Skip to main content

Lightweight Division


"Prince of Peru"

Claudio Puelles

Lightweight Division

13-4-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Claudio Puelles

athlete record


Learn more about Claudio Puelles' UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Trains at
Sanford MMA
Fighting style
Muay Thai
Octagon Debut
Nov. 6, 2016
Leg reach
  • Team Liddell on TUF LATAM 3

  • Pro since 2013

  • Two wins by KO, seven by submission (3 kneebar, 2 RNC, armbar, undisclosed choke)

  • Had 3-0 amateur record

  • Three first round finishes

  • Has won eight of his last 11 and five of his last seven

UFC Fight Night (2/24/24) Puelles lost a three round split decision to Fares Ziam 

UFC 281 (11/12/22) Puelles was stopped by Dan Hooker via strikes at 4:06 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (4/23/22) Puelles submitted Clay Guida via kneebar at 3:01 of the first round

UFC on ESPN (12/4/21) Puelles submitted Chris Gruetzemacher via kneebar at 3:26 of the third round

UFC Fight Night (6/5/21) Puelles won a three round unanimous decision over Jordan Leavitt

UFC Fight Night (9/21/19) Puelles won a three round unanimous decision over Marcos Mariano

UFC Fight Night (5/19/18) Puelles submitted Felipe Silva via kneebar at 2:23 of the third round

UFC Fight Night (11/5/16) Puelles was stopped by Martin Bravo at 1:55 of the second round in a fight for the TUF LATAM lightweight title


The Ultimate Fighter, LATAM 3

In the semifinals, Puelles defeated Marcelo Rojo via three round unanimous decision

In the quarterfinals, Puelles defeated Pablo Sabori via first round submission

In the first round, Puelles defeated Jose David Flores via second round TKO

TRAINING: I run intervals in the morning three times a week and meditate twice a week. Then hard MMA practice at noon and boxing or grappling training at night.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training Muay Thai in 2009. Then when I discovered grappling one year later, I fell in love with the sport and never stopped training.

What ranks and belts have you held? I won the ACC amateur 145-pound title in 2012 and I’m a purple belt in Luta Livre.

Do you have any heroes? Georges St-Pierre

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s everything I’ve wanted since I started in this sport. I finally made it at just 20 years old.

What was your job before you started fighting? I started fighting at 15.

Favorite grappling technique: Armbar

Favorite striking technique: Left round kick