Middleweight is one of those divisions that can always use depth. It's bigger and better than ever, but it still needs a lot of fresh fighters at the bottom end to figure out who the next crop of top contenders will be. In that vein, Andy Enz is a great signing for the UFC right now. The former Ultimate Fighter 17 contestant announced his signing in a video interview with The Raven Post.
Training out of Gracie Barra Alaska, Enz will enter the UFC with a 10-1 record at just 22 years of age. He doesn't have much in the name of big wins to his record, as it's been compiled entirely on the Alaska regional circuit, but there's not much in the way of cans either, which is about all you can ask from a fighter at his age. His only career loss was a decision to UFC vet Julio Paulino, although he did suffer a broken arm in his opening round bout with Uriah Hall for TUF 17. Seven of his ten wins are by submission and he has six first round finishes over all.
There's very little footage of Enz out there unless you're interested in a few seconds of him almost getting tapped by Uriah Hall on TUF, or a highlight reel from the first four fights of his career. It's obvious he's got some submission prowess, but the biggest takeaways from what I've seen are that he's incredibly aggressive, both on the ground and on his feet. His striking is mostly boxing and while he throws at a high volume and defends well with his hands his footwork looks somewhat poor. He appears decent in the clinch working out of the thai plum and his fight results suggest that he's pretty strong on the ground, but I've seen nothing of his transition game. At his age he's got all the time in the world to develop, but he may have to move out of Alaska to do it. No debut date or opponent has been announced as of yet.
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