Jeff Molina

El Jefe

USA

Out
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 4/23/2022
Picks up right ankle injury
FlyweightUFC
Out
October 27, 2021
Molina is facing a six-month medical suspension, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Molina was able to remain perfect in the UFC with his TKO victory over Daniel Lacerda last weekend. He will need to have a doctor clear his right ankle, however, or be unable to fight again until late April.
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Remains perfect in UFC
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October 23, 2021
Molina defeated Daniel Lacerda via TKO (strikes) at 0:46 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Molina required the assistance of the judges in order to take a decision in his company debut this past April, but his stopping power was on full display Saturday. After a strong Round 1 in which he outlanded Lacerda 66-29, Molina took it to another level in the opening seconds of the second frame. He scored a knockdown with a sweeping counter left hook before unloading everything but the kitchen sink on his opponent to cause referee Keith Peterson to step in. We need to see more from Molina against better competition, but any fighter with a pulse is worth keeping an eye on in the thin flyweight division, and Molina has started quickly with the UFC.
Second UFC fight set
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July 29, 2021
Molina will take on Daniel Lacerda in a flyweight bout at the UFC event Oct. 23, Marcelo Barone of GloboEsporte.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Molina will be looking to bring his record with the promotion to 2-0 after winning his debut back in April by unanimous decision. Lacerda will be making his UFC debut this time around and holds a career MMA record of 11-1.
Secures win in UFC debut
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April 24, 2021
Molina defeated Aoriqileng via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) at UFC 261 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Awarded a contract following his victory on Dana White's Contender Series last August, Molina showed well in his first official UFC bouts. He got considerably better as the fight progressed, while Aoriqileng faded. Recognizing his opponent's striking defense was severely lacking, Molina made a point of stringing together combinations instead of going for power shots. It worked. What was a very close fight in the first half, turned into a rout by the time it was over. Still, the back-and-forth affair earned both men $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses. Molina's coach James Krause is high on this prospect, and he displayed plenty of positive traits in this one. Molina won't turn 24 years of age until July.
Scheduled for April fight
FlyweightUFC
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March 2, 2021
Molina (illness) will fight Aoriqileng Aoriqileng in a flyweight bout April 24th, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Molina earned a UFC contract in August by defeating Jacob Silva via unanimous decision at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He was set for his UFC debut in December before testing positive for COVID-19, but now he's back on track for his first fight at the UFC ranks. Aoriqileng will also make his UFC debut in this bout.
Out due to COVID-19
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December 29, 2020
Molina will no longer face Zarrukh Adashev on Jan. 20 after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Molina's UFC debut has now hit yet another hurdle, as it was originally set for Nov. 14 before being moved to Jan. 30 for undisclosed reasons and then moved again when that card wound up getting cancelled. It's not clear when he'll finally get his chance as a UFC fighter, but Adashev still seemingly has time to remain on the card against a new opponent.