Pedro Augusto Rizzo (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpedɾu ˈʁizu]; born 3 May 1973) is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist and kickboxer who competed for the UFC, PRIDE, M-1 Global, and Affliction. Although he never captured the UFC Heavyweight Championship, Rizzo competed for it three times and was regarded as a top contender for many years. Coming from a Muay Thai background, Rizzo competed in Vale Tudo before transitioning into mixed martial arts. Often regarded as one of the most dangerous strikers in heavyweight history, Rizzo holds notable victories over former UFC champions Mark Coleman, Dan Severn, Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski, Ricco Rodriguez and Ken Shamrock.
|Born||3 May 1973|
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Other names||The Rock|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||244 lb (111 kg; 17 st 6 lb)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Luta Livre, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Team||Ruas Vale Tudo |
American Top Team
|Rank||Black prajied in Muay Thai |
4th degree black belt in Luta Livre
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Years active||1996–2015 (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Early in his career Rizzo adopted brutal leg kicks from his master trainer Marco Ruas and also from training at the Amsterdam-based Chakuriki gym. Pedro developed a strong stand-up style early on--and used this to great effect throughout his career.
Rizzo is a former World Vale Tudo Championship (WVC) Heavyweight Champion and former contender for the UFC heavyweight belt. Rizzo was almost an unstoppable force in his early UFC run, which culminated in a highly controversial loss at the hands of Randy Couture. The UFC heavyweight title fight between these fighters took place in Atlantic city on 4 May 2001, and Rizzo dominated the pace of the fight and punished Couture with heavy leg kicks; which at the conclusion of the bout left Couture unable to exit the arena without assistance. After the judges read out the scores, even Couture's expression of disbelief assisted the public's reaction of a fight in which Rizzo was clearly robbed. Rizzo then had a chance to rematch Couture but was soundly beaten by Couture in this rematch, and after this fight Rizzo's performances were mixed. Rizzo never seemed to recover from the controversial loss to Couture in that first fight, and this is what is believed to have taken the wind out of Rizzo's sails; as his hunger and drive were the never the same as a consequence.
Rizzo returned to his winning ways on 9 March 2007, when he beat UFC veteran Justin Eilers by unanimous decision at the début show of Art of War Undisputed Arena Fighting Championship, which was held in Dallas, Texas.
He defeated Jeff Monson on 1 September 2007. This fight took place on the first pay-per-view event promoted by the Art of War Undisputed Arena Fighting Championship organization. Rizzo was defeated at Affliction: Banned by Josh Barnett, via knockout in round 2.
He was defeated by Gilbert Yvel at Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp via knockout in round 1. In his rematch with Jeff Monson, Rizzo won a decision at Bitetti Combat. He revealed in the post-fight interview that he had an elbow problem 10 days before the fight and that was why he could not push for the knockout that "the Brazilian fans deserved".
On 21 June 2012, Rizzo faced former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko, at M-1 Global ring in St. Petersburg, Russia. Rizzo got caught by a right hand from Fedor that knocked him down; Fedor then proceeded with punches that left Rizzo motionless at 1:24 of the first round.
On 26 May 2013, Pedro faced Japanese heavyweight Satoshi Ishii at IGF: GENOME 26. He lost via unanimous decision.
On 12 September 2015, Pedro returned to face Andrew Flores at Face to Face 12. He won via leg kicks, forcing Flores to quit in between rounds, and Rizzo announced his retirement shortly after the fight.
