|Born||February 4, 1981|
Santa Ana, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Yaotzin Meza (born February 4, 1981) is a retired American mixed martial artist who is best known for competing in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Meza turned pro on April 29, 2006 losing by submission to Kyle Brees at RITC 81. Meza lost his next two bouts both to Amos Sotelo. Meza then won his next 8 fights before losing to Stephane Vigneault at TKO 34.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Meza made his second UFC appearance at bantamweight against TUF alum John Albert at UFC on Fox 8. After surviving a dangerous armbar early in the fight, Meza was able to submit Albert in the second round with a rear-naked choke.
Meza faced Chico Camus on January 25, 2014 at UFC on Fox 10. Originally, he lost the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) but the result was overturned after Camus failed a post fight drug test.
Post-UFC career and retirement
Over two years after getting cut from the UFC, Meza faced Gilberto Aguilar at Combate Americas 24 on September 15, 2018. Meza won the fight via rear-naked choke in the first round and retired from the sport.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||21 wins||11 losses|
|Win||22-11 (1)||Gilberto Aguilar||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Combate Americas 24||September 15, 2018||1||3:58||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||21–11 (1)||Arnold Allen||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping||February 27, 2016||3||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||21–10 (1)||Sam Sicilia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee||July 15, 2015||3||5:00||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||21–9 (1)||Damian Stasiak||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2||April 11, 2015||3||5:00||Kraków, Poland||Return to Featherweight.|
|Loss||20–9 (1)||Sergio Pettis||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov||June 7, 2014||3||5:00||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|NC||20–8 (1)||Chico Camus||NC (overturned)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson||January 25, 2014||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Originally a decision win for Camus; overturned as he tested positive for marijuana.|
|Win||20–8||John Albert||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga||July 27, 2013||2||2:49||Seattle, Washington, United States||Bantamweight debut.|
|Loss||19–8||Chad Mendes||KO (punches)||UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson||December 15, 2012||1||1:55||Gold Coast, Australia|
|Win||19–7||Kevin Croom||Decision (unanimous)||RITC - Rage in the Cage 163||October 20, 2012||3||5:00||Chandler, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||18–7||Andres Quintana||TKO (punches)||WMMA - Region 4 - Round 1||April 14, 2012||1||2:43||Prescott Valley, Arizona, United States|
|Win||18–6||Ran Weathers||Decision (unanimous)||MBP - Sun City Battle 2||October 1, 2011||3||5:00||El Paso, Texas, United States|
|Win||17–6||Eric Regan||Submission (guillotine choke)||RITC - Rage in the Cage 154||September 9, 2011||2||0:58||Chandler, Arizona, United States|
|Win||16–6||Scott Pike||TKO (punches)||RITC - Rage in the Cage 151||April 16, 2011||1||1:39||Chandler, Arizona, United States|
|Win||15–6||Nick Piedmont||Decision (unanimous)||DRFCF 8||November 19, 2010||3||5:00||Yuma, Arizona, United States|
|Win||14–6||Brandon Shelton||Submission (guillotine choke)||C3 Fights - Slammin Jammin Weekend 6||October 22, 2010||1||1:42||Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||13–6||Casey Milliken||Decision (unanimous)||RITC 143 - Rage in the Cage 143||July 31, 2010||3||5:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||12–6||Rich Taylor||Decision (unanimous)||EB - Beatdown at 4 Bears 5||October 24, 2009||3||5:00||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Loss||12–5||Jamie Schmidt||Submission (armbar)||AG - Extreme Beat Down||April 11, 2009||1||1:59||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||12–4||Travis Reddinger||Submission (rear-naked choke)||EB - Beatdown at 4 Bears 4||March 21, 2009||1||1:40||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||11–4||Alonzo Martinez||Submission (guillotine choke)||EVO MMA - Evolution MMA||October 4, 2008||2||2:08||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||10–4||Antonio Lepe||TKO (punches)||MFC - Mexican Fighting Championship||September 20, 2008||1||2:30||Puerto Penasco, Mexico|
