Bobby Poulter excited to compete closer to home at BTC 16

Bobby Poulter (3-1) tests skills with Nelly Thompson (5-3) at BTC 16 on Saturday night. This welterweight bout emanates from Central Arena in Burlington, Ont.

The 25-year-old out of Thunder Bay, Ont. looks to move to 4-1 as a professional in the coming days and clashes with an opponent who has twice the professional experience he does.

The surging 170-pounder is working with training partners like Aaron Jeffery and Scott Hudson at Aegis MMA and Niagara Top Team.

After back-to-back fights on the West Coast, Poulter is happy to be back competing in his home province for the first time since March 2020.

“I’m excited, man. Honestly, like it’s been a while since I got to compete at home, been a while since my friends and family have been able to actually all come out to support. Usually they just watch it on live stream, but now they get to see it in person,” said Poulter in an interview with MMA Empire.

“It’s the extra pressure that I love and I’m just honestly excited to be back at home and have that hometown advantage for once. Then to be able to actually show my skills directly in front of people, it’s so different over a camera or a link. It’s not quite the same vibe.”

He is looking to get back into the win column in a big way after his first professional loss, a first-round rear-naked choke to Saeid Mirzaei at BFL 71.

Heading into this contest, Poulter said he feels he has a good sense of what Thompson brings to the table, and his preparations have mirrored that thought.

“I’ve watched his fights before we took the fight. I haven’t seen any of his amateur stuff, but I know he has an extensive amateur career. As far as pro goes, he seems legit, man. He has got some good wins, has got some good fights. He’s tough,” said Poulter.

“I think that I had a lot of specific training with this fight, probably more than I ever had in the past just because I think he’s got a style that you can train for a little bit more than some of the opponents that I have had in the past where I didn’t know a lot about them. But for this fight, I did specific work for him, so I’m excited to see how that actually comes out in the fight.”

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