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

Tyson Pedro
BornTyson Pedro
(1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 27)[1]
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Other namesKangaroo Paws
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight205.5 lb (93.2 kg; 14.68 st)
DivisionLight heavyweight
Reach79 in (201 cm)
StyleJiu-Jitsu, Kempo, Boxing
Fighting out ofSydney, New South Wales, Australia
TeamLions High Performance Centre
RankBlack belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Black belt in Kempo[2]
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission5
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog



Pedro is an Australian of Spanish, American Samoa heritage.[4][5]

He is the son of John Pedro, who owned King of the Cage in Australia[6] and was one of exponent MMA and fighters fought in the first cage fight in Australia.[7][8] With seven black belts of different combat sport style, Pedro was introduced to Japanese jiu-jitsu (a.k.a. jujutsu) at the age of 4. From jujutsu, he progressed to boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu before eventually fighting MMA.[9]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

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.[10][11]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Pedro made his promotional debut against Khalil Rountree on 15 November 2016 at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson. He won the fight via submission in round 1, for which he was awarded with a Performance of the Night bonus.[12]

Pedro faced Paul Craig on 4 March 2017 at UFC 209.[13] He won the bout via first round TKO.[14]

Pedro fought Ilir Latifi on 9 September 2017 at UFC 215.[15] Latifi won the fight via unanimous decision, handing Pedro his first professional loss.[16]

Pedro faced Saparbek Safarov on 11 February 2018 at UFC 221, winning the match via submission due to a kimura hold in the first round.[17]

Pedro faced Ovince Saint Preux on 23 June 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards.[18] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[19]

On 10 August 2018, it was revealed that Pedro had signed a new, six-fight contract with the UFC.[20]

Pedro faced Maurício Rua on 2 December 2018 at UFC Fight Night 142.[21] Rua defeating Pedro via technical knockout in round three, finishing Pedro with a flurry of strikes after Pedro suffered a leg injury and was unable to defend himself.[22][23]

Pedro is expected to be sidelined for the majority of 2019 as he recovers from knee reconstruction surgery.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

Pedro is married to Rosie and his father, John Pedro, is famous for bringing MMA to Australia.[25]

Pedro's brother in law is UFC heavyweight fighter Tai Tuivasa.[26][27]

Pedro is a fan of the Penrith Panthers, a professional Rugby league team in Australia.[28]

As of December 2017, Pedro hosted "The Halfcast Podcast" with Tai Tuivasa as co-host.[29][30][31]

He is named after former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.[32]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 7–3 Maurício Rua TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa 2 December 2018 3 0:43 Adelaide, Australia
Loss 7–2 Ovince Saint Preux Submission (straight armbar) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards 23 June 2018 1 2:54 Kallang, Singapore
Win 7–1 Saparbek Safarov Submission (kimura) UFC 221 10 February 2018 1 3:54 Perth, Australia
Loss 6–1 Ilir Latifi Decision (unanimous) UFC 215 9 September 2017 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 6–0 Paul Craig TKO (elbows) UFC 209 4 March 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 27 November 2016 1 4:07 Melbourne, Australia Performance of the Night.
Win 4–0 Stephen Warby Submission (rear-naked choke) AFC 17 15 October 2016 1 3:05 Melbourne, Australia
Win 3–0 Don Endermann Submission (rear-naked choke) AFC 16: Sosoli vs. Tuivasa 18 June 2016 1 2:27 Melbourne, Australia
Win 2–0 Michael Fitzgerald Submission (guillotine choke) Urban Fight Night 6: Make or Break 12 March 2016 1 2:20 Liverpool, Australia
Win 1–0 Charlie Ngaheu KO (punch) Eternal MMA 3: Friday Night Fights 23 September 2013 1 0:31 Coolangatta, Australia


