] Outside of his mixed martial arts career, he is a cattle farmer.[44]

Mitchell is a conspiracy theorist, voicing his belief that SARS-CoV-2 was created in a lab by the U.S. government and deliberately released,[45][46] and that the U.S. government stages mass shootings to advance a gun confiscation agenda.[47] He has also criticized the Federal Reserve as a "corrupt institution" that is manipulating the value of the U.S. dollar.[48][49] Mitchell is also a flat Earther, a geocentrist and believes that gravity is a hoax.[50] In 2024, he indicated that he would homeschool his son because he did not want him to be a Communist, to worship Satan, or to be gay.[51] In July 2024, Mitchell claimed that Elon Musk is a false prophet and potential antichrist, and that his company Tesla is a "scam".[52]

In 2021, Mitchell released a seven-track country rap mixtape titled "Pasture Fire".[53]

Championships and accomplishments

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Mixed martial arts record

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Professional record breakdown
18 matches 16 wins 2 losses
By knockout 0 1
By submission 9 1
By decision 7 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–2 Josh Emmett KO (punch) UFC 296 December 16, 2023 1 1:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–1 Dan Ige Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Fiziev vs. Gamrot September 23, 2023 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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, D.C., 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) RFA vs. Legacy FC 1 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.

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Mixed martial arts exhibition record

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Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.

See also

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References

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