Rodrigo Damm (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁoˈdɾiɡu ˈdɐ̃]; born February 3, 1980) is a retired Brazilian professional mixed martial artist who last competed in the Lightweight division of the UFC. A professional since 2004, he also competed for World Victory Road, Strikeforce, Jungle Fight, Shooto, and was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.
|Born||February 3, 1980|
Afonso Cláudio, Brazil
|Residence||Vila Velha, Brazil|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||71.0 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Rank||3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Wrestling||Former member of the Brazilian National Wrestling team|
|Years active||2004–2015 (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Damm began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu when he was 16 years old, and also competed in wrestling. He is a seven-time national champion in both sports as well as a world champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Damm made his professional mixed martial arts debut in October 2004, losing via split decision to Luciano Azevedo. In the years following that loss, he went on an 8 fight win streak while fighting all over the world including Japan, Russia and South Korea.
Damm returned to the promotion in 2011, where he faced Justin Wilcox in the main event at Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Damm. He lost the fight via doctor stoppage between the first and second round due to a cut.
The Ultimate FighterEdit
In March 2012, Damm appeared as a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. In the opening elimination fight, he defeated Fabrício Guerreiro by submission (rear naked choke) in round 2 to get into the TUF house.
Damm was selected fourth (eighth overall) by Vitor Belfort to be a part of Team Vitor. During the show, Damm often came to blows with Anistavio "Gasparzinho" Medeiros, as Gasparzinho's prankster attitude constantly annoyed the more serious Damm. In the quarterfinals, Damm was matched up against undefeated John Teixeira. After three closely contested rounds, Damm won via split decision.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Damm made his UFC debut at UFC 147 on June 23, 2012 where he faced his rival from the TUF, Gasparzinho. He won the fight via submission in the first round, earning a Submission of the Night bonus in the process.
Following his release, Damm posted this statement to social media.
"I stopped, retired from MMA. I'm not training hard enough for quite some time. I go to my BJJ gym two or three times a week, when I can. I keep training but for my own pleasure. I'm enjoying my family. I spent a lot of time away from home and traveling, now I can watch my kids grow up. I think I'm gonna start doing business with my dad at his woodshop. This should be my future"
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||12 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||12–9||Evan Dunham||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 182||January 3, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||12–8||Al Iaquinta||TKO (punches and elbows)||UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi||September 5, 2014||3||2:26||Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||12–7||Rashid Magomedov||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado||May 31, 2014||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||12–6||Ivan Jorge||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi||February 15, 2014||3||5:00||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil||Return to Lightweight.|
|Win||11–6||Mizuto Hirota||Decision (split)||UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum||June 8, 2013||3||5:00||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Loss||10–6||Antonio Carvalho||Decision (split)||UFC 154||November 17, 2012||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||10–5||Anistavio Medeiros||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 147||June 23, 2012||1||2:12||Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Featherweight debut. Submission of the Night.|
|Loss||9–5||Justin Wilcox||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Damm||April 1, 2011||1||5:00||Stockton, California, United States|
|Loss||9–4||Maximo Blanco||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 13||June 20, 2010||2||0:45||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–3||Ivan Iberico||Decision (unanimous)||Jungle Fight 17: Vila Velha||February 27, 2010||3||5:00||Vila Velha, Brazil|
|Loss||8–3||Gilbert Melendez||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz||April 11, 2009||2||2:02||San Jose, California, United States||For Strikeforce Interim Lightweight Championship.|
|Loss||8–2||Eiji Mitsuoka||Submission (rear-naked choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4||August 24, 2008||1||3:13||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||8–1||Jorge Masvidal||TKO (punch)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3||June 8, 2008||2||4:38||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||7–1||Johil de Oliveira||Decision||Universidade Fight Show 1||October 7, 2007||3||5:00||Espirito Santo, Brazil|
|Win||6–1||Ryan Bow||KO (punches)||BodogFIGHT: Vancouver||August 24, 2007||2||1:03||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||5–1||Santino DeFranco||Submission (rear-naked choke)||BodogFIGHT Series II: Clash of the Nations||April 14, 2007||2||1:58||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||4–1||Kultar Gill||Submission (rear-naked choke)||BodogFIGHT: Clash of the Nations I||December 16, 2006||2||2:11||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||3–1||Naoki Seki||Submission (armbar)||MARS 4: New Deal||August 26, 2006||1||1:48||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–1||Jyu Do Fan||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MARS Attack 1||July 21, 2006||1||3:56||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||1–1||Luciano Silva||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Night of Fight 1||July 23, 2005||1||1:26||Vila Velha, Brazil|
|Loss||0–1||Luciano Azevedo||Decision (split)||Shooto Brazil: Never Shake||October 23, 2004||2||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|2 matches||2 wins||0 losses|
|Win||2–0||John Teixeira||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil||3||5:00||Brazil||TUF Brazil Quarter-finals bout.|
|Win||1–0||Fabrício Guerreiro||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil||2||N/A||Brazil||TUF Brazil elimination bout.|
- "Fight Card - UFC 182 Jones vs. Cormier". UFC.com. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
- "Rodrigo Damm - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
- Stupp, Dann (April 9, 2009). "Melendez vs. Damm official; Winner gets Strikeforce champ Thomson". MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
- "'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' cast unveiled with 32 featherweights and middleweights". MMAJunkie.com. March 12, 2012. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- "UFC 147 bonuses: Franklin, Silva, Damm, Vinicius pocket $65,000 in Brazil". MMAJunkie.com. June 23, 2012. Archived from the original on June 26, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- "Rodrigo Damm vs. Antonio Carvalho set for UFC 154 in Montreal". mmajunkie.com. August 3, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
- Guilherme Cruz (2013-08-14). "UFC Fight Night 29 gets Hacran Dias vs. Rodrigo Damm". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
- Staff (2013-10-05). "Rodrigo Damm-Hacran Dias fight removed from UFC Fight Night 29". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- Matt Erickson (2013-12-09). "Rodrigo Damm vs. Ivan Jorge added to UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
- "Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov targeted for UFC Fight Night 42 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. April 2, 2014.
- "Al Iaquinta vs. Rodrigo Damm in the works for UFC Fight Night 50 on Sept. 5 in Connecticut". mmamania.com. July 12, 2014.
- John Morgan (2014-09-05). "UFC Fight Night 50 results: Al Iaquinta batters, finishes Rodrigo Damm". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-05.
- Matt Erickson (September 15, 2014). "Commission adjusts Al Iaquinta finish time of Rodrigo Damm at UFC Fight Night 50". MMAjunkie.com.
- Tristen Critchfield (2014-10-11). "Lightweights Evan Dunham, Rodrigo Damm booked for UFC 182 in Las Vegas". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-10-11.
- Carina Damm at Sherdog