Claudio Puelles

Claudio Puelles Martinez[1] (born April 21, 1996) is a Peruvian mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Claudio Puelles
BornClaudio Puelles Martinez[1]
(1996-04-21) April 21, 1996 (age 26)
Lima, Peru[2]
Other namesEl Niño, Prince of Peru
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach72 in (183 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofMolina, Peru
TeamPitbull Martial Arts Center
Sanford MMA (2021–present)[3]
RankPurple belt in Luta Livre[2]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission7
By decision3
By knockout1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Puelles started training Muay Thai around the age of 13, quickly picking up grappling also before transitioning to mixed martial arts in his adolescent years.[2]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Puelles started his professional MMA career in 2013 and fought primarily in Peru. He amassed a record of 7–1 prior to participating in The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3.[4]

The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3Edit

In 2016 Puelles competed on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 series under Team Chuck Liddell.[5]

In the elimination round, Puelles defeated José David Flores via a technical knockout in the first round.[6] In the quarterfinals, Puelles defeated Pablo Sabori via a submission.[7] In the semifinals, he defeated Marcelo Rojo by a unanimous decision.[8] This win earned him a spot in the finale against Martín Bravo on November 5, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale.[9]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Puelles made his official UFC debut against Martin Bravo on November 5, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale.[9] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[10]

On May 19, 2018, Puelles faced Felipe Silva at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman.[11] He won the fight via a submission in round three.[12] The submission gained him a Performance of the Night bonus award.[13]

Puelles faced Marcos Mariano on September 21, 2019, at UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Stephens.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[15]

Puelles faced Jordan Leavitt on June 5, 2021 at UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai.[16] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[17]

Puelles faced Chris Gruetzemacher on December 4, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 31.[18] He won the fight via a kneebar in round three.[19]

Puelles faced Clay Guida on April 23, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 205.[20] He won the fight via a kneebar in round one.[21] This win earned him a Performance of the Night award.[22]

Puelles is scheduled to face Dan Hooker on November 12, 2022, at UFC 281.[23]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 12 wins 2 losses
By knockout 2 1
By submission 7 0
By decision 3 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–2 Clay Guida Submission (kneebar) UFC Fight Night: Lemos vs. Andrade April 23, 2022 1 3:01 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 11–2 Chris Gruetzemacher Submission (kneebar) UFC on ESPN: Font vs. Aldo December 4, 2021 3 3:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 Jordan Leavitt Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai June 5, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–2 Marcos Mariano Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Stephens September 21, 2019 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 8–2 Felipe Silva Submission (kneebar) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman May 19, 2018 3 2:23 Santiago, Chile Performance of the Night.
Loss 7–2 Martin Bravo TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson November 5, 2016 2 1:55 Mexico City, Mexico Lost The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Lightweight Tournament.
Win 7–1 Alvaro Sugasti KO (head kick) 300 Sparta 6 April 18, 2015 1 1:24 Lima, Peru
Win 6–1 Edimar Martins Rayol Submission (Kneebar) Inka FC: Inka Warriors 2 October 25, 2014 1 2:36 Lima, Peru
Loss 5–1 David Cubas Decision (unanimous) Inka FC: Inka Warriors 1 February 16, 2014 1 2:36 Lima, Peru
Win 5–0 Lander Duarte Alves Decision (unanimous) Inka FC 25 April 16, 2014 3 5:00 Lima, Peru
Win 4–0 Guile Calvete Submission (rear-naked choke) 300 Sparta 5 February 16, 2014 2 N/A Lima, Peru
Win 3–0 Manuel Meza TKO (cut) 300 Spart 4 October 10, 2013 3 0:00 Lima, Peru Featherweight bout.
Win 2–0 Renzo Mendez Submission (arm-triangle choke) Inka FC 23 August 24, 2013 2 0:00 Lima, Peru
Win 1–0 Angel Alvarez Submission (armbar) 300 Sparta 2 July 17, 2013 3 N/A Lima, Peru


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SHOW RESULTS DATE December 4th, 2021 LOCATION: UFC APEX, Las Vegas" (PDF). 2021-12-04. Retrieved 2022-03-14.
  2. ^ a b c d "Claudio Puelles | UFC". Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  3. ^ John Morgan (June 1, 2021). "After training with champions at Sanford MMA, Claudio Puelles not worried about Jordan Leavitt".
  4. ^ "Claudio". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  5. ^ Staff (2016-05-31). "Cast revealed for 'TUF: Latin America 3' with coaches Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell". Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  6. ^ Trome, Redacción (2016-09-29). "Claudio Puelles venció a José David Flores de Bolivia en el TUF [VIDEO]". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  7. ^ Univision. "El peruano Claudio Puelles venció al mexicano Pablo Sabori y pasó a semifinales del TUF". Univision (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  8. ^ LR, Redacción (2019-05-26). "UFC: peruano Claudio Puelles clasificó a la final del TUF Latinoamérica 3 | VIDEO". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2019-10-14. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  9. ^ a b "'TUF: Latin American 3' final set with Martin Bravo vs. Claudio Puelles at UFC Fight Night 98". MMA Junkie. 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  10. ^ "UFC Fight Night 98 results: Martin Bravo stops Claudio Puelles to win 'TUF 3: Latin America' final". MMA Junkie. 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  11. ^ "Felipe Silva vs. Claudio Puelles programado para UFC Chile en mayo – FAMMEJL" (in European Spanish). Archived from the original on 2019-10-14. Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night 129 results: Claudio Puelles scores incredible comeback victory over Felipe Silva". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-19. Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  13. ^ a b Staff (2018-05-20). "UFC Fight Night 129 bonuses: Early finishes among $50,000 winners". Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  14. ^ Marcel Dorff. "Zuid-Amerikaans onderonsje tussen Claudio Puelles en Marcos Mariano tijdens UFC Mexico City" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  15. ^ Realejo, Jon (2019-09-21). "UFC Mexico Review: Claudio Puelles Defeats Marcos Mariano By Dominant Unanimous Decision". Bloody Canvas. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  16. ^ DEPOR, NOTICIAS (2021-04-01). "UFC: Claudio Puelles renovó contrato con la empresa por cuatro peleas más y enfrentará a Jordan Leavitt el 5 de junio | FULL-DEPORTES". Depor (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  17. ^ Behunin, Alex (2021-06-05). "UFC Vegas 28 Results: Claudio Puelles Takes Jordan Leavitt's 0 via Unanimous Decision". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  18. ^ Marcel Dorff (2021-08-31). "BREAKING: Claudio Puelles treft Chris Gruetzemacher tijdens UFC evenement op 4 december". MMA DNA (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  19. ^ Behunin, Alex (2021-12-04). "UFC Vegas 44: Claudio Puelles Subs Chris Gruetzemacher With Kneebar". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  20. ^ "Clay Guida Takes On Claudio Puelles at UFC Fight Night Card on April 23". Sherdog. Retrieved 2022-01-14.
  21. ^ Law, Eddie (2022-04-23). "UFC Vegas 52: Claudio Puelles Hits Record Third Knee Bar Submission In Guida Win". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-04-24.
  22. ^ a b Chris Taylor (2022-04-23). "UFC Vegas 52 Bonus Report: Claudio Puelles earns 'POTN' for submission win over Clay Guida". Retrieved 2022-04-23.
  23. ^ Harvey Leonard (2022-08-23). "Hooker Returns To LW, Meets Puelles At UFC 281 On Nov. 12". Retrieved 2022-08-23.
  24. ^ "Claudio "El Nino" Puelles". Sherdog. Retrieved 2021-06-21.

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