Middleweight fighter Moses Murrietta (5-0) sat down with MMA Uncaged this week just days before flying from his home gym in Southern California to compete in his second bout with the international MMA promotion M-1 Global. Murrietta appeared relaxed and calm as he put his feet up and leaned back in his chair in the gym now empty and quiet after a heated fight camp.
“I’m ready,” he said smiling. “I think it’s gonna be a dog fight.”
And a dog fight is exactly what Murrietta is known for. His last appearance at M-1 Global even earned him a performance bonus for his convincing three-round war with Andrey Seledtsov and he’s been known on the regional circuit as a brawler with a thirst for blood.
Murrietta is heading into battle having trained with some of the best fighters in the game today including UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former lightweight champ Rafel dos Anjos.
“I’ve done a lot of rounds with Bisping,” Murrietta said. “We drilled a lot of jiu-jitsu, wrestling and had quite a few sparring rounds.”
Murrietta and Bisping are both Middleweight fighters and as such Murrietta often seeks advice from the veteran fighter.
“Bisping says that I’m feeling strong and will be in the UFC in no time,” he said. “I just need to keep doing what I have been doing.”
The pair has been training together for years, ever since Murrietta was just a budding amateur and Bisping was eyeing his eventual UFC title. Murrietta has kept the same head coach, Brady Fink, throughout his MMA career — something rare these days as we see fighters changing camps frequently.
He will be fighting his second Russian opponent when he faces Ruslan Shamilov, who has just one professional fight under his belt — a second round TKO win over Davrbek Isakov back in April of this year.
“He’s a striker and he commits to his punches,” he said of his future opponent. “Everything he throws has bad intentions, he’s a blitz striker which means he will sprint forward at me with punches, but he doesn’t seem like much of a counter striker and I haven’t seen any wrestling from him.”
Murrietta, known for his unique mental preparedness, says he already knows what will happen come Saturday.
“I already see it. I have visualized what will happen. I can’t tell you though, I have to have some secrets,” he laughed.
He says that after fighting regionally for years, he found fighting abroad was a whole new experience, one he plans to use to his advantage this time around.
“The whole experience of flying out to Russia last time and having the bloated weight from the flight and the head game of the bigger size show in a foreign country — it’s something I don’t have to worry about this time because I already know what to expect. I think that’s going to make things a lot easier for me.”
Murrietta will have four more fights left on his six-fight contract and hopes that he’ll be called to the UFC before he hits free agency.
“I hope to be in the UFC by next year,” he said. “I’d fight anyone, I don’t really care.”
Murrietta will face Shamilov on Saturday, August 5 in Helsinki, Finland at M-1 Challenge 82 The fight can be viewed on the M-1 Global website or on their mobile app.