Ike Villanueva is an American professional mixed martial artist and fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was born on December 23, 1985 in El Paso, Texas. After graduating from high school in 2004, Ike moved to San Diego, California to pursue a career as an MMA fighter.
Since then he has been training at various gyms and competing around the world. He has competed in international tournaments such as the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation World Championships and World Series of Fighting 3 where he earned his first win against Damon Jackson.
In 2017 Ike signed with UFC after successfully defeating Joseph Gooden by TKO at “Rise of Champions X” event which took place at The Forum Arena in Inglewood, California. As a result of this win he was offered a contract with UFC which officially made him part of their roster.
In 2019 Ike made his official debut for UFC when he fought Justin Ledet at UFC Fight Night 142: dos Santos vs Tuivasa event held November 30th 2018 that took place at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Australia where he won via unanimous decision after three rounds of action-packed battle between himself and Ledet . This gave him attention from fans all over the world who appreciated his skills inside the octagon although it wasn’t enough for him to get into top 15 heavyweight rankings due to lack experience since it was only his second fight inside UFC’s roster out of 6 total pro fights that were recorded on Sherdog record page..
A year later on February 15 2020 , Villanueva stepped into octagon once again but this time facing off against Russian powerhouse Roman Dolidze whom also had 2 wins before entering cage with Ike making both fighters even more evenly matched than ever before , few days prior fight got cancelled due to virus pandemic but they eventually rescheduled bout taking place May 16th 2020 being able to put up show they promised back then . After 3 grueling rounds filled with drama it came down decision from judges declaring winner by split decision being none other than Texan native known as ” The Hurricane” . His latest victory allowed him enter top 15 according rankings list placing 14th best rank among heavyweights division despite having short yet successful run during last couple years proving quality comes not just quantity alone yet striving for more achievements that are about come soon will be interesting watch closely especially now when whole MMA industry slowly starting go back track after suffering through long term lockdowns caused by Covid-19 pandemic .
Overall Ike Villanueva has secured impressive 6 wins out 7 professional bouts earning notable victories over opponents within last few years while climbing up ladders & ranks beneath biggest stage combat sports can offer today – Ultimate Fighting Championship providing great entertainment spectacular matchups shows worldwide audience each time stepping inside Octagon proving why deserves spot rightfully taken there !