After two years away from the sport, flyweight Jimmy “Prowler” Fowler had seemingly transitioned away from the fight game and into the life of an instructor… until the need to compete got the better of him.
“At the time, I was really trying to concentrate on opening my school and wasn’t really trying to fight,” said Fowler. “But towards the end of the year, I started to get that itch back to compete, so I took a couple of fights.”
Having won three of his previous four fights before returning last year, it wasn’t clear how the time off would affect Fowler.
“My fights were against some pretty good opponents that I was able to finish with submissions,” said Fowler.
“The first win of the year was against a guy (Shane Tyner) who actually trains now at my school. He was a tough opponent, but I ended up catching him in the second round. The guy (Arthur Parker) I fought after that was more of a boxer, so when I took him down, I think he was more out of his world. I think that was a bit more of an easier fight.”
Fowler performed well enough that he caught the eye of the XFC. And despite his heavy coaching schedule, the chance to fight on their Friday night card in Charlotte, N.C., was too good to pass up.
“I’d been teaching 32 classes a week, so my plate was kind of full,” said Fowler. “When I got this opportunity to fight for the XFC it was a no-brainer and thought I had to jump on it while I could.”
Getting a chance to fight on a feature bout live on AXS TV has Fowler admittedly nervous. But in his case, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
“I think being nervous is good,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “In the past, I was able to step up and rise to the occasion and do well and perform well under pressure, so I’m hoping for the same thing.”
At XFC 22, Fowler is scheduled to take on newcomer D’Angelo Bynum. And since his opponent is relatively unknown, Fowler’s game plan is simple: step in the cage and see what happens.
“I just kind of go in, wing it, and see how it goes,” he said. “I’ll try to finish it wherever it goes; whether it’s standing or on the ground. I definitely look to finish the fight as quickly as possible.”
Having turned 30 years old recently, Fowler is unsure of what his future holds in fighting, so for him, the future is now in this fight and after that, come what may.
“Obviously, I would love to go in and get a good victory and show the world what I can do, but at the same time it’s a fight and I know just as well as anybody that Bynum’s got just as good of a chance of beating me as I do him.”