Gustavo Lopez (fighter)

Gustavo Hernandez Lopez[1] (born June 27, 1989) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division. A professional since 2012, he has competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Gustavo Lopez
BornGustavo Hernandez Lopez[1]
(1989-06-27) June 27, 1989 (age 33)
Wapato, Washington, United States
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[2]
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Reach67.0 in (170 cm)[3][2]
Fighting out ofLas Vegas, Nevada
TeamYakima MMA (until 2015)[4]
Xtreme Couture (2015–present)[4]
10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Las Vegas
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[5][2]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission6
By decision1
By knockout3
By decision3
Other information
UniversityYakima Valley College[6]
Menlo College[6]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Lopez was raised in Wapato, Washington, along with two brothers.[6] As a freshman in 2004, Lopez started his wrestling career at Wapato High School after his friends “tricked” him into trying out for the team.[6] Four seasons, three state appearances and two medals at Mat Classic initially led to a full athletic scholarship to Stanford University.[4] Nevertheless, Gustavo didn't want to leave his recently-widowed mother and move to California, so he resorted to turn the offer down and attend local Yakima Valley College.[4] While competing there, he qualified for the NJCAA tournament twice while earning an associate’s degree in business accounting.[6]

While in community college, Gustavo began training at Yakima MMA and after a friend asked Lopez to corner a fight and a fighter on the card dropped out on the day of the event, Lopez agreed to step in and knocked out his opponent in seven seconds. He won his next eight amateur fights, turning pro in 2009 after it became difficult to find challengers. During the same time period, he became a nationally ranked NAIA wrestler at 141 pounds and earned his bachelor's degree in finance at Menlo College in 2014.[6][4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Starting his professional career in 2012, Lopez started out with Cagesport, where he went 2–1, before fighting for Bellator MMA at Bellator 2014 Monster Energy Cup against Sean Cantor, who he beat by first round rear-naked choke.[7]

After this, he signed with Combate Americas, where he would mostly fight for the next 4 years. During this run, he fought for the Bantamweight title 3 times, losing the first two times to John Castañeda and José Alday, before winning on the third time in a rematch against José Alday at Combate 33 via TKO in the first round. He then defended the title against Joey Ruquet at Combate 42 on August 23, 2019. He won the fight via KOing Ruquet in a first round.[8]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

On June 11, 2020, news broke that Lopez had signed with the UFC and would be replacing Ray Borg on short notice against Merab Dvalishvili on June 13, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Eye vs. Calvillo.[9] However, Combate Americas' CEO Campbell McLaren claimed they were not given a right to match UFC's offer and Lopez is still under the contract matching period.[10] However, the contract dispute was eventually sorted out and Lopez was allowed to join the UFC.[10][11] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[12]

Lopez faced Anthony Birchak, replacing Felipe Colares, on November 7, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Teixeira.[13] He won the fight via a submission in round one.[14]

Lopez faced Adrian Yanez on March 20, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 21.[15] He lost the fight via knockout in round three.[16]

Lopez faced Alateng Heili on September 18, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 192.[17] The fight ended up with a draw.[18]

