Julio Arce

USA

Shows off heavy hands after layoff
BantamweightUFC
July 24, 2021
Arce defeated Andre Ewell via TKO (punches) at 3:45 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 27 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Arce hadn't competed in almost two years prior to this bout, but looked as sharp as ever against a slick striker, waiting for Ewell to dart in before punishing him with counter shots. The shot that wobbled Ewell was an especially nice piece of work, as he anticipated that the 33-year-old would slide out of the way of a punch before meeting him with a solid hook. Arce has shown himself to be solid everywhere in the cage, and could find himself inching back towards contender status if he is able to stay active. He improves to 17-4 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
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Taking on Ewell in July
BantamweightUFC
May 13, 2021
Arce will take on Andre Ewell in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event on July 24, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Arce was supposed to fight in early February, but had to withdraw from his fight against Timur Valiev. Prior to that, Arce had gone 3-2 in five appearances with the UFC. Ewell dropped his last fight to Chris Gutierrez at UFC 258.
Out of upcoming fight
BantamweightUFC
January 29, 2021
Arce will no longer face Timur Valiev on Feb. 6, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
The reason for Arce's withdrawal is not yet clear. Martin Day will step in to take on Valiev in his absence.
Set to face Timur Valiev
BantamweightUFC
November 23, 2020
Arce will take on Timur Valiev in a featherweight matchup on Feb. 6, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The location of the card has not yet been announced. Arce hasn't fought since November of 2019, when he lost a split decision against Hakeem Dawodu. Valiev's only UFC fight to date was originally rule a TKO loss against Trevin Jones in August but was changed to a no-contest after Jones tested positive for marijuana.
Falls in native New York
BantamweightUFC
November 2, 2019
Arce lost to Hakeem Dawodu via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
Arce did pretty well in a fight in which he was clearly outclassed on the feet. While his striking defense was fine for the most part, he really struggled to generate consistent offense. Arce has always been far more effective on the mat than in the standup, so the fact he was able to stay competitive against a power puncher like Dawodu is a positive sign. Arce has now alternated wins and losses in his past four bouts dating back to June 2018. Both of the losses came via split decision.
Will fight at UFC 244
BantamweightUFC
September 10, 2019
Arce will square off against Hakeem Dawodu at UFC 244, USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Arce is coming off a knockout win over Julian Erosa in May. Overall, he has earned a victory in eight of his previous nine bouts, and sports a 3-1 UFC record. He will take on Dawodu who is also 3-1 in the UFC.