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Tatiana Suarez (born December 19, 1990) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) with a background in wrestling.[2] She was the strawweight tournament winner in the 23rd season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show.[3] As of September 2, 2019, she is #3 in the UFC women's strawweight rankings.[4]

Tatiana Suarez
BornTatiana Yadira Suarez Padilla
(1990-12-19) December 19, 1990 (age 28)
Covina, California, United States
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)
Reach64 in (163 cm)
StyleWrestling, BJJ, Muay Thai
Fighting out ofRancho Cucamonga, California
TeamMillennia MMA Gym
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission3
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Tatiana Suarez
Medal record
Women's wrestling
Representing  United States
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Tokyo 55 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Moscow 55 kg


Suarez has Mexican ancestry.[5] She started wrestling before her fourth birthday, as all of her older brothers wrestled and she insisted that her mother let her wrestle too.[6] She graduated from Northview High School (California).[7] She is a two-time bronze medalist in the world championships of freestyle wrestling. In 2011, she was ranked the number one freestyle wrestler in the USA at 55 kg (121 lb)[8]. While training for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Suarez suffered a neck injury, which would derail her Olympic aspirations. An MRI and CAT scan not only revealed a bothersome disc in her neck, but a cancerous growth on her thyroid. Suarez underwent radiation therapy and had her thyroid and several lymph nodes removed. After successful treatment, her thyroid cancer was gone and she eventually began to train again. Suarez started practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which led her to discovering mixed martial arts.[9]

MMA careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Suarez began training MMA in 2013 and made her Amateur debut in February 2014 defeating Elizabeth Rodriguez by TKO in the first round. She fought again only one month later and defeated Jessica Pryor by unanimous decision before deciding to turn pro.

Suarez made her successful professional MMA debut in July 2014 in the Gladiator Challenge promotion defeating Tyra Parker by unanimous decision. She returned in April 2015 and submitted Carolina Alvarez by armbar in the first round. She made her final appearance for the promotion in August 2015 defeating Arline Coban by TKO in the second round. This victory earned her the Gladiator Challenge championship in the California State Championship Series.

The Ultimate Fighter aka TUF 23Edit

Suarez was chosen as a participant on the 23rd season of the reality show The Ultimate Fighter. In her fight to get into the house she defeated Chel-c Bailey by unanimous decision. Her dominant performance caused her to be selected as the number one overall pick by coach Cláudia Gadelha.[10] In the quarter-finals she faced Joanna Jędrzejczyk's number one pick and Invicta FC veteran JJ Aldrich. She submitted Aldrich in the second round by rear naked choke, advancing her to the semi-finals.[11] In her third fight she faced Team Claudia teammate Kate Jackson. She submitted Jackson in the first round by guillotine choke and advanced to the live finale.[12]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Suarez faced Team Claudia teammate Amanda Cooper in the finals on July 8, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. She won the fight by D'Arce choke in the first round to become the strawweight tournament winner.[13]

Suarez was expected to face Juliana Lima at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov on Dec 9, 2016. However, Suarez pulled out of the fight on November 23 citing injury[14] and was replaced by JJ Aldrich.[15]

Suarez faced Viviane Pereira on November 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis.[16] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

Suarez faced Alexa Grasso on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129.[18] She won the fight via a rear-naked choke in round one.[19]

Suarez faced Carla Esparza on September 8, 2018 at UFC 228.[20] She won the fight via TKO in the third round.[21]

Suarez faced Nina Ansaroff on June 8, 2019 at UFC 238.[22] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[23]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
8 matches 8 wins 0 losses
By knockout 2 0
By submission 3 0
By decision 3 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 8–0 Nina Ansaroff Decision (unanimous) UFC 238 June 8, 2019 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 7–0 Carla Esparza TKO (punches and elbows) UFC 228 September 8, 2018 3 4:33 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 6–0 Alexa Grasso Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman May 19, 2018 1 2:44 Santiago, Chile
Win 5–0 Viviane Pereira Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis November 11, 2017 3 5:00 Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Win 4–0 Amanda Cooper Submission (D'Arce choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale July 8, 2016 1 3:43 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Strawweight debut. Won The Ultimate Fighter 23 Strawweight Tournament. Performance of the Night.
Win 3–0 Arline Coban TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge: California State Championship Series August 22, 2015 2 0:48 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 2–0 Carolina Alvarez Submission (armbar) Gladiator Challenge: California State Championship Series April 11, 2015 1 2:01 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 1–0 Tyra Parker Decision (unanimous) Gladiator Challenge: Night of the Champions July 19, 2014 3 5:00 Rancho Mirage, California, United States Won the vacant Gladiator Challenge Flyweight Championship.
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Kate Jackson Submission (guillotine choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia July 6, 2016 (airdate) 1 2:53 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 23 Semifinal round
Win 2–0 JJ Aldrich Submission (rear-naked choke) May 3, 2016 (airdate) 2 3:14 TUF 23 Quarterfinal round
Win 1–0 Chel-c Bailey Decision (unanimous) April 20, 2016 (airdate) 2 5:00 TUF 23 Elimination round


Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2–0 Jessica Pryor Decision (unanimous) Spartan Spar Promotions March 7, 2014 3 2:00 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 1–0 Elizabeth Rodriguez TKO (punches) Armoured Wings 14 February 8, 2014 1 1:19 Los Angeles, California, United States

Wrestling recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2010 World Championships bronze medalist at 55kg
Win 10-4   Maria Gurova Fall September 9, 2010 2010 World Championship   Moscow
Win 9-4   Um Ji-eun 1-0, 5-4
Loss 8-4   Saori Yoshida 0-3, 0-7
Win 8-3   Ana Maria Pavăl 1-3, 3-3, 6-0
Win 7-3   Zalina Sidakova 2-0, 7-4
2009 World Championships at 55kg
Loss 6-3   Alena Filipava 2-5, 0-3 September 24, 2009 2009 World Championships   Herning
Loss 6-2   Sona Ahmadli 0-1, 1-2
Win 6-1   Geeta Phogat Fall
Win 5-1   Gudrun Høie 3-0, 6-0
2008 World Championships bronze medalist at 55kg
Win 4-1   Ana Maria Pavăl 5-4 October 11, 2008 2008 World Championship   Tokyo
Loss 3-1   Tetyana Lazareva 2-5
Win 3-0   Tatyana Grigorieva 5-2
Win 2-0   Rivera Velazquez 8-1
Win 1-0   Sofia Poumpouridou 6-1

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Tatiana Suarez Padilla (@tatianasuarezufc) (April 7, 2019). ""New belts for me and my bestie (...)"". Instagram. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "Tatiana Padilla". Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  3. ^ Rizk, Gabriel. "MMA: Tatiana Suarez storms into TUF 23 finals - Press Enterprise". Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  4. ^ "Rankings | UFC". Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  5. ^ "Tatiana Suarez on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^ Chuck Mindenhall (August 31, 2018). "Tatiana Suarez's undefeated record goes far beyond simple wins and losses".
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  9. ^ Brian Martin (2016-07-07). "TUF 23 finalist Tatiana Suarez, having defeated cancer, has new UFC journey". Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  10. ^ Mike Sloan (2016-04-20). "'TUF 23' Recap: Episode 1". Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  11. ^ Mike Sloan (2016-05-04). "'TUF 23' Recap: Episode 3". Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  12. ^ Mike Sloan (2016-07-06). "'TUF 23' Recap: Episode 12". Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  13. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-07-08). "TUF 23 Finale results: Tatiana Suarez taps Amanda Cooper to become 'Ultimate Fighter' champ". Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  14. ^ Staff (2016-11-24). "Tatiana Suarez injured, out of UFC Fight Night 102 fight with Juliana Lima". Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  15. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2016-12-02). "Safarov and Aldrich to make debuts in Albany". Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  16. ^ "Report: 'TUF 23' winner Tatiana Suarez meets Viviane Pereira at UFC Fight Night 120 in Norfolk". MMAjunkie. 2017-08-30. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  17. ^ "UFC Fight Night 120 results: Tatiana Suarez dominates in return, overwhelms Viviane Pereira". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-12. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  18. ^ "UFC officially announces May 19 event in Chile, five bouts". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  19. ^ "UFC Fight Night 129 results: Tatiana Suarez steamrolls Alexa Grasso, earns first-round submission". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  20. ^ DNA, MMA. "Strawweightclash tussen Carla Esparza en Tatiana Suarez tijdens UFC 228 in Dallas". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  21. ^ "UFC 228 results: Tatiana Suarez stays perfect, dominates former champ Carla Esparza". MMAjunkie. 2018-09-09. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  22. ^ Damon Martin (2018-03-11). "Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff set for UFC 238". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  23. ^ "UFC 238 results: Tatiana Suarez tested but outpoints Nina Ansaroff". MMA Junkie. 2019-06-09. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  24. ^ "Tatiana Suarez MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-09-14.

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