Since stepping up to the national stage in the RFA promotion, Black House lightweight James “Moonwalker” Moontasri has picked up back-to-back wins and rebounded off the only loss of his career.
Moontasri credits his return to his strong work ethic.
“My last couple of fights have been in the RFA and I feel like my performances have gone very well,” he said. “I feel that changes that I’ve made in my training as far as coaches and training partners – all the steps I’ve taken – has led to my success.
“My performances are reflection of my hard work. I’m in the gym all the time, learning new techniques, and finally I am able to show them in the cage.”
Moontasri told MMAWeekly.com that after his loss last year, he didn’t make a massive overhaul of things, but just made small adjustments that have helped him get back on track.
“It’s not really any big changes,” he said. “I have the same coaches and all of that, but as far as my nutrition and just taking my career a bit more seriously and realizing it’s what I want to do in the long run.
“I’m surrounding myself with the right people, doing the right things and it’s those minor changes that have had a big impact.”
Moontasri (6-1) will look to pick up his third RFA win when he returns to the promotion on June 6 in Culver City, Calif., against Jordan Rinaldi (6-2).
“He’s a very tough guy,” Moontasri said of Rinaldi. “He’s the most well-rounded guy I’ve fought in my MMA career. I’m very excited to fight him. I think he’s going to put up a really good fight. I’m definitely prepared for him and am not taking him lightly.
“I respect him a lot, I respect him for taking the fight, and I’ve prepared very well for this fight.”
A third win in the RFA could set Moontasri up for a possible lightweight title shot, but that’s the furthest thing from his mind at this time.
“Every fight I take, I take it one at a time, so whether I won or lost my last fight, it doesn’t really matter,” he said. “For me, I’m just as motivated for this fight as I am for any. I will say that this year things have been going well, and I just want to keep it going.
“I’m just focusing on Jordan and the results of that (fight). After that, the results of (whether I win or lose) I’ll focus on another day. Right now my focus until our fight is him.”