After the draw, it was announced that Lopez was no longer on the UFC roster.[19]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
19 matches 12 wins 6 losses
By knockout 5 3
By submission 6 0
By decision 1 3
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 12–6–1 Alateng Heili Draw (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann September 18, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Alateng was deducted one point in round 3 due to repeatedly grabbing the cage.
Loss 12–6 Adrian Yanez KO (punch) UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland March 20, 2021 3 0:27 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–5 Anthony Birchak Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Teixeira November 7, 2020 1 2:43 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–5 Merab Dvalishvili Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Eye vs. Calvillo June 13, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (140 lb) bout.
Win 11–4 Joey Ruquet KO (punch) Combate 42 August 23, 2019 1 1:45 Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States Defended the CAMMA Bantamweight Championship.
Win 10–4 José Alday TKO (punches) Combate 33 March 29, 2019 1 2:19 Tucson, Arizona, United States Won the CAMMA Bantamweight Championship
Win 9–4 Vicente Marquez Submission (shoulder choke) Combate 29 December 7, 2018 1 0:50 Fresno, California, United States Featherweight bout.
Loss 8–4 José Alday Decision (split) Combate 24 September 14, 2018 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States For the vacant CAMMA Bantamweight Championship.
Loss 8–3 Andre Ewell KO (punch) KOTC: Energetic Pursuit February 24, 2018 1 4:44 Ontario, California, United States
Win 8–2 Chris Dempsey Submission (armbar) ExciteFight: Conquest of the Cage June 10, 2017 1 1:19 Airway Heights, Washington, Washington
Win 7–2 Steve Swanson Submission (guillotine choke) Combate Americas 10 January 19, 2017 1 2:34 Mexico City, Mexico
Loss 6–2 John Castañeda TKO (punches) Combate Americas 9: Empire Rising October 14, 2016 4 2:24 Verona, New York, United States For the vacant CAMMA Bantamweight Championship. Castañeda missed weight (137.5 lb) and was ineligible to win the title.
Win 6–1 Saul Elizondo TKO (punches) Combate 7 May 9, 2016 2 4:07 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 5–1 Joey Ruquet Submission (rear-naked choke) Combate Americas: Road to the Championship 2 December 16, 2015 2 4:06 Hollywood, California, United States Featherweight bout.
Win 4–1 Mauricio Diaz Decision (unanimous) Combate Americas: Road to the Championship 1 September 17, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3–1 Sean Cantor Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 2014 Monster Energy Cup October 18, 2014 1 4:39 Whitney, Nevada, United States
Win 2–1 Dylan Atkinson TKO (punches) CageSport 25 July 6, 2013 2 1:12 Tacoma, Washington, United States Bantamweight debut.
Loss 1–1 Kasey White Decision (unanimous) CageSport 24 April 27, 2013 3 5:00 Tacoma, Washington, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 1–0 Jorey Taylor TKO (punches) CageSport 20 July 14, 2012 1 1:47 Tacoma, Washington, United States Catchweight (140 lb) bout.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Mixed martial arts show results Date: June 13, 2020
  2. ^ a b c "Gustavo Lopez | UFC". 11 June 2020. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  3. ^ "Stats | UFC". Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  4. ^ a b c d e Alberto Pérez (April 17, 2017). "Gustavo López, peleador de MMA, se repuso a la pérdida de su padre usando el deporte".
  5. ^ Ryan Dorfman. "Gustavo Lopez: Combate's Champion".
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Wapato's Lopez thankful for MMA success, community support". Yakima herald. 2020-02-01. Retrieved 2020-02-01.
  7. ^ "Bellator MMA 'Monster Energy Cup' results from Oct. 18 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas". mmamania. 2014-08-18. Retrieved 2020-02-01.
  8. ^ "Combate Tahoe: Gustavo Lopez unleashes hellacious first-round KO on Joey Ruquet to retain bantamweight title". sportingnews. 2019-08-24. Retrieved 2020-02-01.
  9. ^ Nolan King and John Morgan (2020-06-11). "Ray Borg out of UFC on ESPN 10, Dvalisvhili now fights Combate Americas champ Lopez (UPDATE)". Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  10. ^ a b Amy Kaplan (June 11, 2020). "Campbell McLaren says Gustavo Lopez is still under contract with Combate Americas".
  11. ^ Riley Kontek (January 25, 2021). Shootin' the Shit Ep. 39: Gustavo Lopez – via YouTube.
  12. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2020-06-13). "UFC on ESPN 10 Results: Merab Dvalishvili's Pace Too Much for Gustavo Lopez". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  13. ^ DNA, MMA (2020-11-04). "Anthony Birchak keert terug in de UFC, treft Gustavo Lopez aanstaande zaterdag in Las Vegas". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  14. ^ Evanoff, Josh (2020-11-07). "UFC Vegas 13 Results: Gustavo Lopez Finishes Anthony Birchak". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-11-08.
  15. ^ DNA, MMA (2020-12-08). "Adrian Yanez treft Gustavo Lopez tijdens UFC evenement op 20 maart 2021". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  16. ^ Behunin, Alex (2021-03-20). "UFC Vegas 22 Results: Adrian Yanez KO's Gustavo Lopez In Third Round". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  17. ^ Boussenaf, Jamal (2021-07-21). "Gustavo Lopez en Heili Alateng treffen elkaar op 18 september". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  18. ^ Behunin, Alex (2021-09-18). "UFC Vegas 37 Results: Gustavo Lopez vs. Heili Alateng Ends In A Draw". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  19. ^ Tabuena, Anton (2022-02-10). "Report: 11 more fighters removed from UFC roster". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2022-02-10.
  20. ^ "Gustavo Lopez". Sherdog. Retrieved 2020-08-07.

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