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Pedro Rizzo: Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!

Pedro Rizzo: Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!

Who is Pedro Rizzo?

Pedro “The Rock” is a former Brazilian professional MMA fighter. Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo is a master kickboxer that took his skills to the next level in UFC and other popular MMA championships. Rizzo is ranked Black prajied in Muay Thai, a fourth-degree black belt in Luta Livre, and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He most notably was coached by Marco Ruas, a legendary mixed martial artist that competed in some of the earlier UFC events. Ruas was so well-rounded in martial arts that he began to call his fighting style “Vale Tudo.” Rizzo competed in Vale Tudo earlier in his fighting career alongside Ruas. Rizzo was also associated with Black House founded by Ed Soares, Carlos Barreto, Jorge Guimaraes, and Rogerio Camoes. At some point, Rizzo was also connected with American Top Team, founded by Dan Lambert. 

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Pedro Rizzo never won the UFC Heavyweight Championship but is revered for his dangerous fighting style. His striking within the heavyweight division is considered historical and unique. Pedro is most known for his brutal leg kicks and stand-up game. Rizzo has competed and won against fighters such as Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski, Ricco Rodriguez, and Tank Abbot. One of his most beloved and well-known fights was against Mark Coleman. Pedro Rizzo won UFC 18 against him by a split decision. 

UFC legend Pedro Rizzo dominated his matches with SAVAGE LEG KICKS and now you can learn the technique directly from him!

Pedro Rizzo age

After leaving the UFC, Pedro Rizzo would continue to fight in such competitions as PRIDE, Art of War, Impact FC, and Face to Face. His last fight took place on September 12, 2015, when he would fight Andrew Flores Smith and won by TKO in the first round. 

How Old is Pedro Rizzo?

Pedro Rizzo was born on May 3, 1974, making him 48 years old. Rizzo was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Pedro Rizzo’s Family

Pedro Rizzo is married to his wife, Monalisa Rizzo. Monalisa is a Behavioral Analyst. Together they have two children, Maitê and Laila Rocha. Laila Rocha is a 15-year-old competitive weightlifter associated with LPO. LPO is an amateur weightlifting team.  

How Much is Pedro Rizzo Worth?

Pedro Rizzo’s net worth is estimated to be around 5 million dollars.  

How Tall is Pedro Rizzo?

Pedro Rizzo is 6’1” tall. That also equates to 1.85 m. 

How Much Does Pedro Rizzo Weigh? 

Pedro Rizzo weighs in at 244 pounds according to his most recent record. 244 pounds is the same as 111kg. 

Pedro Rizzo’s Fight List

Pedro Rizzo started his professional career as a kickboxer. During this time he fought against other competitors such as Rob van Esdonk and Orlando Breienburg. He’s noted participating in competitions such as K-1 Hercules in 1995 and several of the Nikko T. Press Productions: Battle of the best. A lot of the details from his career as a kickboxer are lost to time.

Later, Pedro Rizzo transferred his skills to MMA. He started out fighting people such as Eric Labille, Nicholas Hill, Michael Tielrooy, and Richard Heard. These fights took place at the IMA: Battle of Styles and the World Vale Tudo Championships. He would make his first big break competing against Tank Abbott, a well known street fighter that turned professional. Even though Tank Abbott was one of the most viscous fighters at the time, Rizzo was able to knock him out during the first round at UFC Brazil in 1998. 

Pedro Rizzo would go on to show his impressive skills in the UFC between the years 1998 and 2003. During his time with the UFC he fought men such as Mark Coleman (won by decision), Josh Barnett (won by KO), and Ricco Rodriguez (won by unanimous decision). His stand up game and kickboxing skills still influence other fighters and the sport of MMA to this day. 

Eventually, Pedro Rizzo left the UFC to participate in other competitions. He fought in a few PRIDE events two years after leaving the UFC. He would also go on to fight Justin Eilers and Jeff Monson in two Art of War events and win both. The years following he would try out a handful of challenging MMA events. These were Affliction: Banned (2008), Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp (2009), Bitetti Combat MMA 4 (2009), Washington Combat: Battle of the Legends (2010), Impact FC 2 (2010), M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo (2012), IGF: Genome 26 (2013), and lastly, Face to Face 12 (2015). Face to Face 12 would be his last fight of his professional MMA career. He fought against Andrew Flores Smith and won with a TKO via leg kicks. 

