By CLINT FOSTER
DALLAS – Mineral Wells' own Isaiah Gutierrez is undefeated as a professional mixed martial arts fighter.
The 21-year-old emerged victorious in his pro debut with Xtreme Knockout on May 10 at Super Fight Weekend in Dallas Convention Center, beating his opponent, Phat Chau, in three rounds by TKO.
"Overall, it went pretty good," Gutierrrez said of his first foray into the pros. "I'm actually pretty glad that it went three rounds. I want to feel like I've actually been in a fight. A lot of times, my fights will be over in the first round. It's like you do all this hard work and then that's it.
"It may sound weird, but I want to wake up the next morning and feel a little banged up and worn out like, 'Man, I just got in a fight yesterday.' It wasn't anything serious, but I woke up and I felt like I'd gotten into a fight. That's a good feeling. I think I got him a lot worse."
Gutierrez's fight was the culmination of an eight-year journey that saw the 5-foot-8, 145-pound flyweight build a 4-1 record on the amateur circuit before making the coveted leap to the pro ranks.
His first pro opponent, Chau, would present a significant challenge, particularly considering Gutierrez knew virtually nothing about him outside of a near fight the two had about three years ago that never came to fruition.
Unknowns aside, it was a fight Gutierrez felt confident he could win going in.
"They said he was pretty tough, so I was just prepared for anything," he said. "I didn't really know what to expect.."
While preparing for his bout backstage, Gutierrez said his mind instantly went to back to everything he had gone through to prepare him for this moment.