Luigi Fioravanti (born January 22, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who last competed in 2016. A professional since 2004, he is perhaps best known for competing in the UFC, but has also fought for M-1 Global and the Maximum Fighting Championship.
|Born||January 22, 1981|
Orlando, Florida, United States
|Other names||The Italian Tank|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||70 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Team||The Jungle MMA|
American Top Team
|Rank||Second degree black belt in Pancrase Pankration |
Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Ricardo Liborio
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Fioravanti grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, attending Pinellas Park High School, where he participated in wrestling, winning a district title, while also practicing judo. He joined the Marines after graduating high school and was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Fioravanti started training in various martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing while stationed in California and Iraq with the Marines. After spending five months in Iraq, Fioravanti continued training and began his professional career in early 2004.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Fioravanti began his professional MMA career 7-0 before losing to UFC veteran Chris Leben via unanimous decision. Fioravanti would then rattle off four straight wins, including two in the UFC, before dropping two straight fights against Jon Fitch and Forrest Petz.
Fioravanti has seen improved results since leaving the UFC, going 10–6 in his last 16 fights since being released, including a five fight winning streak that was snapped when he lost a unanimous decision to Andrei Semenov.
He faced Joe Doerksen at Score Fighting Series 1 on June 10, 2011. He lost via unanimous decision. Fioravanti faced former UFC welterweight contender Paul Daley at Ringside MMA 12 on October 21, 2011. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, putting him at three losses in a row.
Fioravanti snapped his three fight losing streak on May 18, 2013, when he submitted Edwin Aguilar in forty-two seconds at Flawless FC 3. Fioravanti followed up with a TKO win over Joshua Thorpe at Shamrock Promotions on October 12, 2013.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|41 matches||26 wins||15 losses|
|Loss||26–15||Artem Frolov||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge 72: Kunchenko vs. Abdulaev 2||November 18, 2016||1||2:11||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||26–14||Ramazan Emeev||TKO (corner stoppage)||M-1 Challenge 63: Puetz vs. Nemkov 2||December 4, 2015||4||5:00||St. Petersburg, Leningrad, Russia||For the M-1 Global Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||26–13||Sergey Kovalev||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Challenge 59: Battle of Nomads 5||July 3, 2015||2||1:56||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|Loss||25–13||Nodar Kudukhashvili||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Challenge 55: In Memory of Guram Gugenishvili||February 21, 2015||3||5:00||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|Win||25–12||Ruslan Khaskhanov||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12||December 17, 2014||1||3:06||St. Petersburg, Leningrad, Russia|
|Loss||24–12||Joe Ray||TKO (knees and punches)||BattleGrounds MMA 5: O.N.E.||October 3, 2014||1||2:39||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States||Welterweight bout; Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||24–11||Joshua Thorpe||TKO (retirement)||Shamrock Promotions: Fight Night||October 12, 2013||3||2:54||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||23–11||Edwin Aguilar||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Flawless FC 3: California Love||May 18, 2013||1||0:42||Inglewood, California, United States|
|Loss||22–11||Paul Daley||Decision (unanimous)||Ringside MMA 12: Daley vs. Fioravanti||October 21, 2011||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Welterweight bout.|
|Loss||22–10||Joe Doerksen||Decision (unanimous)||Score Fighting Series 1: Mein vs. Zaromskis||June 10, 2011||3||5:00||Mississauga, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||22–9||Andrei Semenov||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Challenge 25: Zavurov vs. Enomoto||April 28, 2011||3||5:00||St. Petersburg, Leningrad, Russia|
|Win||22–8||Mike Geurin||Decision (unanimous)||Raging Wolf XI: Mayhem in the Mist||March 5, 2011||3||5:00||Niagara Falls, New York, United States|
|Win||21–8||Mitch Whitesel||TKO (submission to punches)||WEF 45||January 21, 2011||2||4:41||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Win||20–8||Arthur Guseinov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Challenge 22: Narkun vs. Vasilevsky||December 10, 2010||4||0:33||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||19–8||Johnny Buck||Decision (unanimous)||Panama City Beach MMA: Brawl on the Beach||October 2, 2010||3||5:00||Panama City, Florida, United States|
