Carlos Felipe


Secures win in Abu Dhabi
January 16, 2021
Felipe defeated Justin Tafa via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC on ABC 1 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
This was not a technical masterpiece, but it was a highly entertaining fight that could have legitimately gone either way. Felipe started slowly before improving over the course of the bout. His best round was clearly the second. Perhaps in an attempt to save energy, Felipe attempted nearly 30 less total strikes than his opponent. If that was indeed the case, it was an interesting strategy given the fact Tafa is known for having more power. Whatever Felipe's plan was, it ultimately worked. The big man has now scored back-to-back decision victories since dropping a majority decision to Sergey Spivak in his company debut last July.
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To fight Tafa on Jan. 16
October 13, 2020
Felipe will fight Justin Tafa in a heavyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Jan. 16, reports.
This will be Felipe's first match since defeating Yorgan De Castro via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in early October in Abu Dhabi. Tafa will be coming off a victory Juan Adams via TKO (punches) at UFC 247 back in February.
Picks up first UFC win
October 3, 2020
Felipe defeated Yorgan De Castro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Felipe took the center of the cage early and defended well against de Castro's signature leg kicks. He wasn't finding his range when aiming for the head, but did see some success to the body of de Castro, and even threw a few leg kicks of his own. Some combinations near the end likely won him a close first round. Felipe came out to a more aggressive de Castro in Round 2, but still put together some quality combinations to the body. He continued to dictate the pace and rack up striking numbers throughout the end of the frame. Felipe pressed on the gas again to start Round 3, but de Castro took his best shots and narrowly missed on the return fire. Both attempted to initiate clinches, but the referee separated the two on nearly every occasion. Felipe wanted to duke it out in the final minutes, but de Castro -- who seemingly ran out of gas -- just wasn't interested. Felipe cruised to victory, picking up his ninth pro win and first under the UFC banner. It wasn't a pretty fight by any means, but Felipe did what he needed to do here. Both of his UFC fights have now gone the distance.
Fight scheduled for October
July 29, 2020
Felipe will take on Yorgan de Castro in a heavyweight matchup at the UFC event schedule for October 3, Zeca Azevedo of Combate reports.
Felipe lost via decision in his UFC debut back in mid-July to Sergey Spivak, but he'll get a chance to bounce right back without much time on the sidelines. He'll take on a fighter in de Castro that looked electric in his UFC debut against Justin Tafa, but came back to earth with a May loss to Greg Hardy in which he appeared to injure his leg. Now presumably cleared from a medical suspension, he'll be ready to take on Felipe in the fall. Felipe's July loss was the first of the 25-year-old's professional career, while de Castro sports a 6-1-0 pro record himself.
Drops decision in UFC debut
July 18, 2020
Felipe lost to Sergey Spivak via majority decision (28-28, 27-29, 27-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Felipe's UFC debut resulted in his first professional loss. He was somewhat effective in the early going before his gas tank betrayed him. The newcomer tried to pressure Spivak on the feet but struggled with counter shots. Felipe was essentially finished early in Round 3, at which point Spivak had him controlled on the mat. The Brazilian simply didn't have the energy to work his way back to his feet or defend his position properly. Felipe was originally scheduled to make his company debut way back in 2017 before being dinged with a two-year ban due to a USADA violation. Saturday was his first fight since May 2017.
New debut date set
June 10, 2020
Felipe will take on Sergey Spivak in a heavyweight matchup July 18 on Fight Island, Marcelo Barone of Combate reports.
This is a booking originally scheduled for UFC 250, but Felipe was forced to withdraw due to visa issues resulting from the event's location change. With Fight Island now set up to accommodate international fighters, the undefeated prospect can now finally make his debut. Felipe's original UFC debut was scheduled for way back in 2017, but he was flagged for a USADA violation, handed a two-year ban and subsequently released from the roster. He was set to get another chance in Columbus in late-March, but that event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Felipe's last pro fight was all the way back in 2017, while Spivak has three UFC bouts (one win) on his resume. Both are 25 years old, and Spivak will have a height advantage.