Pedro Rizzo's Best Fight of All Time

Pedro Rizzo’s best fight was fought against Mark Coleman on August 1, 1999. Pedro was getting fan attention from his previous match with Tank Abbott where he knocked him out. That fight with Abbott got him a ticket to fight in the United States with UFC. 

The Rizzo vs. Coleman match started out very defensive. Round one Coleman spent a lot of time in Rizzo’s full guard. Rizzo was able to control Coleman’s arms, effectively blocking any significant punches. Rizzo would even get a few jabs in from his full guard. The referee would eventually stand them both up after about five minutes into the first round. Rizzo would get a few substantial and clean kicks and punches near the seven minute mark. Coleman would eventually get a single leg takedown and Rizzo would go back to a defensive full guard position. A few punches were exchanged by the men but then they were eventually stood up again by the referee with one minute remaining in the round. Coleman tries to take Rizzo down but Rizzo sprawls and sabatoges his attempt. Rizzo would then get a clean leg kick by the end of the round. 

Round two of Rizzo vs. Coleman would start off with a few kicks and punches. Coleman once again has a failed takedown. Rizzo lands a few punches on the head and keeps his distance. Rizzo lands a great leg kick and counters Coleman’s leg kick witha few punches to the head. Since Coleman was unable to acrew any significant points in this final round, Rizzo won the match. The round ended with great sportsmanship with Rizzo and Coleman hugging. The two men went and shook hands with all of the coaches. This fight is a great example of MMA history and what fighting is all about. 

Who Did Pedro Rizzo Lose To?

Pedro has had way more wins than losses in his career. Rizzo’s kickboxing record is incomplete but we do know that he lost to:

  • Michael Thompson at the K-1 Hercules on December 9, 1995. Rizzo lost by TKO (doctor stoppage) in the third round. 
  • Lloyd van Dams at the Nikko T. Press Productions: Battle of the Best on May 11, 1997. Rizzo lost by TKO (Corner Stoppage) in the second round.

During Pedro Rizzo’s MMA career he only ever lost 11 of his 31 matches. These matches were lost to:

  • Kevin Randleman at UFC 26 by unanimous decision on June 9, 2000. Rizzo lost the UFC Heavyweight Championship during this match. 
  • Randy Couture at UFC 31 on May 4, 2001. Rizzo lost by unanimous decision. Randy Couture v. Pedro Rizzo was Fight of the Year 2001. 
  • Randy Couture once again, at UFC 34 on November 2, 2001. Rizzo lost by TKO in the third round. This fight was for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
  • Gan McGee at UFC 39 on September 27, 2002. Rizzo lost by TKO in the first round. 
  • Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 41 on February 28, 2003. Rizzo lost by unanimous decision.
  • Sergei Kharitonov at Pride Critical Countdown 2005 on June 26, 2005. TKO (punches and soccer kicks) lost Rizzo in the first round.
  • Roman Zentsov at Pride 31 on February 26, 2006. Rizzo lost by KO.
  • Josh Barnett at Affliction: Banned on July 19, 2008. Rizzo lost by KO in the second round. 
  • Gilbert Yvel at Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp on June 27, 2009. Rizzo lost by KO in the first round.
  • Fedor Emelianenko at M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo on June 21, 2012. Rizzo lost in the first round by KO.
  • Satoshi Ishii at IGF: Genome 26 on May 26, 2013. Rizzo lost by unanimous decision. 

Pedro Rizzo’s Record

Pedro Rizzo has a kickboxing record of 31 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw. He won 30 of his kickboxing fights with a knockout. Rizzo’s MMA record stands at  20 wins and 11 losses. 15 of his fights were won by knockout, 1 was by submission, and 4 were by decision. 7 of his losses were by knockout and 4 losses were by decision. 

UFC legend Pedro Rizzo dominated his matches with SAVAGE LEG KICKS and now you can learn the technique directly from him!

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Pedro Rizzo’s Injuries

Around the time that Pedro Rizzo was set to fight Tim Sylvia, he suffered from a partial tear to his triceps tendons. Rizzo reported the tear took place in his left arm. This injury resulted in his decision to pull out of the fight against Sylvia. It is estimated this injury took place some time in 2011. 

Is Pedro Rizzo Retired?

Pedro Rizzo is now retired from professional fighting. He now makes instructionals through Dynamic Striking and travels around the world helping others with their training. Pedro Rizzo’s influence on the sport of MMA is still felt to this day.

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