Jimmy Flick at one point was making a fast ascension up the ranks of the Gulf Coast MMA scene, stringing together six victories before falling foul of Will Campuzano (14-6) at Legacy Fighting Championship 16 back in 2012. He has fought sporadically since and at Legacy Fighting Championship 63 plans to show the MMA community that he is back and working his way up the 135 lb division. Flick faces Levi Mowles (4-2), a young and hungry fighter, but for Flick there’s something personal about this fight.
After the fight with Campuzano, it was another two years before Flick stepped foot in a cage to compete again.
“I had a minor setback after Campuzano, some family issues that put me out for a while. When I came back against Sean O’ Grady, I picked up a forty-six second submission. In the March after that, I fought in Albuquerque, NM against Tim Sosa. I took his back for nine minutes of a fifteen-minute fight, and lost the decision. What do you expect in front of a home crowd? I was then due to fight someone who dropped out, and moved up to fight at 145 lb. I beat Tavares Collins with a head and arm triangle.”
Flick previously had fought out of his own gym. However, the last couple of years have seen a change in that strategy.
“I’m based out of Sand Springs, OK, but train with Thomas Longacre out of Thunderkick for my standup and Blake Hayes of Sheepdog Jiu Jitsu. He’s affiliated with Tim Kennedy. Since the fight with Campuzano, I have really improved in my standup. Thomas was in the World Combat league. I went over there to teach Jiu Jitsu after the fight with Campuzano. I felt running my own school got in the way of my training. I hold a brown belt in Jiu Jitsu. I’m called ‘The Brick’ because I’m solid all over like a brick.”
Looking back at the fight with Campuzano, Flick feels he made some mistakes.
“I underestimated my standup. If you watch the fight, I was getting off strikes and kicks. My wrestling mentality kicked in, and I kept shooting even when it wasn’t effective. I was wanting to pressure him. I made a mistake and I got caught.
“Since then I feel I achieved more than him. He went to the UFC and got dropped. No-one knows where he is now. People know where I am. He isn’t even on the grid anymore. Where are you, Campuzano?
“I’d fight him again but Campuzano is off the grid, Sampson is off the grid, I even tried fighting Ryan Hollis and he didn’t want it. I’ll fight Levi and see where they want to go from there.”
The match up with Mowles should prove to be an excellent contest.
“I’m very confident. He’s coming off a 145 lb loss to Damon Jackson. Jackson was 1-1-1 in the UFC. He’s a straight grappler and has no standup. I’m glad he lost to him, or I wouldn’t have had a chance to fight him.
“I’m a brown belt. I’ve grappled a lot of top guys. I grappled Tony Tipton who is a 170 lb guy in a submission match, and he couldn’t submit me. Johnny Bedford beat me on points, but couldn’t submit me.”
Flick sees Mowles’ team F3 as a stepping stone in his own career.
“I’m taking on a tough 135er who trains with Johnny Bedford and Campuzano. I don’t know where I’ll go after this, but I might call out Sampson or Campuzano. I might even call out Johnny Bedford and see if we can get him in the Legacy cage, or the Legacy Fighting Alliance cage.
“I know he has a 4-1 record, but he doesn’t do what I do. He doesn’t work as hard as I do, he doesn’t have the responsibilities I do, he doesn’t work as hard as I do and he doesn’t deserve it as much as I do. I go to work, look after a family, look after a house, look after animals. I do all of that and still train. I get up early and train and after work I train.
“When they see me fight Levi, I’m going to show them. The whole F3 team, I’m coming after all of them.”
Flick sees F3, Mowles’ team as being comprised of skilled opponents, but opponents he feels he can beat.
“There’s no real beef with them, no disrespect. They’re the best team in Texas right now. I’m moving to 135 lb, 125 lb is too small for me now. I’m going to stay at 135 lb, no joke.
“I don’t know if Sampson’s there (Jason Sampson). I have a lot of problems with him. You see him fighting Ryan Hollis who is 11-10, and Archie Lowe who is 6-9. He wants people with no record. I’ve called him out before. He talked crap to my wife after I got knocked out by Campuzano. I kept asking for the fight on the TXMMA forum, but he didn’t want it. He just wants easy fights that he can win.”
Whether Sampson will face Flick is another matter, but Flick wants the fight.
“I’d also like to thank my sponsors and my training partners. I’d like to thank Thunderkick Fitness, Sheepdog Jiu Jitsu, American Waste and my job, Tulsa Plastic. A big shout out to my homie Big Mike, he’s my main training partner. He gets up early, we work together, we train together and strategize together.
“I fight for autism. I donate my money from my shirts to that cause. I have close friends who have a kid with autism, so I’m an official ambassador. I’ll have it written on my shorts when I fight.
“Big things a coming, this is a fight no-one wants to miss.”