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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