Rising UFC bantamweight contender Chris Gutierrez called out three veteran fighters following his vicious KO over Frankie Edgar at UFC 281.
Gutierrez picked up by far the biggest win of his MMA career when he landed a knee against Edgar in the first round and knocked him out cold. For Edgar, it was the final fight of his UFC career as he confirmed his retirement after the loss. But for “El Guapo,” this is just the beginning. For Gutierrez, beating Edgar is the kind of big win that immediately turned him from an unranked fighter into a legitimate top-15 title contender in the bantamweight division.
The win over Edgar ups Gutierrez’s UFC record to 7-1-1, and he has gone undefeated since a loss to Raoni Barcelos back in 2018. That kind of record gives him the opportunity to call out some higher-ranked, bigger-named foes, and he used his post-UFC 281 interviews as the chance to do just that. Speaking to the media following the star-studded event, Gutierrez was asked who he wants to fight next, and he mentioned three of the division’s biggest names.
“Either Pedro Munhoz, Rob Font, or Dominick Cruz. But it doesn’t mean I’ll get them. I don’t believe we deserve anything in life, we earn everything. So I said at this point I think I’ve earned a spot (in the rankings) so we’ll see,” Gutierrez said (via MMAjunkie.com).
All three of Munhoz, Font, and Cruz are ranked in the top 15, and with Gutierrez now a ranked fighter himself, all three of these fights make sense. Beating a legend like Edgar in such a devastating fashion gives Gutierrez the right to ask for big names, and considering the UFC matchmakers seem to like him, any of these three mentioned opponents makes a lot of sense.
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