Rizzo has a daughter.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|31 matches||20 wins||11 losses|
|Win||20–11||Andrew Flores Smith||TKO (leg kicks)||Face to Face 12||12 September 2015||1||5:00||Espirito Santo, Brazil|
|Loss||19–11||Satoshi Ishii||Decision (unanimous)||IGF: Genome 26||26 May 2013||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||19–10||Fedor Emelianenko||KO (punches)||M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo||21 June 2012||1||1:24||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||19–9||Ken Shamrock||TKO (leg kicks and punches)||Impact FC 2||18 July 2010||1||3:33||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||18–9||Gary Goodridge||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Washington Combat: Battle of the Legends||15 May 2010||2||5:00||Washington D.C. United States|
|Win||17–9||Jeff Monson||Decision (unanimous)||Bitetti Combat MMA 4||12 Sep 2009||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||16–9||Gilbert Yvel||KO (punches)||Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp||27 Jun 2009||1||2:10||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||16–8||Josh Barnett||KO (punch)||Affliction: Banned||19 Jul 2008||2||1:44||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||16–7||Jeff Monson||TKO (punches)||Art of War 3||1 September 2007||3||2:40||Dallas, Texas, United States||Defended IFA Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||15–7||Justin Eilers||Decision (unanimous)||Art of War 1||9 March 2007||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States||Won vacant IFA Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||14–7||Roman Zentsov||KO (punch)||PRIDE 31||26 February 2006||1||0:25||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||14–6||Sergei Kharitonov||TKO (soccer kick and punches)||PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005||26 June 2005||1||2:02||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||14–5||Ricco Rodriguez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 45||21 November 2003||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||13–5||Tra Telligman||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 43||6 June 2003||2||4:24||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||12–5||Vladimir Matyushenko||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 41||28 February 2003||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||12–4||Gan McGee||TKO (corner stoppage)||UFC 39||27 September 2002||1||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||12–3||Andrei Arlovski||KO (punches)||UFC 36||22 March 2002||3||1:45||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Randy Couture||TKO (punches)||UFC 34||2 November 2001||3||1:38||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||11–2||Randy Couture||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 31||4 May 2001||5||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Fight of the Year (2001).|
|Win||11–1||Josh Barnett||KO (punch)||UFC 30||23 February 2001||2||4:21||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||10–1||Dan Severn||TKO (submission to punches)||UFC 27||22 September 2000||1||1:33||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||9–1||Kevin Randleman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 26||9 June 2000||5||5:00||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States||For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||9–0||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||TKO (punches)||UFC 23||19 November 1999||3||1:12||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–0||Tra Telligman||KO (punch)||UFC 20||7 May 1999||1||4:30||Birmingham, Alabama, United States|
|Win||7–0||Mark Coleman||Decision (split)||UFC 18||8 January 1999||1||15:00||Kenner, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||6–0||Tank Abbott||KO (punch)||UFC Brazil||16 October 1998||1||8:07||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Richard Heard||TKO (submission to punches)||World Vale Tudo Championship 3||19 January 1997||1||13:12||Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Vernon White||KO (soccer kick)||World Vale Tudo Championship 2||10 November 1996||1||6:30||Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Michael Tielrooy||Submission (keylock)||World Vale Tudo Championship 2||10 November 1996||1||0:18||Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Nicholas Hill (as Niccolaus)||TKO (submission to punches)||World Vale Tudo Championship 2||10 November 1996||1||1:49||Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Eric Labaille||TKO (punches)||IMA: Battle of Styles||26 October 1996||1||2:57||Netherlands|
Kickboxing record (Incomplete)Edit
|31 Win (30 (T)KO, 1 decisions), 2 Losses, 1 Draw|
|May 11, 1997||Loss||Lloyd van Dams||Nikko T. Press Productions: Battle of the Best||'s-Hertogenbosch, North Brabant||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||2|
|Battle of the Best Heavyweight Tournament Final.|
|May 11, 1997||Win||Rob van Esdonk||Nikko T. Press Productions: Battle of the Best||'s-Hertogenbosch, North Brabant||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||3|
|Battle of the Best Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|May 11, 1997||Win||Orlando Breienburg||Nikko T. Press Productions: Battle of the Best||'s-Hertogenbosch, North Brabant||Decision (Unanimous)||3||3:00|
|Battle of the Best Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|December 9, 1995||Loss||Michael Thompson||K-1 Hercules '95||Nagoya, Aichi||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||3||1:19||14-1|
|Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes|
- "Tim Sylvia broke his foot and will not face Rizzo". Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
- Palmquist, Chris (29 September 2011). "Sylvia/Rizzo, Arlovski/Fulton headline ProElite 2 in Nov". The Underground.
- "Injured Rizzo Withdraws from Nov. 5 ProElite Bout Against Sylvia". Retrieved 17 October 2011.
- "Pedro Rizzo gets new opponent for upcoming fight in Brazil". mmafighting.com. 10 September 2015.
- "41-year-old UFC vet Pedro Rizzo wins in Brazil, announces retirement". mmafighting.com. 13 September 2015.
- "Pedro Rizzo interview: MMA Sport interview exclusive with Pedro Rizzo". MMASportsmag.com, by Ed Preuss. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2008.
- "– RIZZO KO'S THE SNOWMAN AT ART OF WAR | MMAWeekly.com". 2 September 2007.
- "– MONSON READY FOR TWO FIGHTS IN TWO WEEKS | MMAWeekly.com". 15 August 2007.
- Sherdog.com. "Pedro". Sherdog. Retrieved 16 April 2022.