Kris Moutinho

Photo courtesy of Moutinho's Instagram account.

Kris Moutinho looks to continue win streak at CES 53 on November 2

Kris Moutinho’s last fight was a battle, he went back and forth with Da’Mon Blackshear but after a slow start, he pulled out an impressive victory at CES 51. That win put his record at 6-2, the BST Fitness & MMA fighter is now on a two-fight win streak after dropping the two before that. Moutinho was glad to get the victory, despite a slow start, the highlight of the fight for him was being able to show how big his heart is.

“There were things I could’ve done better but all in all, I was pretty happy with my performance. Kid was a really tough opponent, a lot better than I anticipated, strong, good hands, good wrestling, kid was the complete package. It let me show my heart, I was very excited with my performance.”

The fight with Blackshear also showcased Moutinho’s full skillset as the fight allowed him to stay on the feet, go to the ground and go the distance. Proof of what Moutinho has been trying to prove the whole time, that he is a complete fighter.

“My game plan was to keep throwing punches, not really look for a knockout and just going, keep pushing, keep pushing cause I know I have the cardio to go 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 rounds. I can just keep going, push my pace. I had to use my wrestling a little bit more than I thought. All in all, I got to show the holes that everyone thought I had, I know I can wrestle, I know I can do jiu jitsu, I’m a complete fighter and that’s all I’m trying to prove when I’m in there.”

After that performance, Moutinho went on vacation to Mexico to soak up some sun and eat too much. After achieving both goals, the bantamweight prospect returned home and hit the gym almost immediately. It didn’t take much longer than him getting home to get another fight booked as well. At CES 53, Moutinho will face James Quigg, who has a record of 4-2 and is also a teammate of Blackshear’s at Team ROC in North Carolina.

Moutinho believes that Quigg will try and take him down, but he isn’t worried about it.

“Same basic game plan, put me on my back, but it’s not going to go that way.”

Quigg will be a tough test for Moutinho as he has had an impressive career so far, he went undefeated as an amateur and continued his win streak as a professional going 3-0. He then lost his next two before picking up a win in his last fight. What Quigg has done best in his career so far is avoiding giving the judges a chance to decide his fate. All of his fights, as an amateur and a professional have ended in finishes.

Moutinho is known for finishing fights as well, and he believes this one won’t go to the judges either.

“I’m looking for the finish every time.”

After his last fight, Moutinho called for a shot at the CES bantamweight title. Since then, the title has been vacated by former champion Andre Ewell who has been signed by the UFC. Now, the title is up for grabs at CES 53 as Moutinho’s teammate Dinis Paiva will face Tony Gravely. Kris Moutinho is rooting for his teammate and he won’t face him if he wins, but he believes his big break is coming soon and that he is ready for it.

“I’m ready to go now, despite those two losses, that was a completely different person than I am right now. Just mentally, the way I’m training, the way I’m feeling, I feel like an animal right now. I feel like straight up savage and I’m ready to prove it against the top talented fighters in the world. I train with guys in the UFC and I do well against everybody. I’m ready now, I’m ready whenever I get my shot.”

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Doug Geller