Jimmy Flick via Dave Mandel for Sherdog
Jimmy Flick will be headlining tomorrow night’s Legacy Fighting Championship 16 against former UFC vet Will Campuzano. And while his opponent may have more experience and higher profile fights, Flick thinks that will work to his advantage. Speaking to us one day before weigh-ins, Flick graciously gave us some time to talk about the fight and more.
How’s it going today?
Things are going good. Can’t wait for Friday night.
Most fighters wouldn’t want to be talking to me the day before a weigh-in.
It’s not too bad. I just prefer the publicity any time during the fight. It is a little harder right now since I am going through my weight cut, but it’s no problem.
How bad is this weight cut for you?
It’s not bad. I mean I’ve cut quite a bit of weight because I wanted to be the bigger, stronger guy. Will’s coming down off a couple losses in the UFC at 135, so he has fought bigger, stronger guys. I’ve cut a good 30-35 pounds for this fight, but I feel strong, and once I’ve get my time to recover it’s gonna be even better.
You are fighting UFC veteran Will Campuzano in two days at Legacy FC 16. Will has nearly three times the amount of fights as you and has been inside the cage with some top tier fighters, giving him the experience advantage in the fight. Is there anything you do to train for someone with that much experience?
Train hard, and train hard every day. That’s what I did, and that’s what I’ve been doing, and I’m ready to go out there and show him that it’s my time in the UFC. He’s had his shot, and he lost it, and I’m gonna go out there and put a beating on him and show the UFC I’m ready to fight the top five guys in the UFC.
He might look at you as less of a threat. Do you feel that it might be to your advantage that you do have less experience?
That’s what he thinks. He thinks it’s gonna be an easy fight. I hope he keeps thinking that way. He’s a cocky little guy, and I just hope he stays cocky and it works out to my favor Friday night.
This is a fight that was supposed to happen back in August, but it got pushed back due to an ankle injury. So you have actually been training for him for six months now, correct?
Yes, Sir. Actually, from what I understand, he never even got injured. He’s saying a lot of stuff, saying he did get injured, but if you check his Twitter, back when he pulled out of the fight he put that he had back-to-back camps and it was too hard on his body – is why he pulled out. And now he’s telling everybody it was an ankle injury, and his ankle’s not a hundred percent, but it’s eighty percent. I ain’t even paying attention to that. He can say whatever he wants; he’s already got himself in a bind. They told me it was emphysema first, then they told me it was an ankle injury, and then he said it was back-to-back camps on his Twitter. I mean, the guy can’t make up his mind. I ended up taking up a short fight on short notice because Will did back out on me and ended up winning that fight in a minute and eight seconds in the first round, and that put my professional record to 6-0.
So do you feel Will is scared of this fight?
I don’t know if he’s scared. I just think maybe that first time we were gonna fight each other he wasn’t training the way he wanted to because he was training for Chad “Robo,” and that fight didn’t happen. And I called Nick Mayner and told him I wanted to fight that night, and I had it the next day. And that’s where Will went on AXS TV and started talking a lot of crap already. Then the fight was rescheduled for like four and a half weeks later, and I guess he messed up on his training camp, and he didn’t feel like he was gonna be ready to go, and he made up a couple excuses. He’s fought in the UFC, he fought Damacio Page, he’s fought Nick Pace… I wouldn’t say he’s scared, but he has a lot more to lose than I do. I’m twenty-two years old. I’m 6-0. If I lose to a guy like Will Campuzano it’s not really gonna end my career. But hopefully Friday night I don’t lose, and I go to 7-0, and I show the UFC that it’s my time.
What are you expecting out of him at the fight?
I’m expecting him to use his muay thai and try to defend my take-downs. I want to put him on his back and submit him or put him on his back and drop a bunch of ‘bows on his face for everything he said. And if I can’t drop no ‘bows on his face or get him to the ground, I’ll turn it into a scrap if I got to. I’m ready for the fight to go anywhere it’s gonna go. I’m ready for blood, I’m ready for war, and I don’t care if the fight’s thirty seconds or thirty minutes, I’m ready for everything.
Not only is this fight the headliner, it is also for the first flyweight title and is televised. Do those things add any extra pressure on you?
Oh, no, not at all. Like I said I’m 6-0, and I’m twenty-two years old. This is kind of a win-win situation for me. I don’t have much to lose, but I have a lot to gain if I go out there and win. I’ve fought in some big shows. I’ve fought in Bellator Fighting Championship. My first professional fight I was brought in to the 6-2 Humberto DeLeon which has fought Johnny Bedford. That was his first loss – he lost to Johnny Bedford by unanimous decision at a higher weight class. So I know I’m ready for the fight. I don’t pay attention to the cameras. I’ve been wrestling my whole life. I’ve wrestled in front of thousands and thousands of people since I was 3-4 years old. And I’m just ready to go out there and show people how good I really am.
For the fans that will be seeing you fight for the first time on Friday, what should we be expecting out of you?
Expect a fast, action-paced fight. I like to get in there, and I like to get stuff started, and I don’t stop until the fight’s over, ’til the ref pulls me off, or until that bell sounds. Especially with Will Campuzano, I’m gonna give him everything I got for every single round. The only way I’m going out of this fight is if I go to sleep, and that’s the only way he’s gonna beat me. He’s gotta put me to sleep. And if he don’t put me to sleep, I’m gonna win this fight.
Where can the fans find you at?
You can find me on Facebook at Jimmy Flick or on Twitter @jimmyflick. I’m all over the computer, just look me up, find me on Facebook or Twitter, and follow me please.
Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
Yeah, I have a few sponsors. I got Corrosion Control, Lightning Fluid Services, Take Away Gourmet, Adcock Piping and Supply, Domestic Drilling, RYU – stands for Respect Your Universe. I also got I’m a Beast – they just picked me up like three days ago to wear their shorts. And then I want to give a big shout-out to my brother Danny Flick, my wife Raven Flick, my father Jimmy Flick. And I forgot one of my sponsors Rock Supplements. And a big shout-out to my gym and all my training partners at Flick Brothers MMA Academy.