So far things could not be going better in 2016 for RFA featherweight Dan Moret. In two bouts this year, against Mike Plazola in January and versus Josh Wick in March, Moret has picked up two wins, raising his current winning streak to three.
And while he’s put together a solid winning streak over the last several months, that doesn’t mean Moret is 100-percent pleased with how things have gone.
“Usually fighters, myself included, are critical of your own performance,” Moret told MMAWeekly.com. “You always think you can do better.
“I feel like the win over Mike was decent. I didn’t execute some of the things I wanted to, but I was able still come away with a finish and get a win there. The Josh Wick fight was kind of the same thing. I was happy with the way I performed, but I felt like I could have done better.”
One thing that Moret wanted to accomplish in both fights was getting a finish, and while he was able to do that against Plazola, he was not able to against Wick.
“Submissions are always good, but being close to a UFC contract and getting to that point, I want to get some knockouts in a row,” said Moret. “That’s what the UFC wants to see, that’s what fans want to see, so that’s kind of the goal.
“You want to do it and you want to go for it, but at the same time, you can’t really force stuff. If you’re fighting high-level fights against talented guys, which at this point is the only kind of guys I’m facing, you can’t force things.”
“Basically, he’s going to come in and try to wrestle me,” said Moret of Gilpin. “His plan is to come out there and try to be on top of me for 15 minutes. He’s going to try to survive for 15 minutes, and hopefully three people (scoring the fight) sitting cageside will think he did more than I did.
“I’m looking to use a lot of movement, set up some strikes, and land something hard. I think if we go to the ground, I can put him into a position where he’s vulnerable and catch a submission on him. I think my overall MMA skills can top his wrestling.”
Should he pick up his fourth victory in six RFA bouts, Moret believes he can take another step forward in his career hopefully by year’s end.
“A win here puts me at 11-2 with four (wins) in a row,” he said. “I’ve been fighting prospects from across the country for some time now and doing well. My only losses are super-close ones, and I’ve been putting guys away and been putting on dominant performances in my wins.
“I feel like if I can get a good win here, I’m right on pace to get a call from the UFC, or challenge for the RFA title. I’m ready to challenge myself and fight at that next level.”