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Anthony Perosh
Born (1972-10-05) 5 October 1972 (age 51)
Sydney, Australia
Other names The Hippo
Don Flamingo
Residence Sydney, Australia
Nationality Australian
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 265 lb (120 kg; 18 st 13 lb)
Division Light heavyweight (205 lb) (2003–2006, 2007–2010, 2011–2016)
Heavyweight (265 lb) (2006, 2010)
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Sydney
Team Sinosic/Perosh Martial Arts
Rank 4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado
Black belt in Kempo Karate
Black prajied in Muay Thai
Years active 2003–2016 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 25
Wins 15
By knockout 5
By submission 10
Losses 10
By knockout 7
By decision 3

Anthony Perosh (born 5 October 1972) is a retired Australian professional mixed martial artist who competed in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


Perosh was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and is of Croatian descent, as both of his parents are Croatian immigrants. Perosh began training in martial arts while doing security work to help pay for college tuition. The training would help him in working security and he began his training in 1995 with Paul Zadro, when he was 23 years old. This original training was in Kempo Karate and Muay Thai, before he learned about Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In 1997 Perosh moved to Dallas, Texas to train with Carlos Machado (A World BJJ Champion) for over two years. In 2003, Machado presented Perosh with a black belt in Machado Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Perosh is now a fourth degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, still under Machado. Perosh trained to compete in mixed martial arts after he received his black belt when he was 31 years old.

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Perosh made his professional mixed martial arts debut on 29 November 2003 defeating Api Hemara by first round rear-naked choke submission. Perosh went on to fight two more times that night, winning both bouts by submission. He was invited to the UFC after compiling a 5–1 record with his only loss coming to 11–0 Sam Nest, by the way of decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

His UFC debut came not only against a fellow ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship grappler, but against an ADCC Champion in Jeff Monson at UFC 61. With both Monson and Perosh's Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills being cancelled out, the fight saw Monson instead win by technical knockout that subsequently led to a fight with Tim Sylvia for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

His next fight came against Christian Wellisch at UFC 66 in a bloody brawl that saw both fighters knock each other down along with Perosh earning more takedowns while Wellisch landed more strikes. The win could have gone to either fighter, but the judges gave it unanimously to Wellisch. Perosh was released from the UFC following the fight.


On 22 May 2009, Perosh won the quarter-final match against Nate Carey at CFC 8. He also won the semi-final match against Dave Frendin at CFC 9 on 11 July 2009. On 21 August 2009, Perosh was defeated by future UFC veteran James Te-Huna in the finals, at CFC 10. Te-Huna controversially stomped on Perosh when he was down at the end of the fight but was not given a punishment.

Return to Ultimate Fighting Championship

At UFC 110, the UFC's debut event in Australia on 20 February 2010, Perosh made his return to the UFC filling in as a late replacement for Ben Rothwell against legendary kickboxer and former 2006 Pride World Grand Prix Openweight Champion Mirko Cro Cop on a mere two days notice. Doctors called an end to the fight with Cro Cop at the end of the second round, as Perosh was bleeding from a cut sustained midway through the 2nd round by a vicious elbow from his opponent. Although he lost, Perosh was given a four-fight contract with the UFC for stepping in on late notice against such a great opponent. On 27 March 2010, Perosh announced he would be undergoing knee surgery in the coming weeks and that he hoped that his next fight in the UFC would take place some time in September 2010.

In his light heavyweight debut at UFC 127, Perosh quickly defeated English fighter Tom Blackledge to finally capture his first win in the UFC. He won the fight by rear-naked choke submission at 2:45 of the first round in front of his hometown crowd in Sydney, Australia; he stated post-fight that he feels much stronger at light heavyweight and would like to see how far he can go in his new weight class.

Perosh was scheduled to face Krzysztof Soszynski on 11 June 2011 at UFC 131. However, Perosh was forced from the bout with an eye injury and was replaced by Igor Pokrajac.

On 5 November 2011 at UFC 138 Perosh defeated Cyrille Diabaté via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:09 of round two to gain his second UFC win in succession.

Perosh next faced promotional newcomer Nick Penner on 3 March 2012 at UFC on FX 2. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Perosh faced Ryan Jimmo on 21 July 2012 at UFC 149, losing via KO in 7 seconds.

Perosh was expected to face Joey Beltran on 15 December 2012 at UFC on FX 6. However, Perosh was forced from the bout with a toe injury and replaced by Igor Pokrajac.

In his sixth fight for the promotion since his return, Perosh faced Vinny Magalhães on 3 August 2013 at UFC 163. He won the fight via knockout just 10 seconds in the first round. This earned Perosh his first Knockout of the Night bonus award.

Perosh faced Ryan Bader on 7 December 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33. He lost the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 30–26).

