|Born||Ion Nicolae Cuțelaba|
14 December 1993
|Other names||The Hulk|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Style||Sambo, Judo, Kickboxing, Greco-Roman Wrestling|
|Fighting out of||Chișinău, Moldova|
|Team||Timoshkov Sport Club|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born and raised in Chișinău, Cuțelaba began training and competing in Greco-Roman wrestling as an adolescent. He additionally competed in Sambo and judo, becoming a national champion in both. In 2012, representing Moldova, Cuțelaba finished first in the 90 kg category of the European Sambo Championships.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Cuțelaba next faced Jared Cannonier on December 3, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Subsequently, both fighters earned Fight of the Night honors.
Cuțelaba was expected to face Gadzhimurad Antigulov on November 4, 2017 at UFC 217. However, Antigulov pulled out of the fight on September 26 citing an injury and was replaced by newcomer Michal Oleksiejczuk. 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 was scrapped. 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. Cuțelaba became eligible to fight again on May 6, 2018
Cuțelaba was scheduled to face Glover Teixeira on January 19, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 1,. However, on January 10, 2019, Cutelaba was pulled out of the bout due to an injury. The pair was rescheduled to meet at UFC on ESPN 3 on April 27, 2019.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- European Combat Sambo Federation
- 2012 European Combat Sambo Championships (90 kg)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||14 wins||3 losses|
|Win||14–3 (1)||Gadzhimurad Antigulov||TKO (punches and elbows)||UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2||July 28, 2018||1||4:25||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|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|
- Ion Cuțelaba at ufc.com
- "Fight Card - The Ultimate Fighter A Tournament Of Champions Finale". UFC.com. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- "Ion Cutelaba". Tapology. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
- Zane Simon (2016-03-30). "Welcome to the UFC, Cutelaba & Elmose". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
- Staff (2016-03-29). "Multiple fight bookings made official for UFC Fight Night 89". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
- 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.
- 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.
- Staff (2016-10-20). "Jared Cannonier vs. Ion Cutelaba added to TUF 24 Finale". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
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- 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.
- 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.
- Adam Haynes (2017-08-13). "UFC 217: Ion Cutelaba announces bout with Gadzhimurad Antigulov". mmanews.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
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- "UFC's Ion Cutelaba accepts six-month USADA suspension for ozone therapy administration". MMAjunkie. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
- Staff (2018-04-27). "UFC on FOX 30 official for Calgary, eight fights added to lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
- "UFC on FOX 30 results: Ion Cutelaba turns tables on Gadzhimurad Antigulov for first-round TKO". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
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- Jay Pettry. "Ion Cutelaba injured, out of bout with Glover Teixeira at UFC Brooklyn". Retrieved 2019-01-10.
- DNA, MMA. "Poging twee: Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cutelaba tijdens UFC on ESPN 3 in Miami". Retrieved 2019-02-06.
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