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Tony DeSouza (born July 26, 1974) is a Peruvian professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.[2]

Tony De Souza
BornAntun Nicolas De Souza[1]
(1974-07-26) July 26, 1974 (age 45)
Lima, Peru
Other namesPeruvian Savage, Peruvian Mad Man, El Mendigo
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing
Fighting out ofLima, Peru
TeamNova União
Attitude and Fitness Fight Club
Sniper Gym
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2000–2007, 2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission7
By decision3
By knockout4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Biography and careerEdit

His style of fighting is a blend of freestyle wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. De Souza competed in wrestling throughout his high school and college years in Los Angeles. He learned Brazilian jiu jitsu under John Lewis and Andre Pederneiras. De Souza's trademark submission is a modified guillotine choke known as the Peruvian Necktie. C.B. Dollaway used this choke to defeat Jesse Taylor at UFC: Silva vs. Irvin.

He calls his style of fighting Cholitzu, which came about by fusing the words jiu jitsu and cholo, a term which generally refers to people with various amounts of Amerindian racial ancestry.

He appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 5, the fifth season of the Ultimate Fighting Championship produced reality television series The Ultimate Fighter. On the show, DeSouza was the wrestling coach of Team Penn, the team coached by BJ Penn. He coached next to BJ Penn. He managed to expand jiu-jitsu to Gray Maynard and Joe Lauzon.

To date, DeSouza has a professional mixed martial arts record of eleven wins and four losses. DeSouza lives in Cuzco, Peru.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
15 matches 11 wins 4 losses
By knockout 1 4
By submission 7 0
By decision 3 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–4 Luis Perrogon Submission (rear naked choke) MMA Nemesis 1 December 13, 2012 1 1:20 La Paz, Bolivia
Loss 10–4 Roan Carneiro TKO (punches) UFC 79 December 29, 2007 2 3:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–3 Thiago Alves KO (knee) UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz December 30, 2006 2 1:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Alves tested positive for banned diuretics.
Win 10–2 Dustin Hazelett Submission (kimura) Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter October 10, 2006 1 3:59 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 9–2 Fabricio Monteiro Decision (majority) Gold Fighters Championship 1 May 20, 2006 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 8–2 Vitelmo Kubis Bandeira Submission (kneebar) Jungle Fight 6 April 29, 2006 1 4:38 Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Loss 7–2 Angelo Diaz TKO (cut) South American Open April 15, 2005 1 N/A Lima, Peru
Win 7–1 Carlos Lima Submission (arm triangle choke) Jungle Fight 3 October 23, 2004 2 0:32 Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Win 6–1 Luiz Azeredo Decision (split) Meca World Vale Tudo 11 June 5, 2004 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 5–1 Chatt Lavender TKO (cut) World Fighting Alliance 1 November 3, 2001 1 3:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 4–1 Jutaro Nakao KO (punch) UFC 33 September 28, 2001 2 0:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Paul Rodriguez Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 32 June 29, 2001 1 1:05 Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Steve Berger Decision (unanimous) UFC 31 May 4, 2001 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Kenneth Tanario Submission (toe hold) Gladiator Challenge 1 December 9, 2000 1 0:56 California, United States
Win 1–0 Ben Melendez Submission (strikes) CFF - The Cobra Classic 2000 August 26, 2000 1 0:55 Anza, California, United States


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  2. ^ "Tony DeSouza ("The Peruvian Savage")". Tapology. Retrieved 2012-02-20.

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