|Weight Class||Middleweight (170 lbs.) / Welterweight (170 lbs.)|
|Height||5' 11" (180 cm)|
|Birth Date||August 5, 1982|
|Fighting Out Of||Westbury, New York|
|Pete Sell Pictures||Sell's Official Site|
Peter K. Sell is an American mixed martial artist specializing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is a black belt under teacher and fellow mixed martial artist Matt Serra in East Meadow, New York, and has trained extensively under striking coach Ray Longo in Garden City, New York.
A member of the Serra-Longo Fight Team, Sell first fought in the UFC as a Middleweight and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback. After three defeats in a row, Sell dropped down to fights as a Welterweight, where he has shown more promise.
|Record||10 - 6 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Win||Mitch Whitesel||Decision (Unanimous)||ROC 39: Ring of Combat 39||2/10/2012||3||4:00|
|Loss||Nordine Taleb||TKO (Punches)||ROC 38: Ring of Combat 38||11/18/2011||2||0:53||Lost ROC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||Elijah Harshbarger||Submission (Armbar)||ROC 36: Ring of Combat 36||6/17/2011||2||2:34||Won ROC Welterweight Championship|
|Loss||Matt Brown||TKO (Punches)||UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine||3/07/2009||1||1:32|
|Win||Josh Burkman||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote||10/25/2008||3||5:00||Welterweight debut|
|Loss||Nate Quarry||KO (Punch)||UFC Fight Night: Thomas vs. Florian||9/19/2007||3||0:44|
|Loss||Thales Leites||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 69: Shootout||4/07/2007||3||5:00|
|Loss||Scott Smith||KO (Punch)||The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale||11/11/2006||2||3:25|
|Win||Landon Showalter||Decision (Unanimous)||ROC 10: Ring of Combat 10||4/14/2006||3||5:00||Defended Ring of Combat Super Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||Nate Quarry||TKO (Punch)||UFC Fight Night 1: Ultimate Fight Night||8/6/2005||1||0:42|
|Win||Phil Baroni||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 51: Super Saturday||2/5/2005||3||4:19||Sell was a late replacement for Robbie Lawler|
|Win||Chris Liguori||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||ROC 6: Ring of Combat 6||4/24/2004||3||0:41||Defended Ring of Combat Middleweight Championship|
|Win||Chris Liguori||Decision (Split)||ROC 4: Ring of Combat 4||8/15/2003||3||5:00||Won Ring of Combat Middleweight Championship|
|Win||Derek Johnson||Submission (Armbar)||ROC 3: Ring of Combat 3||6/7/2003||1||2:03|
|Win||Ted Govola||Decision||ROC 2: Ring of Combat 2||12/7/2002||1||10:00|
|Win||Rob Biegley||Decision||VATV 14: Vengeance at the Vanderbilt 14||6/28/2002||1||10:00|
Pete Sell was born in Bay Shore, New York on August 25, 1982. He grew up as the youngest child of a tight-nit family. Like a lot of kids in a big city, Pete liked to push the envelope on just how far he could go. He did a lot of typical juvenile things like sneaking out, skipping school, but more for attention than anything else.
As Pete grew older, he began to grow in to his huge ego and found that he had a lot of natural athletic abilities. Once in high school, having never played competitive sports before, he tried out for both the football and wrestling team and made the starting squad. After a very successful stint (and at a very small 135 pounds), Pete fell back in to his childhood ways and became more interested in being the class clown and the kid everyone wanted to be and quit playing sports.
It wasn't until his senior year of high school that Pete began watching the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Out of pure chance, Pete heard through the grapevine that Renzo Gracie had opened the Babylon Academy, a Mixed-Martial Arts camp, in Long Island. Pete went to a few classes and began training with Matt Serra, who he quickly became best friends with. Shortly after, Pete was a guest of Matt's at one of his UFC events and Drago was born.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
Pete Sell made his professional mixed martial arts debut on June 28, 2002 at Vengeance at the Vanderbilt 14 against Rob Biegley. In a fight that lasted one 10 minute round, Sell was awarded the decision victory.