|Win||18–8||Woody Weatherby||TKO (punches)||M-1 Selection 2010: The Americas Finals||September 18, 2010||1||2:51||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||17–8||John Kolosci||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Hoosier Fight Club||June 11, 2010||1||0:42||Gary, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||17–7||Pete Spratt||TKO (punches)||MFC 25||May 7, 2010||3||4:02||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||17–6||Shane Primm||Decision (unanimous)||Raging Wolf VI: Mayhem in the Mist||January 23, 2010||3||5:00||Niagara Falls, New York, United States|
|Win||16–6||Matt Lagler||Decision (unanimous)||C3: Slammin Jammin Weekend 3||December 11, 2009||3||5:00||Red Rock, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||15–6||John Alessio||KO (punches)||MFC 22||October 2, 2009||3||1:34||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||15–5||Fabricio Nascimento||KO (punches)||Xtreme MMA Championships 1||June 18, 2009||1||4:44||Rome, Italy|
|Loss||14–5||Anthony Johnson||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens||February 7, 2009||1||4:39||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||14–4||Brodie Farber||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight for the Troops||December 10, 2008||3||5:00||Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States||Catchweight (174 lbs) bout.|
|Loss||13–4||Diego Sanchez||TKO (knee and punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale||June 21, 2008||3||4:07||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–3||Luke Cummo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 82||March 1, 2008||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||12–3||Frank Camacho||TKO (doctor stoppage)||PXC 12: Settling the Score||July 12, 2007||1||N/A||Mangilao, Guam|
|Loss||11–3||Forrest Petz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 10||June 12, 2007||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Loss||11–2||Jon Fitch||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 68||March 3, 2007||2||3:05||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||11–1||Dave Menne||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs. Riggs||December 13, 2006||1||4:44||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||10–1||Hidetaka Monma||TKO (punches)||GCM: D.O.G. 7||September 9, 2006||1||2:31||Tokyo, Japan||Welterweight debut.|
|Win||9–1||Solomon Hutcherson||KO (punch)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock Finale||June 24, 2006||1||4:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||8–1||Stephan Potvin||Decision (unanimous)||APEX: Evolution||June 10, 2006||3||5:00||Gatineau, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||7–1||Chris Leben||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 4||April 6, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–0||Sean Sallee||TKO (submission to punches)||Absolute Fighting Championships 15||February 18, 2006||1||1:32||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||6–0||Tim Stout||Decision (unanimous)||Full Throttle 4||September 9, 2005||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||5–0||George Allen||TKO (punches)||Real Fighting Championships 2||July 22, 2005||3||3:39||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||4–0||Hans Canko||TKO (punches)||North American Combat Challenge||June 18, 2005||2||2:09||Key West, Florida, United States|
|Win||3–0||Manuel Garcia||TKO (corner stoppage)||Absolute Fighting Championships 12||April 30, 2005||1||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||2–0||Thiago Goncalves||Decision (unanimous)||Absolute Fighting Championships 11||February 12, 2005||2||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||1–0||Kiel Reid||Submission||Obaktagon Challenge 1||April 10, 2004||1||3:14||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
- "Luigi Fioravanti Stats". espn.go.com. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
- "PANCRASE Mixed Martial Arts Belt Ranks: Black Belt Degrees". Pancrase U.S. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- New black belt and ATT Evo coach: Lugi Fioravanti. March 20, 2012. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21.
- UFC 68: Exclusive interview with Luigi Fioravanti at UFC blog for UFC news, results, videos, rumors, fights, pics and tickets—MMAmania.com
- "Rich Clementi and Luigi Fioravanti released from UFC contracts". mmamania.com. February 10, 2009.
- "Luigi Fioravanti vs. Andrei Semenov at M-1 Global's Challenge XXV event". mmadiehards.com. April 18, 2011.
- "M-1 Challenge XXV results and recap for 'Zavurov vs Enomoto' on April 28". mmamania.com. April 28, 2011.
- "Joe Doerksen vs. Luigi Fioravanti, Antonio Carvalho vs. Douglas Evans Added to June 10th Score Fighting Series". fcfighter.com. May 10, 2011.
- "Jordan Mein, Joe Doerksen Win At Score Fighting Series 1". mmarising.com. June 10, 2011.
- "UFC Vets Daley, Fioravanti on Point for Ringside MMA 12 Headliner". sherdog.com. October 20, 2011.
- "Ringside MMA 12 Results: Paul Daley Dominates Luigi Fioravanti, Canadian Prospects Shine". bloodyelbow.com. October 21, 2011.
- "EXCLUSIVE: UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti focused on return to action after layoff". bjpenn.com. May 16, 2013.
- "Flawless Fighting Championship 3 Official Results". mixedmartialarts.com. May 18, 2013.
- "Luigi Fioravanti vs. Joshua Thorpe". tapology.com. October 12, 2013.
- "Cody McKenzie, Dennis Hallman, Luigi Fioravanti join single-night tourney". mmajunkie.com. May 3, 2014.