Rodrigo Damm

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.

Rodrigo Damm
Born (1980-02-03) February 3, 1980 (age 40)
Afonso Cláudio, Brazil
ResidenceVila Velha, Brazil
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)[1]
Reach71.0 in (180 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofSão Paulo, Brazil
Team Damm
Alliance Jiu-Jitsu
Rank3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
WrestlingFormer member of the Brazilian National Wrestling team[2]
Years active2004–2015 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission6
By decision4
By knockout4
By submission1
By decision4
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.[2]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early 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 made his United States MMA debut at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz against Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce Interim Lightweight Championship.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Damm fought Antonio Carvalho on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.[6] Damm lost a back and forth fight via split decision.

Damm next fought Mizuto Hirota at UFC on Fuel TV 10 on June 8, 2013. He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.

Damm was expected to face Hacran Dias at UFC Fight Night 29.[7] However, the bout was scrapped just days prior to the event after Damm was sidelined due to a kidney stone attack.[8]

Damm moved back to Lightweight and faced Ivan Jorge on February 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 36.[9] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Damm faced Rashid Magomedov on May 31, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale[10] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Damm faced Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 50 on September 5, 2014.[11] Iaquinta defeated Damm via third-round TKO.[12][13]

Damm faced Evan Dunham on January 3, 2015 at UFC 182.[14] He lost the fight by unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.

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"

Personal lifeEdit

Rodrigo's sister Carina Damm is also a mixed martial artist.[15]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 12 wins 9 losses
By knockout 2 4
By submission 6 1
By decision 4 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.


  1. ^ a b c "Fight Card - UFC 182 Jones vs. Cormier". Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Rodrigo Damm - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Stupp, Dann (April 9, 2009). "Melendez vs. Damm official; Winner gets Strikeforce champ Thomson". Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  4. ^ "'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' cast unveiled with 32 featherweights and middleweights". March 12, 2012. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "UFC 147 bonuses: Franklin, Silva, Damm, Vinicius pocket $65,000 in Brazil". June 23, 2012. Archived from the original on June 26, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Rodrigo Damm vs. Antonio Carvalho set for UFC 154 in Montreal". August 3, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  7. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2013-08-14). "UFC Fight Night 29 gets Hacran Dias vs. Rodrigo Damm". Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  8. ^ Staff (2013-10-05). "Rodrigo Damm-Hacran Dias fight removed from UFC Fight Night 29". Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  9. ^ Matt Erickson (2013-12-09). "Rodrigo Damm vs. Ivan Jorge added to UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil". Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  10. ^ "Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov targeted for UFC Fight Night 42 in Brazil". April 2, 2014.
  11. ^ "Al Iaquinta vs. Rodrigo Damm in the works for UFC Fight Night 50 on Sept. 5 in Connecticut". July 12, 2014.
  12. ^ John Morgan (2014-09-05). "UFC Fight Night 50 results: Al Iaquinta batters, finishes Rodrigo Damm". Retrieved 2014-09-05.
  13. ^ Matt Erickson (September 15, 2014). "Commission adjusts Al Iaquinta finish time of Rodrigo Damm at UFC Fight Night 50".
  14. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2014-10-11). "Lightweights Evan Dunham, Rodrigo Damm booked for UFC 182 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2014-10-11.
  15. ^ Carina Damm at Sherdog

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