Despite not having fought since last summer, Mathew “Razor Sharp” Rizzo (9-2) earned a spot on season 24 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
The former Ring of Combat Flyweight Champion will join a tournament of 15 other champions of smaller promotions. The winner of which will face the current UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson for his title during TUF 24 finale on December 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A few notables among those 15 are former UFC fighters Tim Elliot (16-6), Damacio Page (16-10) and Matt Schnell from MTV’s “Caged.”
“Razor Sharp” won his ROC belt when Jimmy Grant (7-3) to a to his rear naked choke at ROC 49 Sept. 19, 2014. Rizzo defended the strap once with a unanimous decision against Corey Simmons (6-8) at ROC 50 in January 2015.
Rizzo last fought Sean “Shorty Rock’’ Santella (8-2-1) in July of last summer at Global Proving Grounds 21, but the fight finished in a no contest when Santella struck Rizzo illegally with an elbow. After scheduling a rematch, the fight was canceled.
Santella told njmmanews.com in June, Rizzo thought about retiring from the sport.
The Levittown, PA native fights out of Revolution MMA. He will be coached by either UFC veteran and two- time title challenger Joseph Benavidez (24-4), or Henry Cejudo (10-1), who lost his first title shot to Johnson in April.
The show will air on FOX Sports 1 Sept. 1, 2016.
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By Matt Steck