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Heavyweight Division


"Salsa Boy"

Waldo Cortes Acosta

Heavyweight Division

12-1-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Waldo Cortes Acosta

athlete record


Learn more about Waldo Cortes Acosta's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Dominican Republic
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Oct. 29, 2022
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2018

  • Five wins by KO, one by submission (Kimura)

  • Three first-round finishes

  • On three-fight winning streak

  • Origin of nickname: “My coach gave it to me. I would always come to practice and would say, ‘Coach, I am going to ‘Salsa’ you up...Going to F you up. I’m bringing the Salsa today.” 

UFC on ESPN (5/11/24) Cortes Acosta won a three round unanimous decision over Robelis Despaigne 

UFC Fight Night (1/13/24) Cortes Acosta won a three round unanimous decision over Andrei Arlovski 

UFC Fight Night (8/26/23) Cortes Acosta knocked out Lukasz Brzeski at 3:01 of the first round 

UFC on ESPN (4/29/23) Cortes Acosta lost a three round unanimous decision to Marcos Rogerio de Lima

UFC Fight Night (11/19/22) Cortes Acosta won a three round unanimous decision over Chase Sherman 

UFC Fight Night (10/29/22) Cortes Acosta won a three round unanimous decision over Jared Vanderaa 

Dana White's Contender Series, Season 6

Episode two (8/2/22) Cortes Acosta stopped Danilo Suzart via punches at 3:40 of the first round 

When and why did you start training for fighting? 2015. I like the competition; I always have since I was a kid.  I did not like to lose, and I enjoy the energy that a fight creates. I like to train, get better, compete and win.  

What ranks and titles have you held? LFA heavyweight champ, RUF amateur champ

Do you have any heroes? My Dad

What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC?  It would mean everything.  It would be a dream come true.  As I mentioned, I like to compete, and I want to compete against the best.

What was your job before you started fighting? Semi Professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds organization

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Undefeated all TKO's

Favorite grappling technique:  Kimura

Favorite Striking technique: My right hand...Like I am throwing my fastball.