Phil Ryan Cardella (born July 9, 1976) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. He formerly fought as a lightweight in the World Extreme Cagefighting organization. All but one of Cardella’s triumphs have come by first-round submission.
|Born||July 9, 1976|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Fighting out of||St. Augustine, Florida, United States|
|Team||Relson Gracie Austin|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 3rd degree black belt in |
3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo
2nd degree black Belt in Hapkido
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
He served as an assault amphibious vehicle crewman in the United States Marine Corps from 1994 to 1998, during which he also taught primary marksmanship and combat water safety. Today he continues to work with various branches of the U.S. Military to train them in hand-to-hand combatives using Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Phil was the first American fighter to represent the Relson Gracie Team in MMA competition. Relson Gracie has been in Phil's corner during many of his MMA matches. Phil is the founder of the Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu associations in Texas, and has since moved to Florida to lead his team and community there as the Head Instructor of Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Florida, a martial arts school specializing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
While his record for the WEC reads 0-2, Cardella was a winner in the minds of several fans and critics after his fight against Danny Castillo ended a split decision.[failed verification] In his fight with Castillo, he became the first fighter in the WEC to win more than one round on a judge's scorecard, purely by scoring points with an offensive guard. He made his WEC return at WEC 42 on August 9, 2009, losing to Ed Ratcliff by unanimous decision.
Cardella has been known to coach a number of professional MMA fighters, including UFC contender Kamal Shalorus, Strikeforce top title contender Tim Kennedy, former UFC star Roger Huerta, and Bellator fighter Chris Spicer.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||8 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||8–5||Ran Weathers||KO (punch)||Shark Fights 6: Stars & Stripes||September 12, 2009||1||0:36||Amarillo, TX, United States|
|Loss||8–4||Ed Ratcliff||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 42:Torres vs. Bowles||August 9, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–3||Johnny Flores||Submission (armbar)||Shark Fights 4: Richards vs Schoonover||May 2, 2009||1||0:48||Lubbock, Texas, United States|
|Loss||7–3||Danny Castillo||Decision (split)||WEC 39: Brown vs. Garcia||March 1, 2009||3||5:00||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Win||7–2||Rafael Dias||Decision (unanimous)||GFC - Evolution||May 19, 2007||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||6–2||Patrick Horner||Submission (armbar)||GFC - Team Gracie vs Team Hammer House||March 3, 2006||1||4:20||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Steve Kinnison||KO (slam)||FFC 6 - No Love||July 11, 2003||1||1:35||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||5–1||Rocky Long||Submission (armbar)||REF - Renegades Extreme Fighting||October 12, 2002||1||0:49||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–1||Jose Santibanez||Submission (guillotine Choke)||REF - Renegades Extreme Fighting||October 12, 2002||1||0:27||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||3–1||Richard Rosas||Submission (strikes)||WFC 2 - World Fighting Championships 2||August 16, 2002||1||N/A||El Paso, Texas, United States|
|Win||2–1||Casey Erwin||Submission (triangle Choke)||WFC 1 - World Fighting Championships 1||June 26, 2002||1||N/A||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Randall Ebarb||Submission (armbar)||REF - Renegades Extreme Fighting||November 17, 2001||1||1:02||Texas, United States|
|Win||1–0||Chris Winchester||Submission (armbar)||REF - Renegades Extreme Fighting||November 17, 2001||1||0:24||Texas, United States|
- "Hawaii Martial Arts News & Rumors - Dedicated to Hawaii-Specific Martial Arts News & Rumors".
- Damon Martin (2009-05-28). "PHIL CARDELLA VS. ED RATCLIFF IN WEC AUGUST 9". MMAWeekly. Archived from the original on June 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- Frank Currerri (2009-07-06). "Cardella's Next Adventure: Ratcliff". WEC. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- "Brown Devours Garcia, Retains WEC Featherweight Title". UFC. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
- ("Phil Cardella". UFC. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
- Frank Currerri (2010-01-07). "Jansen to Olympian Shalorus: 'I'm The Better Wrestler'". UFC. Retrieved 2010-04-20.[permanent dead link]
- http://centexsubfighting.com/staff-bios.html[permanent dead link]