Nate Williams has competed in an absurd 51 professional fights in mixed martial arts.
Fighting out of Des Moines, Iowa, Williams (31-20) will put that experience to work Saturday night when he meets James Clarke (4-3) at B2 Fighting Series 122 with the flyweight title on the line in Olathe, Kan.
Williams brings veteran savviness to a whole new level. At only 33, Williams has won two straight, and is looking to collect another title on the regional scene Saturday night.
“Obviously, I’ll be a lot more experienced,” Williams told MMA Empire.
“My experience should help this fight; I have experience on my side, 50-plus fights. I’ve seen it all, black belts, wrestlers, strikers and more. Nothing he can do to surprise me. If he does, good for him.”
Williams is eyeing another belt for the trophy case in his 50-fight career, but standing in his way is Clarke as the two men compete for the flyweight title of the promotion.
“I want to end my career with the most belts,” Williams stated.
“I have 16 right now, I want to end with the most ever. This title means the world to me, it’ll be number 17 on the shelf, that’s special.”
The Iowa native owns his own gym, and credits that for his durability and skill level. Williams trains six days a week in the gym, on his own time, while also dealing with the woes of being a gym owner during COVID-19 times.
“I own my own gym, I’m here,” Williams told MMA Empire.
“COVID was different. Lots of protocols to listen, new rules, masks, it is difficult. I still try to better myself every day, COVID or not, as a fighter and an owner. It sucks, lot of extra cleaning, always nervous about needing to shut down.”
As for what Williams is prepared for on fight night, he believes he wins anywhere.
“He’s a wrestler; he will wrestle me and I welcome that,” Williams said.
“If he tries to grapple, okay lets do it. Tries to strike? I’ve got striking. Not many places this man can beat me, and it’ll show on fight night.”
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