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Flyweight Division


"The Cannon"

Carlos Candelario

Flyweight Division

8-3-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Carlos Candelario

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Learn more about Carlos Candelario's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
New Britain, United States
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
May. 14, 2022
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2015

  • Two wins by KO, three by submission (2 RNC, guillotine)

  • Four first round finishes

  • 1-0 between DWCS appearances

  • Origin of nickname: “I got the name by being really explosive and hitting hard.”

UFC Fight Night (11/5/22) Candelario was submitted by Jake Hadley via triangle choke at 2:39 of the second round 

UFC on ESPN (5/14/22) Candelario lost a three round unanimous decision to Tatsuro Taira

Dana White's Contender Series, Season 5

Episode one (8/31/21) Candelario lost a three round split decision to Victor Altamirano

Dana White's Contender Series, Season 1

Episode four (8/1/17) Candelario won a three round unanimous decision over Ronaldo Candido


When and why did you start training for fighting? I was always into fitness and wanted to challenge myself in combat sports. I started when I was 16.

What ranks and titles have you held? Purple Belt in BJJ, Golden Gloves champion, multiple-division amateur MMA champion for Premier FC, grappling tournament titles.

Do you have any heroes? My parents. They moved to the States without knowing any English. And now they are pretty successful and living the American dream. I appreciate them more than I can describe in words.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means everything to me. I always wanted to travel the world and now that I can do that while doing what I love ,it’s even better.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to a community college and am still attending now to get my associates degree. I hope to become a physical therapist some day.

What was your job before you started fighting? Server

Favorite grappling technique: Armbar

Favorite Striking technique: Jab