Pedro Rizzo is a retired legend of the sport, having fought in the UFC and Pride. He was known for his knockout power, his once-granite chin that earned him the nickname The Rock, and his excruciatingly devastating leg kicks.
He won his most recent fight against Gary Goodridge as Goodridge reportedly quit between rounds. He next faced fellow veteran and UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, defeating him with leg kicks and punches in the first three minutes of the fight.
After a lengthy hiatus, Rizzo was next set to make his Pro-Elite debut against former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in the main event. Instead Rizzo was injured and forced to pull out of the bout. He was replaced by German prospect Andreas Kraniotakes.
After recovering, Rizzo next signed to face former Pride heavyweight champion and once considered the greatest P4P fighter in the world -- Fedor Emelianenko. Emelianenko knocked Rizzo out in the very first round and retired afterwards.
Rizzo next signed to face another Pride/UFC veteran, the legend Mirko Filipovic. The fight never materialized and Rizzo signed in early May 2013 to face judoka and fellow final Fedor victim Satoshi Ishii. Ishii defeated Rizzo via a unanimous decision.
Rizzo didn't fight for over two years after the back-to-back losses to Emelianenko and Ishii, before fighting his final fight in September 2015 defeating Andrew Flores via TKO by leg kicks at the end of the first round.
- Pedro Rizzo vs. Vernon White
- Kevin Randleman vs. Pedro Rizzo - The fight was for the UFC heavyweight title with Kevin Randleman defending. The fight was Rizzo's first loss in his career.
- Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo 1 - The fight was Josh Barnett's first loss, a brutal knockout victory for Rizzo.
- Randy Couture vs. Pedro Rizzo 1 - The fight was for the UFC heavyweight title with Randy Couture defending. Couture's leg was badly damaged from Rizzo's leg kicks during the bout.
- Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Pedro Rizzo
- Pedro Rizzo vs. Tra Telligman 2
- Pedro Rizzo vs. Roman Zentsov - The fight was the second and last of Rizzo's brief stint in the Pride organization.
- Pedro Rizzo vs. Jeff Monson 1
- Pedro Rizzo vs. Jeff Monson 2 - Jeff Monson was on a big win streak coming into this fight, and Rizzo was on a slight knockout losing streak.
- Pedro Rizzo vs. Ken Shamrock - The fight was the Impact FC debut of both men. Rizzo had a nine-inch reach advantage and about a thirty-pound weight advantage.
- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Pedro Rizzo - After the fight, Fedor Emelianenko was set to retire.