This past February, bantamweight Chris Gutierrez picked up a split-decision victory over Timur Valiev at World Series of Fighting 28. And while he was pleased with his win, Gutierrez believes he could have made a better case for himself in the fight.
Thought he was able to sway the judges to his side with an effort to finish, it was the lack of actually finishing Valiev that Gutierrez is most critical of his performance in the fight.
“Not to make any excuses – I got the victory, and that’s all that matters at the end of the day – but I could have ended the fight, and that’s what got the referees to see it my way,” Gutierrez told MMAWeekly.com. “As far as throwing a submission or TKO, I was the closest one to that, and that’s why I got that decision.”
One thing that Gutierrez is pleased with is the fact that he’s able to step into a promotion like the WSOF and take his career to another level.
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“If you want to be a professional athlete, your main goal is to be the greatest at what you do,” he said. “Fighting locally is awesome, but if you want to take a step up in your career, then of course it helps to step up in competition.
“I want to solidify my position as one of the better bantamweights out there. I’m ready to take the challenges. I’m happy to step up to WSOF and showcase my skills.”
In what must seem like déjà vu, Gutierrez (9-1-1) faces Valiev once again, this time at WSOF 33 in a main card 135-pound bout on Friday ….View full article