Sometimes problems can be good things, and for undefeated bantamweight prospect Anthony Gutierrez, his is that his fights don’t last that long.
Since his pro debut in 2011, Gutierrez hasn’t been out of the first round in any of his fights, including his most recent against Charlie DuBray in Titan FC this past February.
“He was coming off a pretty good win and I was expecting a tough fight with Charlie,” said Gutierrez. “He was able to take me down right off the bat, and I was able to set up a quick submission.”
With his fights ending so quickly, Gutierrez told MMAWeekly.com that he judges his growth as a fighter during training.
“The biggest gauge is in the practice room,” he said. “That’s where you know how good you’re getting and the improvements you’re making.
“As far as fights goes, things can happen in fights to where it can end quick, so basically judging your skills and stuff goes down in the practice room.”
Gutierrez (5-0) may finally get the kind of test he’s been looking for when he returns to Titan FC on Friday night in Cedar Park, Texas, against UFC veteran Walel Watson (12-7).
“I think we are pretty similar as far as attributes go,” said Gutierrez of Watson. “He’s got good jiu-jitsu, he’s long and he’s athletic, but me being able to dictate where the fight goes is going to play a big role in that.
“I think my wrestling is a lot better than his and I’m going to be working a lot of pressure – being in his face – and make it as gritty as possible.”
Though Watson could provide his most difficult opposition yet, Gutierrez is confident the fight on Sept. 26 will be much of the same as his previous fights.
“I’m ready to be pushed and I think Walel is the guy to do it, said Gutierrez. “I do see this being my toughest fight, but having said that, I see it ending the same way all my other pro fights have.”
A win over name fighter could be the catalyst for Gutierrez’s return to the UFC after leaving The Ultimate Fighter in 2013; however his focus lays elsewhere.
“I’m in no rush to get to the UFC,” said Gutierrez. “I think a lot of guys are ‘UFC or bust’ and that’s the only thing that’s on their mind, but for me it’s really about getting better and fighting in Titan.
“I want to just keep winning fights – wherever they are, whoever they’re for – and I know eventually big things will start to happen.”