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.
|Born||Ryan James Schultz|
July 4, 1977
North Platte, Nebraska, United States
|Other names||The Lion|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Fighting out of||Portland, Oregon|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Fabiano Scherner|
|Years active||2003–2009, 2011–2013|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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. 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
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. Schultz had not trained at all for the fight, but won by KO, after just 45 seconds. 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.
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.
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.
World Victory Road - SengokuEdit
In July 2008, Schultz agreed to a five event deal with the Japanese promotion Sengoku. 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.
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.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|38 matches||23 wins||14 losses|
|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|
- "Ryan "The Lion" Schultz". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- Adams, Barbara (2006-08-02). "Ryan 'The Lion' preps for Sportfight". The Gresham Outlook. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- 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 .
- "Schultz Set for First IFL Title Defense". sherdog.com. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- Young, John (2004-06-27). "Ryan Schultz Roger Huerta". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- Curtis, Steven (2006-12-30). "Gracie and Silverbacks Win at IFL Finals". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- Holmes, Scott (2007-12-30). "IFL Crowns Five Champions". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- "SCHULTZ UPSETS HORODECKI AS IFL CROWNS CHAMPS". mmaweekly.com. 2007-12-30. Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- Knapp, Brian (2008-07-28). "Schultz Finds Security with Sengoku". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- Herbertson , Daniel (2008-09-28). "Strikes Bring Ribeiro Sengoku V Victory". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- "Northern Colorado's Premier MMA Gym". Trials Martial Arts and Fitness i. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- Fight Life: MMA Documentary