He will battle the United States’ Nate Williams (31-20) at B2 Fighting Series 122 in Olathe, Kan., a professional of 51 fights, and multi-time champion on the regional scene. Williams feels he is “un-surprisable,” but Clarke, 27, has different plans.
“He (Williams) has the best experience I’ve ever faced,” Clarke told MMA Empire.
“Is he the best I’ve ever faced? That’s up for debate. Think I may have fought better trying out for ONE Championship and got screwed by the judges, but I’ve fought all kind of guys. 31 fights myself, if you count my amateur fights. I’m taking Nate serious; 31 wins, that is something, but I think I’ve faced better.”
Clarke isn’t overly impressed with the 51 fights of his opponent, although he does respect his opponent and the career he has had.
That being said, Clarke feels this title win will propel him further into the prospects that need to be signed by a major promotion listing. The Canadian also found confidence in an interesting place for this fight.
“I’ve been training for war,” Clarke said.”
“This dude has plenty of titles, I’m prepared for a long night. I watch a little tape on my opponents, it is giving me confidence that every time he loses, he retires. This is a sport where you are either in or out. If he wins, he is truly deserving because I will be my best self.”
When asked if this title puts the spotlight on him for major promotions, such as the UFC or Bellator, Clarke is 100 per cent certain it does.
The “Suplex Kid” is ready to showcase his full potential, and end the night with a belt in hand.
“Definitely, man,” Clarke said on UFC interest. “I went 15-2 as an amateur, my head was big and I ended up with a 1-3 record and fought my way back to be 4-3. Records aren’t everything, but you also need to showcase that you can beat anyone on any given night. A win over Nate, that puts eyes on me. I wish I could walk up to Dana White and state my case.”
“I may need a few more wins, but I expect some big things. I think Contender Series is an option. I really like the ONE Championship scene, lots going on over there. I am expecting big things, bigger pay, I’ll keep winning, I can feel it.”