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5 Oz. Exclusive: Mike Massenzio signs four-fight deal with the UFC; set to debut vs. Drew McFedries at UFN 15

Former college wrestling standout Mike Massenzio has signed a four fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
learned of the story exclusively after speaking with Massenzio’s manager, Gary Marino of GVM Sports Management.

According to Marino, Massenzio will make his UFC debut on Sept. 17 during UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha, Nebraska against Miletich Fighting Systems middleweight Drew McFedries.

Massenzio is 10-2 in 12 pro fights and is considered one of the top prospects on the East Coast. At one point or another, he’s been recruited in the past by all of the major national promotions, including the UFC and EliteXC.

In his most recent fight, he had his nine fight win streak snapped during the International Fight League’s Connecticut show on May 16. Making his IFL debut against American Top Team’s Danillo Villefort, Massenzio submitted to a kneebar at 3:25 of round 1.

Some of Massenzio’s most notable victories during his win streak came against IFL middleweight champion Dan Miller, TUF 7 contestant Dante Rivera, K-1 and Spirit MC veteran Masakatsu Okuda, Bill Scott, Drew Puzon, and Eric Charles.

Massenzio still had been under contract to the IFL until recently, but was one of several fighters to receive their releases while the UFC finalized a deal to acquire the struggling New York-based fight promotion. He joins Jim and Dan Miller as top prospects from the IFL to recently sign with the UFC.

  • bcolflesh says:

    Good for him – you’d see him all the time in NJ, I wondered when/if he was going to get a UFC offer.

  • paddiosf says:

    So is Chris Hordocki Next??

  • recently_reaped says:

    and with this news… you guys REALLY need to update your MMA Prospects section as many are now with WEC,UFC or Elite XC.

  • Jackyl says:

    With as deep a roster as they have, do they really need to concentrate on new signings? I know that you always have to be looking for the next big prospect but the UFC has a huge stable of fighters and they seem to be having trouble getting the guys they do have enough fights. How many times has Nog fought? 3? He is going to end up going a year without a title defense. They only have eight or so fights per show and now with the international shows they are averaging about two a month. Some fighters are off for nearly 6 months at a time. I think they need to start doing some mid-tier shows. Maybe something similar to “house” shows in pro wrestling. They could build regional stars and get their fighters more fights.

  • Jeremy says:

    It seems like all the cuts the UFC made earlier in the year, were just made to make room for all the IFL guys they were going to sign, they are picking them off one by one.

  • Warcry says:

    I believe that the double events we see from the Ufc in October is the new concept of addressing this problem. More fights are the answer and whenever other promotions have shows the Ufc will match with an extra event. Its Grrreat

  • […] Drew McFedries (7-3) has been tapped to introduce talented newcomer Mike Massenzio (10-2) to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 15 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb., on September 17, according to […]

  • JFC says:

    So does anybody know for sure if the UFC has bought out IFLI? Lots of rumors swirling but I can’t find any confirmation. Although, it does seem that many many things point to that as being the case.

    Does anybody know for sure? Please tell…

  • readi4tap says:

    Thats my boy Mike. Its about time the UFC signed the right guy. Massenzio will change the face of the game. over qualified to do some serious damage. Proud of you Mike! UFC contract, new school, and a new dazzling wife. This is what dreams of made of

  • […] broke the news several weeks ago that top East Coast prospect and former IFL middleweight Mike Massenzio had signed a four fight contract with the UFC and that he’s set to debut against Drew McFedries at UFC Fight Night 15 on Sept. 17. […]

  • AlexisBanacky says:

    Yes… great job Mike… And take care of my Beautiful sister!!!!


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