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Ion Cutelaba

Light Heavyweight Division

16-9-1 (W-L-D)

12

Wins by Knockout

2

Wins by Submission

13

First Round Finishes

Ion Cutelaba

athlete record

Event Results

Info

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

Status
Active
Place of Birth
Moldova
Trains at
CSA Team Moldova
Fighting style
Sambo
Age
28
Height
73.00
Weight
206.00
Octagon Debut
Jun. 19, 2016
Reach
75.00
Leg reach
41.00
  • Pro since 2012
     
  • Twelve wins by KO, two by submission (2 Omoplata) – has finished all but two of his wins
     
  • Thirteen first round finishes
     
  • Lone pre-UFC loss in 2013 via DQ (punches to back of head)
     
  • Ten finishes in 1:13 or less
     
  • Two knockouts in less than 10 seconds
     
  • Six finishes in less than 30 seconds
     
  • Has won four of his last 11 (4-6-1)

UFC Fight Night (11/19/22) Cutelaba was stopped by Kennedy Nzechukwu via strikes at 1:02 of the second round

UFC 279 (9/10/22) Cutelaba was submitted by Johnny Walker via rear naked choke at 4:37 of the first round 

UFC on ESPN (5/14/22) Cutelaba was submitted by Ryan Spann via guillotine choke at 2:22 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (9/18/21) Cutelaba won a three round unanimous decision over Devin Clark

UFC on ESPN (5/1/21) Cutelaba fought to a three round draw with Dustin Jacoby

UFC 254 (10/24/20) Cutelaba was knocked out by Magomed Ankalaev at 4:19 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (2/29/20) Cutelaba was stopped by Magomed Ankalaev via strikes at :38 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (9/28/19) Cutelaba stopped Khalil Rountree Jr. via strikes at 2:35 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (4/27/19) Cutelaba was submitted by Glover Teixeira via rear naked choke at 3:37 of the second round

UFC on FOX (7/28/18) Cutelaba stopped Gadzhimurad Antigulov via strikes at 4:25 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (6/11/17) Cutelaba knocked out Henrique da Silva at :22 of the first round

TUF 24 Finale (12/3/16) Cutelaba lost a three round unanimous decision to Jared Cannonier

UFC Fight Night (10/1/16) Cutelaba won a three round unanimous decision over Jonathan Wilson

UFC Fight Night (6/18/16) Cutelaba was submitted by Misha Cirkunov via arm triangle at 1:22 of the third round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started with 12 years of Greco-Roman wrestling. A man must be strong and getting past struggles is the integral part of this.

What ranks and titles have you held? European champion in combat sambo

Do you have any heroes? I do not have heroes. There is only a person who can learn something - technique, style, the desire.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is a goal I had since I started doing MMA. The first step is made - we are already in the organization and I will do everything to prove that the path I have chosen is not in vain.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I am a student in USM Moldova Juridic department

What was your job before you started fighting? I started my professional career at 18 years old – this has been my only job

Favorite grappling technique: Omoplata