Antonio Arroyo


Struggles following long layoff
December 19, 2020
Arroyo lost to Deron Winn via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Fighting for the first time in more than 13 months, Arroyo's poor takedown defense was ultimately his undoing. While the Brazilian remained competitive, he also allowed Winn to land 8-of-12 takedown attempts and in the end, that was simply too much to overcome in the eyes of the judges. Arroyo is a fairly effective striker who has displayed the ability to mix in a submission here and there, but he has now lost each of his first two UFC bouts and is without a victory dating back to July 2018. With jobs at a premium these days, there is no guarantee the 31-year-old Arroyo gets a third opportunity with the company.
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Stepping in versus Winn
November 21, 2020
Arroyo will face Deron Winn in a middleweight bout at the UFC event Dec. 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Arroyo lost his opponent Eryk Anders last week due to health issues after weigh-ins, but he'll get back in the Octagon before the end of 2020. Winn was originally set to face Antonio Braga Neto, but he was forced to withdraw for undisclosed reasons.
Fight cancelled
November 14, 2020
Arroyo will not square off against Eryk Anders at UFC Apex due to his opponent's "health issues," reports.
Arroyo's oppoenent, Anders, missed weight on Friday and subsequently backed out of the fight Saturday due to undisclosed health concerns. He will now be forced to look ahead for a new opportunity.
Facing overweight opponent
November 13, 2020
Arroyo's scheduled fight Saturday against Eryk Anders will go forward despite Anders missing weight Friday, Alexander K Lee of reports.
Anders weighed in at 187.5 pounds. 1.5 pounds above the limit for a middleweight. Arroyo will receive 20 per of Anders' purse as punishment.
Gets new opponent for Nov. 14 event
October 28, 2020
Arroyo (9-3-0) is now slated to face Eryk Anders (13-5-0) in a middleweight fight Nov. 14 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas after Arroyo's previously scheduled opponent, Andreas Michailidis, withdrew for an unspecified reason, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Arroyo will be returning to the Octagon for the second time after taking a unanimous-decision loss in his promotional debut last November against Andre Muniz. Anders is also competing after losing unanimously in his last fight back in May against Krzysztof Jotko.
Booked for November fight
August 23, 2020
Arroyo will take on Andreas Michailidis in a middleweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Nov. 14, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Arroyo has had a rocky run with the UFC since winning a contract on last summer's Contender Series. His debut opponent (Kevin Holland) had to withdraw, and Arroyo instead took a fight against Andre Muniz, which he lost via unanimous decision. The result wasn't particularly encouraging for those looking to roster him in daily formats, as he landed a total of 29 significant strikes in the 15-minute affair. Arroyo then had a February bout with Trevin Giles fall through due to weight cutting issues, but he'll give it one more go at middleweight in November. Michailidis didn't have much luck in his first and only UFC fight, either, as the fight was waved off after the first round when he attempted to lean against a cage that wasn't there. Arroyo will have a three-inch height advantage here, but Michailidis will have his own three-inch advantage in reach.