Adam Townsend, “Is not just a local hero. I’m going to show people I’m ready for the next level”. Townsend (12-3), makes his Resurrection Fighting Alliance debut in Tunica, MS May 8. I had an opportunity to talk to the one they call “Primetime” about his RFA debut, the revolving door of opponents he’s been paired with and his future in MMA.

Like many fighters today, Adam Townsend’s goal in Mixed Martial Arts is to make it to the top of the mountain, to be the best. His recent signing with RFA takes him one step closer. As many people know, RFA has been a springboard for young MMA talent to get in to the most prestigious MMA promotion in the world, the UFC. Townsend, a veteran of Valor Fighting Championships as well as CFFC, knows this is his golden opportunity. “I plan on having a dominate victory, then calling out the lightweight or featherweight champion”, says Townsend.

In a perfect world, Townsend wins his debut, wins the RFA title in his second fight, then steps up to the UFC. His opponent, Yuri Villefort, will look to disrupt the current momentum and future plans Townsend has laid out for himself. Going into his RFA debut hasn’t come without it’s share of ups and downs. It’s been a revolving door of opponents — five, to be exact. This event is RFA fighters versus Legacy fighters. Townsend believes the dual matchmakers may be to blame for some of opponent changes. Townsend’s current opponent, for now at least, is former UFC vet and Blackzilians team member Yuri Villefort. Villefort sports a record of 6-4, but is on a 4 fight losing streak; his last fight was a 45 second guillotine defeat in a regional Florida show. After comparing records to some of the opponents he had been given before, Townsend thought he had an easier opponent, until he watched some video. “This will be my toughest opponent by far. I’m not just saying that to hype the fight. He’ll bring it.”

Townsend remains confident, though, saying his coaches, Dustin Walden, Casey Oxendine and Caleb Cupp, will have him ready come fight night. Villefort, Townsend’s opponent, comes from a highly regarded, very well known gym, the Florida based Blackzilians. A question many up and coming fighters are asked is, will you stay with your current gym, or move to a larger one? Townsend says he’s gotten this far doing what he’s doing and doesn’t think he needs a change. One drawback, he admits, is not having many training partners on his level. Always thinking about his future though, he plans on checking out some larger more established gyms in case the day comes he feels he needs to make a move. May 8, Adam Townsend has an opportunity many fighters will never get. He plans on making the most of it. RFA v. Legacy will take place in Tunica, MS and will air on AXSTV.

About The Author

Josh Cate
Staff Writer

Josh Cate started his martial arts training 27 years ago. Josh become instantly passionate about the arts. One road led to another in his journey. Josh holds the rank of 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, 2nd degree black belt in Shingitai Jiu-jitsu, 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Brown belt in Judo. In 1998 he had his first professional MMA bout. A bronze medalist at the BJJ nationals, gold medalist at the Jiu-jitsu World Cup, NAGA national champion are a just a few of the many awards on Josh's list of accomplishments. Aside from owning and operating Team Kaos MMA/BJJ in Knoxville, Tennessee, Josh has started working with Valor Fighting Championships and occasionally writes for mma websites. Be on the lookout for the Full Frontal MMA podcast that he is getting ready to launch as well. Josh is truly grateful for all of the opportunities MMA has given him and looks forward to this chapter with The MMA Corner!