Antonio Arroyo

Brazil

Drops official UFC debut
MiddleweightUFC
November 16, 2019
Arroyo lost to Andre Muniz via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Arroyo wasn't particularly competitive despite being the slightest (+105) of underdogs according to the Vegas odds. His inability to defend the takedown -- Muniz landed one in each round -- was his greatest downfall. Arroyo's best round was probably the first. As the fight progressed, Muniz slowly began to pull away. Arroyo earned a pair of victories on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, but this was his official UFC debut. It was not a good one. Arroyo turned 30 years of age this past July.
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Will face Andre Muniz at UFC Sao Paulo
MiddleweightUFC
October 24, 2019
Arroyo will now take on Andre Muniz in a middleweight bout at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Muniz is Arroyo's third opponent for UFC Sao Paulo after Kevin Holland withdrew and plans to face Alessio Di Chirico fell through for undisclosed reasons. Arroyo defeated Stephen Regman in July in the Contender Series to earn a UFC contract, while Muniz earned a UFC contract in August after a victory in the Contender Series. Arroyo carries slight advantages in height and striking volume, and carries a five-fight winning streak.
Get new Sao Paulo opponent
MiddleweightUFC
October 11, 2019
Arroyo will now be going up against Alessio Di Chirico at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Arroyo will now be pinned up against a UFC veteran for his first fight under the promotion. His new opponent, Di Chirico, has dropped two fights in a row in 2019 and boasts just a 3-4 record in the octagon since he signed with the UFC back in 2016.
Needs new opponent at Sao Paulo
MiddleweightUFC
October 2, 2019
Arroyo (9-2-0) is no longer scheduled to face Kevin Holland (15-4-0) at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16 after the latter withdrew from the event, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Holland was removed from the card after the promotion tabbed his as a replacement for Eric Spicely (undisclosed) on the Oct. 18 UFC Boston card. The UFC is in the midst of searching for a new opponent for Arroyo, who should still get the opportunity to fight in his home country and try and extend his winning streak to six.
Final contract awarded Tuesday night
MiddleweightUFC
July 17, 2019
Arroyo defeated Stephen Regman via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:31 of Round 2 in the main event of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He was one of four fighters to be awarded a UFC contract at the conclusion of the show.
ANALYSIS
Arroyo had a distinct size advantage over a fighter probably better suited for the welterweight division, but that's no fault of his own -- even oddsmakers pegged this one as a pick'em. The Brazilian came out aggressive early with heavy kicks to the legs and body of Regman. Left unchecked for the most part, those kicks started to tally up in the second round, and also gave Arroyo an opening to go high. While his shin just grazed Regman's head, it was enough to send him to the canvas, where Arroyo began the fight-ending sequence. It would have been nice to see Arroyo display more boxing when on the feet, as the majority of strikes landed with his hands came on the ground. He was plenty effective with his kicks, but overall striking will be an area to watch as the caliber of competition increases. The 30-year-old will enter the UFC riding a five-fight winnings streak, including back-to-back Contender Series wins (he won a decision last August, but wasn't given a contract).