Ion Cutelaba
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Uses wrestling to secure easy win
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 18, 2021
Cutelaba defeated Devin Clark via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-26, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Without a victory in his prior three bouts (0-2, 1NC), Cutelaba was likely fighting for his job and came through with his best effort in at least a couple years. Clark entered having been taken down just three times in his first 11 UFC bouts, but that didn't stop Cutelaba from connecting on 8-of-12 attempts. Those takedowns led to 8:48 worth of control time and an easy, unanimous-decision win. There is no question Cutelaba is a good wrestler with power in his hands. The concerns are his chin and the fact he is typically only effective in short spurts. He absorbed very little punishment from Clark, so he was never in any real danger. Cutelaba's next challenge will be following up this effort with another strong performance his next time out.
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Set to fight Clark
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 15, 2021
Cutelaba (nose) is scheduled to fight Devin Clark in a light heavyweight matchup scheduled for Sept. 18, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight was originally scheduled for May 1, but Clark was forced to withdraw from that date. Cutelaba fought to a split draw with Dustin Jacoby, but the former suffered a nasal fracture in that bout, an injury that he has since been cleared of.
Suffers nasal fracture
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 4, 2021
Cutelaba is facing a six-month medical suspension, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cutelaba and Dustin Jacoby fought to a split draw last weekend in Vegas. Cutelaba suffered a nasal fracture and will need doctor clearance on it to fight again before late October. He has dropped to 1-3-1 in his last five fights.
Fades following quick start
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 1, 2021
Cutelaba and Dustin Jacoby fought to a split draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's nearly impossible to land eight successful takedowns in Round 1 and not win a fight that sees the final bell, but Cutelaba found a way to do it here. This bout was a rout in the early going on the strength of Cutelaba's grappling. It seemed headed that way for the duration, at least until Cutelaba's gas tank immediately and completely evaporated. He allowed Jacoby to take control of the fight on the feet and string together massive power shots over the course of the final ten minutes. Ion actually deserves credit for not crumbling under the pressure, but this is a disastrous result for him in a fight which appeared to be all but decided. "The Hulk" is now 1-3-1 in his past five fights dating back to April 2019.
Taking on Jacoby now
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 20, 2021
Cutelaba will now face Dustin Jacoby in a light heavyweight bout at the UFC event on May 1, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Cutelaba was supposed to fight Devin Clark, but he had to withdraw due to an undisclosed reason. The UFC was able to swoop in quickly and get Dustin Jacoby in line for the May 1 bout, who is coming off a unanimous decision victory in his last fight against Maxim Grishin in late February. Cutelaba will hope to snap a three fight losing streak.
Needs new opponent for May 1
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 20, 2021
Cutelaba announced Tuesday that he will be taking on a replacement fighter for the UFC's May 1 event after his scheduled opponent, Devin Clark, withdrew from the matchup due to an unspecified reason, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The UFC had planned the Cutelaba-Clark light heavyweight matchup to serve as the top preliminary fight ahead of the co-main event, but the promotion will now have to alter its card with Clark bowing out. Cutelaba said that he'll remain on the May 1 card, so the UFC will likely look to secure a replacement for Clark within the next couple of days.