Brandon Moreno says he made one of the toughest decisions of his career.
After Moreno suffered a close decision loss to Deiveson Figueiredo for the flyweight title at UFC 270, the Mexican decided to change gyms. He left his longtime gym, Entram Gym to go to Kansas to train at Glory MMA under James Krause. For the former champ, he says the decision was a hard one.
“Of course it was very hard. It was very hard,” Moreno told MMA Junkie in Spanish. “Raul (Arvizu) has been my coach since I started at 16, 17 years old – of course it was hard. But people need to understand and not confuse loyalty. I still care about Raul, I still care about my team, and that has nothing to do with loyalty and everything to do with my career, the things I want to keep achieving, and the hunger I have to accomplish my dreams.”
Why Did Brandon Moreno Change Gyms?
After being there since he was 16, Moreno says felt he needed to make a change to improve as a fighter. He got too comfortable there and he believes that hindered him from getting better as a fighter so to further his career, he needed to go to Glory and train under Krause.
“I personally felt that I needed a change, something new,” Moreno said. “We often talk about the comfort zone, but what I have learned throughout the years is that the comfort zone can come in through where you least expect it. When you’re least expecting it, you already have the comfort zone on your neck, and you don’t know how to escape it.
“And I’m not talking just about training in a nice place. It doesn’t matter if the place is nice or ugly. It doesn’t matter if you have all the commodities, the comfort zone will find a way, and you need to realize that and learn how to identify it,” Moreno said. “Something that’s brought me success personally is that I’ve never been afraid to make decisions just as long as they take my career further. So I decided to make one of the toughest changes of my life – because all my life I trained at Entram Gym. I still love all my training partners, but it was time for a change.”
Moreno also believes Glory MMA is the right gym and Krause is the perfect coach for him as it allows one-on-one time for him.
As for the Mexican, Moreno is set to return to the Octagon in the co-main event of UFC 277 on July 30 against Kai Kara-France for the interim flyweight title.