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Slowly but surely, Chris Gutierrez is making a name for himself in the Bantamweight division. With some of the best leg kicks in the UFC, Gutierrez has made it a habit of chopping down his opponents. While he has shown some wrestling chops, it’s his takedown defense that has been impressive. In fact, following his UFC debut, Gutierrez has turned aside nineteen of the twenty four takedown attempts. The same can’t be said about Felipe Colares though, who has been taken down twenty one times in four fights. With a 36% takedown defense, Colares would prefer to keep the fight standing. With fast hands, Colares has shown if you give him space, he will tag you.
As for a prediction, I have Gutierrez winning. The American has been excellent thus far in the UFC, showing a consistent striking attack targeted around leg kicks. In fact, in six UFC fights, the lowest percentage of leg kicks landed amongst total strikes was 43%. Not many fighters on the roster come close to that percentage, as Gutierrez is a specialist like Jose Aldo was back in WEC. In what should be a fun fight, I do believe that Gutierrez will outpoint Colares and win via decision.