Bryce Mitchell

Thug Nasty


Set to face Pearce in May
February 12, 2023
Mitchell is set to face Jonathan Pearce in a featherweight fight scheduled for a May 6 UFC event, reports.
Mitchell is coming off the first loss of his career and will try to bounce back against Jonathan Pearce, another fighter with a decent record at the UFC level. The card does not yet have a known location or venue, but it reportedly will be UFC 288. "Thug Nasty" started his career with a perfect 15-0 MMA record before losing to Ilia Topuria via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:10 of Round 2 at UFC 282 in Las Vegas back on Dec. 10 last year.
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Suffers first UFC defeat
December 10, 2022
Mitchell lost to Ilia Topuria via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:10 of Round 2 at UFC 282 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Mitchell has been entirely reliant on his wrestling game for success early in his UFC run, but his takedowns weren't landing in this one, and he was unable to overcome it. Bryce was credited with just one successful try on nine attempts and that came with limited time in the opening round, and Mitchell was unable to do much with his positional advantage. When the two men were standing at distance on the feet, Mitchell was dominated. It's Bryce's first loss in seven UFC bouts, and it doesn't figure to impact his long-term stock all that much, but it shows the 28-year-old Arkansas native has work to do in order to compete with the best in the world at 145 pounds.
Will face Topuria
October 24, 2022
Mitchell will take on Ilia Topuria at UFC 282 on Dec. 10, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Mitchell was supposed to fight on Nov. 5 against Movsar Evloev, but his opponent was forced to withdraw. Mitchell will now take the Octagon a month later looking remain unbeaten as a professional. He returned to the Octagon after 17 months off back in March when he dominated Edson Barboza.
Fight up in the air
October 13, 2022
Mitchell's scheduled bout at the UFC event Nov. 5 is on hold after his opponent Movsar Evloev was forced to withdraw with an undisclosed injury, Carlos Contreras Lagaspi of ESPN reports.
Mitchell's participation at the UFC event Nov. 5 is in jeopardy after this withdrawal by fellow featherweight Evloev. However, unbeaten lightweight Ilia Topuria, who is coming off a second-round knockout against Jai Herbert in March, is willing to step in on short notice for this bout, according to Contreras. Either way, the promotion will scramble to find a new opponent for Mitchell as soon as possible.
Fighting Evloev on Nov. 5
September 15, 2022
Mitchell will fight Movsar Evloev at the UFC event Nov. 5, Raphael Marinho of reports.
The undefeated Mitchell is set to face the also undefeated Evloev in a featherweight showdown. Mitchell will be entering the ring fresh off a victory over Edson Barboza via unanimous decision at UFC 272 on March 5. The matchup is scheduled for Nov. 5.
Blows past Edson Barboza
March 5, 2022
Mitchell defeated Edson Barboza via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27) at UFC 272 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Watching Mitchell fight isn't a particularly pleasing visual experience, but the guy is an elite wrestler, and he absolutely dominated Barboza here despite the fact he hadn't fought in 17 months. Bryce predictably came up short in the very few striking exchanges between the two men, so he responded by pinning Edson to the mat for nearly the entire fight. In a bout which lasted 15 minutes, Mitchell was credited with 11:28 worth of control time. He landed all four of his takedown attempts. It's fair to wonder how Mitchell will perform if he faces an opponent who is able to remain upright against him, but he clearly has a world-class skill to fall back upon in the event of trouble. Props to Mitchell for announcing in his post-fight interview that he will be donating half his fight purse ($45,000) to children in his native Arkansas with severe medical issues. Well done, Bryce, but he'll get to keep his check, as UFC President Dana White announced afterwards the the UFC instead will cover that donation.