Tyson Pedro (born 17 September 1991) is an Australian former professional mixed martial artist who competed in the Light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Tyson Pedro
Tyson Pedro at UFC 234
Born (1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 32)[1]
Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight heavyweight
Reach79 in (201 cm)
Fighting out ofSydney, Australia
TeamCity Kickboxing
RankBlack belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Black belt in Kempo[2]
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3][2]
Years active2013–2024
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission5
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog



Pedro is an Australian of Spanish and American Samoan heritage.[4][5] He played junior rugby league for St Dominic's College as a teenager but gave the sport away to focus on martial arts.[6] Pedro is the son of John Pedro, who owned King of the Cage in Australia[7] and was one of exponent MMA and fighters fought in the first cage fight in Australia.[8][9] With seven black belts of different combat sport style, Pedro was introduced to Japanese jiu-jitsu at the age of 4. From jujutsu, he progressed to boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu before eventually fighting MMA.[10]

Mixed martial arts career


After winning over Kiwi Steven Warby at Australian Fighting Championship 17 via rear-naked choke, Pedro called UFC president Dana White and personally asked him to fight at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson in Melbourne, should any fighters pull out from the event. He was added to the card after Luke Rockhold withdrew from the event due to a sprained anterior cruciate ligament.[11][12]

Ultimate Fighting Championship


Pedro made his promotional debut against Khalil Rountree on November 15, 2016, at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson. He won the fight via submission in round 1, for which he was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[13]

Pedro faced Paul Craig on March 4, 2017, at UFC 209.[14] He won the fight via first round TKO.[15]

Pedro fought Ilir Latifi on September 9, 2017, at UFC 215.[16] Latifi won the fight via unanimous decision, handing Pedro his first professional loss.[17]

Pedro faced Saparbek Safarov on February 11, 2018, at UFC 221.[18] He won the fight via submission due to a kimura in the first round.

Pedro faced Ovince Saint Preux on June 23, 2018, at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards.[19] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[20]

On August 10, 2018, it was revealed that Pedro had signed a new, six-fight contract with the UFC.[21]

Pedro faced Maurício Rua on December 2, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 142.[22] Rua defeated Pedro via technical knockout in round three, finishing Pedro after he suffered a leg injury and was unable to defend himself.[23][24]

Pedro was sidelined for all of 2019 as he recovered from knee reconstruction surgery.[25]

Pedro was scheduled to face Vinicius Moreira on February 23, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. Hooker.[26] However, Pedro pulled out of the fight in early January citing an undisclosed injury.[27]

After a three-year absence from fighting, Pedro returned to face Ike Villanueva on April 23, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 205.[28] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[29]

Pedro faced Harry Hunsucker on August 20, 2022 at UFC 278 .[30] He won the fight after stopping Hunsucker with a front kick to the body and ground and pound.[31]

Pedro was scheduled to face Zhang Mingyang on February 12, 2023 at UFC 284.[32] However, Mingyang withdrew for unknown reasons and was replaced by Modestas Bukauskas.[33] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[34]

Pedro faced Anton Turkalj on September 10, 2023, at UFC 293.[35] He won the fight via first round knockout.[36]

Pedro faced Vitor Petrino on March 2, 2024, at UFC Fight Night 238.[37] He lost the bout by unanimous decision and retired from MMA after the bout.[38]



Pedro was scheduled to make his pro boxing debut against Kris Terzievski on June 12, 2024 in Moore Park, NSW, Australia.[39] On May 8, 2024 it was announced that Pedro suffered an arm injury and the fight was cancelled.[40][41]

Personal life


Pedro is married. His father, John Pedro, is famous for bringing MMA to Australia.[42]

Pedro's brother-in-law is UFC heavyweight fighter Tai Tuivasa.[43][44]

Pedro is a fan of the Penrith Panthers, a professional Rugby league team in Australia.[45]

As of December 2017, Pedro hosted "The Halfcast Podcast" with Tai Tuivasa as co-host.[46][47][48]

He is named after former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.[49]

Pedro is co-owner of Drink West Brewery with Tai Tuivasa and Nathan Cleary.[50]

Championships and accomplishments


Mixed martial arts


Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
15 matches 10 wins 5 losses
By knockout 5 1
By submission 5 1
By decision 0 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–5 Vitor Petrino Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gaziev March 2, 2024 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–4 Anton Turkalj KO (punches) UFC 293 September 10, 2023 1 2:12 Sydney
Loss 9–4 Modestas Bukauskas Decision (unanimous) UFC 284 February 12, 2023 3 5:00 Perth, Australia
Win 9–3 Harry Hunsucker TKO (body kick and punches) UFC 278 August 20, 2022 1 1:05 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 8–3 Ike Villanueva KO (leg kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Lemos vs. Andrade April 23, 2022 1 4:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 7–3 Maurício Rua TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa December 2, 2018 3 0:43 Adelaide, Australia
Loss 7–2 Ovince Saint Preux Submission (straight armbar) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards June 23, 2018 1 2:54 Kallang, Singapore
Win 7–1 Saparbek Safarov Submission (kimura) UFC 221 February 10, 2018 1 3:54 Perth, Australia
Loss 6–1 Ilir Latifi Decision (unanimous) UFC 215 September 9, 2017 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 6–0 Paul Craig TKO (elbows) UFC 209 March 4, 2017 1 4:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Khalil Rountree Jr. Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson November 27, 2016 1 4:07 Melbourne, Australia Performance of the Night.
Win 4–0 Stephen Warby Submission (rear-naked choke) Australian FC 17 October 15, 2016 1 3:05 Melbourne, Australia
Win 3–0 Don Endermann Submission (rear-naked choke) Australian FC 16 June 18, 2016 1 2:27 Melbourne, Australia
Win 2–0 Michael Fitzgerald Submission (guillotine choke) Urban Fight Night 6 March 12, 2016 1 2:20 Sydney, Australia
Win 1–0 Charlie Ngaheu KO (punch) Eternal MMA 3 September 23, 2013 1 0:31 Gold Coast, Australia


See also



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