UFC 258 is knocking on the door and the event will feature the return of bantamweight fighter Chris Gutierrez against fellow bantamweight Andre Ewell in the early prelims. Gutierrez (15-4-2 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) made his UFC debut in 2018 and went on a three-fight winning streak after losing his debut fight against Raoni Barcelos. He attempts to get back in the win column after a unanimous decision draw against Cody Durden at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Shahbazyan snapped his winning streak in August of 2020.
A relatively lesser-known figure in the MMA community, Chris Gutierrez is a promising prospect in the stacked bantamweight division, and here are three interesting things you need to know about him.
#1. Chris Gutierrez is the tenth fighter to earn a leg kick finish in UFC
Chris Gutierrez made his featherweight debut on the preliminary card of UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs Burns against fellow fighter Vince Morales. Gutierrez displayed phenomenal leg kicking ability throughout the fight and knocked Morales out at the 4:27 mark of the second round to earn the eleventh knockout stemming from leg kicks in UFC history.
#2. Chris Gutierrez's UFC 258 opponent was pulled from his last fight due to a false Covid positive test
Chris Gutierrez's UFC 258 opponent Andre Ewell was originally scheduled to fight no.13 ranked bantamweight contender Cody Stamann on UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Volkov which took place on February 6, 2021. Andre Ewell was pulled from the card a few days prior due to a false covid-19 positive test. Ewell was cleared to fight after second samples showed negative results but the fiasco led to a ten-day quarantine for him. The fight between Gutierrez and Ewell is a short-notice offering.
#3. Chris Gutierrez's nickname is 'El Guapo'
Chris Gutierrez was born to a Colombian father and Guatemalan mother. His comes from a Latin American background and his nickname 'El Guappo' is a Spanish term which means handsome or a good-looking man.
UFC 258 PPV event is scheduled to take place on February 13, 2021 at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be headlined by a welterweight title fight between champion Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns. The women's flyweight fight between Maycee Barber and Alexa Grasso will serve as a co-headliner. The event will also feature a middleweight fight between former interim title challenger Kelvin Gastelum and Ian Heinisch.