Latin Thermometer: The New Faces of Bantamweight

Latin Thermometer: The New Faces of Bantamweight

The Mixed Martial Arts bantamweight in recent weeks has reminded us of the potential of Latino fighters in the category. During that period we saw two prospects who have enormous potential at 135 pounds.


Adrián Yañez

He was born in Houston, but Mexican boxing runs through his veins. At 28, he seems to be in the UFC at the right time. He has four straight KO victories fighting at UFC Apex and the last three have been a bonus to the night’s performance.

The way he was able to adjust to recover from a bad first round against Randy Costa is a display of maturity, hooks to the body and uppercut> that finished off the opponent. After the scare, you are ready for big things.

Julio Arce

After two years without being able to fight, he decided to return to 135 pounds. At his most natural weight, he looked spectacular in every way. His left hand hurt Andre Ewell in the first round and was enough to finish him off in the second. After five fights at featherweight, he found his place and has no other way than to face someone in the top 15 at bantamweight. Arce is a dangerous rival for anyone.

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One of the best lightweights in Mexico debuted with a victory in Combate Global against former UFC Alexander ‘Rolo’ Torres. He has been training in Chicago for almost a year under Mike Valle and has potential for the big leagues. Good boxing and an attractive style whenever he enters the cage.


Emmanuel Sanchez

He had an intense and fast-paced fight against Mads Burnell, but the judges saw him lose all three rounds to the Dane. The Mexican-American has been one of Bellator’s top figures at 145 pounds, but this year he lost on two of the most visible cards. Nothing to blame him in one of the strongest divisions of the entire promotion, but now he needs to make important adjustments if he wants to stay among the best.

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The one from Mexicali lacked experience to be able to close a fight that he had resolved in the first round. He knocked Chris Gruetzmacher down with his left hand, but the American survived.

Although he dominated the takedowns, it was not enough for the cards to tilt in his favor. Rafa is a huge Mexican talent, but today he is 0-2 in the UFC.

Julianna Pena

They have nothing to do with her, but the Venezuelan has suffered a severe blow with the announcement of the delay of her championship fight against Amanda Nunes. The Brazilian tested positive for Covid-19 and is expected to recover before the year is out, but if she doesn’t, she could miss out on that golden opportunity in a division that hasn’t had a title fight since December 2019.

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