Michele Gutierrez was recently on Recap Radio to discuss her fight against Amanda LaVoy at XFO 39. The fight ended in a bit of controversy as LaVoy landed a knee to open a massive cut on Gutierrez. However video and photos have shown that LaVoy was holding Gutierrez’s hair which is illegal. Gutierrez didn’t hold back as she had some very harsh words about the fight.
So first off we have to ask, how’s the cut healing?
Believe it or not you can’t tell. I am the fastest healer in the world. I have a scar on my head above my eyebrow that goes into my hairline. All my stitches are out and I don’t even have a black eye or a bruise anymore.
And how many stitches did you receive?
I got twenty-eight stitches in my head and four on my eyelid.
The first round of the fight you were dominating Amanda Lavoy. Was that the gameplan to go in there and out box her?
With someone like her you can’t have a gameplan. She doesn’t have a style. She isn’t a striker or a wrestler. In my mind, looking at that kind of person and the kind of fighter that she is, I had no doubt that I would hit her with something that would make her fall down. I was just trying to do what I always do. I have never fought at that high of a weight before so that was kind of a test. But I was never worried about the game plan. The plan was just to be me and throw a lot of punches and move. The first time I knocked her down I let her back up cause I wanted to punch her some more, but the second time the ref separated us before I could even pounce on her.
So in the second round she started to pull your hair and I believe she was warned for it. How did that play into the fight?
I never heard her get warned for the hair pulling so I am not sure if he did or didn’t warn her. He didn’t warn her for anything. It was really weird. The second time that I dropped her when I was going in to get on her and punch her and he let her stand up that was weird to me. I know in mma there’s no standing eight count, you don’t do that. That kind of threw my mental off. I was like why is he letting her up. Then at the start of the second round I had a cut on my eye and I was fine. I could still see so I knew I was fine. Then after that is when she grabbed my braid and I went to peel her hand off, and when I moved my hands to get her hand out of my hair, she kneed me in the face.
I know there was some confusion as to what cut you, some thought it was an elbow, others a knee, so it was a knee that cut you?
Yeah she pulled my head down while holding my hair. I was trying to pull my head back up and creep out. But her legs were long, I could have been like standing and she kneed me. She could have kneed me from any angle due to her long legs. But she held my head down by grabbing my hair and kneed me that way.
I think Brian Butler of Suckerpunch immediately mentioned that you were going to appeal the ruling and work to get it turned into a no-contest. What’s the status of the appeal?
Immediately as I was leaving the arena I was obviously devastated. I just started fighting mma, but I have a good record. I have a good fight background. I am a clean technical fighter. I take a lot of pride into being fair and training hard. I have a lot of respect for the sport and the people that do it. So as I was leaving I felt like she (Amanda LaVoy) made women’s mma take like four giant steps in the wrong direction. I believe that because of HOW she fought, HOW she looked, the way she was in there. It was just all bad for women’s fighting and I felt like I was a part of that. That just crushed me. I am so trying to move forward in the right direction and do positive things for women’s fights. I want to get it so we have equal fights and I was a part of something that was not like that.
As we were walking out I was crying and talking to Brian and was so upset. He was like Michele you were killing her and she grabbed your hair. We are going to get this going right away. I came home and he had the appeal in right away on Monday. So now we are just waiting for the athletic commission to have their monthly board meeting and discuss everything. We have a lot of evidence. There are photographers who have come out from all over the place that were there. Even people from the audience have sent in pictures. We have four different camera views of the fight. They have more than enough evidence. On top of that someone started a group of Facebook to support me. We have a bunch of those people who have been calling in and sending in letters to the commission. The commission has a lot of heat on them right now.
The doctor seemed to have just stepped in and in half a second waved it off. Did the doctor even give you a chance to say no I want to keep fighting or anything like that?
No not at all. I brought my own cutman for the first time ever in my career. I felt really cool that I had my own cut man. I had my own guy, he’s really good. He wrapped my hands amazing. He was great. So I wanted him to try to be able to fix it. They didn’t give him a chance to try to fix it. Don’t get me wrong, the cut was really bad. But who is to say that he could have put whatever they put on cuts and it could have stopped and I could have hit her one more time and that would have been it. There’s so many unanswered questions in my head. I am upset about the loss cause she isn’t on the same level as me. For me to lose to someone like that is more than embarrassing. It is heartbreaking. But it wasn’t fair and just was an awkward situation. To know that there were fighters that night that didn’t want that referee and request to not have him made it worse. It was just a whole bunch of stuff.
Gutierrez went on to talk about her part in the upcoming Supremacy MMA game. To listen to the full interview use the player below or visit our blogtalk radio page