Ion Cuțelaba

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Ion Cuțelaba
Born Ion Nicolae Cuțelaba
(1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 24)
Chișinău, Moldova
Other names The Hulk[1]
Nationality Moldovan
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2][3]
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Heavyweight (185–205 Ib)
Heavyweight (205–265 Ib)
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Fighting out of Chișinău, Moldova
Team Timoshkov Sport Club[4]
CSA Moldova[3]
Years active 2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 13
By knockout 10
By submission 2
By decision 1
Losses 3
By submission 1
By decision 1
By disqualification 1
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ion Nicolae Cuțelaba[5] (born 14 December 1993) is a Moldovan professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Background[edit]

Born and raised in Chișinău, Cuțelaba began training and competing in Greco-Roman wrestling as an adolescent.[3] He additionally competed in Sambo and judo, becoming a national champion in both.[4] In 2012, representing Moldova, Cuțelaba finished first in the 90 kg category of the European Sambo Championships.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Cuțelaba made his professional debut in April 2012, competing primarily for regional promotions across Eastern Europe. He amassed a record of 11-1 (1) before signing with the UFC in the spring of 2016.[4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Cuțelaba made his promotional debut against Misha Cirkunov on June 18, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 89.[6] He lost the fight via submission in the third round.[7]

Cuțelaba next faced Jonathan Wilson on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 96. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[8]

Cuțelaba next faced Jared Cannonier on December 3, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[10] Subsequently, both fighters earned Fight of the Night honors.[11]

Cuțelaba faced Henrique da Silva on June 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 110.[12] He won the fight via knockout in the opening minute of the first round.[13]

Cuțelaba was expected to face Gadzhimurad Antigulov on November 4, 2017 at UFC 217.[14] However, Antigulov pulled out of the fight on September 26 citing an injury and was replaced by new comer Michal Oleksiejczuk.[15] In turn after the weigh-ins, Cuțelaba was pulled from the event by USADA due to a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from its investigation into voluntary disclosures by Cuțelaba during an out-of-competition sample collections on October 18 and October 19. He was provisionally suspended and the bout has been scrapped.[16] USADA handed down a six month suspension for ozone therapy involving a blood transfusion which is prohibited under 2018 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list on manipulation of blood component. Cutelaba became eligible to fight again on May 6, 2018[17]

The bout with Antigulov has been rescheduled for July 28, 2018 at UFC on Fox 30.[18]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Sambo[edit]

  • European Combat Sambo Federation
    • 2012 European Combat Sambo Championships Gold (90 kg)[3]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13–3 (1) Henrique da Silva KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt June 11, 2017 1 0:22 Auckland, New Zealand
Loss 12–3 (1) Jared Cannonier Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale December 3, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 12–2 (1) Jonathan Wilson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson October 1, 2016 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 11–2 (1) Misha Cirkunov Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson June 18, 2016 3 1:22 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 11–1 (1) Malik Merad KO (punches) WWFC: Cage Encounter 4 September 19, 2015 1 0:08 Paris, France Catchweight (209 lbs) bout.
Win 10–1 (1) Vitali Ontishchenko Submission (omoplata) WWFC: Cage Encounter 3 April 4, 2015 1 2:37 Kiev, Ukraine
Win 9–1 (1) Yuri Gorbenko TKO (punches) WWFC: Ukraine Selection 5 February 28, 2015 1 1:10 Kiev, Ukraine
Win 8–1 (1) Izidor Bunea TKO (punches) WWFC: Cage Encounter 2 December 13, 2014 1 1:13 Chișinău, Moldova
Win 7–1 (1) Alexandru Stoica KO (punch) WWFC: Cage Encounter 1 June 14, 2014 1 0:07 Chișinău, Moldova
Win 6–1 (1) Constantin Padure KO (punch) CSA FC: Adrenaline April 4, 2014 1 1:05 Chișinău, Moldova
Win 5–1 (1) Igor Gorkun KO (punch) GEFC: Battle on the Gold Mountain December 21, 2013 1 0:28 Uzhgorod, Ukraine
Loss 4–1 (1) Michał Andryszak DQ (punches to back of head) CWFC 58 August 24, 2013 1 4:07 Grozny, Russia
NC 4–0 (1) Murod Hanturaev NC (referee error) Alash Pride: Grand Prix 2013 July 7, 2013 1 0:24 Almaty, Kazakhstan Alash Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 4–0 Anatoli Ciumac TKO (punches) ECSF: Battle of Bessarabia March 24, 2013 2 0:29 Chișinău, Moldova
Win 3–0 Igor Kukurudziak Submission (omoplata) ECSF: Adrenaline December 14, 2012 1 0:42 Chișinău, Moldova
Win 2–0 Julian Chilikov TKO (punches) The Battle For Ruse June 22, 2012 1 0:25 Ruse, Bulgaria
Win 1–0 Daglar Gasimov TKO (punches) CIS: Cup April 5, 2012 1 0:27 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ion Cuțelaba at ufc.com
  2. ^ "Fight Card - The Ultimate Fighter A Tournament Of Champions Finale". UFC.com. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ion Cutelaba". Tapology. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  4. ^ a b c Zane Simon (2016-03-30). "Welcome to the UFC, Cutelaba & Elmose". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  5. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/boxingnvgov/content/results/2016_Results/12-03-16MMA.pdf
  6. ^ Staff (2016-03-29). "Multiple fight bookings made official for UFC Fight Night 89". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  7. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-06-18). "UFC Fight Night 89 results: Misha Cirkunov taps Ion Cutelaba with third-round arm-triangle choke". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-06-18. 
  8. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-10-01). "UFC Fight Night 96 results: Ion Cutelaba sweeps Jonathan Wilson for first UFC victory". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  9. ^ Staff (2016-10-20). "Jared Cannonier vs. Ion Cutelaba added to TUF 24 Finale". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  10. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-12-03). "TUF 24 Finale results: Jared Cannonier outworks Ion Cutelaba in move to light heavyweight". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  11. ^ Staff (2016-12-04). "TUF 24 Finale bonuses: What bout upset Benavidez-Cejudo to win 'Fight of the Night'?". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  12. ^ Staff (2017-05-31). "2 new bouts complete next week's UFC Fight Night 110 lineup in New Zealand". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  13. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-06-10). "UFC Fight Night 110 results: Ion Cutelaba destroys Henrique da Silva in 22 seconds". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  14. ^ Adam Haynes (2017-08-13). "UFC 217: Ion Cutelaba announces bout with Gadzhimurad Antigulov". mmanews.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  15. ^ "Michał Oleksiejczuk w UFC – powalczy z Ionem Cutelabą na UFC 217". Lowking.pl (in Polish). 2017-10-13. Retrieved 2017-10-14. 
  16. ^ "Ion Cutelaba flagged for possible USADA violation, removed from UFC 217". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-03. Retrieved 2017-11-04. 
  17. ^ "UFC's Ion Cutelaba accepts six-month USADA suspension for ozone therapy administration". MMAjunkie. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2018-03-29. 
  18. ^ Staff (2018-04-27). "UFC on FOX 30 official for Calgary, eight fights added to lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-27. 

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