Antonio Arroyo


Dropped after three-straight defeats
October 4, 2021
Arroyo was one of five fighters released by the UFC on Sunday, reports.
Arroyo punched his UFC ticket back in 2019 with a submission victory on Dana White's Contender Series, but the results since then have not looked promising. The Brazilian has since dropped three consecutive fights to middle-of-the-road middleweight contenders, which was capped up with a late knockout at the hands of Joaquin Buckley in September. Arroyo will now have to take his talents elsewhere at the age of 32.
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Crushing defeat in Vegas
September 18, 2021
Arroyo lost to Joaquin Buckley via KO (punches) at 2:26 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Seemingly about two and a half minutes from scoring the biggest victory of his career and cashing as a +160 underdog, Arroyo has instead lost three in a row and is more likely than not looking at a release. Arroyo didn't generate much offensively over the course of the first ten minutes, but he kept Buckley off balance and stuffed five of six takedown attempts along the way. The tide turned midway through Round 3 after Arroyo ate one massive combination that floored him and forced referee Mark Smith to call off the bout. It was the first knockout defeat of Arroyo's pro career, which began in July 2014. A three-fight losing streak is often a death sentence these days, but Arroyo is one of the guy's worth taking a fourth chance on.
Next fight booked
July 22, 2021
Arroyo will take on Joaquin Buckley in a middleweight bout at the UFC event Sept. 18, reports.
Arroyo was supposed to fight Tom Breese on June 5, but his opponent was forced to withdraw on the day of the fight. Arroyo was last in the Octagon back in December when he lost to Deron Winn by unanimous decision. Buckley is looking to shake off being knocked out in his last fight back in January.
Saturday fight called off
June 5, 2021
Arroyo will not fight Tom Breese Saturday after Breese pulled out of the fight for undisclosed reasons, Brett Okamoto of reports.
The reasons for Breese's withdrawal aren't known at this point. Arroyo hasn't fought since December so he'll likely be in search of an opponent for a fight in the near future.
Fighting Breese in June
April 15, 2021
Arroyo (9-4-0) will fight Tom Breese (12-3-0) at a UFC event on June 5, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Arroyo last stepped into the Octagon in December and was handed a loss to Deron Winn via unanimous decision after a layoff of over a year in between fights. The 31-year-old typically wastes little time when fighting, as a majority of his victories have come in Round 1. On paper, this bout appears to be pretty even with both fighters lining up at 6-3 and having a reach of 73 inches.
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.