Top prospect Mando Gutierrez recently climbed to 3-0 in his blossoming career with a first-round submission victory at Lights Out 7 in Grand Rapids, Mich. He spoke with FightBook MMA about his victory and what’s next.
How would you rate your performance at Lights Out 7?
I’d give myself a C at best. I’m my hardest critic so I feel like there’s a lot more I could have done. The finish was executed well, but I wish I would have fired more on the feet. All in due time though, it’s all a process.
How does 3-0 feel?
3-0 feels great, but it’s time to start taking steps up in my career. This is all just the beginning phase of my career and I’m nowhere close to the ultimate goal. It’s time to make some baller moves, if you will.
Did you do anything to celebrate your victory?
As everyone has noticed, my family is everything to me, so I had my family, my girlfriend’s family, and some of my closest friends get together at this little Mexican spot in GR to have some drinks, eat, and celebrate the dub and all of us being together
When are fans going to see you back in the cage?
I didn’t take any real damage so I want to have a quick turnaround. Hopefully I can finalize something for early April then hopefully may as well! It’s gonna be a busy year for my team and I!
Where would you like to be one year from today?
A year from now, I’m hoping to have one another 5 or so fights, taking out higher caliber opponents as I go. By then I hope to have done enough to build a big name on the national scene and be in serious talks with the UFC.
Is there anything you want to say while you have this opportunity?
I just want to say thank you to all my friends, family, and supporters for being so amazing and making this so worthwhile every time. Their support means the world to me and it pushes me to be better everyday so none of this would be possible without them. At the end of the day I’m doing it for us. It’s always been about more than just me