Bouhey to face Fowler in submission-only main event


Joel Bouhey doesn’t plan to fight forever.

He knows, though, just what he wants to do while still competing — and the Hawaii All-Star Jiu Jitsu Invitational scheduled for Friday at the Iao Theater in Wailuku fits the bill.

The fight card will have six matches, which can be won only by submission.

“It’s more special,” the 35-year-old Bouhey said of the format, which is the one he has looked for of late when deciding what events to enter.

Friday’s bouts are limited to 20 minutes, with no rounds.

“I’ve spent a lot of time using that format in my training,” Bouhey said. “I try to train long cardio sessions.”

Bouhey, an instructor at Maui Jiu Jitsu, will face fellow black belt Mike Fowler, of Oahu’s North Shore Jiu Jitsu Club, in the main event. Fowler has won multiple titles at International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation-sanctioned events.

“He’s a legend already,” Bouhey said. “I think everyone kind of expects him to beat me. I enjoy the challenge, and the possibility of humility.”

Bouhey said he hopes to fight regularly for another two years.

“Then I just want to teach,” he said. “I want to help a lot of students.”

In the meantime, he’s looking forward to bouts like the one coming up.

“It’s nerve-wracking, but I love that feeling,” he said.

The first fight is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office, online at or by calling 242-6969.

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