Jose Quinonez
El Teco


Crumbles in loss to Louis Smolka
December 5, 2020
Quinonez lost to Louis Smolka via TKO (punches) at 2:15 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 19 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's a crushing defeat for Quinonez in a fight in which he appeared to be in pretty good shape for the first five minutes. Quinonez started hot, picking Smolka apart on the feet and scoring a couple nice takedowns with a body lock. Quinonez's issues began late in the first frame and into Round 2, as his pace slowed considerably. He found himself flattened out about halfway through the second frame and was unable to extract himself from the position. Quinonez began his UFC run with four victories in his first five bouts, but it's been tough sledding of late. The 30-year-old is just 1-3 dating back to March 2019.
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Opponent three pounds overweight
November 13, 2020
Quinonez's fight Saturday against Louis Smolka will go forward as scheduled despite Smolka coming in three pounds overweight, Alexander K Lee of reports.
Quinonez is looking to bounce back after losing two of his last three fights, and he'll now have to do so against an opponent who will get a bit of an advantage in the weight department. He'll at least get 20 percent of Smolka's purse as compensation.
Facing Louis Smolka in November
August 15, 2020
Quinonez will take on Louis Smolka in a bantamweight matchup at an event scheduled for November 14, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Neither fighter has had much luck lately, with both losing two of their last three matches. Quinonez lost to Sean O'Malley by first-round TKO in March, while Smolka was submitted by Casey Kenney in the first round in May.
Not competitive in UFC 248 loss
March 7, 2020
Quinonez lost to Sean O'Malley via TKO (strikes) at 2:02 of Round 1 at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was obviously a lousy performance from Quinonez and it was made all the worse by the fact he was facing an opponent who hadn't fought in two years. There was nothing to suggest Quinonez would give O'Malley a serious challenge and that proved to be exactly the case. Despite entering Saturday's fight with a respectable 5-2 record with the company, Quinonez's last four victories had all come via decision and he had faced sub par competition. This had the feel of a fight in which the UFC was feeding O'Malley a sub par opponent in order to get a potential star an easy win in his first fight after a long layoff.
Fight moves to March
January 5, 2020
Quinonez will take on Sean O'Malley at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on March 7, Farah Hannoun of reports.
The two were supposed to battle it out at UFC 247 in February, but the fight has been pushed back another month. O'Malley will be making his return to the Octagon after nearly two years sitting out due to a suspension and hip injury. Quinonez has won five of his last six bouts. O'Malley has won his only two UFC appearances.
Matched against Sean O'Malley again
December 24, 2019
Quinonez will face Sean O'Malley at UFC 247 in Houston on Feb. 8, reports.
The pair had been scheduled to fight back in October of 2018 before O'Malley was removed from the card due to a doping violation. Since then, Quinonez lost a fight by submission to Nathaniel Wood in March and defeated Carlos Huachin by unanimous decision in September. O'Malley has been out of the octagon due to injuries and a pair of failed drug tests.