Remco Pardoel

Remco Pardoel (born May 23, 1969) is a retired Dutch[2] mixed martial artist.[3] He competed in the heavyweight[4] division. He has fought in promotions such as the UFC, Shooto and Pancrase. He was a junior national champion in Judo in 1988, and a competitive BJJ grappler. He made his MMA debut at UFC 2, eventually losing to Royce Gracie. Over the course of his career he fought Vernon White, Minoru Suzuki, and Marco Ruas.[5][1]

Remco Pardoel
Born (1969-05-23) May 23, 1969 (age 53)
Oss, Netherlands
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight260 lb (120 kg; 19 st)
StyleJudo, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu[1]
TeamPardoel Sports
Rank  4th Dan Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu
  2nd Black Belt in Taekwondo
  1st Black Belt in Judo
Years active1994–2003
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission6
By decision2
By knockout3
By submission2
By decision1
No contests2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Early careerEdit

Pardoel began his martial arts career at age 4 when he first began training in Judo.[1] At age 7, he began training in Taekwondo and took up traditional Jiu-Jitsu at age 11.[1] He won gold at the 1988 Junior National Judo Championships in the Netherlands, followed by a number of Ju Jitsu titles across Europe.[5][1] He became Ju Jitsu world champion in 1993 when the sport's first World Championship was held in Denmark.[1] There, he met Fabio Gurgel, Romero Cavalcanti, Sylvio Behring and other fighters, who taught him some of the sport's techniques.[1] He would invite the Brazilian team to the Netherlands, and so Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was introduced in Europe, in his hometown of Oss, starting in November 1993.[1]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

In 1994, Pardoel was invited to Ultimate Fighting Championship at its event UFC 2 in United States. Cornered by UFC 1 finalist Gerard Gordeau,[6] Remco was billed as a Jiu-Jitsu fighter,[7] and was pitted in the first round of the tournament against Alberto Cerro León, a Spanish Pencak Silat practitioner. The bout was long and violent, as although Pardoel threw León to the ground early, the Spaniard resisted his armlock attempts and even tried an illegal fish hook in repeated occasions.[7] At the end, Pardoel submitted him with a sode guruma jime. The Dutch fighter was later quoted as: "Alberto was the reason to enter the UFC for me… In Europe, the guys from Pencak Silat and Wing Chun are badmouthing all other styles by saying and writing that they are invincible, which [they're] not. So the best way to prove that they are wrong is to challenge them."[8]

Pardoel advanced to the next round and fought Muay Thai fighter Orlando Wiet in a memorable match.[9] The heavier Pardoel executed a hip throw and pinned Wiet on the mat with ura gatame. After some hesitation, the Jiu-Jitsu champion then proceeded to land seven brutal elbow strikes on Wiet's temple, resulting in a knockout. Wiet was actually rendered unconscious after the second blow, and Pardoel himself had to speak to the referee in order to get the match stopped.[10] The Dutch contender went to the semi-finals to face UFC 1 winner Royce Gracie, another Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu exponent. Seconds into the match, Royce captured Pardoel's back while standing, tripped him down and performed a gi choke, making Remco tap out.[9]

