The streets of San Antonio may be safer when Police Officer Richard Odoms is on duty, but there’s nothing safe about being in the cage with him. The 38 year old “Black Eagle” Odoms (7-1 MMA, 5-0 Boxing) is next scheduled to compete on September 13th at Legacy FC 23 as he faces the tough Sammy “Crash” Smith (3-1). Odoms is coming off of his first professional loss back in February at Legacy FC 17 to Jared Rosholt, and is eager to get back into the victory column. With win for promotions like ProElite and Bellator already under his belt, look for Odoms to continue to climb upwards in the heavyweight rankings. The 6’5”, 260 lb. Odoms was gracious enough to speak to MMA DIRT’s Darren Barcomb about his upcoming matchup, training, motivations, and much more…
Legacy FC 23 will rock the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas on September 13th. For more information, visit Legacy Fighting Championship at http://www.legacyfights.net/
Barcomb: You’re fighting Sammy Smith at Legacy FC23. How do you feel you match up with him?
Odoms: “I’m excited for the fight on the Legacy Fighting Championship September 13th card. Sammy Smith will be a game opponent and has been living up to his nickname “Crash” and crashing his opponents. I’m excited for the fans on this fight; it will be two local fighters putting it all on the line. I am looking to rebound from my loss and start a streak of not only wins, but finishes.”
Barcomb: In your last outing, you received your first loss via a decision to Jared Rosholt. What went wrong in that fight and how did that first loss affect you psychologically?
Odoms: “That last outing was a decision loss to Jared Rosholt and was my first loss in my professional fighting career, boxing included. Psychologically, it was a great experience of growth as a fighter. The sad thing is that it is counted as a loss, but I gained so much from that fight. I was cut for the first time ever when we butted heads. I didn’t know how I’d react when something like that happened. I reacted well to it and stayed focused. It was probably the worst bleed I had seen in a fight. I was pleased with my poise in the situation. I broke my ankle in three places on the first takedown. I was in with a top level wrestler and was able to get back to my feet with the ankle a few times in the first round. Nothing went right for me during the fight; I was cut with blood everywhere from the head-butt and it was blinding me. I stayed in the fight and received no damage other than the head-butt and ankle. I could not really use my ankle to stand back up or fight standing up due to pain and swelling in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. We hardly got stood back up after no action and with him just controlling position on the ground. When I did get to my feet and put him on the fence with some punches I dazed him. Then I went for a takedown to ground and pound finish and I slipped on the blood. He was right back with top control. Everything that could go wrong did, and the result was a decision loss and not a finish. I was proud of that. I went back to the drawing board with my training. I started training in wrestling as well as improving everything else. I’m a new fighter and more dangerous than before. My first loss built my confidence, and made me a better fighter overall.”
Barcomb: How has training camp gone? Anyone in particular you’ve been working with?
Odoms: “Training camp is going great. I’m healed up and ready to rock. Everyone locally has teamed up and assisted with my training. I closed my school so that I had more time to focus on training. RPBJJ/Pete Spratt Muay Thai is my new home. Training with Rodrigo Pinheiro and his staff has elevated my ground game. Pete Spratt has made my standup and overall knowledge improve. Spratt has made me a quicker and slicker standup fighter. Luiz Charneski came from Curitiba Brazil and I got to train with him which was another feather in my Muay Thai fighting. The San Antonio MMA community sticks together and special thanks to King Webb/Luling MMA, Robert Moreno/Blue Tiger MMA, and Jason Yerrington/Ohana MMA for their contributions to my MMA game. My camp isn’t over either. I plan on going to Arizona, Dallas, and a few other places to get some work in. This was one of the things I learned from that last fight. To fight against top tier competition, you have to train like top tier competition.”
Barcomb: I know you’ve been a Police Officer for some time now. How has MMA training assisted with handling your Police Duties?
Odoms: “MMA training always helps with police work. Police Officers have a very physical job, MMA make the job of being physical….easy.”
Barcomb: Any last words or shout outs?
Odoms: “I would like to give a shout out to Dr. Stratton @ Stratton Sport and Spine who helped me rehab the ankle, and U.S. Elite Fight Management, my new management team. Also, Luling MMA, Blue Tiger MMA, Ohana MMA, and my home RPBJJ/ Pete Spratt Muay Thai.”