In suffering the first loss of his career last year, featherweight prospect Dan “Hitman” Moret changed his strategy for fighting and feels like he’s come out better for it.
Following a dominant first round against Luke Sanders at RFA 13 in March of 2014, Moret admittedly took his foot off the gas and in the process let his opponent take control of the fight and get the win.
“It was a big learning experience for me; gauging what happened there and what I did to let that fight slip away,” Moret told MMAWeekly.com. “I give Luke all the credit in the world, but it’s a fight I felt I gave away instead of was beat in. I let him work his way back into the fight and wrestle himself to a victory.
“I got the lead and tried to not lose the fight, rather than gone out there to win it. I’ve got to put guys away when they’re hurt and not protect leads because anything can happen in MMA.”
Moret was able to rebound in October and get a win over Jordan Griffin, and now he looks to pick up his second straight victory in Prior Lake, Minn., at RFA 24 on March 6 against Bobby Moffett, who seems to have been labeled the underdog in their fight.
“I don’t take any guys lightly,” said Moret. “There’s a reason why the RFA wanted to bring Bobby in and offer him the fight. He’s a talented fighter and a very dangerous fighter. He’s a guy that can finish fights at any time.
“There aren’t any gimme fights in the RFA. You’re always going to be fighting someone who is a talented guy.”
Having let one fight get away from him before, Moret (7-1) doesn’t intend to give Moffett (6-1) get an opportunity to turn the tide in his favor at all.
“I know he’s a tough guy and finishing him is not going to be easy,” said Moret of Moffett. “But I definitely want to try to put him away and make a statement.
“I feel like I’m in contention for the title and if you’re in that position you need to be putting guys away in the RFA. A decision’s not going to do it.”
It is the opportunity to fight for the RFA 145-pound title that is one of many goals Moret has set for himself in 2015.
“I’m looking to build myself a winning streak here in the RFA and work my way towards a title fight hopefully,” said Moret. “I definitely feel like fighting for the RFA title, winning it, and getting a chance to fight in the UFC is definitely an obtainable goal that I’m shooting for.”