Anthony is one of Australia’s top martial arts competitors. Anthony is a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships) Light Heavyweight veteran and 4th Degree BJJ Black Belt.
He began his training in Martial Arts in 1994 in traditional Karate at the age of 21. He played soccer for 15 years before starting martial arts. He never made it to any representative level but his brother John played soccer as a professional for 15 years in the Australian National soccer league and represented Australia in the under 19s.
In March 1995 Anthony started Kempo Karate and Muay Thai Kickboxing with Paul Zadro and started in BJJ in January 1996 under Anthony Lange. Anthony Lange was a blue belt at the time and highest rank in New South Wales at the time. Anthony Lange’s coach was John Will (BJJ Brown Belt at the time) and head of Will-Machado Australia.
In 1997 Anthony moved to Dallas, Texas, USA to train with Carlos Machado (World BJJ Champion) for 2 1/2 years. In August 2003 Carlos Machado presented Anthony Perosh with a blackbelt in Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Anthony competed many times in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and has won many competitions including:
- Bronze Medal 2003 World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships – Brown Belt
- Silver Medal 2000 Pan American BJJ Championships – Purple Belt
- Bronze Medal 1999 World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships – Blue Belt
- 5 time ADCC veteran
- 10 time Australian BJJ Champion
Anthony made his MMA debut in November 2003 winning an 8 man heavyweight tournament in one night. In 2006 Anthony fought in the UFC twice in the heavyweight division and lost both matches. He was released from the UFC after that. Anthony dropped to Light Heavyweight and was very successful on the Australian circuit.
In February 2010 the UFC came to Australia for the first time. Anthony accepted a match on two day’s notice to fight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in front of his home crowd in Sydney. He lost by TKO at the end of the second round due to a cut on the forehead.
In his next match Anthony won his first UFC match in February 2011 defeating Tom Blackledge by rear naked choke. Anthony has won 5 of his last 9 matches in the light heavyweight division in the UFC defeating Tom Blacklege, Cyrille Diabate, Nick Pennar, Vinny Magalaes and Guto Inocente. This included a 14 second knock out of Vinny Magalaes at UFC 163 in Rio, Brazil on 3rd Ausgust 2013. Anthony retired from MMA competition in January 2016 with a 15-10-0 record including 5 wins in the UFC.