Looking back over last year, lightweight Adam Townsend believes that while he was successful in his fights, overall it was not quite the year he wanted it to be.
Injury and promotional issues cost Townsend much of 2016, so for that, it was his least productive year to date.
“Even though I bounced back and am on a two fight winning streak after my loss to (Ernest) Chavez in the RFA (in December of 2015), 2016 wasn’t the ideal year for me, to be honest,” Townsend told MMAWeekly.com.
“I’m not discrediting (my wins) at all. But I fight six or seven times a year, and going from that to fighting two times a year was a real bummer for me. You’re only in this sport for a limited amount of time, so you’ve got to get as many fights in as you can and make as much money as you can before you get out.”
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Townsend was able to finish both his fights in 2016, which for him is a big thing considering how his losses have all come off decisions in the past.
“All four of my losses have been hometown decision losses,” he said. “The fact is, when I go out of town I can’t leave it in the judges’ hands – I have to dominate. It’s one of those things if I go out there and don’t get the finish, it’s going to go bad for me, so I’ve got to go out there and get finishes.”
For his first fight of 2017, Townsend (16-4) makes his Legacy Fighting Alliance debut against Marcus Edwards (12-4) in a 155-pound main event on Friday in Broomfield, Colo.
“I think Marcus is tough,” said Townsend. “I think he’s elusive. I think he’s got good footwork. But he seems like he throws hard, has power, is in shape and is athletic. The thing is, now I just go out there and implement what I want to do, and they have to stop what I want to do.”
Having made a name for himself locally and on the national stage, Townsend believes that 2017 is his year to finally make it up to the top echelon of MMA.
“I want to be in the UFC – point blank – period,” Townsend said. “I think that when I win this fight against Marcus, I’ll be 17-4, that’s 21 fights, and it’s a good record. I’ve fought so many UFC guys and fought such tough competition. I think I’m due for the UFC.
“If I have to go through another fight, I’m fine with that, but I’d love to get on the UFC Nashville card. I’m one of the biggest draws in Tennessee, so I think they’d be missing out majorly if they don’t put me on that card.”
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