Mario Bautista

USA

Comes through as underdog in FOTN candidate
BantamweightUFC
July 20, 2019
Bautista defeated Jinsoo Son via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Bautista rightfully received a second chance with the company after dropping his short-noticed debut to Cory Sandhagen in January, and UFC brass is surely content with that decision. The two slugged it out on the feet for nearly the entirety of the bout, making their case to be an early frontrunner for Fight of the Night honors. Bautista's size advantage came into play as well, as Son recorded several takedowns, but Bautista always bounced right back up. He absorbed Son's onslaught with little signs of wear, and consistently fired back with his own jabs, short elbows and even shoulder shots in the clinch. He wasn't able to get the finish, but that can be largely attributed to Son's extreme toughness and granite chin. There might be something here for Bautista, who improved to 7-1 as a professional with the victory. When it was all said and done, both fighters indeed took home $50,000 bonuses after being awarded Fight of the Night honors.
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Second UFC bout in San Antonio
BantamweightUFC
May 17, 2019
Bautista will take on Jin Soo Son in a bantamweight matchup at UFC San Antonio on July 20, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Bautista was submitted by Cory Sandhagen via first-round armbar in his January UFC debut, marking the first blemish on his 6-1 overall record. He'll look to bounce back against Son, who also dropped a challenging debut against top prospect Petr Yan last September. Bautista has plenty of time to improve at just 25 years old, but he may be forced to look outside the UFC for opportunities if he can't get back on track this summer.
No-shows UFC debut
BantamweightUFC
January 19, 2019
Bautista lost to Cory Sandhagen via submission (armbar) at 3:31 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brooklyn.
ANALYSIS
A last-minute replacement for an injured John Lineker, Bautista really struggled in his UFC debut. It was a massive step up in competition for the 25-year-old MMA Lab product and his inexperienced showed. Following a huge takedown, Bautista immediately put himself in harm's way against the talent Sandhagen and was unable to recover. Fighters that are willing to accept a late notice fight almost always get a second chance with the company regardless of the result the first time around. Bautista should resurface with the UFC.
Set for UFC debut
BantamweightUFC
January 12, 2019
Bautista will make his UFC debut in a bantamweight bout against Cory Sandhagen at UFC Brooklyn on Jan. 19, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Bautista will be a last-minute fill-in for John Lineker, who was forced to pull out Thursday due to a rib injury. Bautista is undefeated in six fights as a professional, with five of his victories coming in the first two rounds. His opponent, Sandhagen, isn't particularly experienced himself, with just two UFC matches under his bout. He won both in the second round via TKO.