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Nick Catone graduated in 2004 from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.  He wrestled all 5 years in college NCAA Division I with over 100 career wins and 2 conference titles for the Rider Broncs. Nick still coaches and trains at Rider for his upcoming MMA fights.

He currently holds a Black Belt rank in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  A few years after graduating from Rider Nick began his jiu jitsu training and about a year later made his professional (MMA) Mixed Martial Arts debut in May of 2007 with a submission win over Dan Karnbauer.  

After fighting in the local MMA events with an undefeated record of 6 - 0 he became the Middleweight Champion for Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat.  In 2008, Nick received an opportunity to sign a multiple fight deal with the world's largest fight organization UFC ® - Ultimate Fighting Championship and debuted his UFC career on February 7, 2009 with a submission win against Derek Downey at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida.

Since signing with the UFC in 2008, Nick has been working on his boxing game greatly by training with legendary Jersey Shore pugilist Frank Savannah, who also hails from Brick. Savannah was National Golden Gloves Middleweight champ before amassing and 15-1 pro record. 


  • 2x NCAA Div. I Conference Champion 2001, 2004
  • 2x NCAA Div. I National Qualifier 2001, 2004
  • Ranked As High As 7th In The Nation At 184lbs. 2004 *
  • 100 Career NCAA Div. I wins
  • Hold the All-Time Single Dual Meet Season Takedown Record at Rider University With (100) Dual Meet Takedowns, Old Record (65)
  • Beast of East Champion 2004
  • Southern Scuffle Champion 2004
  • Male Athlete of the Year, Rider University 2004 (Wrestling)
  • Four Year Letterman, NCAA Div.1
  • Captain 2003-2004 Season
  • 4TH In The State of New Jersey 1999
  • 4x District 23 Finalist 1996,1997,1998,1999
  • 2x District 23 Champion 1998,1999
  • Districk 23 Outstanding Wrestler 1999
  • 2x Region 6 Finalist 1998,1999
  • Region 6 Champion 1999
  • 102 Career Wins
  • 4 Year Letterman
  • Captain 1998-1999 Season
  • Member of Brick Memorial High School Wrestling Hall of Fame