Ramsey Nijem

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Ramsey Nijem
Ramseynijem.jpg
Born(1988-04-01) April 1, 1988 (age 25)
Concord, California, United States
Other namesStripper Ramsey
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionLightweight
Welterweight
Reach74.0 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofOrem, Utah
TeamThe Pit
Years active2008-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total12
Wins8
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision4
Losses4
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision0
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Ramsey Nijem
Ramseynijem.jpg
Born(1988-04-01) April 1, 1988 (age 25)
Concord, California, United States
Other namesStripper Ramsey
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionLightweight
Welterweight
Reach74.0 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofOrem, Utah
TeamThe Pit
Years active2008-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total12
Wins8
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision4
Losses4
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision0
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ramsey Nijem (born April 1, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Nijem has made a name for himself fighting in Utah. He was a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.

Early life[edit]

A Palestinian American,[1] Nijem was born in Concord, California, but raised in Mill Creek, Washington.[2] He attended Henry M. Jackson High School from 2002 through 2006. During those years, Nijem was a part of his high school's soccer, cross-country, and wrestling teams. His senior season in wrestling he went 27-5 and earned "Wrestler of the Year" honors. He was also wrestling captain for his junior and senior seasons.[2]

After high school, Nijem enrolled in Utah Valley University, also wrestling for the school.

MMA career[edit]

Nijem began his training with Riven Academy of MMA in 2008. Electing to skip an amateur career, Nijem made his pro debut April 18, 2008 defeating Ryan Miller via first round rear-naked choke submission. After taking a nineteen month hiatus from the sport, he returned losing to Gordon Bell via an armbar submission only 21 seconds into the first round.

Only a month after his first loss he defeated Logan Hancock via unanimous decision, bring his professional record to 2-1. Ramsey recorded his first TKO win in April 2010, defeating Eric Uresk at Showdown Fights: Burkman vs. Paul. He made his lightweight debut against Scott Casey, winning the fight via first round submission.

He splits his training time with Riven Academy of MMA, and The Pit Elevated. He is training partners to UFC veteran Josh Burkman, and The Ultimate Fighter 11 winner Court McGee.[3]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In 2011, Nijem had signed with the UFC to compete in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.

Nijem was picked fourth on Team dos Santos and eighth overall. In the fourth preliminary match-up, Nijem was selected to fight Bellator veteran, Charlie Rader. In the first round Nijem controlled the fight by putting Rader on the fence, and obtaining a few last minute take downs. In the second round Nijem was able to take Rader down early and lock in a fight ending rear naked choke.[4]

Nijem was selected to fight Clay Harvison in the quarterfinals. Nijem went on to win the fight by rear naked choke less than a minute in. In the semifinals, Nijem fought Chris Cope, defeating him via TKO in round two. The win moved him into the live finale for the chance to become the winner of The Ultimate Fighter.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Nijem made his official UFC debut on June 4, 2011 at the The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale against Tony Ferguson to crown the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 13. Nijem lost the bout via KO in the first round after getting caught flush by a left hook.

Nijem defeated Danny Downes on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137 via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27).[5]

Nijem was expected to face Anthony Njokuani on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141.[6] However, Nijem was forced out of the bout, citing an injury and replaced by Danny Castillo.[7]

Nijem faced promotional newcomer C.J. Keith on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4.[8] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Nijem faced Joe Proctor on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5.[9] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Nijem faced Myles Jury on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[10] He lost the fight via knockout in the second round.

Nijem fought James Vick on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26.[11] He lost the fight via submission at 58 seconds in the first round.

Nijem next faced fellow TUF alumni and teammate Justin Edwards on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Nijem is expected to face Beneil Dariush on April 11, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 39.[13]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win8–4Justin EdwardsDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. PhilippouJanuary 15, 201435:00Duluth, Georgia, United States
Loss7–4James VickSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. SonnenAugust 17, 201310:58Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss7–3Myles JuryKO (punch)UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. MelendezApril 20, 201321:02San Jose, California, United States
Win7–2Joe ProctorDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. DiazDecember 8, 201235:00Seattle, Washington, United States
Win6–2C.J. KeithTKO (punches)UFC on FX: Maynard vs. GuidaJune 22, 201212:29Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win5–2Danny DownesDecision (unanimous)UFC 137October 29, 201135:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss4–2Tony FergusonKO (punches)The Ultimate Fighter 13 FinaleJune 4, 201113:54Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesLost The Ultimate Fighter 13
Win4–1Scott CaseySubmission (rear-naked choke)Showdown Fights: RespectSeptember 10, 201012:48Orem, Utah, United StatesLightweight Debut
Win3–1Eric UreskTKO (punches)Showdown Fights: Burkman vs. PaulApril 23, 201024:02Orem, Utah, United States
Win2–1Logan HancockDecision (unanimous)Throwdown Showdown 5: HomecomingNovember 20, 200935:00Orem, Utah, United States
Loss1–1Gordon BellSubmission (armbar)Xtreme CombatOctober 24, 200910:21Richfield, Utah, United States
Win1–0Ryan MillerSubmission (rear-naked choke)Throwdown Showdown 1April 18, 200812:15Orem, Utah, United States

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