Kris Moutinho gained the respect of the blended martial arts world after his show of toughness at UFC 264, however that’s not what he needs to be identified for.
Stepping in on quick discover in his promotional debut, Moutinho (9-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) confronted rising contender Sean O’Malley in July in what proved to a tough evening on the workplace as Moutinho absorbed 230 important strikes however by no means stopped coming ahead.
Moutinho fought arduous and, at occasions, put stress on O’Malley till referee Herb Dean stopped the struggle with lower than 30 seconds remaining, a lot to the chagrin of Moutinho. The excellent news is that followers gained’t have to attend too lengthy to see Moutinho compete once more as he’s already booked to face Aaron Phillips (12-4 MMA, 0-3 UFC) on Oct. 23, which Moutinho admits is a little bit faster than he anticipated.
“I didn’t plan on coming back so quick,” Moutinho instructed MMA Junkie. “I deliberate on perhaps the top of the yr, perhaps subsequent yr, however you’ll be able to’t actually say no in these conditions. It’s a great struggle. It’s a tricky child. They’ve given me two months to arrange. I didn’t have many accidents. My toe was a little bit banged up, and every thing else was fairly good.
“I healed up pretty quick, and I’ve been training non-stop, so there’s really no reason for me to say no. If I start saying no now, who knows what they give me next time? I’m just ready to go out there, have a good camp and show everybody that I know how to move my head. I’m not just a punching bag.”
Not solely did Moutinho earn a cool $75,000 efficiency bonus for his struggle in opposition to O’Malley, however his Instagram followers skyrocketed to 170,000. While all that’s good, the robust man moniker doesn’t sit effectively with Moutinho.
“I gotta win fights first,” Moutinho stated. “That’s crucial half. Get these wins and present everyone I’m price extra than simply what they noticed the final struggle. I’m glad everyone loved the final struggle, everyone beloved it, however it nonetheless hurts me. I can’t even watch it anymore.
“I watched it a couple of times, and it was too much. I don’t want to be known as the guy who just takes ass whoopings. I’m a fighter. I’ve been fighting for a very long time. I put on shows, and y’all are gonna see it.”