Carlos Candelario

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Drops decision after missing weight
May 14, 2022
Candelario lost to Tatsuro Taira via unanimous decision (26-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC on ESPN 36 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Candelario managed to see the final bell and threatened with a deep guillotine choke early in Round 3, which was probably about a best-case scenario considering he missed weight by half a pound on Friday morning and was going up against an opponent who looks like one of the best Japanese prospects in recent memory. Candelario landed just 21 total strikes. Taira connected on 89. On the flip side, Candelario did land a pair of takedowns, but it still didn't lead to him generating any significant offense. The 30-year-old Connecticut native appeared on Dana White's Contender Series last August, dropping a split decision to Victor Altamirano. He probably needs a victory his next time out to save his job.
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Illness causes postponement
April 30, 2022
Candelario's UFC debut versus Tatsuro Taira has been postponed until May 14 due to an illness, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Candelario's illness seemingly came on late, as this announcement comes just hours before the event was set to start. Both he and his opponent were set to make their debuts with the company, but that will now have to wait two more weeks.
First UFC bout in April
February 16, 2022
Candelario will take on Tatsuro Taira in a flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on April 30, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Candelario lost his last fight to Victor Altamirano via split decision in August, but both fighters were ultimately awarded an official UFC contract. He will take on 22-year-old Tatsuro Taira on April 30, a fight that will be both of their UFC debuts. Candelario will look to take advantage of his wrestling abilities again in the upcoming fight after he was able to record five takedowns against Altamirano in his last match.
First DWCS loser to pick up contract
August 31, 2021
Candelario lost to Victor Altamirano via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. Despite the defeat, he was one of five fighters to earn an official UFC contract after the show.
Candelario made history Tuesday, as he was the first fighter ever on the Dana White Contender Series to earn a contract despite taking a loss. After the event, UFC President Dana White told reporter Laura Sanko that he actually thought Candelario won the fight, and that sentiment was echoed by several media members. White also respected the fact that Candelario took this fight on two weeks' noticed instead of trying to protect his record. In the fight itself, Candelario seemed to bank Rounds 1 and 2 on the back of his wrestling, recording five takedowns overall in the bout. When it was all said and done, the unofficial stats credited both men with 76 significant strikes. Regardless of the outcome, a thin flyweight division will now be picking up a pair of prospects.