From the age of five, Juan Archuleta dreamed of competing at the
highest levels of wrestling. That dream started to coalesce when he
earned high school All-American honors and placed in two state
championship tournaments. His next stop was Sacramento City College,
where Archuleta became a junior college All-American and won an
individual CCCAA championship.
Archuleta transferred to Purdue as a junior, where he achieved one of
his dreams by competing in the NCAA Division I National Championships.
Though trained as a mat technician, Archuleta quickly displayed his
gifts as an incredibly conditioned, well-rounded mixed martial artist
with 10 wins via TKO, submission, and unanimous decision across
multiple regional MMA leagues. During this period, he captured the
Gladiator Challenge Bantamweight Championship and the Tru-Form
Entertainment Featherweight Championship.
Archuleta distinguished himself on the national stage in King of the
Cage (KOTC) by winning championships in four separate weight classes –
featherweight, bantamweight, lightweight, and light-welterweight. He
successfully defended his featherweight crown three times and went
undefeated during his tenure with KOTC.
He etched a unanimous decision win against William Joplin in his March
2018 debut with Bellator MMA. In September 2020, Archuletta captured
the vacant Bellator Bantamweight World Championship when he dealt
Patchy Mix his first professional loss via unanimous decision.