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Travis Lutter Travis.Lutter.jpg
Born May 12, 1973 (1973-05-12) (age 36)
Chamberlain, South Dakota
Other names The Serial Killer
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas
Team Travis Lutter's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy [1]
Rank      black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
MMA record
Total 18
Wins 13
By knockout 1
By submission 8
Losses 5
Draws 0

Travis S. Lutter (born May 12, 1973) is an American mixed martial arts fighter who won the The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show. His UFC record, including his wins on The Ultimate Fighter 4, is 4–4. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado.


Mixed martial arts career


The Ultimate Fighter

Travis Lutter moved quickly through the quarter-finals when he defeated Scott Smith by rear-naked choke at 1:13 in the first round. On the semi-final episode, which aired on October 26, 2006, Travis Lutter defeated Pete Sell to move on to the finals set for November 11, 2006. At the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 4, Lutter defeated Patrick Côté with an armbar at 2:18 in the first round.

With this victory, Lutter became the challenger for Anderson Silva's Middleweight title. Lutter dedicated his victory on November 11 to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to support wounded U.S. servicemen.[2]

Title shot

On the day of the weigh-in, one day before the February 3, 2007 bout at UFC 67, Lutter failed to make weight. He weighed-in at 187 pounds on the first attempt, and 186.5 two hours later on his second attempt. Because of his failure to meet the required 185 pounds, his match with Silva was changed to a three-round, non-title bout.

This upset many fans, and he was booed upon his entrance into the octagon. Despite an apparent exhaustion due to the weight cut, Lutter won the first round and was winning the second when he lost the bout to Silva via submission due to triangle choke.

After TUF

Lutter was scheduled to return to the UFC at UFC 74 on August 25, 2007 against UFC newcomer Ryan Jensen;[3] however he was forced to withdraw from the event due to a neck injury.[4] After over a year's absence from the UFC, Lutter was next matched against former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin at UFC 83. After nearly catching Franklin with an armbar in the first round, Lutter was defeated by Franklin in the second round by TKO.

After losing two consecutive bouts, Lutter was released from his UFC contract. This makes him the first Ultimate Fighter winner to be released from UFC contract.[5] He defeated Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald in the main event of Maximum Fighting Championship 22 on October 2, 2009.[6]

Personal life

Lutter is married and has a son named Jordan.[7] Lutter owns and operates two martial arts training centers in Fort Worth, TX, offering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing and mixed martial arts.

Grappling credentials

  • Winner Ultimate Submission Challenge 2003
  • Competitor 2001 ADCC World Championships
  • Competitor 2000 ADCC World Championships
  • Winner 2001 National USA ADCC Qualifier
  • Winner 2000 National USA ADCC Qualifier
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Carlos Machado
  • 1st place 2001 Texas State BJJ Champion
  • 3rd place Heavyweight Purple Belt, 2000 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • 3rd place Purple Belt Heavyweight, 2000 Pan-American Games
  • 1st place Heavyweight Champion 1999 Texas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open
  • 1st place Heavyweight and Overall Champion 1998 Texas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships
  • 2nd place 1998 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1st place Heavyweight Champion 1998 USA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships
  • 1st place Heavyweight Champion 1997 San Antonio Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open

Mixed martial arts record

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round, Time Notes
Win Canada Jason MacDonald Decision (Unanimous) MFC 22: Payoff 2009-10-02 Round 3, 5:00
Loss United States Rich Franklin TKO (Strikes) UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2 2008-04-19 2 – 3:01
Loss Brazil Anderson Silva Submission (Elbows) UFC 67: All or Nothing 2007-02-03 2 – 2:11 Originally a title fight, but Lutter failed to make weight and was changed to a non-title match.
Win Canada Patrick Cote Submission (Armbar) The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale 2006-11-11 1 – 2:18 Won The Ultimate Fighter 4 Middleweight
Win United States Cedric Marks Submission (Armbar) IFF 1 – International Freestyle Fighting 1 2006-05-06 1 – 1:15
Win Brazil Jose Landi-Jons Submission (Armbar) CR 15 – Adrenaline Rush 2006-02-04 1 – 4:00
Loss South Africa Trevor Prangley Decision (Unanimous) UFC 54: Boiling Point 2005-08-20 3 – 5:00
Win United Kingdom Matt Ewin Submission (Keylock) CR 12 – The Real Deal 2005-07-02 1 – 1:40
Loss United States Matt Lindland Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2 2005-04-16 2 – 3:32
Win United States Marvin Eastman KO (Punch) UFC 50: The War of '04 2004-10-22 2 – 0:43
Win Poland Grzegorz Jakubowski Submission (Kimura) EVT 2 – Hazard 2004-04-04 2 – 2:45
Win United Kingdom Mark Epstein Submission (Rear Naked Choke) EVT 1 – Genesis 2003-12-06 2 – 2:45
Loss United States Jorge Rivera TKO (Strikes) USMMA 2 – Ring of Fury 2002-09-21 3 – 3:46
Win United States Chris Munsen Submission (Rear Naked Choke) HOOKnSHOOT – Relentless 2002-05-25 1 – 0:45
Win United States James Cooper Decision PRW – Power Ring Warriors 1998-11-07 N/A


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