"I get injured. I'm banged up even right now, but you just kind of keep going with it," the younger Gutierrez said. "It's not going to stop me from doing something I enjoy. It's just like any other sport. You keep going, unless it's something really severe."
"I generally don't pull any punches," Gutierrez's father said. "And if it was something I saw he wasn't good at, I'd direct him toward something else. But he works really hard and he's pretty good. You do get worried sometimes, because it is a physical sport, but he trains a lot and he knows what he's doing."
Johnny Gutierrez has been nothing short of instrumental in his son's success by taking on the role of his manager. In fact, Isaiah said he gives his father all the credit for helping him to make it to the pros.
Although it's not technically his full-time job – Johnny Gutierrez is an officer with the Weatherford Police Department – the elder Gutierrez said managing his son easily could take up all of his time. Johnny handles calling promoters, booking fights, gaining sponsors, taking care of paperwork and medical details and a myriad of other necessary details to give his son a viable career. He said he didn't hesitate to take on the responsibility.
"He just needed someone to do that so he can concentrate on what he does: the fighting," Johnny said. "There are tons of things that need to be done in order to get ready.
"I'm pretty excited for this opportunity with XKO. They're a pretty good organization and a great place to go fight for."
In addition to his father, Isaiah said he also wanted to thank Lutter, his sparring teammates and Jiu-Jitsu instructor Chris Westfall for helping him reach this point.