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MMA By The Numbers: Kurt Pellegrino‏

MMA By The Numbers: Kurt Pellegrino

Veteran mixed martial artist Kurt Pellegrino announced in his post-fight interview at Bellator 59 that he retiring from the sport. The 32-year-old Point Pleasant New Jersey native made the announced after his knockout loss to Patricky Freire this past weekend which included a questionable referee stoppage. A 9-year lightweight veteran of the sport, Pellegrino first made his professional debut in 2002 after an impressive high school wrestling career and receiving Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training under Ricardo Almeida. He fought a total of 23 times professionally with a record of 16-7.

He started out in the sport competing with World Extreme Cagefighting, Pancrase, Reality Fighting and numerous other mixed martial arts organizations. He then embarked on a 5-year run with the Ultimate Fighting Championship from 2006-2011 where his record was an impressive 8-4 while fighting in the company. Pellegrino originally retired from the sport this past May when he decided not to renew his contract with the UFC. He had second thoughts on retirement and made his return to Bellator this past weekend before again announcing an end to his career citing that he’s wanting to spend more time with his young family.

Below we look at some of the professional mixed martial arts career of Kurt Pellegrino…

Ultimate Fighting Championship:

* 4 Fights on UFC Pay-Per-View with a record of 2-2.

* 3 Fights (14th Most All-Time) on UFC Ultimate Fight Night with a record of 2-1. (First Fight: April 5th 2007 Vs Nate Mohr Last Fight: April 2nd 2008 Vs Nate Diaz)

Bellator Fighting Championship:

* 1 Fight on Bellator Fighting Championships on MTV2/Fox Sports Net/ESPN Deportes with a record of 0-1.

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