January 21, 1987|
Safford, Arizona, United States
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||61 kg (134 lb; 9 st 8 lb)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Style||Wrestling, Boxing, BJJ|
|Fighting out of||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Team||Genesis Training Centre|
|Mixed martial arts record|
Cal State Fullerton|
Arizona State University
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Lopez was born in Safford, Arizona, United States. Lopez's father was the kid wrestling coach at Safford and he started training wrestling when he was young. He was a four time state champion wrestler at Sunnyside High School (Tucson, Arizona). He competed in wrestling in college at Arizona State University and Cal State Fullerton. After his collegiate wrestling career was over, he moved to MMA after seeing some of the wrestlers did well in MMA competitions.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On June 3, 2017, Lopez faced Johnny Eduardo at UFC 212. He won the fight via TKO in the first round. In the post fight interview, Lopez thought referee Mario Yamasaki was biased and believed Yamasaki should have stopped the fight much earlier.
Lopez faced Raphael Assunção on November 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis. At the weigh-ins, Lopez missed weight, weighing in at 138.5 lbs., two and a half pounds over the bantamweight limit. As a result, he forfeited 20% of his purse to Assunção and the bout proceeded at a catchweight. He lost the fight via knockout in the third round.
The journey from wrestling to fighting in UFC was a tough one. Lopez was broke during his college years and forced to stay in a house without water and electricity for some time as he could not afford to pay the rent.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||10 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||10–3||Alejandro Pérez||TKO (knees and punches)||UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje||April 14, 2018||2||3:42||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||10–2||Raphael Assunção||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis||November 11, 2017||3||1:50||Norfolk, Virginia, United States||Catchweight (138.5 lbs) bout; Lopez missed weight.|
|Win||10–1||Johnny Eduardo||TKO (punches)||UFC 212||June 3, 2017||1||2:57||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||9–1||Mitch Gagnon||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 206||December 10, 2016||3||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||8–1||Rani Yahya||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker||July 13, 2016||3||4:19||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States|
|Win||8–0||Eli Finn||Submission (elbows and punches)||RFA 37||April 15, 2016||1||3:15||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States|
|Win||7–0||Justin Linn||Submission (face lock)||RFA 31||October 9, 2015||1||2:16||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–0||Kevin Clark||Submission (rear-naked choke)||RFA 29||August 21, 2015||1||0:36||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States|
|Win||5–0||Devin Turner||Submission (rear-naked choke)||RFA 25||April 10, 2015||1||2:46||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.|
|Win||4–0||John Robles||TKO (punches)||RFA 21||December 5, 2014||1||1:35||Costa Mesa, California, United States|
|Win||3–0||Miguelito Marti||TKO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge: Iron Fist||June 28, 2014||1||1:13||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||2–0||Sammy Silva||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Heated Fury||July 20, 2013||3||5:00||Scottsdale, Arizona, United States|
|Win||1–0||Imani Jackson||TKO (punches)||KOTC: World Championships||May 25, 2013||1||4:05||Scottsdale, Arizona, United States|
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