After fighting just once in what was a less-than-ideal 2020 for Kris Moutinho, he feels at his best.
With gyms reopening and closing in the Northeast due to COVID-19 restrictions, Moutinho considers his career to be at a high point. It mostly stems from his decision to move to Regiment Training Center in Fall River, Massachusetts in September 2019.
“Trying to workout around at my house, work around all the [expletive] and still, this is the best I’ve ever felt,” Moutinho said.
“I was so used to doing the same things all the time. That’s the best thing since going here. I am not complacent.”
Moutinho is the “new guy”
Moutinho can finally feel like the “new guy” again in the gym, despite having close to 10 years of MMA experience. The 12-fight veteran needed change and sought it out at Regiment.
The comfort of familiarity is gone, which is what Moutinho deems necessary.
“It’s teaching an old dog new tricks you know what I mean. I’ve been in this game for ten years and I feel it, I feel like I’ve been there for a really long time. I know little tricks,” Moutinho said. “I need to get to the basics and learn things again, learn how to move again.”
Time to change
Moutinho’s move to his new team came after two-straight losses. The skid started with a fourth-round TKO loss to now-UFC bantamweight Tony Gravely for the CES bantamweight championship in January 2019.
Looking to rebound, Moutinho dropped a second-round TKO loss to Johnny Campbell at CES 57 in July 2019. Campbell is no slouch, currently ranking as the No. 1 bantamweight in the New England area.
The 28-year-old turned it around with a second-round TKO win against Ashiek Ajim at CES 61 this past October. It’s the start Moutinho needed in this new chapter at Regiment.
“The last two fights, I don’t know what I was doing, I wasn’t fighting like myself, listening to too many people outside of my brain,” Moutinho said. “This last fight, I fought the way I did. I put pressure, I landed big shots, wrestled when I needed to and you saw the outcome.”
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Full Kris Moutinho Interview
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