Cristian Quinonez is one of the most exciting UFC fighters on the scene today. From his explosive style in the cage to his magnetic personality, it’s no wonder why he’s become an instant fan favorite. He has a record of 5-4 and has been competing for several years. His current weight class is featherweight, where he currently ranks at number 12 in the world rankings.
Quinonez was born in Guatemala City and began wrestling from a young age after being inspired by professional mixed martial artist Sergio Pettis, who is also from Guatemala City. He relocated to San Diego in 2009 to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional fighter, training with some of MMA’s greatest coaches such as Gil Martinez, Jesse “Dron” Robinson and Jason Parillo along with teammates such as Joe Lauzon and Chris Leben.
He made his debut for Bellator Fighting Championship (BFC) in 2011 against Aaron Miller where he picked up a unanimous decision victory despite suffering an arm injury early into the fight. In 2013 Quinonez had a brief stint at Legacy Fighting Championships (LFC) before signing with Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC). In December 2014 he fought against Yair Rodriguez at The Ultimate Fighter Finale 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned which ended up being one of most memorable fights that night due to its fast paced nature combined with spectacular striking exchanges between both fighters throughout the three rounds resulting in a split decision victory for Rodriguez but giving Quinonez major recognition amongst fans across the globe not just because this was his first fight inside UFC octagon but also due to displaying great heart even when receiving multiple strikes during those intense moments throughout their matchup.
After this bout he decided stay active fighting continuously every year until 2020 , picking up wins over Johnny Case and Kyle Bochniak but also losing bouts against opponents like Cole Miller , Andre Fili and Arnold Allen . Throughout these years Quiñonéz put forth some impressive performances that allowed him gain more attention among casual fans due constant appearances on promotional material alongside other big names like Donald Cerrone or Justin Gaethje .
At present time Cristian Quiñonéz remains signed under UFC roster looking forward compete again soon hoping replicate success obtained past fights reaching top 10 ranking featherweight division . As long progress continues there little doubt about ability continue entertaining fans world wide doing what loves best : putting show inside octagon !