After an undefeated 2014, this year has been a bit more difficult for lightweight prospect Bobby McIntyre.
Following a strong performance in his win over Will Hunt at Super Fight League 37 in February, McIntyre suffered the first loss of his career against Jason Novelli in July.
“The fight with Will went really well, we stuck to the game plan, but with Jason I was respecting his kicks a lot, so I went out and was cautious, and by doing that I allowed him to implement his game plan and not implement mine,” McIntyre told MMAWeekly.com.
“I do like to look at it and decide where I wasn’t myself. I didn’t go out there and put the pressure on as I planned. I’ll fix that so I come out strong next time.”
Originally it appeared that McIntyre wouldn’t return to action until later this year, but as things happen, a late-notice fight came up and now he’ll be returning to SFL on Saturday night.
“I tried to stay prepared for anything like this because anything can happen,” said McIntyre. “Someone can back out any second, any day, so I like to stay in best shape I can for short notice fights.
“I had a fight coming up in October, so I was already training for that fight. When I heard that Woo dropped out, I was right on it. I picked up my training and just focused on peaking.”
“I feel like I need to be myself and be aggressive and not respect him,” said McIntyre of facing Harrington. “Nothing against Justin, he’s a great fighter and awesome guy, but I have to be myself and put my hands on him and do what I do best.
“(Fighting for the title) does add extra motivation. I’ve been training for this a long time and for this to happen with only four pro fights is a blessing. It’s very motivating to me.”
Winning his first championship would not only set McIntyre’s 2015 right, but he feels could be a big step towards him making the move to the next level in the coming year.
“I feel like a win will get my name up in the rankings a bit more and help me get to the UFC and hopefully become a champ there,” said McIntyre. “I’m looking for exposure and to finish people.”