Ryan Schultz

Ryan James Schultz (born July 4, 1977) is an American mixed martial artist who last competed in 2013. A professional since 2003, he has competed in the WEC, IFL, and Japan's World Victory Road. He was the last International Fight League Lightweight Champion, competing for Matt Lindland's Portland Wolfpack.

Ryan Schultz
BornRyan James Schultz
(1977-07-04) July 4, 1977 (age 44)[1]
North Platte, Nebraska, United States[2]
Other namesThe Lion[1]
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)[1]
Fighting out ofPortland, Oregon
TeamTeam Quest[1]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Fabiano Scherner[3]
Years active2003–2009, 2011–2013
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout12
By submission4
By decision7
By knockout10
By submission3
By decision1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Schultz was born and raised in North Platte, Nebraska. He was a member of his high school wrestling team, graduating in 1996.[2] Schultz has a degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska, where he continued to compete in wrestling, coached by Matt Lindland. After graduation, Ryan worked as an apprentice plumber in Colorado, before embarking on his MMA career. Schultz is a member of Team Quest, training with his former wrestling coach and former UFC veteran Matt Lindland.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Schultz was entered into his first MMA fight by a friend. The fight took place at Dan Severn's promotion Dangerzone, in April 2004, in North Dakota.[2] Schultz had not trained at all for the fight, but won by KO, after just 45 seconds.[4] A few days after the fight, Lindland asked Schultz to join Team Quest, an offer which Schultz accepted. Over the next three years, Schultz competed in 20 fights in various promotions, including the WEC, Hawaiian promotion SuperBrawl, Absolute Fighting Championship, and SportFight - a promotion founded by Matt Lindland and Randy Couture.

On June 18, 2004, Schultz won an eight-man lightweight tournament, at SuperBrawl 36 in Hawaii. Schultz won his first fight that night, against Mike Aina, by a split decision. In the semi-final fight, Schultz submitted Deshaun Johnson by a rear-naked choke in the first round. In the finals, Schultz defeated Roger Huerta, who verbally submitted due to a dislocated jaw.[5]

International Fight LeagueEdit

Ryan Schultz entered the IFL promotion as a member of the Portland Wolfpack team, with a record of 13–7–1. He defeated Cam Ward by TKO in his first fight in the promotion, but lost to Los Angeles Anacondas' Chris Horodecki in his second fight, two months later. In his third fight, on December 29, 2006, he faced Quad Cities Silverbacks' future UFC veteran Bart Palaszewski. Schultz dominated the first and second round of the fight, but got caught by Palaszewski's right hand in the third round, and lost by KO. The match was awarded "Fight of the Night" honors.[6]

After winning his next three bouts in the IFL, Schultz was selected to replace John Gunderson (himself a replacement for Shad Lierley) in a fight against Chris Horodecki for the IFL lightweight championship. In the bout, which took place at the IFL: World Grand Prix Finals, Schultz was able to avenged his first loss to Horodecki in the IFL. Schultz pinned Horodecki's right hand early in the first round, continued to pound him until the referee stepped in at 2:51 of the first round, and was crowned the first IFL Lightweight Champion.[7][8]

Before the IFL promotion folded, Schultz successfully defended his title twice, defeating John Gunderson and Deividas Taurosevicius, both by unanimous decision.

World Victory Road - SengokuEdit

In July 2008, Schultz agreed to a five event deal with the Japanese promotion Sengoku.[9] In his first fight for the promotion, at Sengoku IV, Schultz lost to Mizuto Hirota, by KO in the second round. Schultz faced Jorge Masvidal in his next fight, which took place less than a month after Sengoku IV. Masvidal was able to knockdown Schultz in the first round, and finished him by TKO using strikes on his grounded opponent.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Ryan married his high school sweetheart and together they have a son. Ryan and his family live in Fort Collins, Colorado. Schultz and fellow MMA fighter Ed Herman own and operate "Trials Martial Arts and Fitness Gym" in Northern Colorado. The gym offers high level mixed martial arts training.[11]

