When he came to the XFC on Friday, welterweight Bobby Nash thought it would be a high point for him when he was supposed to face LaRue Burley in the finals of the 170-pound promotional tournament, but due to an injury caused Burley to fight will not happen.
Just a few weeks before the fight, Nash didn’t think he could face it, but as it wanted he managed to get a fight scheduled and despite the disappointment at losing his original opponent, he’s excited to fight.
“When I first got the news, I was initially very stunned,” Nash told MMAWeekly.com. “Here I am in my home state and I think I’m going to a fight and I hear LaRue Burley break his hand.
“I was very depressed and didn’t think I was going to fight. But Myron (Molotky, XFC President) and everyone at XFC wanted me to fight. They knew I sold a lot of tickets and stuff. You worked hard and found a really tough guy who could start the fight with 12 days notice.
While it’s not the ideal time to prepare for a fight, Nash believes he has had enough time to make adjustments that are needed to ensure he plays the way he wants.
“I’ve trained very hard and I’m in very good shape,” said Nash. “For me, the big thing in training is getting in good shape. I had a schedule for LaRue and it needs to be rearranged, but in 12 days I’m confident that I can put a schedule together and execute it well.
“I already have a slightly different schedule, but it’s also similar. I am confident in the fight. No matter what happens in this fight, I am very confident in my abilities. I can change the game plan between the rounds. I am confident that I am very ready. “
This Friday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nash (11-4) is set to claim his fourth straight win when he takes on Quinton Parks Jr. (9-3) in a 170-pound master card fight at XFC 45.
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“I always go out there for fun and big knockouts,” said Nash. “That is always the big goal. But there is no pressure. I have a series of three fights, all finishes, and if I get another finish that’s great, but I don’t put any pressure on.
“I focus on performance. I go out and step on. If I concentrate on performance and do well, then victory will come. “
For Nash, the missed opportunity he originally had on Friday’s show is what he wants to try again before the end of the year. If things don’t work out, he could shut things down and focus on 2022.
“I want LaRue to be healthy and his hand healed by the end of 2021,” said Nash. “I would like to have one more fight with LaRue for the tournament finals, beat him, and then go into 2022 and have a few fights.
“I would like to take up this fight and then fight LaRue when he’s healthy; If not, this could be my last fight in 2021. “