On December 7th, 2012, Kurt Pellegrino was presented with New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame’s first “Outstanding Achievement in MMA” award.
Kurt was a two-time state wrestling finalist for Point Pleasant Boro high school. In 2005, Kurt was promoted to black belt in brazilian jiu jitsu.
Kurt fought his first UFC fight in 2006. While in the UFC, Kurt earned Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night honors in 5 separate bouts. His 2008 victory over Thiago Tavares at UFC 88 was awarded the #2 fight of the year by UFC.com. Kurt has a total of 13 UFC fights.
Aside from competing in the sport of MMA, Kurt is an accomplished grappler, winning numerous Grapplers Quest National titles. He was a Pan American gold medalist, Arnold Classic Champion, and was one of the 16 competitors invited to compete in the World Championship Abu Dhabi’s in 2007.
Kurt Pellegrino has a martial arts academy in Belmar which is open to the public and where he trains a fight team.