Former college wrestling standout Mike Massenzio has signed a four fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the story exclusively after speaking with Massenzio’s manager, Gary Marino of GVM Sports Management.
According to Marino, Massenzio will make his UFC debut on Sept. 17 during UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha, Nebraska against Miletich Fighting Systems middleweight Drew McFedries.
Massenzio is 10-2 in 12 pro fights and is considered one of the top prospects on the East Coast. At one point or another, he’s been recruited in the past by all of the major national promotions, including the UFC and EliteXC.
In his most recent fight, he had his nine fight win streak snapped during the International Fight League’s Connecticut show on May 16. Making his IFL debut against American Top Team’s Danillo Villefort, Massenzio submitted to a kneebar at 3:25 of round 1.
Some of Massenzio’s most notable victories during his win streak came against IFL middleweight champion Dan Miller, TUF 7 contestant Dante Rivera, K-1 and Spirit MC veteran Masakatsu Okuda, Bill Scott, Drew Puzon, and Eric Charles.
Massenzio still had been under contract to the IFL until recently, but was one of several fighters to receive their releases while the UFC finalized a deal to acquire the struggling New York-based fight promotion. He joins Jim and Dan Miller as top prospects from the IFL to recently sign with the UFC.