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Lightweight Division


"Prince of Peru"

Claudio Puelles

Lightweight Division

13-2-0 (W-L-D)


Fight Win Streak


Wins by Submission

Claudio Puelles

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

Lima, Peru
Trains at
Sanford MMA
Fighting style
Muay Thai
Octagon Debut
Nov. 06, 2016
Leg reach

Fighter Facts

  • Team Liddell on TUF LATAM 3
  • Pro since 2013
  • Two wins by KO, seven by submission (3 kneebar, 2 RNC, armbar, undisclosed choke)
  • Had 3-0 amateur record
  • Three first round finishes
  • Has won eight of his last nine and five in a row

UFC History
UFC Fight Night
(4/23/22) Puelles submitted Clay Guida via kneebar at 3:01 of the first round 
UFC on ESPN (12/4/21) Puelles submitted Chris Gruetzemacher via kneebar at 3:26 of the third round
UFC Fight Night (6/5/21) Puelles won a three round unanimous decision over Jordan Leavitt
UFC Fight Night (9/21/19) Puelles won a three round unanimous decision over Marcos Mariano
UFC Fight Night (5/19/18) Puelles submitted Felipe Silva via kneebar at 2:23 of the third round
UFC Fight Night (11/5/16) Puelles was stopped by Martin Bravo at 1:55 of the second round in a fight for the TUF LATAM lightweight title

The Ultimate Fighter, LATAM 3
In the semifinals, Puelles defeated Marcelo Rojo via three round unanimous decision
In the quarterfinals, Puelles defeated Pablo Sabori via first round submission
In the first round, Puelles defeated Jose David Flores via second round TKO



TRAINING: I run intervals in the morning three times a week and meditate twice a week. Then hard MMA practice at noon and boxing or grappling training at night.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training Muay Thai in 2009. Then when I discovered grappling one year later, I fell in love with the sport and never stopped training.
What ranks and belts have you held? I won the ACC amateur 145-pound title in 2012 and I’m a purple belt in Luta Livre.
Do you have any heroes? Georges St-Pierre
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s everything I’ve wanted since I started in this sport. I finally made it at just 20 years old.
What was your job before you started fighting? I started fighting at 15.
Favorite grappling technique: Armbar
Favorite striking technique: Left round kick