Coming off the first loss of his pro career, The Ultimate Fighter 18 cast member Anthony “Sharkbait” Gutierrez was looking to get back on track earlier this year when he faced Austin Lyons at Titan FC 33 in March.
Thankfully, Gutierrez was able to pick up the win with a third-round TKO, getting himself back on track in the process.
“There are some things I would have done differently looking back on it, but at the end of the day I think my performance was pretty good,” Gutierrez told MMAWeekly.com. “I wish I would have opened up and gotten more aggressive earlier, but I feel good about it otherwise.
“It was (coming off of) my first pro loss, and you’re only good as your last fight in the MMA world, so it was good to say that in my last fight I won. It felt good to get back in the win column.”
“It’s a pretty interesting match-up stylistically,” Gutierrez said of facing Johns. “He’s a really smart, technical fighter with good timing. But I think I’ll have an athletic and size advantage on him, and will be able to push the pace that he won’t be able to keep up with, especially in the later rounds.
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“Also I feel my striking is light years ahead of his. Once I can establish the range – which could be awkward at first – I’ll have the fight figured out and should be able to take over with my striking.”
While moving up in his career is important to Gutierrez, for him, making his living as a fighter is the most important thing right now, and anything else that comes of it is just an added bonus.
“Of course it’s good to have goals and stuff, but I don’t have long term goals as far as what I have to accomplish or anything like that,” said Gutierrez. “For me, I want to make as much money as I can make to pay the rent, get car payments paid, and things like that.
“It’ll be good to put a win on the resume against a guy who is 11-0 (in Johns). It could get me into the UFC. It could get me more high profile fights in other promotions. But I’m not worried about that. After the fight with Johns, I’m just looking for the next fight that (makes the most sense financially).”