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"El Valiente "

Fernando Padilla

Featherweight Division

16-5-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Fernando Padilla

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Learn more about Fernando Padilla's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Chihuahua, Mexico
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Apr. 29, 2023
  • Pro since 2015

  • Five wins by KO, nine by submission (3 triangle choke, triangle armbar, 4 armbar, D'Arce)

  • 11 first-round finishes

  • Has won six of his last eight 

  • Holds 2017 submission win over UFC vet Darrick Minner

  • Also faced UFC vets Dan Ige and Spike Carlyle

  • Origin of nickname: “I got a tattoo on my arm that says ‘El Valiente’ and people started calling me that.”

UFC on ESPN (3/23/24) Padilla submitted Luis Pajuelo via D'Arce at 2:45 of the first round 

Noche UFC (9/16/23) Padilla lost a three round unanimous decision to Kyle Nelson 

UFC Fight Night (4/29/23) Padilla stopped Julian Erosa via strikes at 1:41 of the first round

When and why did you start training for fighting? When I was 16, because I really liked to fight since I was a kid, but when I stepped on the mats, I just fell in love with this sport.

What ranks and titles have you held? Fury FC 145 champion, brown belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu

Do you have any heroes? My dad is my biggest hero.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means everything. I went through a life of relentless hard work and passion, ups and downs, to be here and I can't wait to perform for the UFC.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Just first semester of law school 

What was your job before you started fighting? Worked with my dad and studied. 

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 6-0

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Fights all over America and for big companies and, for sure, the biggest accomplishment for a Mexican kid like me is fighting for the UFC.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Brown belt 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu

Favorite grappling technique: RNC

Favorite Striking technique: Knees