Nick Catone

Nick Catone
Nick Catone
Born September 1, 1981 (1981-09-01) (age 30)
Brick Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Other names The Jersey Devil
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight,
Reach 72.5 in (184 cm)
Style Wrestling
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Hamilton, New Jersey
Team Team Almeida / Gracie
Rank NCAA Division I Wrestler
brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 9
By knockout 3
By submission 3
By decision 3
Losses 2
By submission 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Nicholas Catone (born September 1, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist. Catone currently fights for Ultimate Fighting Championship in their middleweight division.


Mixed martial arts

Catone got his start in MMA when he began wrestling in middle school. Catone stayed with the sport all through his middle and high school years. While at Brick Memorial High School in Brick Township, New Jersey, Catone won numerous awards and titles in wrestling.[1] He was a New Jersey State place winner, Three-time Division I national qualifier, 2x Division I conference champion and 100 Division I career wins. He was rewarded with a scholarship to wrestle for Rutgers University but did not like the lifestyle of a large college.[citation needed] After spending a year at Rutgers, Catone transferred to Rider University where he won Male Athlete of the Year in 2004. Catone graduated from Rider with a bachelors degree in psychology.[2][3]

After college, Catone realized that he did not want to give up the sport of wrestling. So he found a mixed martial arts training facility in 2005 and started working very hard on his boxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu skills to become a successful pro mixed martial artist.

Currently, Catone holds a brown belt in jiu jitsu under Pablo Popovitch black belt, Bill Scott.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Catone's first UFC fight was scheduled to be against Amir Sadollah at UFC 91. However, due to a leg infection, Sadollah withdrew from the match.[4] A replacement for Sadollah could not be found so the match was scrubbed from the card. The match against Sadollah was rescheduled for February 7, 2009 at UFC Fight Night 17.[5] On January 23, Sadollah was, again, forced to withdraw from the fight due, this time to a fractured clavicle.[6]

Catone finally made his debut, defeating Derek Downey via keylock in the second round. The fight was held at UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens.

Catone's second fight for the UFC, he fought Tim Credeur at UFC Fight Night 18. Catone took his first loss, losing in the second round by submission. The fight later went on to be shown on an episode of UFC Unleashed.

At UFC 102, Catone took his second loss against Mark Munoz. The fight was full of intense sprawls and exciting stand up battles. Catone lost the fight by a very close split decision (28-29, 30-27 and 29-28).[7][8] Despite the loss, Catone signed a new four fight deal with the promotion.[9]

Steve Steinbeiss was Catone's original opponent for UFC Fight Night 20, however, he pulled out of the fight because of an undisclosed injury so his teammate, Jesse Forbes, stepped in as the replacement.[10][11] Catone returned to his winning ways by defeating Forbes via a split decision with the judges scoring the fight (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

Catone was scheduled to face John Salter on May 8, 2010 at UFC 113, but Catone was forced from the card with a back injury. He was replaced by Jason MacDonald.[12]

After suffering two injuries, Catone was expected to drop down to the welterweight division.[13] Instead, he will face Tomasz Drwal on September 15, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 22.[14] Nick Catone withdrew from the fight against Drwal due to injury.

Catone faced Constantinos Philippou on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128 in a catchweight bout of 195lbs.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Catone was expected to face Aaron Simpson on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136.[16] However, Catone was forced out of the bout after tearing an achilles tendon, [17] and was replaced by Eric Schafer.[18]

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–2 Cyprus Constantinos Philippou Decision (unanimous) UFC 128 02011-03-19 March 19, 2011 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States 195 lb Catchweight bout
Win 8–2 United States Jesse Forbes Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz 02010-01-11 January 11, 2010 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Loss 7–2 United States Mark Muñoz Decision (split) UFC 102 02009-08-29 August 29, 2009 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 7–1 United States Tim Credeur Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 02009-04-01 April 1, 2009 2 3:45 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 7–0 United States Derek Downey Submission (keylock) UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens 02009-02-07 February 7, 2009 2 1:15 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 6–0 United States Eric Tavares TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 20 02008-06-26 June 26, 2008 1 4:25 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–0 United States Mitch Whitesel TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 19 02008-05-09 May 9, 2008 1 2:27 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 United States Ben Knight TKO (elbows) Ring of Combat 17 02007-11-30 November 30, 2007 1 1:08 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 United States Dan Whalen Submission (rear-naked choke) Ring of Combat 16 02007-10-26 October 26, 2007 1 0:58 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 United States John Howard Decision (unanimous) CFFC 5: Two Worlds, One Cage 02007-06-26 June 26, 2007 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 United States Dan Karnbauer Submission (arm-triangle choke) Reality Fighting 15 02007-05-19 May 19, 2007 1 1:23 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States


  1. ^ Christopher, Chris. "Unstoppable force: Catone set to make UFC debut", Asbury Park Press, October 16, 2008. Accessed June 9, 2011. "The former Brick Memorial and Rider University wrestling standout has signed a four-fight contract and will make his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a mixed martial arts event, in Las Vegas on Nov. 15."
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  4. ^ Gerbasi, Thomas (2008-11-11). "Leg Infection Forces Sadollah from UFC 91 Card". Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  5. ^ Martin, Damon (2008-11-24). "SADOLLAH VS CATONE REBOOKED FOR FEBRUARY 7". Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  6. ^ Martin, Damon (2008-01-23). "AMIR SADOLLAH INJURED, OFF UFC FIGHT NIGHT FEB 7". Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
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  10. ^ "Nick Catone: I'm fighting Steve Steinbeiss at UFC Fight Night 20 in January". Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
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  14. ^ "Nick Catone vs. Tomasz Drwal in the works for UFC Fight Night 22 in Texas". 2010-07-07. 
  15. ^ "Nick Catone vs. Dan Miller on tap for UFC 128 in New Jersey". 2011-1-05. 
  16. ^ "Nick Catone vs. Aaron Simpson added to October's UFC 136 event". 2011-7-18. 
  17. ^ Becker, Dana (September 08, 2011). "Nick Catone Out Of UFC 136 Fight With Aaron Simpson". Retrieved September 08, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Eric Schafer returns to UFC, meets Aaron Simpson at UFC 136". September 10, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 

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