As if items have not been complicated adequate for MMA fighters and the earth as a complete due to the novel coronavirus, for middleweight Jordan Williams, things have been additional sophisticated because of to injuries.
Coming off a loss in July of last yr to Ramazan Kuramagomedov at Contender Collection 2019, Williams has experienced to sit on the sidelines dealing with cancellations, accidents, and combat card shuffles.
“I had a struggle lined up in August and I injured my knee, so they experienced to pull me out of the August fight,” Williams explained to MMAWeekly.com. “Then they rescheduled that battle for Oct towards Jordan Rice, then he gets identified as up to the UFC, and that still left me opponent-much less, so they shuffled me up and now I’m combating Tuesday.
“With the UFC, when one thing takes place, they’re the very best about creating a thing else occur and stick to by way of with fights, so I was not really apprehensive about finding a battle.”
Concerns aside, Williams feels like he’s enhanced this previous yr in an energy to make absolutely sure what happened to him in his fight with Kuramagomedov doesn’t come about once more.
“I really feel like I know what I need to have to do,” mentioned Williams. “I know what I need to alter. I know I need to have to keep my back off the cage. Which is what I messed up very last time (versus Kuramagomedov).
“I did not allow him hold me against the cage as well very long, but he did preserve me up towards the cage. I require to make guaranteed I things people takedowns. I want extra lateral motion to make sure that I’m not acquiring any extra harm even though I’m dishing out my very own. People are most important details I picked up from my final fight.”
On Tuesday, Williams (8-3) will glimpse to rebound when he faces Gregory Rodrigues (7-2) in the middleweight primary function of Dana White’s Contender Collection 2020: 7 days 7.
“He has some great wins,” Williams stated of Rodrigues. “He’s a whole lot more robust opponent. He’s tall, we have the same arrive at, but he’s a pretty ahead, aggressive fighter. He’s acquired several submissions on the floor.
“Once you begin tagging this guy, he likes to wrestle and set you up versus the cage, and like I said just before, I want to make positive I never preserve my back again on the cage, circle all-around extra, be the extra lively fighter, and use my cardio in this struggle.”
Even though Williams understands acquiring the get on Tuesday evening is the most crucial detail, he also admits that he thinks about the chance of earning a UFC deal and how that will have an impact on his vocation going ahead.
“You truly want to established up mentally exactly where you are going with this, your long run, and what you actually want out of it,” mentioned Williams. “At periods that does weigh a good deal heavier, and you want to sluggish down and just aim on this acquire.
“What it definitely comes down to: I need to be pondering about acquiring that deal, obtaining my hand elevated, and what I’m going to do following from listed here. Those people are normally views on my head, but I do consider that you can’t skip getting in the second. I consider those people are both avenues you have to journey down as a fighter to get to your correct destination of achievements.”