Carrying out a successful 2021 campaign that saw him grab back-to-back wins, bantamweight Mando Gutierrez could keep his momentum moving in his first episode of 2022.
Facing Matthew Elliot at Total Warrior Combat in February, Gutierrez could weather an admittedly underwhelming performance to get a unanimous decision victory for his third win in a row.
Obviously the win is nice, and getting the hand raised may be the most significant, but I dont feel just like I got eventually to show anything, Gutierrez told MMAWeekly.com. I dont feel just like I performed to the very best of my abilities.
Id say its probably among my worst performances. Ive got a large chip on my shoulder getting into this fight. Im on the point of venture out there and show the very best version of me thats ever been on the market.
A very important factor Gutierrez done to make sure hes his best he is able to maintain his upcoming bouts was to focus on the mental facet of his game observe how that influences the others of his development.
Personally i think like Im consistently improving and better, said Gutierrez. Im still relatively not used to this game. I havent been achieving this for such a long time.
My mental approach has been completely different this season. Ive had a mental shift which has helped me unlock a fresh level of effort and training that havent had the opportunity to step into before, so now Personally i think Im more primed and all set than previously.
This Tuesday in NEVADA, Nevada, Gutierrez (7-1) can look to increase his winning streak as well as perhaps punch his ticket to another level when he faces Paul Rosas Jr. (5-0) in a 135-pound bout at Dana Whites Tuesday Night: Contender Series 9.
Hes a savage and definitely has a right to be here, Gutierrez said of Rosas. But simultaneously hes got a tall task in fighting me.
I believe Raul poses a large threat on the floor. I feel I’ve as much ground game as he does to create to the table. I believe its likely to make for an excellent fight in any event whether on the floor or your toes but I see myself because the better fighter all-around.
Despite the fact that a win at the Contender Series could give Gutierrez his shot at the UFC, hes likely to approach his fight like he’d any in his career and allow chips fall where they could.
Ive been competing my very existence, so if you ask me its just the next phase along the way, said Gutierrez. With regards to the fight game that is most likely the slowest year Ive ever endured, so Im just excited to obtain back on the market.
Granted this is actually the biggest stage of these all, and Im prepared to escape there and show the planet what Im with the capacity of. Im happy the chance is here now (to potentially make) the next phase in my own career. Im just prepared to give it my all and show the planet what Ive got and excersice forward and keep pushing.