Ryan is featured in the mixed martial arts documentary Fight Life, released in 2013, the film is directed by independent filmmaker James Z. Feng and produced by RiLL Films.[12]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
38 matches 23 wins 14 losses
By knockout 12 10
By submission 4 3
By decision 7 1
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 23–14–1 Anselmo Luna TKO (punches) Prize Fighting Championship 3 September 20, 2013 2 3:05 Midland, Texas United States
Loss 23–13–1 Scott Cleve KO (punches) SCL: Rise of the King December 8, 2012 1 3:04 Denver, Colorado United States
Win 23–12–1 Billy Martin Submission (rear-naked choke) MFP: Resurrection June 30, 2012 1 2:49 Casper, Wyoming United States
Win 22–12–1 Angelo Duarte Submission (rear-naked choke) ROF 42 December 17, 2011 1 2:37 Broomfield, Colorado United States Featherweight debut.
Loss 21–12–1 Kazunori Yokota KO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 10 September 23, 2009 1 2:37 Saitama, Japan
Loss 21–11–1 Jorge Masvidal TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 5 September 28, 2008 1 1:57 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 21–10–1 Mizuto Hirota KO (superman punch) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4 August 24, 2008 2 4:25 Saitama, Japan
Win 21–9–1 Deividas Taurosevicius Decision (unanimous) IFL: Connecticut May 16, 2008 5 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Defended IFL Lightweight Championship.
Win 20–9–1 John Gunderson Decision (unanimous) IFL: Las Vegas February 29, 2008 5 4:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended IFL Lightweight Championship.
Win 19–9–1 Chris Horodecki TKO (punches) IFL: World Grand Prix Finals December 29, 2007 1 2:51 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Became inaugural IFL Lightweight Champion.
Win 18–9–1 Aaron Riley Decision (unanimous) IFL: 2007 Team Championship Final September 20, 2007 3 4:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 17–9–1 Savant Young Decision (unanimous) IFL: Everett June 1, 2007 3 4:00 Everett, Washington, United States
Win 16–9–1 Joe Sampieri Decision (unanimous) IFL: Connecticut April 13, 2007 3 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 15–9–1 Bart Palaszewski KO (punch) IFL: Championship Final December 29, 2006 3 2:16 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 15–8–1 Chris Horodecki TKO (head kick and punches) IFL: World Championship Semifinals November 2, 2006 2 0:24 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 15–7–1 Cam Ward TKO (punches) IFL: Portland September 9, 2006 2 2:38 Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 14–7–1 Hermes França KO (punches) AFC 16: Absolute Fighting Championships 16 April 22, 2006 1 3:30 Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Win 14–6–1 Dave Cochran Submission (rear-naked choke) SF 15: Tribute April 8, 2006 1 3:42 Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 13–6–1 Kuniyoshi Hironaka Submission (armbar) MARS: MARS February 4, 2006 2 1:40 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 13–5–1 Rich Clementi Submission (armbar) AFC 14: Absolute Fighting Championships 14 December 10, 2005 1 3:39 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Loss 13–4–1 David Gardner Submission (broken rib) FFC 15: Fiesta Las Vegas September 14, 2005 1 1:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Draw 13–3–1 Gesias Cavalcante Draw SF 11: Rumble at the Rose Garden July 9, 2005 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 13–3 Hiroyuki Abe TKO (punches) Euphoria: USA vs World February 26, 2005 2 0:42 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 12–3 Keith Wilson Decision (unanimous) SF 8: Justice January 8, 2005 3 5:00 Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 12–2 David Gaona TKO (punches) Euphoria: Road to the Titles October 15, 2004 1 2:17 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–2 Jason Dent TKO (punches) APEX: Genesis September 5, 2004 1 2:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 10–2 Roger Huerta TKO (jaw injury) SB 36: SuperBrawl 36 June 18, 2004 1 1:47 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 9–2 Deshaun Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) SB 36: SuperBrawl 36 June 18, 2004 1 2:55 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 8–2 Mike Aina Decision (split) SB 36: SuperBrawl 36 June 18, 2004 3 3:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 7–2 Gil Castillo Decision (majority) WEC 10 May 21, 2004 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 6–2 Ronald Jhun TKO (corner stoppage) ROTR 5: Rumble on the Rock 5 May 7, 2004 2 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 6–1 Nick Gilardi KO (punches) DB 10: DesertBrawl 10 April 3, 2004 1 N/A Bend, Oregon, United States
Win 5–1 Eddy Ellis KO (punch) SF 1: Revolution February 21, 2004 1 1:53 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 4–1 Hank Weis TKO (submission to punches) KC 8: Kickdown Classic 8 January 17, 2004 1 2:17 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 3–1 Jeremy Saunders TKO (punches) URC 6: Ultimate Ring Challenge 6 October 25, 2003 1 0:46 Longview, Washington, United States
Win 2–1 Hannibal Adofo KO (punch) WEC 8 October 17, 2003 1 0:25 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 1–1 JT Taylor KO (punches) WEC 7 August 9, 2003 2 1:56 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 1–0 Jon Henderson TKO (punches) Dangerzone: Dakota Destruction April 12, 2003 1 0:45 New Town, North Dakota, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Ryan "The Lion" Schultz". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  2. ^ a b c Adams, Barbara (2006-08-02). "Ryan 'The Lion' preps for Sportfight". The Gresham Outlook. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. ^ Congratulations to my brother Ryan Schultz on his Black Belt , to Steve Peters on his 4th degree Brown Belt and to everyone else promoted or not @trialsmma last night ! Years of hard work paying off .
  4. ^ "Schultz Set for First IFL Title Defense". sherdog.com. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  5. ^ Young, John (2004-06-27). "Ryan Schultz Roger Huerta". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  6. ^ Curtis, Steven (2006-12-30). "Gracie and Silverbacks Win at IFL Finals". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  7. ^ Holmes, Scott (2007-12-30). "IFL Crowns Five Champions". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  8. ^ "SCHULTZ UPSETS HORODECKI AS IFL CROWNS CHAMPS". mmaweekly.com. 2007-12-30. Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  9. ^ Knapp, Brian (2008-07-28). "Schultz Finds Security with Sengoku". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  10. ^ Herbertson , Daniel (2008-09-28). "Strikes Bring Ribeiro Sengoku V Victory". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  11. ^ "Northern Colorado's Premier MMA Gym". Trials Martial Arts and Fitness i. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  12. ^ Fight Life: MMA Documentary

External linksEdit

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