The fight business can be a tricky place for up-and-coming fighters. Few know this as well as Colorado featherweight Nick Macias.

It’s been six months since the Factory X Muay Thai/MMA fighter was last in action, but that hasn’t been by choice. Multiple fights have fallen through and several potential opponents have declined to fight him.

“I’ve had about six fights that were supposed to happen, but didn’t,” Macias told The MMA Corner. “I actually had people say they didn’t want to fight me on short notice, which I think is ridiculous. If you have an opponent that wants to take the fight on two weeks, you should take it regardless of who it is.”

Macias (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

It appeared as if Macias’ frustrations were finally over as he was set to take on the undefeated Lance Palmer at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 3 on June 30 in Kearney, Neb. Unfortunately the Team Alpha Male product suffered an injury, and Macias will now take on the well-traveled veteran Sean Wilson.

“I’m so happy to be fighting, that it didn’t really matter,” said Macias of the last-minute change. “I told my management they could put Superman in there and I’d be more than happy to fight him. I have not fought a southpaw wrestler of Palmer’s caliber, so I had made quite a few adjustments for that. It’s not the first time I’ve fought a right-handed brawler (like Wilson). I’ve had those training camps before. Either way, I’m in shape and ready to go.”

Despite falling short on his wish to face “The Man of Steel,” Macias is under contract for two more fights with RFA. Now he feels like he finally has the stability he has sought for so long.

“I’m thrilled to have it in writing that they have to give me three fights within a calendar year,” declared the featherweight. “That’s been the nightmare of my pro career. I’m always in the gym, always in shape to take a fight, but it never happens.”

Another positive in Macias’ deal is that he’s able to take on opponents outside of his native Colorado. The lack of depth in the 145-pound division has not aided in his ability to get fights, but RFA is providing him the opportunity to face a new pool of talent and expose them to his brand of kryptonite.

“I’m really glad to broaden the horizon and have a promotion that is willing to fly in opponents,” Macias explained. “I’ve had 14 fights in Colorado, and there are only so many featherweights. It’s nice to look past the local gyms.”

Macias likely caught the attention of RFA in his last bout, a hard-fought decision loss against UFC and WEC veteran Tyler Toner at Ring of Fire 42. Macias largely controlled the bout with his wrestling, but still fell short on the scorecards.

“It was a really close fight,” recalled Macias. “I’m not upset with the judges. I gave him too much respect on the feet. I should’ve been more aggressive with my control and doing damage when I got the takedowns, as I got plenty of them. I think that I could’ve won had I approached it differently and done a little bit more. In all honesty looking back at it, it was an uncharacteristic fight for me. I didn’t fight like I normally do.”

Even in defeat, Macias reaffirmed his belief that he can hang with the best in the business. He’s turned the setback into motivation leading into his fight with Wilson.

Nick Macias (L) (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

“Getting that loss was probably the best thing that ever happened to me,” proclaimed Macias. “It boosted my confidence quite a bit because not only did I hang (with Toner), it was a really close fight. I had won four in a row at that point and I had just fallen into a rhythm with my training. I was just taking whatever fight I could get and winning. It lit that fire and motivated me.”

When the featherweight enters the cage on Saturday night, he’ll be at a significant experience disadvantage. After all, Wilson has been in nearly 50 professional fights. Surprisingly, Wilson has only been to a decision once in his career—his first professional bout. And while Wilson possesses more than 20 wins via submission, he’s tapped nearly as many times in defeat. That’s where Macias believes he can capitalize.

“In all honesty, I think I have the grappling edge on him whether it’s early or late in the fight,” said Macias. “If he makes it to deep waters, that’s great because it definitely favors me with my conditioning and my experience with 15-minute fights.”

Although Macias has never been finished and has gone the distance in four of his seven career outings, he’s not about to sit back and let Wilson gas before hunting for a finish of his own.

“I’m not going to just let him swing on me freely to tire himself out; that will take years off my life,” Macias explained with a laugh. “He’s got knockout power in both hands, so he’s definitely dangerous. But I think even in technical striking I’ve got the upper hand. I’m going to get after it right off the get go. I think it will be exciting.”

Should Macias come out with a victory over Wilson on June 30, a certain caped superhero from the planet Krypton may have a new enemy. That is, if he’s man enough to accept the fight.

Nick would like to thank Performance MMA, Howard Combat Kimonos, Tri-Coasta and Indelible Ink Tattoo. Follow him on Twitter: @nikkomacias

Top Photo: Nick Macias (L) (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)