If the young Chris Gutierrez had his way, he could be gambling football someplace across the globe, kicking that ball round in place of scoring with the form of kicks to the leg that ended his May combat with Vince Morales.

Now understanding his records at the pitch, it’s clean to recognize how he were given so proper together along with his kicks in MMA, and he need to take solace withinside the truth that he’s competing on the very best stage of this sport. It’s only a reminder that there’s no disgrace in now no longer being capable of take his sport to the subsequent stage to grow to be a seasoned football player.

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“I could tell you a lot of things,” Gutierrez begins in response. “But telling you I was a slouch in soccer, I’d be lying.”

We both laugh. Okay, let me re-phrase that. Maybe he just peaked too soon.

“Exactly,” he said. “I like to think so. My brother made it on a semi-pro team down in Ecuador and when we went down to Colombia, we got scouted and stuff like that, but we were too young. I was 14-15 at the time, and my brother was 15-16, so we were way too young.”

All’s well that ends well for “El Guapo,” a bantamweight on the rise who has gone 3-1-1 in the UFC since his debut in 2018. It’s been a good run thus far for the 29-year-old, who is coming off an August draw with Cody Durden, but the work’s not done yet, and that work ethic is something he learned from his parents Jorge and Gladis.

Chris Gutierrez’s Hispanic heritage laid the foundation for hard work and doing whatever it takes to support his family
Chris Gutierrez celebrates after his TKO victory over Vince Morales in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

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