It’s been over a year since bantamweight Josh Rettinghouse lost his bout against Marlon Moraes for the World Series of Fighting featherweight title in brutal fashion. Over the course of five rounds, Moraes battered Rettinghouse’s leg en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Now, a year later, Rettinghouse is ready to return to fighting and feels his time away from the sport has been beneficial to his career as a whole.
“I needed a couple weeks to heal, but right after that I got back into the gym,” Rettinghouse told MMAWeekly.com. “I graduated college, got a full-time job as an accountant, but I really didn’t take any time off training.
“I’d fought seven times the year before, so (the time off) was a little different, but I feel 100-times better. It was good to sit back and analyze things and make sure I was ready for the next one. It was definitely helpful to the longevity of my career and I’m excited to show off what I’ve worked on.”
For his first fight back, Rettinghouse (10-3) will face a fellow fighter coming off a loss to Moraes in Josh Hill (10-1) in the main event of Global Warriors FC on Saturday night in Burlington, Ontario.
“I think we’re pretty similar as far as skillsets,” Rettinghouse said of Hill. “We have similar height, reach and builds. We’re both well-rounded.
“I think the fans will see a little bit of everything. It’s going to be a competitive and exciting fight. It’s not going to be easy, but I think that I’m a little bit better everywhere. We’ll have to see where the fight goes, but I feel I can win anywhere.”
Rettinghouse knows the importance of picking up a win over Hill and how rebounding from a very public loss could be a big thing for his career.
“By the end of the year I’m hoping to be at a good point and join the best promotion possible,” said Rettinghouse. “I want to beat tough guys that will have me in line for the UFC. I have to be ready because I think I’ll be on the short list of guys to call if somebody drops out of a fight.
“These next few years are vital. So I want to make each fight count and I think the second half of my career is going to be the better half.”