Pete Sell

Pete Sell

Pete Sell
Born (1982-08-05) August 5, 1982
West Islip, New York, United States
Other names Drago
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 75 in (190 cm)
Fighting out of Westbury, New York
Team Serra-Longo Fight Team,
Rank black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Matt Serra
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 10
By submission 4
By decision 6
Losses 6
By knockout 5
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Peter 'Drago' Sell, (born August 5, 1982) 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[1] in East Meadow, New York, and has trained extensively under striking coach Ray Bronx Longo in Garden City, New York. A member of the Serra-Longo Fight Team, Sell formerly fought at both Middleweight & Welterweight in the UFC.


  • Career 1
    • Ultimate Fighting Championship 1.1
    • Post-UFC career 1.2
  • Championships and accomplishments 2
  • Mixed martial arts record 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Ultimate Fighting Championship

Sell made his debut with the UFC at UFC 51, defeating Top contender Phil Baroni by guillotine choke submission in what was considered a major upset, considering he was a 5–1 underdog.

After a controversial Technical knockout stoppage in his first fight against The Ultimate Fighter veteran Nate Quarry, Sell was then seen as a middleweight contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback, which premiered on August 17, 2006. He entered the competition alongside Matt Serra, who competed one weight class below Sell in the welterweight division. Sell defeated "Chainsaw" Charles McCarthy to move on the semi-finals of the competition, where he lost to the ultimate winner of the tournament Travis Lutter. Although Sell did not proceed the finals, he was featured on the undercard of the season finale where he lost to Scott Smith in a back and forth war that ended via sudden highlight reel knockout.

He then fought and lost to Thales Leites at UFC 69. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[2]

His next fight was a rematch against Nathan Quarry, at UFC Fight Night 11. Sell lost to Quarry once again via KO in the third round.[3]

Sell made his second appearance on The Ultimate Fighter as a trainer for Team Serra for season 6, The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra.

Sell has dropped down to welterweight for his latest matches; a victory over Josh Burkman at UFC 90, and a knockout loss to Matt Brown at UFC 96.

His match against Brown was somewhat controversial, as referee Yves Lavigne pulled Matt Brown off of a stunned Pete Sell early in the bout, but quickly after ordered both men to resume fighting. After the event, Sell was still visibly dazed, and was unable to mount any offense, or competently defend himself. Eventually Brown knocked Sell out with a series of punches 1:32 into the first round.

Post-UFC career

After a two-year hiatus from MMA, Sell finally made his return and defeated Elijah Harshbarger via armbar in the second round at Ring of Combat XXXVI.

Sell then faced Nordine Taleb at Ring of Combat 38 on November 18, 2011. Sell lost the bout via technical knockout in the second round.

Sell would then win his next fight via unanimous decision against Mitch Whitesel at Ring of Combat 39 on February 10, 2012.

Sell was expected to face Elijah Harshbarger for a second time at Ring of Combat 49 on September 19, 2014. However, the bout was cancelled for unknown reasons.[4]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–6 Mitch Whitesel Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 39 February 10, 2012 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 9–6 Nordine Taleb TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 38 November 18, 2011 2 0:53 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–5 Elijah Harshbarger Submission (armbar) Ring of Combat 36 June 17, 2011 2 3:24 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 8–5 Matt Brown TKO (punches) UFC 96 March 7, 2009 1 1:32 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 8–4 Josh Burkman Decision (unanimous) UFC 90 October 25, 2008 3 5:00 Rosemont, Illinois, United States Welterweight debut
Loss 7–4 Nate Quarry KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Thomas vs Florian September 19, 2007 3 0:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 7–3 Thales Leites Decision (unanimous) UFC 69 April 7, 2007 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 7–2 Scott Smith KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback Finale November 11, 2006 2 3:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 7–1 Landon Showalter Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 10 April 14, 2006 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 6–1 Nate Quarry TKO (punch) Ultimate Fight Night August 6, 2005 1 0:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–0 Phil Baroni Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 51 February 5, 2005 3 4:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Chris Liguori Submission (rear-naked choke) Ring of Combat 6 April 24, 2004 3 0:41 Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States Won the Ring of Combat Middleweight Championship; Vacated to sign with UFC.[5]
Win 4–0 Chris Liguori Decision (split) Ring of Combat 4 August 15, 2003 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Derek Johnson Submission (armbar) Ring of Combat 3 June 7, 2003 1 2:03 Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Ted Govola Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 2 December 7, 2002 1 10:00 Secaucus, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Rob Biegley Decision Vengeance at the Vanderbilt 14 June 28, 2002 1 10:00 Plainview, New York, United States


  1. ^ "‘Drago’ Vows to Unleash Ground Game Upon Return". 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  2. ^ "UFC 69 "Shootout" Live Play-by-Play". 2007-04-07. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  3. ^ "UFC Fight Night Play-by-Play". 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  4. ^ "Pete Sell vs. Elijah Harshbarger". 
  5. ^ "Ring of Combat 6 Result". April 24, 2004. 

External links

  • Professional MMA record for Pete Sell from Sherdog