Lightweight up-and-comer Adam “Prime Time” Townsend will be making his RFA debut on a six-fight winning streak, including his most recent win at Valor Fights 4 in January over Craig Johnson via third-round submission.
“It was a tough fight for me,” Townsend told MMAWeekly.com. “I was coming off an injury before that fight and it was the first time I fought at 170 pounds. Craig was definitely a tough opponent. I didn’t feel it was my best fight, but I ended up getting the job done.”
The time between Townsend’s win over Johnson and his upcoming fight will be the longest gap he’s had between bouts in some time.
“Since June (of 2014) I had like six fights, so I had about a fight a month,” said Townsend. “I also made my pro boxing debut around that time as well. The training camps for all of that was insane, to go through all of that.
“After I had that last fight and I didn’t have anything lined up, it felt super-weird not knowing what was next for me. I had always had a fight lined up after each one to that point.”
At RFA vs. Legacy FC on Friday in Robinsonville, Miss., Townsend (12-3) will be taking on current The Ultimate Fighter coach Yuri Villefort (6-4) in a lightweight bout that took many attempts before finally materializing.
“It’s been a wild rollercoaster ride for me because I’ve been through about five opponents,” said Townsend. “But this is the biggest thing I’ve ever fought on and most exposure and anything I’ve ever gotten, so it’s just incredible.
“Yuri has great stand-up, and you don’t go to the ground or clinch up with him because of his jiu-jitsu and Judo background. The only thing he doesn’t seem to like is pressure, and that’s what I’m good at. I’m going to put pressure on the guy, make him uncomfortable, and try to end the fight as quickly as I can.”
While a win on Friday will be big for Townsend’s career, he’s more excited for the prospects of seeing how far has come and where he is headed in his game’s development.
“This is a chance to see and understand more of who I am as a fighter,” said Townsend. “I haven’t been training for very long at all, but I have all these styles and am adapting them into what I feel is my fighting style. That’s what I feel like has put me on a winning streak.”