Johnny Terry, a former standout wrestler for Biggs High School, has been waiting more than a year for his chance to fight for Nor Cal Combat’s Flyweight title belt. Friday night at the seventh showing of Nor Cal Combat, he will get that chance.
Terry, 22, has a record of two wins and three losses since joining the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) amateur circuit in September of 2011. The first of those three losses was in his amateur MMA debut two years ago. The second, to Benito Lopez, the current undefeated Nor Cal Combat Bantamweight titleholder.
His final loss was to Cody Walsh, one-year ago at Nor Cal Combat IV. The fight went all three rounds, but was given to Walsh by split decision. Walsh would later be crowned NCC Flyweight Champion at Nor Cal Combat V.
After Terry’s impressive victory over Travis Whitley earlier this year at NCC 6, he was given a chance for redemption in a title match against Walsh.
“He lit up his opponent like I've never seen,” Adam Sharrock, Nor Cal Combat’s Media and Marketing Manager, said about the Terry vs. Whitley match. “When he was immediately granted a title fight in front of his home town on the biggest stage we have, I knew this was a dream fight in the making.”
Unfortunately, Terry will not get the satisfaction of facing Walsh for the title in Friday’s main event. Early last week, it was learned that Walsh had sustained a shoulder injury and had to vacate his title.
“I was looking forward to going back and trying to get a win out of that one,” said Terry. “I knew exactly what he was going to do, and I had been preparing for that.”
“Losing Walsh was tough, but you have to understand that Amateur MMA is a totally different universe than pros,” Sharrock said of the previously scheduled title fight. “These young fighters are looking for exposure and to get their name out there. Because of this, they go all out in their training regimens and sometimes forget to scale back. Sadly, injuries happen, but it's a part of the sport. Wouldn't be MMA without it.”
While Sharrock is confident that Walsh will recover from his injury to challenge Friday’s winner in the hope of regaining his title, Terry feels otherwise.
“I’d really like to fight Cody again, but I don’t think he’s coming back.”
After Walsh dropped from the match, Terry was scheduled to fight Jesse Davis for the open Flyweight title. However, it was learned late last Thursday that Davis had also dropped from the card.
Now, Terry will take on Justin Parsons of Anderson in tonight’s Flyweight title match. Parsons currently holds a record of 1-0.
Page 2 of 2 - For Terry though, it doesn’t matter who he is fighting. He’s confident that in his skills and his training, and he is prepared for whoever wants to step in the ring with him.