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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