In December of 2002, Sell entered the Ring of Combat organization and defeated Ted Govola by decision in another one round fight. At Ring of Combat 3, Sell scored an armbar submission victory over Derek Johnson in the first round. Sell was awared the Ring Of Combat middleweight title in his next fight when he defeated UFC veteran, Chris Liguori by split decision after three rounds. He defended his title against Liguori in his next fight winning by rear naked choke submission in the third round.
Sell made his debut with the UFC at UFC 51, as a late replacement for Robbie Lawler, facing off against Phil Baroni. Given little chance of success in the bout, Sell was controlled by Baroni's takedowns for the majority of the three rounds. However in the third, a gassed Baroni left his neck open after Sell faked a Kimura attempt. Sell seized Baroni's neck in a guillotine choke and forced the tap from Baroni at the 4:19 mark of round 3. It was considered a major upset, as Sell was brought in as a quick replacement and admits to being awe struck fighting Baroni because Baroni was one of his idols.
Riding high off his successful UFC debut, Sell was matched up against Nate Quarry at the inaugural UFC Fight Night. In a controversial bout, Quarry dropped Sell early and jumped on Sell who had looked to recover from the blow. Referee, Cecil Peoples jumped on top of both fighters claiming the fight was over and awarding Quarry the TKO victory while Sell protested underneath the both of them.
The Ultimate Fighter
Sell returned to Ring of Combat to defend his title again against Landon Showalter which he did by unanimous decision.
In early 2006, Sell was given the oppurtunity to fight on the 4th season of The Ultimate Fighter, The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback. The show was designed to give 16 fighters (8 from middleweight and 8 from welterweight) who had fought in the UFC with little success a chance at redemption with the winner of each weight class awarded a title shot in the division.
Sell accepted the offer and faced off against Charles McCarthy in the opening round of the tournament. Sell defeated McCarthy via unanimous decision to earn himself a spot in the semi finals.
At the semi final stage, Sell asked Dana White and the matchmakers to face Travis Lutter as he had wanted to fight him for a while and he also had wanted his friend and teammate, Patrick Cote to recieve an easier route into the finals. Sell got his wish and was continuosly taken down by Lutter for three rounds until he was on the losing end of a unanimous judge's decision.
Although knocked out of the competition, Sell returned to the Octagon at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale where he faced friend, and TUF 4 quarter finalist, Scott Smith. The bout consisted of some furious striking exchanges punctuated by high fives. In the second round, Sell landed a crippling body shot that had Smith recoiling in agony. As Sell charged in to finish the job, Smith landed a vicious right hand that knocked Sell cold. Smith was awarded the knockout victory while still in agony from the body shot.
At UFC 69, Sell faced off against Brazilian, Thales Leites on the show's undercard. Sell was continously taken down by the superior grappler and pounded on for three full rounds. Sell was beaten and battered and lost a clear cut unanimous decision.
A little over five months later, Sell was on the main card of UFC Fight Night 11 in a rematch against Nate Quarry, who was returning from a long lay off due to back surgery. Sell outpointed the rusty Quarry on the feet for the first two rounds. However the third round was a different story as Quarry came alive and knocked Sell cold with a punch 44 seconds into round 3.
Move to Welterweight
On a three fight losing streak, or four if you include the loss to Travis Lutter, Sell took over a year off to rehab some of his injuries. He made his return to the UFC by dropping down to welterweight for his next match; a victory over Josh Burkman at UFC 90 in Chicago, Ill. by Unanimous Decision (29-28).
His second fight at Welterweight took place at UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine against The Ultimate Fighter 7: Team Jackson vs. Team Griffin contestant Matt Brown. Sell's second showing as Welterweight was not as impressive as his first, as he lost the fight at 1:32 in the first round via TKO (Punches).
Ranks and Titles
- Numerous wins in grappling tournaments
- Bronze medal from the 2003 Pan American Games
- 3 time 185-pound MMA champion of the Ring of Combat