Welcome to the UFC: Chris Gutierrez

The Ultimate Fighter 28 finale will air on November 30th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card already features many prospects from the contender series and the women’s featherweight and the heavyweight as apart of the TUF cast this season. The UFC would end up signing regional prospect, Chris Gutierrez who will take on Brazilian Raoni Barcelos (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC). The news was first broke by Tarso Doria of MMA Brasil.

“El Guapo”
Greenville, Texas, US
Trains out of FactoryX
1 Submission (Rear-naked-choke)

How will Chris Gutierrez fare in the UFC:

On the feet offensively, Gutierrez has mainly solid kickboxing. He doesn’t have much volume at all with his hands but he throws a lot of output with his kicks. Gutierrez loves to attack the kicks chopping away at the lead leg with much force. Often you will see a dynamic attack with hook kicks, wheel kicks, and switch kicks. As he is diverse he hardly ever connects flush with his flashy kicks. I think his wrestling is his best weapon as he is relentless and timing is nice. Even though he only has one submission victory his grappling is solid. The biggest problems defensively would be his takedown defense. Gutierrez does have a decent guard but not enough to be too effective. On the feet, he just doesn’t do enough with his striking. When pressured he tends to drop his hands that could cause him getting caught. At 27 he can improve and right now he can sure beat some guys in the division. As “El Guapo” has a solid record on the regional scene he will have to fix his defense to stay above .500

How he matches up with Raoni Barcelos?

On the feet, Barcelos is a legit talent with his counter striking, knockout power, fluidity, and combinations. If the fights stays standing I see Barcelos taking this with ease. Gutierrez has to get the fight to the mat but Barcelos has solid takedown defense. Barcelos has excellent wrestling as well and with the poor takedown defense of Gutierrez, he could exploit that. Overall this is just a bad matchup for Gutierrez.

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