Tyson Pedro

Australia

Returning to Octagon in February
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 27, 2019
Pedro (knee) will fight Vinicius Alves Moreira in a light heavyweight bout on Feb. 22 at UFC Auckland, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pedro underwent surgery in this past February to repair a torn ACL, and he'll return to the Octagon just over a year later. It's tough to forecast how Pedro will hold up in his first bout back, as he was struggling beforehand anyway with losses in three of his last four fights. Moreira is on a three-fight losing streak, too.
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Undergoes knee surgery
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 7, 2019
Pedro underwent surgery this week to repair a torn ACL suffered in his loss to Shogun Rua, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pedro was finished by the UFC veteran in the third round via strikes, but claims the injury was sustained much earlier in the fight. He was still able to win the striking battle in this contest, according to Fightmetric, but did get taken down three times -- an aspect where the injury could have easily came into play. Pedro did not provide a specific timetable for his return, but given the state of ACL recoveries in 2019, he could feasibly return to training before the end of the year. The recent loss left Pedro out of the UFC's 205-pound rankings, but if he's given an unranked opponent for his return fight, look for him to enter as a betting favorite as the 27-year-old looks to regain moment.
Shockingly finished by Shogun Rua in Adelaide
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 1, 2018
Pedro lost to Shogun Rua via TKO (punches) at 0:43 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Adelaide, Australia.
ANALYSIS
MMA is an unforgiving sport and one bad step, literally, resulted in a career-altering defeat for Pedro. After blasting Rua in a first round in which he was unable to score the finish, Pedro spent the entirety of Round 2 on his back. In fact, he wasn't credited with a single strike landed in the second frame. Either tied 19-19 or down 19-18 early in Round 3, Pedro took an awkward step and appeared to suffer a knee or ankle injury. Shogun proceeded to pound him from there and referee Steve Perceval was forced to intervene. It's a terrible turn of events for Pedro in a fight in which he seemed certain to win in the early going. He has now lost three of his last four and finds himself an afterthought in the UFC's thin 205-pound division.
Slated to fight Mauricio Rua at UFC Adelaide
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 2, 2018
Pedro will fight Mauricio Rua in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Adelaide on Dec. 1.
ANALYSIS
Pedro, an Australian native, will return to his homeland to face the former world champion "Shogun." The 27-year-old Pedro has lost two of his last three fights, though both losses have come against respectable opponents in Ovince Saint-Preux and Ilir Latifi. He's 3-2 under the UFC banner and 7-2 overall as a professional. Pedro's opponent, Rua, is looking to bounce-back from a first-round KO (elbow) loss to Anthony Smith in July. While Rua holds a significant edge in experience against world-class competition, Pedro will enter this matchup with a two-inch height and three-inch reach advantage. He'll represent a strong test for Rua, whose hopes of another potential title run may hinge on getting a victory here. For Pedro, a big name like Rua on his resume could spark a new run of his own, as any ranked fighter is 2-3 wins away from a title shot in this relatively shallow division.
Six more UFC fights on tap
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 9, 2018
Pedro recently signed a six-fight contract with the UFC, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Pedro has lost two of his last three fights to respectable competition in Ovince Saint-Preux and Ilir Latifi, but is 3-2 overall under the UFC banner. The promotion's 205-pound division is relatively shallow, so it was a good idea to lock down the 26-year-old for the foreseeable future. It's currently unclear what matchmakers have in store for the No. 14-ranked light heavyweight.
Falls in the first round at UFC Singapore
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 23, 2018
Pedro lost to Ovince Saint Preux via submission (straight armbar) at 2:54 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night in Singapore.
ANALYSIS
Pedro has been quickly moving up the light heavyweight ladder. Early in the fight, it looked like he was going to pass another test. He hurt Saint Preux with some punches, and he was close to finishing the fight. However, Saint Preux recovered, got on top and finished the fight with a straight armbar. Pedro still has a future in the light heavyweight division, but this fight showed how tough things get towards the top of the division.