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Bantamweight Division

"Sexi Mexi"

John Castaneda

Bantamweight Division

21-7-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

John Castaneda

athlete record


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

Place of Birth
Dallas, United States
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Aug. 1, 2017
Leg reach
  • Eight wins by KO, six by submission (3 Arm triangle, 3 RNC)
  • Has won four of his last six
  • Pro since 2012
  • Seven first round finishes
  • Has 7-4 record since DWCS appearance
  • Owns TKO win over UFC vet Chris Beal in May 2017

UFC on ESPN (6/8/24) Castaneda lost a three round unanimous decision to Daniel Marcos 

UFC 295 (11/11/23) Castaneda won a three round unanimous decision over Kyung Ho Kang

UFC on ESPN (6/3/23) Castaneda won a three round unanimous decision over Muin Gafurov

UFC Fight Night (10/1/22) Castaneda was knocked out by Daniel Santos at 4:28 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (2/5/22) Castaneda submitted Miles Johns via arm triangle choke at 1:38 of the third round

UFC Fight Night (2/20/21) Castaneda stopped Eddie Wineland via strikes at 4:44 of the first round

UFC on ESPN (7/25/20) Castaneda lost a three round unanimous decision to Nathaniel Wood


Dana White's Contender Series

Episode 4 (8/1/17) Castaneda won a three round unanimous decision over Cheyden Leialoha

When and why did you start training for fighting? I wrestled D2 my freshman year of college and then got introduced to the MMA program where my college was. I opted out of wrestling to pursue MMA. I have been training MMA for 10 years and Wrestling for 16.

What ranks and titles have you held? Combate Americas bantamweight champion and Driller Promotions lightweight champion.

Do you have any heroes? My mom, who raised and put me and my younger sister through college on her own. She is my only hero. 

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It's a dream come true. It's everything I've worked for and will continue to prove I deserve. 

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Minnesota State University, Mankato, where I double majored in Criminal Law and Spanish and received a minor in social work as well. 

What was your job before you started fighting? Full-time student. 

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 15-1 record. 

Favorite Striking technique: Flying knee