Josh Culibao


Earns draw as heavy underdog
October 3, 2020
Culibao fought Charles Jourdain to a split draw (27-30, 29-28, 28-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Culibao avoided an early flying knee attempt and later started to work his wrestling, getting a first-round takedown but not doing much with it. In a later striking exchange, Culibao connected with a massive right hand that sent Jourdain right to the canvas. He came up with a bloody nose and Culibao went for a guillotine, landing a big knee while in this position. Jourdain ultimately escaped, but the exchange forced him to respect the striking of his opponent. Culibao almost got caught in a guillotine, but slipped out towards the end of an electrifying first round. Culibao came out confidently in Round 2 and was leading the action early. He ate a few low kicks again but consistently fired back, looking nothing like the biggest betting underdog on the card (+355). Culibao was again caught in a precarious position at the end of the round, but kept control of his opponent's wrist to avoid any real submission threat. Culibao got the worst of an early exchange from an energized Jourdain in Round 3, but recovered. His takedowns were no longer having success, and Jourdain spent much of the frame attacking his neck from a dominant position on the mat that was earned while defending a takedown. It looked for a moment like it would be over for Culibao, who had his head trapped in the legs of Jourdain, who switched off between working an armbar and throwing elbows to the head. The striking numbers were lopsided towards Jourdain in Round 3 as a result of this, but Culibao did enough damage early to get the nod from one judge. He's still searching for his first UFC victory, but it's nonetheless a quality performance given what was expected by the oddsmakers here.
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Next fight set for October
August 31, 2020
Culibao will face Charlie Jourdain in a featherweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for October 3 on Fight Island, reports.
Culibao will be making his first appearance since losing to Jalin Turner via TKO back in February -- a fight he took on just a few weeks' notice. He'll look for a better performance with a full fight camp against the 1-2 Jourdain, but it appears he'll have a tough time if the sportsbooks are any indication, as oddsmakers peg Culibao as roughly a (+360) betting underdog entering fight week.
Injury leads to one-sided loss
February 22, 2020
Culibao lost to Jalin Turner via TKO (punches) at 3:01 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday.
Culiabo didn't get much done in this one before what appeared to be a twisted ankle allowed Turner to easily move in for the kill. While it's not fair to judge him on this performance, Ciliabo's shiny 8-0 record coming into this fight didn't necessarily mean much, as he has faced underwhelming competition on the regional scene. We will see if he chooses to move back to his natural weight class (featherweight) if he gets another shot with the organization.
Set for UFC debut
February 5, 2020
Culibao will make his UFC debut in a featherweight match against Jalin Turner in Auckland on Feb. 22, reports.
Culibao will be a short-notice injury replacement for Jamie Mullarkey, who recently withdrew from his scheduled bout against Turner due to an undisclosed injury. The 25-year-old Australian has won all eight of his professional matches to date, five of which came via TKO.