After two years without fighting and five without fighting in his natural division, the bantamweight, Colombian Julio Arce returned with a win over Andre Ewell, whom he knocked out in the second round.
“I should have returned a long time ago, but we have already returned and we came back strong,” he said in an interview with ESPN Deportes after the fight.
The New York-born fighter was able to finish the fight in the first round, after landing a powerful left hand, but described that: “I didn’t want to rush. I took my time, because he has a style in which if you don’t pay attention it can surprise you. I was patient, I played it and in the second round we continued and finished it ”.
He thus reached four victories in six appearances in the UFC and looks with a very interesting future at 135 pounds, because although his rival did not finish on the canvas, he was forceful with his blows.
“I think the referee stopped the fight, he did his job, I was focused on keeping hitting until they stopped him. When I hit him I noticed that it had hurt and that he did not know where he was, I continued where he was until it was over ”, he explained.
The former two-division Ring of Combat champion wants to return to fight in November, when the UFC plans to return to New York, but in case it is not confirmed, he hopes to do so in October in Las Vegas. “Now I don’t have a name, but I’m going to sit down with my team and we’ll see who the UFC offers me, there’s a lot of time to recover,” he declared.
With the triumph, Arce also celebrated the independence of the land of his parents, which is commemorated on July 20: “we are going to continue on top, united by one country”.