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May 23, 2014

Gutierrez wins debut

Mineral Wells native wins first pro MMA fight by TKO in three rounds

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After fighting his way back up, Gutierrez landed a heavy blow with his right fist to Chau before the end of the round. 

The second round began much like the first. Gutierrez landed a few good shots before Chau went in for the takedown. Gutierrez fought it off initially, but was forced into the chain-link wall of the cage where Chau found a way to lift him up and slam him to the mat. 

Although Gutierrez said the second takedown didn't hurt too bad, he worried that it might look bad to the judges and quickly scrambled off the ground. Yet again, Gutierrez landed a few solid shots before the bell rang.

At this point, Gutierrez said he felt like he was on the ropes and would have to end things quickly in the third round.

But in retrospect, Gutierrez said he realized the loud crowd behind Chau truly had an impact on his perception of the fight. It wasn't until he watched the fight later that Gutierrez said he realized he was actually doing a good job.

"His side of the crowd was crazy loud," he said. "It was hard for me to even hear my corner. I thought I was down the first two rounds [because of the noise], but really, looking back on it without the sound, it was a completely different story. It looked like I was winning and maybe sometimes we were tied. But the crowd, it was crazy how much it seemed like they were affecting what was going on. He could do one little thing and the crowd would go crazy."

All outside factors aside, Gutierrez put it in his mind that the third round would be the last in his first pro bout.

"[Chau] was pretty tired," Gutierrez recalled of the beginning of round three. "He backed up into the corner and I was catching him with some hits. I threw a kick at him, he ducked under it though. So, I just kind of jumped on him and hit him with two uppercuts and a knee. He sprawled out and after that I just kept hitting him until the ref stopped it."

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