Luigi Vendramini (born January 16, 1996) is a Brazilian professional male mixed martial artist who competed in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Luigi Vendramini
Born (1996-01-16) January 16, 1996 (age 28)
Brasília, Federal District, Brazil
Other namesThe Italian Stallion
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight155.0 lb (70.3 kg; 11.07 st)
Reach73 in (185 cm)[1]
TeamConstrictor Team
Factory X
Team Alpha Male
RankBlack belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[2]
Years active2016–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission4
By knockout2
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background edit

Vendramini started practising Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the age of 12 to lose weight, transitioning to mixed martial arts a year later. His father Augusto is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, and he put Vendramini on the path to becoming a fighter, remaining his trainer to this day.[3]

A native of Brazil, Vendramini also owns Italian and Swiss passports through his father and mother, respectively.[3]

Being away from the cage for 758 days after his UFC debut, and unable to get paid for his work as a fighter, Vendramini decided to help his family business in the meantime. His parents are mushroom producers and have run a bakery in Brasilia for half a century.[4]

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

Starting his professional career in 2016, Vendramini compiled an undefeated 8–0 record on the regional Brazilian scene, winning all 8 bouts via stoppage.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

Vendramini, as a replacement for Belal Muhammad, moved up in weight and faced Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos on a weeks notice on September 22, 2018, at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders.[6] He lost the fight via knockout in round two.[7]

Vendramini suffered an injury – a tear in the knee ligament – which he felt in the first round left “The Italian Stallion” about seven months away from training. After the inactive period, Vendramini was scheduled to face Nick Hein on June 1, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 11.[8] However, Vendramini pulled out of the bout in late April citing a new tear in the same knee and subsequent surgery,[9] which left him unable to compete for eight months.[10]

Following the second surgery, the doctor said that the first surgeon did the wrong surgery, meaning that he lost a year of his career due to a medical error.

Vendramini made his sophomore appearance in the organization against Jessin Ayari on October 4, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana.[11] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[12] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[13]

Vendramini faced Farès Ziam on June 12, 2021, at UFC 263.[14] He lost the fight via majority decision.[15]

Vendramini faced Paddy Pimblett on September 4, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 191.[16] He lost the fight via knockout in round one.[17]

On May, 2022 it was reported that Vendramini was released by UFC.[18]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Mixed martial arts edit

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
12 matches 9 wins 3 losses
By knockout 5 2
By submission 4 0
By decision 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–3 Paddy Pimblett KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till September 4, 2021 1 4:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9–2 Farès Ziam Decision (majority) UFC 263 June 12, 2021 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 9–1 Jessin Ayari TKO (head kick and punches) UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana October 4, 2020 1 1:12 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Return to Lightweight. Performance of the Night.
Loss 8–1 Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos KO (flying knee and punches) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders September 22, 2018 2 1:20 São Paulo, Brazil Welterweight debut.
Win 8–0 Lucas Eurico TKO (punches) Samurai Fight 1 September 7, 2018 1 3:57 Brasília, Brazil
Win 7–0 Adriano Andre TKO (punches) Aspera FC 56 August 19, 2017 1 0:33 Brasília, Brazil
Win 6–0 Geter Lírio Submission (rear-naked choke) The Warriors Combat 4 May 13, 2017 1 2:45 Brasília, Brazil
Win 5–0 David Alan Silva TKO (punches) IFC MMA Combat 6 March 11, 2017 1 0:10 Ceres, Brazil
Win 4–0 Robson Correira da Silva Submission (anaconda choke) Centro Oeste Fight 6 December 17, 2016 1 1:16 Brasília, Brazil
Win 3–0 João Paulo Submission (kimura) Aspera FC 45 October 8, 2016 1 3:25 Brasília, Brazil Lightweight debut.
Win 2–0 Odair Tarrafa Submission (anaconda choke) Centro Oeste Fight 5 July 1, 2016 1 1:40 Brasília, Brazil
Win 1–0 Guilherme de Carvalho TKO (punches) Magal Fight 1 April 16, 2016 2 2:05 Alexânia, Brazil Featherweight debut.


See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Stats | UFC". Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Luigi Vendramini". Ultimate Fighting Championship. 17 September 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Lee, Alexander K. (2018-09-22). "Luigi Vendramini prepared to 'die in the Octagon' to be the best". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  4. ^ Cruz, Guilherme (2020-10-03). "Luigi Vendramini worked at family business to make money after botched knee surgery delayed UFC return". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  5. ^ "Luigi "The Italian Stallion" Vendramini". Sherdog. Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  6. ^ "Undefeated newcomer Luigi Vendramini replaces Belal Muhammad at UFC Sao Paulo". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  7. ^ "UFC Sao Paulo results: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos wins sixth straight, calls out Robbie Lawler". MMAjunkie. 2018-09-22. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  8. ^ DNA, MMA (16 March 2019). "Nick Hein keert terug tegen Luigi Vendramini tijdens UFC Stockholm". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  9. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2019-04-29). "Knee injury forces Luigi Vendramini out of UFC Stockholm fight with Nick Hein". Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  10. ^ Marcelo, João (2020-10-02). "Dois anos depois de sua estreia, Luigi Vendramini voltará ao octógono do UFC". Distrito do Esporte (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  11. ^ Staff (2020-09-16). "Jessin Ayari meets Luigi Vendramini at UFC event on Oct. 3 in Abu Dhabi". Retrieved 2020-09-16. (in Dutch)
  12. ^ Evanoff, Josh (2020-10-03). "UFC Fight Island 4 Results: Luigi Vendramini Runs Through Jessin Ayari in Return". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  13. ^ a b Ryan Galloway (2020-10-04). "UFC Fight Night: Holm Vs. Aldana Bonuses". Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  14. ^ "Luigi Vendramini vs. Fares Ziam added to UFC 263 on June 12". MMA Junkie. 2021-03-12. Retrieved 2021-06-11.
  15. ^ Evanoff, Josh (2021-06-12). "UFC 263 Results: Fares Ziam Survives, Defeats Luigi Vendramini". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  16. ^ Dorff, Marcel (2021-07-09). "Paddy Pimblett maakt UFC debuut op 4 september tegen Luigi Vendramini". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  17. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2021-09-04). "UFC Vegas 36 Results: Paddy Pimblett Ousts Luigi Vendramini in First Round". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-09-04.
  18. ^ "Report: Moutinho, Grundy, Hubbard Among Latest UFC Cuts". Mma News | Ufc News, Results & Interviews. 2022-05-05. Retrieved 2022-05-05.
  19. ^ "Luigi". Sherdog. Retrieved 2021-09-04.

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