April 21, 1987 |
Tucumcari, New Mexico, United States
|Other names||The Silent Assassin|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||69.0 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Tucumcari, New Mexico, United States|
|Team||Cullum Ground Fighting|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
King of the Cage
Cullum made his debut for the King of the Cage promotion in November 2006. In May 2008, he won the promotion's Flyweight (135 lbs) title and successfully defend the title four times over the next two years. He recently lost the title to Jimmie Rivera via split decision. Within the promotion he has posted a record of 8-1.
EliteXC 140lb Championship
Cullum agreed to step in for an injured Bao Quach and face Brazilian Wilson Reis for EliteXC's 140 lb Championship. It was a highly acclaimed fight, with a lot of very advanced submission attempts and defenses from both fighters. However Abel was unable to overcome the larger Reis, losing the five-round match by unanimous decision.
Cullum competed in the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix. he defeated kickboxer Akiyo Nishiura via unanimous decision in the first round of the tournament. In the second round of the tournament he faced Hideo Tokoro who he lost to via rear naked choke.
Cullum faced Masakazu Imanari in the opening round of the DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix at Dream 17 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Sept. 24. He lost the bout via submission in the third round.
Resurrection Fighting Alliance
After nearly three years away from the sport, Cullum signed with the Resurrection Fighting Alliance promotion. Cullum faced UFC veteran Ulysses Gomez at RFA 18: Manzanares vs. Pantoja on September 12, 2014. He won the fight via first round guillotine choke.
Cullum made a quick return to the cage as he replaced an injured Jeff Curran to face Carl Deaton at RFA 19: Collier vs. Checco on October 10, 2014. He won the fight via submission in the second round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||20 wins||6 losses|
|Win||20–6||Carl Deaton||Submission (rear-naked choke)||RFA 19: Collier vs. Checco||October 10, 2014||2||3:43||Prior Lake, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||19–6||Ulysses Gomez||Submission (guillotine choke)||RFA 18: Manzanares vs. Pantoja||September 12, 2014||1||1:29||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||18–6||Masakazu Imanari||Submission (armbar)||Dream 17||September 24, 2011||3||0:46||Saitama, Japan||Dream Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Loss||18–5||Jared Papazian||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Epic Force||June 24, 2011||5||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||For King of the Cage Flyweight Championship.|
|Loss||18–4||Jimmie Rivera||Decision (split)||KOTC: No Mercy||September 17, 2010||5||5:00||Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||Lost King of the Cage Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||18–3||Joshua Montoya||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Honor||May 14, 2010||1||1:38||Mescalero, New Mexico, United States||Defended King of the Cage Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||17–3||Joe Coca||Submission (kimura)||KOTC: Vengeance||February 12, 2010||1||2:09||Mescalero, New Mexico, United States||Defended King of the Cage Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||16–3||Richard Montano||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Gate Keeper||August 1, 2009||5||5:00||Mescalero, New Mexico, United States||Defended King of the Cage Flyweight Championship.|
|Loss||15–3||Hideo Tokoro||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Dream 9||May 26, 2009||2||1:38||Yokohama, Japan||DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal Round.|
|Win||15–2||Akiyo Nishiura||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 7||March 8, 2009||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan||DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix Opening Round.|
|Win||14–2||Brett Roller||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Goodfellas||December 6, 2008||1||1:47||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States||Defended King of the Cage Flyweight Championship.|
|Loss||13–2||Wilson Reis||Decision (unanimous)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||September 26, 2008||5||5:00||Santa Ynez, California, United States||For the EliteXC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||13–1||Ryan Diaz||Submission (armbar)||KOTC: Reckless||May 17, 2008||5||1:27||Greenville, Missouri, United States||Won KOTC Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||12–1||Zach Jenkins||Submission (rear naked choke)||KOTC: Warlords||February 9, 2008||1||N/A||Towaoc, Colorado, United States|
|Win||11–1||Eddie Armendariz||KO (punch)||KOTC: Hierarchy||October 13, 2007||1||1:17||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||10–1||Jasper Church||TKO||DE: Clash of the Titans||June 29, 2007||1||1:23||New Mexico, United States|
|Win||9–1||Gerald Sedillo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Southwest Fury||March 10, 2007||1||2:42||Sunland Park, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||8–1||John Chester||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Cyclone||November 11, 2006||2||1:27||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||7–1||Alfredo Herrea||Submission (armbar)||Universal Fight Promotions||October 14, 2006||2||2:04||Alamogordo, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||6–1||Jeremy Ramage||TKO (soccer kicks and punches)||DE: Tucumcari Pride||October 7, 2006||1||1:14||New Mexico, United States|
|Win||5–1||Gabe Brockmier||TKO||DE: Total Chaos||August 26, 2006||1||0:36||New Mexico, United States|
|Win||4–1||Joel Garvin||Submission (triangle choke)||DE: Thursday Throwdown||June 26, 2006||1||N/A||New Mexico, United States|
|Win||3–1||Thomas Urquides||Submission (triangle choke)||DE: Socorro||April 8, 2006||1||3:41||New Mexico, United States|
|Win||2–1||Sammy Saenz||KO (punch)||DE: Tribal Nation||February 4, 2006||1||N/A||New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Richard Montano||Decision (unanimous)||DE: Socorro Showdown||December 10, 2005||2||5:00||New Mexico, United States|
|Win||1–0||Michael Chupa||Submission (rear-naked choke)||DE: Beyond Brutal||September 17, 2005||1||1:26||New Mexico, United States|
- "Abel Cullum's Tapology Profile". tapology.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
- "Bantamweight Pairings Announced for Grand Prix at Dream 17". MMAWeekly.com. August 5, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
- "RFA 18 results: Alexandre Pantoja chokes out Matt Manzanares to win 125 title". MMAJunkie.com. September 12, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
- "RFA 19 Gets New Co-Main Event as Abel Cullum Replaces Jeff Curran". CombatPress.com. September 17, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-22.