Andre Ewell
Mr. Highlight

USA

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 9/1/2020
Max medical suspension
BantamweightUFC
Out
March 5, 2020
Ewell was given a six-month medical suspension by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation following his UFC 247 victory over Jonathan Martinez, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The commission does not disclose the specifics of any injuries, but Ewell will have to spend at least six months on the sidelines unless cleared earlier by a physician. These suspensions are largely a formality, as fellow UFC 247 participant Valentina Shevchenko was also given a maximum suspension, but has already scheduled her next fight.
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Barely gets by Jonathan Martinez
BantamweightUFC
Out
February 8, 2020
Ewell defeated Jonathan Martinez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) at UFC 247 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
This was excellent fight and one that produced a controversial decision. Ewell and Martinez engaged in a highly entertaining back-and-forth affair, with Ewell starting quick and Martinez looking strong in the final frame. While Ewell ended up with an 85-74 edge in total strikes landed, an argument can most definitely be made that Martinez landed the more damaging shots. This result would be far more reasonable had the final judge not scored the fight 30-27 in Ewell's favor. Regardless, it goes in the record books as a victory for "Mr. Highlight". Ewell has now alternated wins and losses in his first five UFC bouts.
On tap for UFC 247
BantamweightUFC
Out
January 13, 2020
Ewell will face Jonathan Martinez (shoulder) in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 247 on Feb. 8, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The fight has yet to be officially confirmed by the promotion, but sources say the fight is in the works for the event. Ewell has alternated wins and losses in his first four fights with the UFC, most recently suffering a defeat to Marlon Vera via TKO (strikes) at UFC Tampa in October. Ewell's defense was effective in his matchup with Vera, but he was unable to establish his offensive game and was eventually overpowered. Martinez defeated Pingyuan Liu via KO (knee) at UFC Sacramento in July, but he suffered a shoulder injury during the fight that resulted in a six-month medical suspension. The knockout victory was his first since November 2014. Ewell has several knockout wins over his career, but he's failed to showcase his finishing skills under the UFC banner. Ewell carries significant advantages in height and reach.
Finshed by Marlon Vera
BantamweightUFC
Out
October 12, 2019
Ewell lost to Marlon Vera via TKO (strikes) at 3:17 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
ANALYSIS
He may have lost the fight, but Ewell's toughness was on display throughout the course of the bout. Most noticeably, in Round 1, when he somehow survived a very, very deep arm-triangle from Vera. Unfortunately for "Mr. Highlight," he was playing defense from the get-go and was never to get his offensive game established. Ewell racked up a ton of stoppage wins on the regional circuit, but those finishing powers have been MIA through his first four UFC bouts. The 31-year-old has now alternated wins and losses in his first four bouts with the company.
Set to face Vera on Oct. 12
BantamweightUFC
Out
September 4, 2019
Ewell will face Marlon Vera in a UFC battle in Tampa, Florida on Oct. 12, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Though not yet formally announced, the 135-pound matchup will reportedly be set on ESPN+ 19 for Oct. 12. Ewell, a former CES champion and currently holding a current record of 15-5 in his professional MMA career, most recently defeated Anderson Dos Santos via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 154 on June 22.
Puts slick striking on display
BantamweightUFC
Out
June 22, 2019
Ewell defeated Anderson Dos Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night 154 in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Ewell was just too quick for his opponent in the first two rounds, landing a shot and then evading with plenty of time to counter the counter offering. Ewell was mostly sailing through the fight until the third frame, when Dos Santos decided it was time to turn on the wrestling. While he was able to get some work done on the ground, Ewell was able to return to his feet to notch the victory. Ewell's takedown defense needs serious work but his actual ground defense seems quite good, meaning he may not be that far away from taking his game to the next level. He improves to 15-5 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.