Ion Cutelaba
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 4/27/2019
Matched moved to Miami
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 6, 2019
Cutelaba (undisclosed) will take on Glover Teixeira at UFC Miami on April 27, reports.
The pair had initially been scheduled to fight at UFC Brooklyn in January, but the match was scratched due to Cutelaba's undisclosed injury. Cutelaba will look to extend his streak of first-round victories to three in Miami instead.
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Withdraws from UFC Brooklyn
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 10, 2019
Cutelaba (undisclosed) will no longer face Glover Teixeira at UFC Brooklyn on Jan. 19, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
It's unclear what forced Cutelaba's withdrawal at this point, or how long he'll remain sidelined. The UFC is apparently still looking to keep Teixeira on the card, though a replacement for Cutelaba hasn't been found yet.
Set to face Glover Teixeira
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 9, 2018
Cutelaba will take on Glover Teixeira at UFC on ESPN+ on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, reports.
Cutelaba is coming off a pair of first-round victories on either side of a six-month doping suspension. He knocked out Henrique da Silva just 22 seconds into their match at UFC Fight Night 110 in June, 2017 and beat Gadzhimurad Antigulov by TKO at UFC on Fox 30 in July. The Moldovan is 15 years younger than his opponent, the 39-year-old Brazilian, who has won just two of his last five fights.
Returns from long layoff with first-round win Saturday
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 28, 2018
Cutelaba defeated Gadzhimurad Antigulov via TKO (strikes) at 4:25 of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 30 on Saturday in Calgary.
Cutelaba's return from a six-month USADA suspension was a strong one. Fighting for the first time in nearly 14 months, Cutelaba survived Antigulov's early push before taking control on the bout. He overwhelmed his exhausted opponent with solid work in the clinch and along the fence before referee Marc Goddard was forced to step in after a series of vicious elbow found their mark. Competing in a division that is badly in need of young, talented fighters, Cutelaba (25 in December) has a bright future at 205 pounds.
First post-suspension fight booked
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 30, 2018
Cutelaba (suspension) will face Gadzhimurad Antigulov in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Calgary on July 28, the Calgary Sun reports.
Cutelaba was originally supposed to throw down with Antigulov at UFC 217 last November, but an out-of-competition positive sample resulted in a six-month suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). He'll now return just a few weeks after first gaining back his eligibility on May 3. Cutelaba is statistically a better striker, and will hold height and reach advantages in the matchup. His takedown defense sits at 80 percent through four UFC bouts, which will be an important factor given Antigulov has picked up both of his UFC wins via submission.
Accepts six-month suspension
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 8, 2018
Cutelaba accepted his six-month suspension Thursday for a doping violation, Damon Martin of MMA Weekly reports.
Cutelaba was first notified of the suspension back in November when his fight with Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC 217 was cancelled. With Cutelaba's suspension being reduced, he will be eligible to fight again on May 3, 2018.