|Other names Batman|
Name Kurt Pellegrino
Role Mixed martial artist
|Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
Spouse Melissa Pellegrino
Reach 71.5 in (182 cm)
Children Priscilla Pellegrino
|Born May 7, 1979 (age 36)
Point Pleasant, New Jersey, U.S. (1979-05-07) |
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight Welterweight
Education Point Pleasant Borough High School
Movies UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy, UFC 61: Bitter Rivals
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Kurt Joseph Pellegrino (born May 7, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist. He is currently competing in the lightweight division for Bellator Fighting Championships.
- Kurt pellegrino mma reel
- Mma cribs with ufc fighter kurt pellegrino pt 2 his rides
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- Personal life
Mma cribs with ufc fighter kurt pellegrino pt 2 his rides
Pellegrino runs his own MMA Academy in Belmar, New Jersey in which he has many up and coming fighters including Jeff Lentz, Steven Deangelis, Lester Caslow and fellow former UFC fighter Greg Soto. He lives and trains in New Jersey and also trains with Kenny Florian's camp in Boston, Massachusetts. Pellegrino trained previously at the Armory in Jupiter, Florida with Justin Haskins, Eduardo Guedes, and Raphael Chaves. Prior to the Armory, he trained with Ricardo Almeida, a world-famous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor at a Renzo Gracie affiliate school. He wrestled for Point Pleasant Boro High School and placed second in the state in his junior and senior year. Pellegrino was a two-time wrestling state finalist. He opened Kurt Pellegrino's MMA School in Belmar, New Jersey in 2008.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
The Italian-American Pellegrino fought Alberto Crane at UFC Fight Night on January 23, 2008, who he defeated via second round TKO. The fight was notable as the only preliminary bout aired on the televised card. He received Fight of the Night award for this fight. Also, Pellegrino had a tooth knocked out early in the fight, which actually ripped a hole in his mouth, under his lip, and still went on to win, impressing fans and commentators alike.
Despite a strong first round, Pellegrino was defeated by TUF 5 winner Nate Diaz via triangle choke at UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2, 2008, in Broomfield, Colorado. As Diaz locked up the choke, he had time to flex for the crowd and throw up double middle fingers before Pellegrino submitted.
He defeated Thiago Tavares, in a preliminary bout at UFC 88: Breakthrough. Pellegrino bloodied Tavares' face in the first round and went on to win by a unanimous decision (29–28, 29–27, 29–27). There was a small controversy in the fight, as it appeared that Tavares submitted to an armbar in the second round, but the referee did not stop the bout, causing boos from the audience. The fight was awarded Fight of the Night honors and was voted by UFC as the #2 best fight of 2008.
Pellegrino next fought at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7, 2009. He defeated Rob Emerson by submission due to a rear naked choke in the third round.
At UFC 101, Pellegrino defeated Josh Neer by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27). It was his first win on a UFC main card.
He was expected to face Frankie Edgar on December 5, 2009 at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale, but has been forced off the card due to an injury.
Pellegrino defeated Fabrício Camões at UFC 111 by rear naked choke earning him Submission of the Night.
Pellegrino's next fight was against Australian standout, George Sotiropoulos in which he lost by unanimous decision at UFC 116 on July 3. Pellegrino tore his ACL and meniscus in the 1st round. Two weeks after the fight he underwent two surgeries to repair his meniscus and to replace his ACL.
Pellegrino faced Gleison Tibau on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128 and lost via split decision.
On May 31, 2011, Pellegrino decided not to renew his contract with the UFC and to leave MMA for the time being.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Pellegrino made his return to MMA and by signing with Bellator Fighting Championships. He fought Patricky Freire at Bellator 59 on November 26 and lost via TKO in the first round. During his post-fight interview, Pellegrino once again announced his retirement from MMA.
Pellegrino was expected to come out of retirement to face Marcin Held at Bellator 68 on May 11, 2012. However, Pellegrino was forced out of the bout due to injury.
He was then expected to face Saul Almeida at Bellator 108. However, Pellegrino was forced out of the bout due to injury once again, and Almeida was pulled from the card as a result.
Pellegrino and his wife Melissa have a daughter named Priscilla. The couple had their second child, a boy (Kurt Jr), in 2011.
Mixed Martial Arts