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Tyson Pedro". Tapology. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Tyson Pedro - Official UFC Profile". Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  3. ^ @tyson_pedro_ (8 February 2019). "Tried to surprise my mestre & professor tonight, but that's why he's the mestre because he did the double surprise. He asks me to come on the mat and I tried to tell him I have my hat & no gi, he looked at me with the it wasn't a request eyes & presented me with my black belt. 🙏🏽" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Humans of the Islands: Tyson Pedro". The Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  5. ^ "What's Fresh –Tyson Pedro dominates in UFC debut". Retrieved 4 May 2017.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Cooke, Richard (2 December 2017). "Fists of fate: Tyson Pedro, 26, mixed martial artist". The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  7. ^ "A Quick Chat With Tyson Pedro On The Eve Of The Fight Of His Life: UFC Fight Night 101". Sports. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Pedro to fight at UFC Melbourne". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Meet Tyson Pedro: West Sydney's Man in UFC Fight Night 101". Vice Sports. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  10. ^ Oates, Alex (19 October 2016). "Rising MMA star Tyson Pedro calls on UFC boss Dana White to add him to the UFC Melbourne card". Herald Sun. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Rockhold vs. Souza 2 rematch canceled". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  12. ^ a b "UFC Fight Night 101 Bonuses: Robert Whittaker Pockets $100K for First-Round TKO". Sherdog. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Australian light-heavyweight Tyson Pedro to take on Paul Craig at UFC 209". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  14. ^ Ben Fowlkes (4 March 2017). "UFC 209 results: Tyson Pedro puts Paul Craig away in first with vicious elbows". Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  15. ^ Johan Taliercio (28 June 2017). "Ilir Latifi ready for new match - get unreserved opponent on UFC 215". Retrieved 28 June 2017. (in Swedish)
  16. ^ "UFC 215 results: Ilir Latifi's wrestling hands Tyson Pedro first pro loss". MMAjunkie. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  17. ^ "UFC locks in first bouts for Perth event". The West Australian. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Ovince St. Preux vs. Tyson Pedro, Two Other Bouts Booked for UFC Fight Night 132 in Singapore". Sherdog. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  19. ^ "UFC Fight Night 132 results: Ovince Saint Preux gets dropped early but submits Tyson Pedro". MMAjunkie. 23 June 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  20. ^ Nathan Zur (10 August 2018). "Aussie Duo Tai Tuivasa, Tyson Pedro Both Sign New Six-Fight Contracts With The UFC".
  21. ^ "Light heavyweights 'Shogun' Rua, Tyson Pedro to Clash at UFC Fight Night 142 in Adelaide". Sherdog. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  22. ^ Anderson, Jay (2 December 2018). "UFC Adelaide Results: Shogun Survives Early Storm, Finishes Tyson Pedro In Third". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  23. ^ Brendan Bradford. "UFC Adelaide: Bad injury news but no excuses for Tyson Pedro". Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  24. ^ Mike Bohn and John Morgan (7 February 2019). "Fresh off ACL surgery, Tyson Pedro unsure of timeline for return". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  25. ^ "FC 209: Tyson Pedro out to hit it hard in Las Vegas, just like the man he was named after, Mike Tyson". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  26. ^ "UFC 209: Tyson Pedro out to hit it hard in Las Vegas, just like the man he was named after, Mike Tyson". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  27. ^ "Tai Tuivasa to join UFC on four-fight deal and will fight in heavyweight division". Herald Sun. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  28. ^ "UFC 209: Western Sydney's Tyson Pedro set for the big time". the Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  29. ^ The halfcast podcast (30 October 2017), The Halfcast Podcast #1, retrieved 24 December 2017
  30. ^ The halfcast podcast (23 November 2017), The Halfcast Podcast #2, retrieved 24 December 2017
  31. ^ The halfcast podcast (7 December 2017), The Halfcast Podcast #3, retrieved 24 December 2017
  32. ^ Walshaw, Nick. "UFC 209: Tyson Pedro out to hit it hard in Las Vegas, just like the man he was named after, Mike Tyson".
  33. ^ "Tyson Pedro MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 8 November 2018.

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