Interview with Julio Arce above
Julio Arce is feeling good and is ready to continue his climb into rankings in the very deep 135-lb weight class. Arce cut down to bantamweight after competing at featherweight for the last several years and at UFC Fight Night Sandhagen vs Dillashaw, the former Golden Gloves champion walked out of the octagon with a second round stoppage due to strikes against Andre Ewell. Arce now stands at 17-4 and has gone 4-2 in the UFC with two questionable split decision losses. Three of his four victories have been finishes ( 2 TKO 1 sub) as well as his spectacular knockout on Dana White’s TCS back in August of 2017 where he earned his first UFC deal.
Arce is a very crafty, talented southpaw out of Team Tiger Schulman who had to deal with some injury issues as well as the pandemic which kept him out of action for about 18 months. He says he is back and staying ready as MyMMANews spoke with him following his latest contest. Arce also tells us about his immediate future…
“As far as an opponent, it looks like the 4 or 5 guys ranked directly ahead of me all have fights. I would love to get on the card in October in the city (Madison Square Garden, NY). Right now I am getting back to training and will stay ready and will take whoever the UFC throws my way. “
You can see our full video interview on the link above. I was lucky enough to be cage-side covering several of Julio’s regional fights at Ring of Combat in Atlantic City, NJ where he first put his name on the radar for Dana White and company. Arce has his own Tiger Schulman academy in the city’s Queens Bayside section, and issued an open invitation for any fighter, man woman or child, to come in and see what they are all about and take a free class or train with a growing number of both professional and amateur competitors.
Arce and MyMMANews will speak again after a new contract is signed and his next opponent is official. Stay right here for the best combat sports coverage, anywhere.
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