Chris Gutierrez Ethnicity and Nationality: Where Are the UFC Bantamweight’s Parents From?

Published 12/09/2023, 7:33 AM EST

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Chris Gutierrez will face Yadong Song in the main event for UFC Fight Night Song vs. Gutierrez on December 9. #15-ranked bantamweight Gutierrez, whose eight-fight win streak was snapped by Pedro Munhoz earlier this year, will face #7-ranked Song. A victory for ‘El Guapo’ would ensure he breaks into the top ten of the bantamweight division.

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Their fight promises to be an exciting affair, given their stylistic matchup. Gutierrez is known for his dynamic kicks and ability to switch stances effortlessly, and he keeps a spinning back fist in reserve that he uses as a counter. Song, the betting odds favorite going into the fight, is a smooth operator with a keen eye for openings, which he capitalizes on with his incredible speed. And ahead of their main event bantamweight bout, let us take a look at Chris Gutierrez’s background.

Chris Gutierrez’s nationality, ethnicity, and parents’ background

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UFC bantamweight Chris Gutierrez holds an American nationality, which he holds by way of birth. The 32-year-old was born in Greenville, Texas, on April 2, 1991, to Latin American parents from different ethnic backgrounds.

‘El Guapo’s mother is reportedly from Guatemala, while his father hails from Colombia, which makes Gutierrez Latino by ethnicity. The Texas resident started training in martial arts at the age of 16 and turned pro at the age of 22 in 2013. His upcoming fight against Song Ma proves to be a make-or-break fight for his career, as a loss may relegate him to the margins of the bantamweight division.

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A win, on the other hand, can be a stepping stone towards the top level of the division. The BJJ brown belt has been open about being “scared sh*tless” at the prospect of facing his higher-ranked opponent, which he claims all fighters are before a fight.

‘El Guapo’ clarified that he was not trying to put on a brave face and felt it was natural to feel so at having to fight half-naked in front of millions of people”. However, this nervousness was not visible as the two men met for their final face-off at the weigh-in for their fight.

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Gutierrez and Song make weight for their main event bout

Both Chris Gutierrez and Yadong Song weighed in at 136 pounds, the bantamweight non-title bout limit for their fight tonight. While Song was all smiles at the bout, it was clear from Gutierrez’s face that he had struggled with the weight cut.

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The two then approached the center stage and had a tense stare-down. Gutierrez did not show any of his self-admitted nervousness as he stared down at a bespectacled Song, who chose to keep his sunglasses on for it. Who do you think will win in their bout?

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Kanishk Thakur

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Hi, I am Kanishk and I am a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. I love telling the stories of these magnificent fighters and this wildly unpredictable sport that is so frustrating and yet so joyous at the same time. I never really used to watch MMA, thinking it too crude or brutal a sport to deserve respect.
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