Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter

Rodrigo Damm (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁoˈdɾiɡu ˈdɐ̃]; born February 3, 1980) is a Brazilian retired professional mixed martial artist who last competed in the Lightweight division of the UFC. A professional since 2004, he also competed for World Victory Road, Strikeforce, Jungle Fight, Shooto, and was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.



Damm began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu when he was 16 years old, and also competed in wrestling. He is a seven-time national champion in both sports as well as a world champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Damm made his professional mixed martial arts debut in October 2004, losing via split decision to Luciano Azevedo. In the years following that loss, he went on an 8 fight win streak while fighting all over the world including Japan, Russia and South Korea.


Damm made his United States MMA debut at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz against Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce Interim Lightweight Championship.[3]

Damm returned to the promotion in 2011, where he faced Justin Wilcox in the main event at Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Damm. He lost the fight via doctor stoppage between the first and second round due to a cut.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In March 2012, Damm appeared as a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.[4] In the opening elimination fight, he defeated Fabrício Guerreiro by submission (rear naked choke) in round 2 to get into the TUF house.

Damm was selected fourth (eighth overall) by Vitor Belfort to be a part of Team Vitor. During the show, Damm often came to blows with Anistavio “Gasparzinho” Medeiros, as Gasparzinho’s prankster attitude constantly annoyed the more serious Damm. In the quarterfinals, Damm was matched up against undefeated John Teixeira. After three closely contested rounds, Damm won via split decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Damm made his UFC debut at UFC 147 on June 23, 2012 where he faced his rival from the TUF, Gasparzinho. He won the fight via submission in the first round, earning a Submission of the Night bonus in the process.[5]

Damm fought Antonio Carvalho on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.[6] Damm lost a back and forth fight via split decision.

Damm next fought Mizuto Hirota at UFC on Fuel TV 10 on June 8, 2013. He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.

Damm was expected to face Hacran Dias at UFC Fight Night 29.[7] However, the bout was scrapped just days prior to the event after Damm was sidelined due to a kidney stone attack.[8]

Damm moved back to Lightweight and faced Ivan Jorge on February 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 36.[9] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Damm faced Rashid Magomedov on May 31, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale[10] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Damm faced Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 50 on September 5, 2014.[11] Iaquinta defeated Damm via third-round TKO.[12][13]

Damm faced Evan Dunham on January 3, 2015 at UFC 182.[14] He lost the fight by unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.

Following his release, Damm posted this statement to social media.

“I stopped, retired from MMA. I’m not training hard enough for quite some time. I go to my BJJ gym two or three times a week, when I can. I keep training but for my own pleasure. I’m enjoying my family. I spent a lot of time away from home and traveling, now I can watch my kids grow up. I think I’m gonna start doing business with my dad at his woodshop. This should be my future”

Personal life[edit]

Rodrigo’s sister Carina Damm is also a mixed martial artist.[15]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]


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  • ^ a b c “Rodrigo Damm – Official UFC Fighter Profile”. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  • ^ Stupp, Dann (April 9, 2009). “Melendez vs. Damm official; Winner gets Strikeforce champ Thomson”. Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  • ^ “‘The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil’ cast unveiled with 32 featherweights and middleweights”. March 12, 2012. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  • ^ “UFC 147 bonuses: Franklin, Silva, Damm, Vinicius pocket $65,000 in Brazil”. June 23, 2012. Archived from the original on June 26, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  • ^ “Rodrigo Damm vs. Antonio Carvalho set for UFC 154 in Montreal”. August 3, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  • ^ Guilherme Cruz (2013-08-14). “UFC Fight Night 29 gets Hacran Dias vs. Rodrigo Damm”. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  • ^ Staff (2013-10-05). “Rodrigo Damm-Hacran Dias fight removed from UFC Fight Night 29”. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  • ^ Matt Erickson (2013-12-09). “Rodrigo Damm vs. Ivan Jorge added to UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil”. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  • ^ “Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov targeted for UFC Fight Night 42 in Brazil”. April 2, 2014.
  • ^ “Al Iaquinta vs. Rodrigo Damm in the works for UFC Fight Night 50 on Sept. 5 in Connecticut”. July 12, 2014.
  • ^ John Morgan (2014-09-05). “UFC Fight Night 50 results: Al Iaquinta batters, finishes Rodrigo Damm”. Retrieved 2014-09-05.
  • ^ Matt Erickson (September 15, 2014). “Commission adjusts Al Iaquinta finish time of Rodrigo Damm at UFC Fight Night 50”.
  • ^ Tristen Critchfield (2014-10-11). “Lightweights Evan Dunham, Rodrigo Damm booked for UFC 182 in Las Vegas”. Retrieved 2014-10-11.
  • ^ Carina Damm at Sherdog
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