Joshua Culibao

Joshua Culibao

Personal Information

Full Name Joshua Alvin Culibao
Age 28
Nationality Australian
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg)
Nickname Kuya

Joshua Culibao: A Brief Biography

Joshua Alvin Culibao is an Australian fighter who competes in the featherweight division of the UFC. He was born on May 24, 1994.

Josh Culibao plans to put on a show when he fights in the UFC on home soil. Picture: Tim Hunter.
[Image Courtesy: Tim Hunter]

Latest News Update for Joshua Culibao

Joshua Culibao is set to fight Melsik Baghdasaryan on February 12, 2023 at UFC 284.

Joshua Culibao Facts

Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Star SignGemini
MMA Debut2016
MMA Record10-1-1
AchievementsSuperfight MMA Featherweight Championship,
Social MediaInstagram, Twitter

Early Life and Career

Joshua Culibao was born into a Filipino family as the youngest of four siblings, with a mother from Boracay and a father from Pampanga, he was given the nickname "Kuya" by his teammates at the Sydney-based Igor MMA, as he addressed everyone in the gym with the Filipino term of endearment. He started training in taekwondo during his childhood but shifted to mixed martial arts during his teenage years as a way to lose weight. Before joining the UFC, he worked full-time as an electrician, putting in over 40 hours a week, while still training.

Culibao started his professional MMA career in 2016 and had an undefeated record of 8 wins with no losses in the regional Australian scene. He won his first fight at Superfight MMA 2 on February 19, 2016 by defeating Paul Traish in the first round through TKO. He continued to win his next two fights in the Urban Fight Night promotion, first through a majority decision against Brad Shortland and then via TKO against Simon Arentz. He also competed in the Hex Fight Series and won the HEX Featherweight Championship against Raphael Berthet, which he successfully defended against Jordan Cameron. After one fight in the Urban Fight Night, he won the DFC Featherweight Championship against Rodolfo Marques with a head kick and ground and pound. He then captured the Superfight MMA Featherweight championship by defeating Josh Payne in the first round via TKO.

Joshua Culibao’s Career in UFC

Culibao joined the UFC in February 2020 as a replacement for Jamie Mullarkey in a fight against Jalin Turner at UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. Hooker on February 23, 2020, but lost the fight in the second round by knockout. He had his second fight in the UFC against Charles Jourdain in October 2020, which resulted in a split draw that was criticized by most media who believed Jourdain should have won. In May 2021, he fought Shayilan Nuerdanbieke and won the bout by a unanimous decision. He was originally set to face Damon Jackson on March 12, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 203, but was pulled from the event for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Kamuela Kirk. Culibao then faced Seung Woo Choi in June 2022 and won the fight by split decision after knocking down his opponent multiple times. He is currently scheduled to fight Melsik Baghdasaryan on February 12, 2023, at UFC 284.

Joshua Culibao Record

Win10–1–1Choi Seung-wooDecision (split)UFC 275June 11, 202235:00Kallang, Singapore
Win9–1–1Shayilan NuerdanbiekeDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Font vs. GarbrandtMay 22, 202135:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Draw8–1–1Charles JourdainDraw (split)UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. AldanaOctober 4, 202035:00Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss8–1Jalin TurnerTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. HookerFebruary 23, 202023:01Auckland, New Zealand
Win8–0Josh PayneTKOSuperfight MMA 10March 1, 201913:02Punchbowl, Australia
Win7–0Rodolfo MarquesTKO (head kick and punches)Diamondback FC 7November 10, 201840:00North Adelaide, Australia
Win6–0James McGlashanDecision (majority)Urban Fight Night 13December 2, 201735:00Liverpool, Australia
Win5–0Jordan CameronDecision (split)Hex Fight Series 8March 31, 201755:00Melbourne, Australia
Win4–0Raphael BerthetTKO (punch to the body and soccer kicks)Hex Fight Series 7December 2, 201651:35Melbourne, Australia
Win3–0Simon ArentzTKO (punches)Urban Fight Night 8August 27, 201614:49Liverpool, Australia
Win2–0Brad ShortlandDecision (majority)Urban Fight Night 7May 7, 201635:00Liverpool, Australia
Win1–0Paul TraishTKO (punches)Superfight MMA 2February 19, 201614:28Sydney, Australia

FAQs on Joshua Culibao

When did Joshua Culibao start his professional MMA career?

Joshua Culibao started his professional MMA career in 2016.

What is Joshua Culibao’s MMA record?

Joshua Culibao has a professional MMA record of 10 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw

What is Joshua Culibao’s nickname?

Joshua Culibao is nicknamed “Kuya”.

Last Updated On 8th February 2023

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