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Exclusive – Nathan Williams Talks Signing With PFL, Predicts Debut Stoppage Win Over Don Madge

Veteran lightweight grappler, ‘Nasty’ Nathan Williams makes his first walk under the PFL (Professional Fighters League) banner this week, kicking off his three-fight contract with the organization with a lightweight pairing opposite two-fight UFC alum, Don ‘Magic Man’ Madge. And ahead of the tie, outlined his plans to utilize his grappling ability en route to a stoppage victory.

13-7 as a professional 34-year-old grappler, Williams enters his Professional Fighters League debut off the back of a unanimous decision victory over Don Shainis at Cage Titans 48 back in July, before penning this three-fight deal with PFL.

The Atlanta, Georgia native spoke with Current MMA reporter, Bradley Hall regarding his upcoming debut, explaining how his signature to the PFL on an initial three-fight deal came to fruition.

My manager, David Arvelo from First Round Management actually got me the contract,” Williams said. “It happened a day after I was supposed to fight Chuka Willis. I was getting my hair twisted and he called me telling me, ‘Congratulations, you’re in the big leagues.

I have a three-fight deal with my fight purse increasing with every win,” Williams continued. “[If] I win out my contract, I get into the 2022 million dollar [lightweight] tournament.

Meeting with Cape Town, South Africa native, Madge, Williams is tasked with snapping a six-fight winning spree brought to the PFL by the 30-year-old — that includes a pair of UFC victories over both Te Edwards and Fares Ziam.

As far as opponents go, however, Williams does not appear to be fazed by the fandom surrounding the surge of Madge, claiming that while the South African presents probably the sternest test in his career to date, a winning run is not something he is unfamiliar with.

I’ve fought many tough guys throughout my career,” Williams said. “But since Don [Madge] is 2-0 in the UFC we can call him my toughest opponent to date. But I’ve fought several guys on multiple winning streaks.

With both debuting opposite each other on Wednesday, Williams explained how he is expecting an exciting affair with Madge, but spots a potential key to victory during potential grappling and wrestling scenarios.

I expect the fight to bring fireworks, at first, with me getting in and eventually taking him down and getting the finish,” Williams said. “I hunt for finishes in every position. And what better way for me to get one in my PFL debut. Don is tough as f*ck. People know about him — they don’t know about me yet but they will soon find out.

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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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