He returned to UFC in September 1995 at the event UFC 7. His first opponent would be Karateka Ryan Parker, whom he defeated in swift fashion by throwing him down, pinning him with kesa gatame and locking a mounted Ezekiel choke. The Dutchman advanced to meet Luta Livre legend Marco Ruas, also the eventual winner. Pardoel got a guillotine choke early, but Ruas escaped via foot stomps and they both met on the ground, where the Brazilian tried a straight-ankle lock to no avail. After some minutes of struggle, Ruas mounted Pardoel, and the latter opted to tap out.[11] Pardoel would later claim that Ruas was using some sort of body oil or lubricant to hinder his hold.[12] It would be Pardoel's last appearance in UFC.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
19 matches 10 wins 6 losses
By knockout 2 3
By submission 6 2
By decision 2 1
Draws 1
No contests 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–6–1 (2) Tengiz Tedoradze TKO (submission to punches) EF 1: Genesis July 13, 2003 1 2:44 London, England
NC 9–5–1 (2) Roger Godinez No Contest GC 11: Gladiator Challenge 11 April 20, 2002 1 0:17 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 9–5–1 (1) Mark Smith Decision CW 1: Cage Wars 1 February 23, 2002 2 0:00 Portsmouth, England
Win 9–4–1 (1) Glen Brown Submission (scarf hold) UKMMAC 1: Sudden Impact November 11, 2001 2 0:00 Kent, England
Draw 8–4–1 (1) Herman van Tol Draw Rings Holland: No Guts, No Glory June 10, 2001 2 5:00 Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Win 8–4 (1) Marc Emmanuel Decision (unanimous) Rings Holland: Heroes Live Forever January 28, 2001 2 5:00 Utrecht, Netherlands
Loss 7–4 (1) Roman Savochka TKO (submission to strikes) IAFC: Pankration World Championship 2000 [Day 2] April 29, 2000 1 0:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 7–3 (1) John Dixson Submission (headlock) AAC 2: Amsterdam Absolute Championship 2 November 27, 1999 1 8:15 Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Win 6–3 (1) Michailis Deligiannakis Submission (keylock) WVC 8: World Vale Tudo Championship 8 July 1, 1999 1 2:20 Aruba
Win 5–3 (1) John Dixson Submission (choke) AAC 1: Amsterdam Absolute Championship 1 October 25, 1998 1 4:16 Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Loss 4–3 (1) Marco Ruas Submission (position) UFC 7: The Brawl in Buffalo September 8, 1995 1 12:27 Buffalo, New York, United States UFC 5 Tournament Semifinals.
Win 4–2 (1) Ryan Parker Submission (lapel choke) 1 3:05 UFC 5 Tournament Quarterfinals.
NC 3–2 (1) Carl Franks No Contest Shooto: Complete Vale Tudo Access July 29, 1995 1 8:00 Omiya, Saitama, Japan
Loss 3–2 Minoru Suzuki KO (punch) Pancrase: Road To The Championship 3 July 26, 1994 1 7:16 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–1 Vernon White TKO (lost points) Pancrase: Road To The Championship 2 July 6, 1994 1 14:24 Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan
Loss 2–1 Royce Gracie Submission (lapel choke) UFC 2: No Way Out March 11, 1994 1 1:31 Denver, Colorado, United States UFC 2 Tournament Semifinals.
Win 2–0 Orlando Wiet KO (elbows) 1 1:29 UFC 2 Tournament Quarterfinals.
Win 1–0 Alberto Cerra Leon Submission (forearm choke) 1 9:51 UFC 2 Tournament Opening Round.

Submission grappling recordEdit

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Loss   Ricardo Liborio Submission (armbar) World Jiu-jitsu Championship 1996

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "UFC 2 Vet Remco Pardoel On Pioneering BJJ In Europe, Fighting In The First Mundials In The Black Belt Division & His Flourishing DJ Career". 20 March 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-25.
  2. ^ "Remco Pardoel". Sherdog. Archived from the original on October 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "Remco Pardoel". Archived from the original on October 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "Remco Pardoel". Archived from the original on October 26, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Remco Pardoel Pancrase bio". Retrieved 2014-10-25.
  6. ^ Erich Krauss (November 10, 2010). Brawl: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Mixed Martial Arts Competition. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1554902385.
  7. ^ a b John McCarthy, Let's Get It On!: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee
  8. ^ Clyde Gentry (2005). No Holds Barred: Ultimate Fighting and the Martial Arts Revolution. Milo Books. ISBN 1903854105.
  9. ^ a b Scott Newman (2005-06-11). "MMA Review: #51: UFC 2: No Way Out". The Oratory. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  10. ^ "The 3 Most Important Fights Of Early MMA". Constant Aggression. 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  11. ^ Scott Newman (2005-12-07). "MMA Review: #67: UFC 7: The Brawl in Buffalo". The Oratory. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  12. ^ Derek Callahan (2004-05-27). "Remco Pardoel Interview". Retrieved 2016-09-17.

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