Guido Cannetti knew something needed to change.
The 42-year-old UFC bantamweight entered Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 203 on a three-fight losing streak and winless since 2018. Cannetti (9-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC) was undergoing his worst career stretch, as he prepared to face a tough Kris Moutinho in the preliminary card of the night.
The Argentinian managed to turn his career around in impressive fashion, stopping Moutinho (9-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in the first round of their contest. It was a much needed win for Cannetti.
“This sh*t needed a win and I needed to win in a good manner,” Cannetti told reporters in Spanish at the UFC Fight Night 203 post-fight press conference. “All my life I did it (wining), and after joining the UFC, I wasn’t able to do it anymore. And I didn’t know why. I put a lot of pressure on myself and I would eat less and train more and I was doing things so poorly that I ended sabotaging myself trying to do something better.
“Today I feel much better. I trained less and ate more. I felt strong. I felt with more energy since the moment I left Argentina until I got here and got in the cage. I told my self, ‘This is me.’ This is how I need to fight. Why didn’t I do it before?’ It was a time of learning and being able to let go and let other people help me like my nutritionist and coach. … I did so many thing so that my body could do better and so my mind could be better too. They ave to work together.”
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Although he’s 42, Cannetti has no intentions of retiring at the moment. The Argentine wants to continue fighting and keep earning victories for his home country.
“The truth is that I don’t have anyone in mind,” Cannetti said regarding who he’d like to face. “They can put whoever they want in front of me just as I’ve done my entire career. I don’t think on anyone else, I just think about me and preparing well and giving the fans a good victory for Argentina. … I feel very good. I expect to have more victories coming, and I hope I make a lot of money.”
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