Steve Townsel loves fighting.
He loves testing his skills in the Squared Circle, training for a big fight, and the discipline needed to compete at the highest level.
More than anything else, the former hard-nosed defensive lineman loves the camaraderie.
“I played team sports my whole life, but there’s something about this sport,” Townsel said after his KO victory over Idrees Wasi at BKFC 26.
“Obviously when you’re fighting, you’re in there by yourself. But the camaraderie between yourself and your teammates and training partners is just something totally out of this world.”
After joining the Young Tigers Foundation academy in Miami for his BKFC 26 training camp, Townsel has quite a team behind him. He now trains every day alongside BKFC icon Luis Palomino, former opponent Gustavo Trujillo and fellow fast-rising contender Tyler Goodjohn, amongst several others.
“They say that if you surround yourself with successful people, you become successful. If you’re hanging around nothing but world champions, training with world champions, I feel like I’m destined to be a world champion,” Townsel said.
“The energy was completely different. The training was next level, and I was in the best shape of my life throughout this camp. It was a night-and-day difference from where I was, to where I am now.”
Townsel has already fought twice for BKFC since signing with the promotion in February, and he’s not looking to slow down any time soon.
“I want to get back in there as soon as possible,” he said.
“There’s some buzz around me now, and my name is getting tossed around. I don’t want to lose that momentum; I want to stay active and keep moving forward in my career.”