Mando Gutierrez is a featherweight stud fighting out of Michigan. After making his professional MMA debut at Lights Out Championship 5 in September, “El Toro” makes a quick turnaround to face Kevin Walker Jr. at Total Warrior Combat.
The Scrap recently caught up with the Murcielago MMA prospect ahead of his fight.
“This fight is business as usual”
Although the fight is a quick turnaround, Mando plans to stick to his game plan: minimize damage taken, make the fight end pretty in front of his backyard, and then take another quick turnaround.
But, that will be after Christmas of course. Gutierrez has other plans for the end of next month.
“I know I’m going to get fat on Christmas.”
Prepared, yet unfazed by his opponent, “El Toro” didn’t need to watch tape. Apparently a typical one to run his mouth, Walker fought Mando’s teammate in the past and now the undefeated featherweight gets his chance at “sleeping him” next.
“I don’t like people who talk shit,” said Gutierrez. “I don’t take anybody lightly. I keep preparing the only way I know how.”
When it comes to fight night, Mando knows that, “people love winners.” He feels that if he shows up and does what he needs to do in front of the people who know him best, he’ll be just fine.
A Total Warrior Combat Return
Gutierrez returns back to TWC for the first time in his professional career, and he’s not stopping there.
“I can’t let myself forget that I started this cause I’m hungry, I just gotta keep myself hungry.”
He plans to not let the momentum stop heading into 2020, wants to finish this year 3-0 because he has big plans for the future. Fully focusing on fighting for the first time in his career, Mando quit his job recently and is ready to make a run for the big leagues.
A Star in the Making
The wrestler-turned-Barber-turned-MMA fighter is currently a two-promotion amateur champion and started his career at lightweight. Fighting at 145 pounds now, Gutierrez knows that the fight game won’t be his end game.
For a man with many talents, there are multiple avenues for him. Mando knows that one day, he will be on a bigger stage. However, he’s in no rush to get there.
But as a Barber for many WWE Superstars, “El Toro” knows that a run in the WWE is on his list. But, after he becomes a household name in MMA first.
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