Phil Cardella

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.

Phil Cardella
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Born (1976-07-09) July 9, 1976 (age 43)
Houston, Texas
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofSt. Augustine, Florida, United States
TeamRelson Gracie Austin
Rank     3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
     3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo
     2nd degree black Belt in Hapkido
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout0
By submission7
By decision1
No contests0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

He holds a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Relson Gracie, as well as a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo and a 2nd Degree black belt in Hapkido.[1]

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.[1][2][3]

Phil was the first American fighter to represent the Relson Gracie Team in MMA competition.[2] Relson Gracie has been in Phil's corner during many of his MMA matches.[2] 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.[4]

WEC careerEdit

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.[5][6][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.[7] He made his WEC return at WEC 42 on August 9, 2009, losing to Ed Ratcliff by unanimous decision.[8]


Cardella has been known to coach a number of professional MMA fighters, including UFC contender Kamal Shalorus,[9] Strikeforce top title contender Tim Kennedy,[10] former UFC star Roger Huerta,[11] and Bellator fighter Chris Spicer.[12]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 8 wins 5 losses
By knockout 0 2
By submission 7 1
By decision 1 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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


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  2. ^ a b c "Hawaii Martial Arts News & Rumors - Dedicated to Hawaii-Specific Martial Arts News & Rumors".
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  4. ^ "Instructors".
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Frank Currerri (2009-07-06). "Cardella's Next Adventure: Ratcliff". WEC. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
  7. ^ "Brown Devours Garcia, Retains WEC Featherweight Title". UFC. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  8. ^ ("Phil Cardella". UFC. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  9. ^ Frank Currerri (2010-01-07). "Jansen to Olympian Shalorus: 'I'm The Better Wrestler'". UFC. Retrieved 2010-04-20.[permanent dead link]
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