The UFC 258 early prelims now feature four bouts with the late addition of Andre Ewell vs Chris Gutierrez. Serving as an early appetizer for the prelims and main card, these are some fights you do not want to miss.
Kicking the night off is the aforementioned catchweight bout between Ewell and Gutierrez. Then, rising star Miranda Maverick faces UFC vet Gillian Robertson. The third bout features two men searching for their first UFC wins in Gabe Green vs Phil Rowe. The UFC 258 early prelims will conclude with featherweights Ricky Simon and Brian Kelleher squaring off.
Editor’s Note: Ricky Simon vs Brian Kelleher has been moved up to the main card.
Andre Ewell (17-6) vs Chris Gutierrez (15-3-2)
The UFC added this fight to the UFC 258 early prelims today, just five days out from the event. Both had previously competed at bantamweight (135lbs), but this fight is set to take place at a catchweight of 140lbs. The timing of this match up works out nicely, as both are streaking and looking to keep the momentum going.
Andre Ewell was scheduled to compete this past weekend at UFC Vegas 18. Unfortunately, a positive COVID test forced him out of his bout with Cody Stamann. After hitting a couple of bumps early in his UFC career, Ewell seems to be hitting his stride. A winner of two straight, “Mr. Highlight” is still searching for that first finish inside the UFC octagon.
Meanwhile, Chris Gutierrez is fresh off of a draw to Cody Durden back in August. Prior to that, “El Guapo” rattled off three straight victories including recording the 11th leg-kick TKO in UFC history. Notably, Gutierrez holds a pre-UFC TKO win over Jimmy Flick.
Stylistically, it’s fair to expect this fight to be kept almost entirely on the feet. Moreover, it’s an orthodox vs southpaw match up which opens up more windows for kicks to land. However, you won’t see that much out of the boxing-heavy Ewell. Conversely, Gutierrez likes to set the tone early on with a few hard leg kicks. Neither guy has demonstrated a knack for finishing, but UFC 258 will begin with an entertaining affair.
Gillian Robertson (9-5) vs Miranda Maverick (10-2)
Gillian Robertson already has eight UFC appearances under her belt at the at of 25. Even prior to competing in the UFC, she fought women such as Hannah Goldy, Cynthia Calvillo, and Hannah Cifers. She’s had an up and down beginning to her UFC career (5-3), but again, at just 25 there’s still time for her to find her groove.
Her opponent, Miranda Maverick, is a rising star in many people’s eyes. Her UFC debut against Lilia Jojua was nothing short of spectacular. At 23 years of age, she is one of the youngest fighters on the roster, but she appears advanced for her age. Maverick could initiate a massive 2021 if she can grab a win this weekend on the UFC 258 early prelims.
Robertson will waste little time in trying to get this fight to the ground. Avoiding Maverick’s already high-level Muay Thai is something Robertson will be focused on. We’ve yet to see Miranda Maverick on the ground and uncomfortable – so it’ll be interesting to see how she responds if she encounters danger.
Philip Rowe (7-2) vs Gabriel Green (9-3)
Right off the bat, Philip Rowe is listed as a 6’3″ welterweight. Additionally, he hasn’t fought since winning the Contender Series two summers ago. ‘The Fresh Prince’ will make his first walk to the UFC octagon at UFC 258 also. He enters the contest having won six straight, all finishes (3 TKOs, 3 SUBs)
Gabe Green fought a quality opponent in Daniel Rodriguez to a decision defeat in his debut. He took the fight on short notice as well, which makes this fight feel like more of a debut. Still, he’ll be holding an experience advantage this time, having competed a few times at Bellator in addition to his one UFC bout.
Gabriel Green fought a talented, tall striker once before in Jalin Turner. He was finished in the opening round. Now, he should use that to his advantage in being able to make adjustments this time around. Contrarily, Rowe will have the athletic edge, as well as a seven-inch reach advantage. My guess is these two put on a good back and forth scrap.
Ricky Simon (17-3) vs Brian Kelleher (22-11)
Ricky Simon is an underrated mainstay in the UFC bantamweight division. Just entering his prime at 28 years old, Simon picked himself up after dropping fights to Uriah Faber and Rob Font with earning back-to-back victories. A win at UFC 258 might set Simon up with a ranked foe next.
Underrated could be used to describe Brian Kelleher too. Always down to brawl, “Boom” Kelleher already has five performance bonuses to his name. Yet, he’s still looking for that signature win, Simon would be just that.
These two are going to meet in the middle, plain and simple. Although both guys are mostly known for their game on the feet, both are sneakily dangerous on the mat. Going 15 minutes with Rob Font, the way Simon did, was pretty impressive. This is a pretty even fight no matter where it ends up.
The UFC 258 early prelims are absolutely worth watching this weekend. Four quality and what should be competitive bouts are set to head our way beginning at 6:15 PM (ET) on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.
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