Chris Gruetzemacher
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Draws Garcia in July
FeatherweightUFC
May 3, 2021
Gruetzemacher is scheduled to take on Rafa Garcia at the UFC event scheduled for July 31, Alex Behunin of Cageside Press reports.
ANALYSIS
Gruetzemacher returned from a two-year layoff in October only to be finished by Alexander Hernandez in the first round and fall to 1-3 in his last four fights. The UFC isn't giving him any breaks with Garcia, a former Combate Americas champion who snapped a 12-fight winning streak in his UFC debut against Nasrat Haqparast in March. While Gruetzemacher is an inch taller, Garcia will have a two-inch reach advantage, in addition to a full camp to prepare for this fight.
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Falls following extended layoff
FeatherweightUFC
October 31, 2020
Gruetzemacher lost to Alexander Hernandez via TKO (punches) at 1:46 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Fighting for the first time since April 2018, Gruetzemacher lasted all of 106 seconds. Gruetzemacher has had all sorts of difficulty coming back from a torn ACL. His movements and footwork appeared slow Saturday, but it was difficult to tell if that was due to the long layoff, the injury or simply the fact that Hernandez is a better fighter. Gruetzemacher was coming off a knockout win over the ultra-durable Joe Lauzon prior to the injury. Gruetzemacher will undoubtedly get another opportunity with the company, but he turned 34 years old this past June and it's entirely possible the torn ACL robbed him of any chance to make a legitimate statement at 155 pounds.
Making first start 2018
FeatherweightUFC
October 5, 2020
Gruetzemacher will take on Alexander Hernandez in a lightweight bout at the UFC event Oct. 31 in Las Vegas, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Gruetzemacher will be making his first start since April of 2018 when he defeated Joe Lauzon via TKO. He was supposed to fight Jesus Pinedo in the Spring of 2019, but ended up tearing his ACL and has been trying to get back every since.
Tears ACL
FeatherweightUFC
April 6, 2019
Gruetzemacher was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Jesus Pinedo after tearing his ACL, Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.come reports.
ANALYSIS
Gruetzemacher revealed that a torn ACL was the reason for his withdrawal form March 24ths scheduled fight with Jesus Pinedo. He hasn't yet provided a timetable for return, but given the nature of the injury, he'll likely be out for the remainder of the year.
Picks up signature win over Joe Lauzon at UFC 223
FeatherweightUFC
April 7, 2018
Gruetzemacher defeated Joe Lauzon via TKO (punches) at 5:00 of Round 2 at UFC 223 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
Gruetzemacher had an impressive performance against Lauzon. He weathered an early storm against the veteran and came back in the second round. Gruetzemacher did his best work in the clinch. He closed the distance and landed hard hooks and elbows. He made a concerted effort to work the body, and it appeared to pay dividends. If anything, the referee could have stopped this fight earlier. He needed this victory, as he was only 1-2 in his previous three UFC fights.
Adds fight against Joe Lauzon
FeatherweightUFC
January 25, 2018
Gruetzemacher will face off against Joe Lauzon at UFC 223 in Brooklyn on April 7, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Gruetzemacher comes into this lightweight bout having lost his past two fights, including a submission (rear-naked choke) defeat at the hands of Davi Ramos in December. He will look to get back on track against a fellow former "The Ultimate Fighter" competitor. Lauzon has also lost his previous two fights, falling to Clay Guida in November and Stevie Ray in April.