Welcome to the UFC: Andre Ewell
The UFC is coming to Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 22, 2018 and the fight card is almost finalized. Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao (34-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC) is now competing on the card. Making his UFC debut against the former king of the division is Classic Entertainment & Sports MMA (CES) Bantamweight Champion, Andre Ewell. The signing and fight was announced by Raphael Marinho from Combate.com.
Andre “Mr. Highlight” Ewell
Trains out of Apex MMA
4 Submissions (2 Guillotines, Brabo Choke, Rear-naked-choke)
How will Andre Ewell fare in the UFC
Ewell is a fantastic addition to the UFC. Ewell has fought and defeated good competition such as former UFC fighter Willie Gates. He is 8-1 in his last nine fights with his only loss coming to a top prospect in Patrick Mix. While currently on a four-fight winning streak, Ewell is also the CES bantamweight title holder. “Mr. Highlight” holds true to his nickname with a mix of highlight-reel knockouts technical abilities. Ewell has a very long jab he uses frequently given his 75″ reach, the now longest in the UFC’s bantamweight division. He uses his jab down the middle to set up the left hand, his best weapon as it has the accuracy and power with consistently. Ewell is quick and light on his and with the long reach his hands and combination output plays a big factor on the which as why his opponent often try to take him down. His takedown defense isn’t great as he’s found himself on his back many times in his career. The danger of shooting in on Ewell exists due to his instincts to lock in a front choke variation. Ewell is high-level and he could do great in the UFC. He’s a bad stylistic fight for anyone but his kryptonite will be against good wrestlers.
How does Andre Ewell match-up with Renan Barao
Since his loss to TJ Dillashaw in May of 2014, Barao hasn’t been the same fighter. Since losing his title, Barao has gone 2-4 with those two wins to lower-tiered Phillipe Nover and Mitch Gagnon. He lost to Brian Kelleher and with all respect to Kelleher, the Barao from five years ago would easily best Kelleher. Barao still poses a bit of a threat with his wrestling but in his last five fights he was able to complete 7 of 22 takedowns, nothing to write home about. Barao has an iron jaw but he has a hard time putting together any real threat on the feet anymore. Ewell has a good chance to win this fight as he’s competing at a higher level at this time while Barao has been on a major slide.