Perosh was expected to face Gian Villante on 28 June 2014 at UFC Fight Night 43. However, Perosh was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Sean O'Connell.

Perosh faced Guto Inocente at UFC Fight Night 55 on 8 November 2014. He won the fight via submission in the first round.

Perosh faced Sean O'Connell on 10 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Perosh faced Gian Villante on 15 November 2015 at UFC 193. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Perosh announced his retirement from active competition in January 2016.

Personal life

Perosh previously ran Sinosic Perosh Martial Arts (SPMA), with his business and training partner, former UFC veteran Elvis Sinosic in Sydney. Perosh now currently runs Team Perosh Mixed Martial Arts which was established in late 2017, a martial arts school located in Sydney, Australia teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, wrestling. Both Instructors decided to open their Individual Gyms after they agreed that one instructor should be at one location to pay closer attention to their students.

His nickname, "The Hippo," derived from his specific jiu-jitsu game; his use of pressure from the top position made his training partners frustrated and say: "Get off me you hippo!".

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

Grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu

  • World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
    • 1999 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Bronze Medalist
    • 2003 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Bronze Medalist
  • Pan American Championship
    • 2000 Pan American Silver Medalist
  • ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
    • 5X ADCC World Championship Qualifier
    • ADCC 2009 South Pacific Champion
  • Australian National Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships
    • 10X Australian National Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
25 matches 15 wins 10 losses
By knockout 5 7
By submission 10 0
By decision 0 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15–10 Gian Villante KO (punch) UFC 193 15 November 2015 1 2:56 Melbourne, Australia
Loss 15–9 Sean O'Connell TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt 10 May 2015 1 0:56 Adelaide, Australia
Win 15–8 Guto Inocente Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping 8 November 2014 1 3:46 Sydney, Australia
Loss 14–8 Ryan Bader Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot 7 December 2013 3 5:00 Brisbane, Australia
Win 14–7 Vinny Magalhães KO (punches) UFC 163 3 August 2013 1 0:14 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Knockout of the Night.
Loss 13–7 Ryan Jimmo KO (punch) UFC 149 21 July 2012 1 0:07 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 13–6 Nick Penner TKO (punches) UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann 3 March 2012 1 4:59 Sydney, Australia
Win 12–6 Cyrille Diabaté Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 138 5 November 2011 2 3:09 Birmingham, England
Win 11–6 Tom Blackledge Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 127 27 February 2011 1 2:45 Sydney, Australia
Loss 10–6 Mirko Cro Cop TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 110 21 February 2010 2 5:00 Sydney, Australia Heavyweight bout.
Win 10–5 Kym Robinson TKO (punches) Rize 3: Ascension 8 November 2009 1 N/A Brisbane, Australia
Loss 9–5 James Te Huna KO (punches) CFC 10: Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals 21 August 2009 1 2:21 Sydney, Australia CFC Light Heavyweight Tournament Final.
Win 9–4 David Frendin Submission (knees) CFC 9: Fighters Paradise 11 July 2009 1 2:45 Carrara, Australia CFC Light Heavyweight Tournament Semi-final.
Win 8–4 Nate Carey TKO (punches) CFC 8: Light Heavyweight Grand Prix 22 May 2009 1 4:16 Sydney, Australia CFC Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 7–4 Bryan Harper Submission (rear-naked choke) CFC 6: Eliminator 8 November 2008 2 4:04 Sydney, Australia
Loss 6–4 Moise Rimbon KO (flying knee) Cage Fighting Championships 3 15 February 2008 1 4:11 Sydney, Australia
Win 6–3 Carlo Lattore TKO (punches) Cage Fighting Championships 2 23 November 2007 1 4:31 Sydney, Australia
Loss 5–3 Christian Wellisch Decision (unanimous) UFC 66 30 December 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Heavyweight bout.
Loss 5–2 Jeff Monson TKO (punches) UFC 61 8 July 2006 1 2:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Heavyweight bout.
Win 5–1 Ross Dallow Submission (rear-naked choke) Warriors Realm 5 25 February 2006 1 2:25 Bokarina, Australia
Win 4–1 Matt Foki Submission (arm-triangle choke) Spartan Reality Fight 10 31 July 2004 1 3:43 Gold Coast, Australia
Loss 3–1 Sam Nest Decision (unanimous) Shooto Australia: NHB 20 May 2004 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Win 3–0 David Frendin Submission (choke) Spartan Reality Fight 8 29 November 2003 1 2:26 Gold Coast, Australia
Win 2–0 Mal Foki Submission (punches) Spartan Reality Fight 8 29 November 2003 1 3:31 Gold Coast, Australia
Win 1–0 Api Hemara Submission (rear-naked choke) Spartan Reality Fight 8 29 November 2003 1 1:13 Gold Coast, Australia

See also

  • List of current UFC fighters
  • List of male mixed martial artists
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