Chris Gutierrez

El Guapo

USA

Gives opponent legandary send-off
BantamweightUFC
November 12, 2022
Gutierrez defeated Frankie Edgar via KO (knee) at 2:01 of Round 1 at UFC 281 on Saturday in New York.
ANALYSIS
Put an athletic kickboxer in the Octagon with an aging legend and what do you get? The destruction of said legend. Gutierrez didn't do much in the opening minutes of this fight except fend off Edgar's entries and throw a few leg kicks. When he felt he had the distance measured, he exploded into a flying knee that sent "The Answer" unconscious to the canvas. As a defense-first fighter, Gutierrez's bouts aren't always the most exciting, but he has ridden his solid defense and hard kicks to a four-fight win streak. "El Guapo" improves to 19-3-2 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
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Set for fight against 'The Answer'
BantamweightUFC
October 6, 2022
Gutierrez will fight Frankie Edgar for a bantamweight bout at UFC 281 on Nov. 12, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Gutierrez will look to extend his unbeaten streak to eight fights as he takes on aging veteran Edgar, who plans to retire following Nov. 12's event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The longtime UFC fighter has fallen on hard times over his past two fights, falling via knockout to Marlon Vera and Cory Sandhagen in 2021. Gutierrez has won each of his past three bouts in a different fashion, with his most recent victory coming in a second-round knockout of Danaa Batgerel in March. The 31-year-old stands three inches taller than his 39-year-old foe, though he'll have a slight one-inch reach disadvantage.
Unbeaten streak hits seven
BantamweightUFC
March 26, 2022
Gutierrez defeated Danaa Batgerel via TKO (strikes) at 2:34 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
ANALYSIS
It's a big time win for Gutierrez, and one that is made all the more impressive by the fact he didn't look particularly good in the opening frame. Batgerel was unquestionably the better fighter in Round 1, as he got off first in virtually all the striking exchanges between the two and landed the only takedown of the round. Gutierrez evened the score and ended the fight after a spinning backfist floored Batgerel midway through Round 2. He recognized the opening and fired off countless follow-up shots which resulted in referee Herb Dean stepping in. Gutierrez rarely gets talked about in the bantamweight division, but he is now unbeaten (6-0-1) in his last seven fights since dropping his UFC debut back in November 2018. He'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here.
Steps in for March fight
BantamweightUFC
February 14, 2022
Gutierrez will take on Danaa Batgerel on March 26, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Gutierrez will replace Montel Jackson, who withdrew for undisclosed reasons. Gutierrez lost his UFC debut back in 2018 but has since gone undefeated in six straight fights. His opponent, Batgerel, also dropped his promotional debut but has since rattled off three straight first-round wins.
Unbeaten streak hits six
BantamweightUFC
October 9, 2021
Gutierrez defeated Felipe Colares via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This fight was not as close as the scorecards would lead you to believe. It was another solid effort for Gutierrez in a fight in which he entered as a hefty (-250) favorite. Blessed with a significant edge in both speed and power in the stand-up, Gutierrez connected on a whopping 66 percent (115-165) of his total strikes. He also got stronger as the fight progressed, which (most) judges like to see. The 30-year-old Texan has been an extremely pleasant surprise since arriving on the scene in late 2018. Gutierrez is unbeaten (5-0-1) since dropping his UFC debut to Raoni Barcelos. Gutierrez should get a bit better opponent his next time out. He deserves it.
Set to face Felipe Colares
BantamweightUFC
June 30, 2021
Gutierrez is scheduled to fight Felipe Colares at the Oct. 9 UFC event, per MMAFighting.com.
ANALYSIS
Gutierrez won his last fight over Andre Ewell by unanimous decision in February. El Guapo is undefeated (4-0-1) in his last five fights.