Ion Cuțelaba

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Ion Cuțelaba
BornIon Nicolae Cuțelaba
(1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 25)
Chișinău, Moldova
Other namesThe Hulk[1]
NationalityMoldovan
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2][3]
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionHeavyweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach75 in (191 cm)
StyleSambo, Judo, Kickboxing, Greco-Roman Wrestling
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofChișinău, Moldova
TeamTimoshkov Sport Club[4]
CSA Moldova[3]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total18
Wins14
By knockout11
By submission2
By decision1
Losses3
By submission1
By decision1
By disqualification1
No contests1
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 newcomer 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 was 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. Cuțelaba became eligible to fight again on May 6, 2018[17]

The bout with Antigulov eventually took place on July 28, 2018 at UFC on Fox 30.[18] Cuțelaba won the fight via TKO in the first round.[19]

Cuțelaba was scheduled to face Glover Teixeira on January 19, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 1,[20]. However, on January 10, 2019, Cutelaba was pulled out of the bout due to an injury.[21] The pair was rescheduled to meet at UFC on ESPN 3 on April 27, 2019.[22]

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 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

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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.
  19. ^ "UFC on FOX 30 results: Ion Cutelaba turns tables on Gadzhimurad Antigulov for first-round TKO". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  20. ^ "Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cutelaba set for first UFC on ESPN+ card". www.mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  21. ^ Jay Pettry. "Ion Cutelaba injured, out of bout with Glover Teixeira at UFC Brooklyn". Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  22. ^ DNA, MMA. "Poging twee: Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cutelaba tijdens UFC on ESPN 3 in Miami". Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  23. ^ Sherdog.com. "Ion". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-11-10.

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