Earlier today, Xtreme Fighting Championships announced their fight card for February 22nd’s XFC 22: Crossing the Line event in Charlotte, North Carolina. Featured on the undercard will be Joby Sanchez (4-0) of Albuquerque’s Chavez Dojo will be facing Jimmy Fowler (5-1) of South Carolina’s Revolution MMA.
The bout will be taking place at flyweight, a weight-class that Sanchez has never fought at as a professional.
“The last guy I fought was pretty huge,” says Sanchez of his recent bout against Christopher Dunn on XFC 20 this past September. “Moving down to 125 has always been a consideration ever since these national promotions have opened up the flyweight division.”
In Folwer, Sanchez will be facing an opponent who in five victories has won by either rear-naked choke or armbar.
“He has great jiu-jitsu,” says Sanchez. “It’ll be a tough debut at a new weight.”
This will be the the first time Sanchez fights at flyweight since his fourth amateur fight three years ago. Out of this eight amateur first the first four took place at flyweight while the second half took place at the bantamweight limit of 135 pounds.
Sanchez admits that the drop in weight will have a large affect on his daily diet. To prepare for the weight cut he is taking advice from Jackson’s MMA amateur flyweight Ricky Esquibel (2-0).
“You see guys like Travis Marx, who looks huge at 135 pounds,” says Sanchez of the Bellator and fellow Albuquerque based Jackson’s-Winkeljohn’s fighter.”I’m hoping they say , ‘Man that’s a huge 125-pounder’ about me but that might not go too well with the ladies.”
Sanchez’ fight against Fowler is scheduled to air live on AXS TV