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Exclusive – Nathan Williams Calls For UFC Debut Against Alex Caceres, Jonathan Pearce

X3 Sports trainee, ‘Nasty’ Nathan Williams has set his sights on potential debut opponents in the UFC, calling for a bow showdown with longtime featherweight challenger, Alex ‘Bruce Leeroy’ Caceres or even recent Dana White’s Contender Series product, Jonathan ‘JSP’ Pearce.

Williams, who holds a professional record of 13-7, emerged victorious in his last outing at Cage Titans 49 — taking a unanimous decision victory over Don Shainis just last month in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Speaking with Current MMA reporter, Bradley Hall recently, Williams, who has been campaigning for a short-notice replacement fight in a potential UFC bow amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, outlined a couple of ideal debut opponents, the first of which; former MMA LAB mainstay, Caceres.

Man, I wanna fight Alex Caceres,” Williams said. “I think me and ‘Bruce Leeroy’ — especially as a UFC debut fight for me, I think me versus ‘Bruce Leeroy’ would be fireworks. I watched him since he got in there (the UFC), so Alex Caceres would be a great fight for me.

Another name on Williams’ tongue was the aforenoted, Pearce, with the 34-year-old claiming that the DWCS alum had called for a pairing with him before his eventual transition to the Octagon, having shared multiple cards on the regional scene prior to that.

I got history with Jonathan Saint-Pearce, ‘JSP’,” Williams explained. “He called me out on the local scene, me and him — we fought on a couple cards together, I was the main event, he was the co-main event on a couple cards. And we’ve crossed paths before, we know who each other are and I know his management team and all that stuff. He actually called me and my brother, Robert Hale out before he got to the Contender Series, maybe a few months before, he called us out.

You know me, I was like, ‘Yeah, bet, let’s run it’,” Williams said. “Then he got his little notoriety and got on Contender, won his fight, and now he’s in the UFC. So Jonathan Saint-Pearce, I feel like that’s another great fight for me. I’d love those two matchups.

In the midst of a four-fight career resurgence, Florida native, Caceres turned in an impressive unanimous decision victory over Kevin Croom in his last outing — while two-fight UFC veteran, Pearce is set to meet with Omar Morales at UFC 266 next month, off the back of a knockout win over Kai Kamaka III and a debut loss to lightweight veteran, Joe Lauzon.

An alum of Legacy Fighting Alliance and National Fighting Championship, Williams has managed to take home notable career victories over the likes of Lawson McClure, Steven New, Michael McDonald, Angel Pacheco, and Tyson Duckworth to name a few. A renowned submission threat, Williams has scored five separate submission stoppages to date.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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