Charlie Ontiveros is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) Middleweight division. He made his professional debut in 2006 and has been competing in the UFC since 2019.
Ontiveros was born on July 29, 1981, in San Antonio, Texas. He grew up playing football and wrestling with his four brothers. Some of them even went on to compete professionally at a high level; however it wasn’t until he got into MMA that Ontiveros realized he had a future as an athlete.
In 2006, after completing college at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and having trained for two years with local gyms, Charlie turned pro and started off fighting for various regional promotions like Bellator Fighting Championships and Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA). During this time period he won seven out of eight fights before signing with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) later that year.
At PFL, Ontiveros earned three victories including two submission wins over former UFC veterans Leopoldo Serao from Brazil and Phil Davis from England respectively. This led him to enter the UFC’s octagon where he made his debut against Elias Theodorou at UFC Fight Night 151: Iaquinta vs Cowboy 2 event in Ottawa Canada on May 4th 2019. Although Charlie lost by unanimous decision to Theodorou he gave a good showing which earned him praise from many people within the sport including fellow fighter Kevin Lee who called him “a real tough dude” during an interview immediately following their bout.
Afterwards Charlie took some time away from competition due to personal reasons but eventually returned to action as part of Dana White’s Contender Series 18 where he secured a decision win over Jacob Kilburn giving him his first victory inside of the Octagon although not officially added to his record due to being considered an exhibition match rather than official fight card status .He then followed up this performance by winning via Submission against Bruno Silva at Fight Island 3 on July 25 2020 solidifying himself as one of toughest middleweights yet still unranked within UFC’s rankings system . Now looking forward ,Charlie is set face Impa Kasanganay at UFC 262 which will take place May 15 2021 marking what potentially could be biggest test yet for Texas native we wish nothing but success besting Kasanganay prove doubters wrong finally gaining rightful ranking among top middleweight contenders .
Charlie has come along way since starting out training back home San Antonio becoming competitive mixed martial artist currently stands today ,the sky limit when comes future possibilities now ready prove himself once more coming full circle when enters cage next month just five miles down highway where all began journey .