Matt Frevola (born June 11, 1990) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2014, he has also competed for the World Series of Fighting and Titan FC.

Matt Frevola
Matt Frevola - post fight interview at UFC 230
Born (1990-06-11) June 11, 1990 (age 33)
Huntington, New York, U.S.
Other namesThe Steamrolla
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
TeamSerra-Longo Fight Team (2017–present)[1]
Gracie Tampa South (2010–present)[2]
TrainerMatt Serra
Ray Longo
RankBrown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Matt Arroyo[3]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission3
By decision4
By knockout3
By decision1
Other information
UniversityUniversity of Tampa
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background edit

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Frevola began competing in sports from a young age; he played football, lacrosse, wrestling, and baseball. Frevola attended Harborfields High School, where he started wrestling and also picked up Brazilian jiu-jitsu during high school.[4] Frevola then attended the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program of University of Tampa.[5] Frevola is a lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve.[5]

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

Frevola compiled an undefeated amateur record of 8–0 from 2011 to 2014, when he made his professional debut. Winning his first five professional bouts, he was selected to compete on Dana White's Contender Series 8 on August 29, 2017.[6] Frevola defeated 7–0 Jose Flores via second-round submission and was awarded a UFC contract.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

Frevola made his promotional debut against Polo Reyes at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi on January 14, 2018.[8] He lost via first-round knockout.[9]

Frevola faced Lando Vannata on November 3, 2018, at UFC 230.[10] The bout ended in a majority draw.[11]

Frevola faced Jalin Turner on April 13, 2019 at UFC 236.[12] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[13]

As the first fight of his four-fight contract, Frevola faced Luis Peña on October 12, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 161.[14][15] He won the fight via split decision.[16]

Frevola was expected to face Roosevelt Roberts on April 25, 2020.[17] However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that the event would be postponed to a future date.[18] Instead, Frevola was set to face Frank Camacho on June 20, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov,[19] however, on June 18, it was revealed that Frevola was pulled from the bout after one of his cornermen tested positive for COVID-19.[20]

A bout with Roosevelt Roberts was rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 177 on September 12, 2020.[21] However, Frevola pulled out of the bout against Roberts on September 11, 2020, citing an injury. He was replaced by newcomer Kevin Croom.[22]

Frevola was expected to face Ottman Azaitar on January 24, 2021, at UFC 257.[23] However, on the day of the weigh-ins it was announced that Azaitar was pulled from the bout after it was determined that he had violated COVID-19 health and safety protocols. In turn, Azaitar was removed from the UFC's designated safety zone on Yas Island and released from the promotion.[24][25][26] As a result, the promotion negotiated a matchup between Frevola and Arman Tsarukyan (whose original opponent had also been removed from the card) to keep both fighters on the card. Subsequently, Tsarukyan forfeited 20% of his purse as a result of missing weight, which went to Frevola.[27] Frevola lost the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

Frevola was again scheduled to face Frank Camacho on June 12, 2021, at UFC 263.[29] However, Camacho pulled out of the fight during the week leading up to the event after he was involved in a traffic accident in Orange County, California that left him with non-life threatening injuries to his back and neck. In turn, Frevola faced promotional newcomer Terrance McKinney instead.[30] Frevola lost the fight via knockout 7 seconds into the first round.[31]

For the last fight of his prevailing contract, Frevola faced Genaro Valdéz on January 22, 2022, at UFC 270.[32] After knocking down Valdéz multiple times, Frevola won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[33][34]

The bout between Frevola and Ottman Azaitar was rescheduled for November 12, 2022 at UFC 281.[35] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[36]

Frevola faced Drew Dober on May 6, 2023, at UFC 288.[37] He won the fight by TKO at the end of the first round.[38] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[39]

Frevola faced Benoît Saint-Denis on November 11, 2023 at UFC 295.[40] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[41]

Personal life edit

Frevola graduated from University of Tampa with a bachelor's degree in Criminology. Frevola is a member of the United States Army Reserves as an Engineer Officer.[42]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 11 wins 4 losses
By knockout 4 3
By submission 3 0
By decision 4 1
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–4–1 Benoît Saint-Denis KO (head kick) UFC 295 November 11, 2023 1 1:31 New York City, New York, United States
Win 11–3–1 Drew Dober TKO (punches) UFC 288 May 6, 2023 1 4:08 Newark, New Jersey, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 10–3–1 Ottman Azaitar KO (punch) UFC 281 November 12, 2022 1 2:30 New York City, New York, United States
Win 9–3–1 Genaro Valdéz TKO (punches) UFC 270 January 22, 2022 1 3:15 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 8–3–1 Terrance McKinney KO (punches) UFC 263 June 12, 2021 1 0:07 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Loss 8–2–1 Arman Tsarukyan Decision (unanimous) UFC 257 January 24, 2021 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Catchweight (157 lb) bout; Tsarukyan missed weight.
Win 8–1–1 Luis Peña Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson October 12, 2019 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 7–1–1 Jalin Turner Decision (unanimous) UFC 236 April 13, 2019 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Draw 6–1–1 Lando Vannata Draw (majority) UFC 230 November 3, 2018 3 5:00 New York City, New York, United States
Loss 6–1 Polo Reyes KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi January 14, 2018 1 1:00 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 6–0 Jose Flores Submission (arm-triangle choke) Dana White's Contender Series 8 August 29, 2017 2 3:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Raush Manfio Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 43 January 21, 2017 3 5:00 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Win 4–0 Trent McDade Submission (guillotine choke) RFC 37: No Mercy July 22, 2016 1 0:55 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Emmanuel Ramirez Decision (unanimous) Absolute Fighting Championship 25 April 1, 2016 3 5:00 Coconut Creek, Florida, United States Catchweight (165 lb) bout.
Win 2–0 Mike D'Angelo KO (punch) RFC 35: Showdown November 13, 2015 1 2:46 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 1–0 Josh Zuckerman Submission (triangle armbar) WSOF 15 November 15, 2014 1 2:50 Tampa, Florida, United States Lightweight debut.


References edit

  1. ^ Mark La Monica (January 13, 2018). "Matt Frevola looks to make most of unlikely opportunity in UFC debut Sunday in St. Louis". Newsday.
  2. ^ Matt Quiggins (November 20, 2014). "WSOF 15's Matt Frevola: A Picture-Perfect Pro Debut".
  3. ^ Matt Frevola (December 5, 2020). "Do you ever truly feel ready for a belt promotion? I don't think so but I'm honored to get my brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu from my long time instructor Matt Arroyo". Archived from the original on 2021-12-26.
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  5. ^ a b Mark La Monica (January 13, 2018). "Matt Frevola looks to make most of unlikely opportunity in UFC debut Sunday in St. Louis". Newsday.
  6. ^ "Dana White's Contender Series 7 and 8 lineups revealed; one fighter returns for seconds". August 15, 2017.
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  10. ^ "LI's Frevola booked to face Vannata at UFC 230 at MSG". Newsday. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  11. ^ "UFC 230 prelims results and highlights: Vannata-Frevola war ends in draw, Burgos taps Holobaugh". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
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