Coming into 2020, featherweight Chris Gutierrez knew it was likely to be a minimal bit of time in advance of he could step again into the octagon and build off the again-to-again wins he picked up in the UFC in 2019, even ahead of the novel coronavirus compelled the planet into lockdown.
Subsequent an injury to near out very last year, Gutierrez admits his early prospects for 2020 weren’t wanting fantastic. He was able to get in excess of his depressed point out and get healthful in time for a return to preventing at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns on Might 30.
“Not only was the pandemic going on, but I was even now recovering from the ACL injuries I experienced sustained toward the conclusion of 2019, so my calendar year didn’t glimpse so superior,” Gutierrez advised MMAWeekly.com. “I pushed by way of it, and came out of the condition I was in, and I pushed ahead.
“Ultimately I was in charge of my possess long term, and in charge of my future, and I managed to get again up, dust myself off and transfer forward.”
Thankfully Gutierrez recovered in time for him to be ready to get in more than enough coaching to be completely ready for when he received the contact to come back to the UFC.
“I acquired cleared in early February, so I had a excellent few of months,” claimed Gutierrez. “Of program, I did not go balls to the wall, but I did not hold again both.
“I experienced time exactly where I was a small worried of matters, but my mentor talked me by means of it. He observed things I experienced to work on in get to get the eco-friendly light. I was equipped to take care of individuals factors and it helped me in the battle and finding the earn.”
On Might 30, Gutierrez had his initial combat in 10 months, buying up a second-round TKO of Vince Morales at UFC Battle Night, bringing his current profitable streak up to three in a row in the system.
“I really don’t keep in mind a lot about the battle,” Gutierrez said. “I wasn’t contemplating I was just reacting. I did not realize some of the things I did. I went again and watched the combat and surprised myself.
“Coming off an damage like that, going as a result of the pandemic, you just start out to think if it’s above and if I’m going to appear back again 100 p.c, but I didn’t permit myself be a target. I just understood that I was intended for great things, so I pushed forward and enable myself not be defeated, so I could receive those people issues.”
Even though he’s eager to make up for shed time, Gutierrez needs to make certain he returns to combating in a way that does not sacrifice extensive-time period balance for quick achieve.
“Of class I want to get back in, and the UFC is putting on fights, so to say that I’m not heading to battle again this yr wouldn’t be correct,” claimed Gutierrez. “I’m heading to battle once again, but I’m heading to get the job done on some points as much as myself and as far as my craft, so I’m heading to get it working day by day.
“I’m heading to rest and delight in the victory and get the relaxation up, then get back into camp, get again to the drawing board when I get back again to teaching.”