|Win||9–4||Gabriel Benítez||Decision (unanimous)||NDG - Noche de Gladiadores||August 15, 2008||3||3:00||Hermosillo, Mexico|
|Loss||8–4||Stephane Vigneault||TKO (punches)||TKO 34 - Sims vs. Bosse||June 7, 2008||2||3:28||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||8–3||Randy Steinke||Submission (rear-naked choke)||FMF - Full Moon Fighting||February 23, 2008||3||1:27||Sonora, Mexico|
|Win||7–3||Hans Burnett||TKO (punches)||RITC 102 - Hodges vs. Schumacher||October 13, 2007||1||2:56||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||6–3||Donny Walker||TKO (punches)||EC: Fights||September 29, 2007||2||N/A||Monterrey, Mexico|
|Win||5–3||Austin Pascucci||Decision (unanimous)||RITC 98 - Rage in the Cage 98||July 21, 2007||3||3:00||Fountain Hills, Arizona, United States|
|Win||4–3||Pete Vandervort||TKO (punches)||WFC - Rumble In The Red Rocks||June 9, 2007||1||2:25||Camp Verde, Arizona, United States|
|Win||3–3||Patrick Lopez||Decision (split)||RITC 91 - Rage in the Cage 91||February 24, 2007||3||3:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||2–3||Richie Reyes||Submission (punches)||RITC 88 - Veteran's Day Rumble||November 11, 2006||2||1:29||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||1–3||Robert Maldonado||Decision (unanimous)||RITC 86 - Rage in the Cage||August 15, 2006||3||3:00||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||0–3||Amos Sotelo||Submission (guillotine choke)||RITC 84 - Celebrity Theatre||July 1, 2006||2||1:55||Fort McDowell, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||0–2||Amos Sotelo||Decision (unanimous)||RITC 82 - More Rage||May 26, 2006||3||3:00||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Kyle Brees||Submission (triangle choke)||RITC 81 - Rage in the Cage 81||April 29, 2006||1||2:01||Upland, California, United States|
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Mir vs. Duffee". UFC.com. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
- "Yaotzin Meza - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
- "Yaotzin Meza Flagstaff High Alum". Retrieved 2014. Check date values in:
- "Yaotzin Meza replaces Hacran Dias, meets Chad Mendes at Friday's UFC on FX 6".
- "UFC on FX 6 results: Chad Mendes blasts late replacement Yaotzin Meza in first".
- "Yaotzin Meza vs. John Albert Announced for UFC on Fox 8 Fight Card".
- "UFC on FOX 8 results/photos: Yaotzin Meza wins submission battle vs. John Albert".
- Matt Erickson (November 22, 2013). "Chico Camus vs. Yaotzin Meza bantamweight bout added to UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
- John Morgan (January 25, 2014). "UFC on FOX 10 results, photos: Chico Camus outgrapples Yaotzin Meza for decision win". MMAjunkie.com.
- "Chico Camus vs. Yaotzin Meza - FightMetric LLC :.: The World's First Comprehensive MMA Statistics Provider". fightmetric.com. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
- Dana Becker (March 26, 2014). "UFC Fight Night New Mexico Scores Meza-Pettis". fightline.com. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
- Steven Marrocco (2014-06-07). "UFC Fight Night 42 results: Sergio Pettis edges Yaotzin Meza". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- Staff (2015-04-01). "Yaotzin Meza vs. Damian Stasiak joins next week's UFC Fight Night 64 lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
- Ben Fowlkes (2015-04-11). "UFC Fight Night 64 results: Yaotzin Meza outworks Damian Stasiak for decision win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
- Staff (2015-07-01). "Yaotzin Meza steps in as late replacement at UFC Fight Night 71 in San Diego". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
- Dann Stupp (2015-07-15). "UFC Fight Night 71 results: Yaotzin Meza no match for Sam Sicilia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
- Staff (2015-12-15). "Arnold Allen set to face Yaotzin Meza at UFC Fight Night London Feb. 27". mmacrazytv.com. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
- Ben Fowlkes (2016-02-27). "UFC Fight Night 84 results: Arnold Allen shuts out Yaotzin Meza on scorecards". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
- Alexander K. Lee (September 17, 2018). "Missed Fists: Yaotzin Meza calls it a career, a heated main event in Slovakia, more". mmafighting.com.