Fighting Out Of: New Jersey, USA
Next Fight: TBD
Julio Arce is a 15-2 American Mixed Martial Artist fighting in the UFC‘s Featherweight division. After being featured on the first season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Julio has gone on to build a 2-0 UFC record that includes a win over Dan Ige. Julio is a well rounded, talented fighter with the potential to become a future contender in the UFC Featherweight division.
In under a year you have gone from fighting on Dana Whites Contenders series and just missing out on a contract to now having two impressive UFC wins. What has the last year been like for you and are you happy with how your journey to the UFC has played out?
“It has been a journey filled with ups and downs but I am happy because this was the route that I was supposed to take. It took a little longer but it was supposed to happen this way and now here I am today 2-0 in the UFC so I am very happy about how the journey has played out.”
After two impressive performances in a row, you are starting to get some attention as a potential future contender at Featherweight. What’s next for you?
“As far as what is next I don’t know opponent wise but it will be someone even tougher and I can’t wait for the opportunity to fight again.”
Since being introduced to you by the contenders series, you have become one of my favourite up-and-coming Featherweights to watch, not only because of your impressive skill set but because of your contagious positive attitude. What do you attribute your positivity to, is it how you have always been or is it due to a deep love of what you do?
“Martial arts is the life I live and I love it. I have been like this all my life and when I missed my chances to get into the UFC 4 times I could have stopped chasing that dream to get there but I refused to quit and I kept my head up and kept training hard because I knew my time to fight there would come soon and I wanted to be ready.”
What was the fight or moment in particular that let you know you could fight at a high level?
“The moment I was told I could fight at a high level was the day I started competing in regular tournaments as a teenager.”
Who is someone that inspires you?
“I am inspired by my team Tiger Schulmann, everyone from my coaches to my teammates, and that’s why we are going to keep rising to the top.”