Declan Williams makes his Full Contact Contender Debut at FCC – 5, in March, against Ste Nightingale. The match will be the co-main event of the evening and is one not to be missed. Declan is a vastly experienced fighter and he took some time out to answer some questions on his MMA career and the upcoming fight.
Hi Declan, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. Can you tell people a little about yourself?
“I’m Declan Williams, I fight out of Manchester Predators and I’m a Pro Mixed Martial Arts fighter at Bantamweight.
I see you are making your FCC debut at FCC 5, how good does it feel to be fighting on the card?
“I’m looking forward to fighting on FCC, I went to there last show and thought it was a good show, very well ran and had a pro feel to it”.
You are fighting Ste Nightingale, in the co-main event. How much do you know about him?
“I’ve met Ste a few times and seen him compete in a few and he’s a very well rounded fighter. I’d say he’s a fighter of all skills, master of none! He’s not bad at everything but I wouldn’t say he was fantastic at anything”.
When battle commences, what do you see as your best weapon?
“I think my biggest weapon is my heart. I know I ain’t the best on the ground, I know I’m not the best wrestler and I know my striking isn’t very technical (laughs). I definitely know I ain’t the best fighter in the UK, not the best in my gym and I’m not even the best fighter in my house (laughs): my son would kick my ass! But my heart pushes me on to go further than my opponent and to do what my opponent isn’t willing to do to get the victory”.
How is your training going? Is there anything you’ve had to change for this fight?
“Training’s going good. I get beat up at Manchester Predators, I get beat up at UK Alpha Males and I get beat up every where else I go! So yeah, it’s going good just getting beat up. But it’s all part of the game isn’t it. (laughs)”.
I see you are a really experienced fighter. How much does that experience help you when you fight?
“This fight will be my 27th MMA fight and my 15th Pro fight, so I’ve been around and been put in probably every situation you can be put in, in the cage. So nothings new to me but it doesn’t get any easier”.
Last time out you, you lost via decision to Brian Hyslop! Alot of people say they learn more from defeat than victory. Do you think this is true and what did you take from the fight?
“I think you do learn alot more from your loses then you do from your wins and I think the biggest thing I learnt from my last fight was that I ain’t a Flyweight fighter”.
I see that you have never been knocked out! How much confidence does that give you going into fights?
“In MMA I have never been stopped my strikes and it gives me alot of confidence when it comes to the stand up but it’s definitely something I’m going to relay on because of that”.
One thing I will never experience getting into the cage and fighting. And for that I have so much respect for everyone who does it. What’s the feeling like when the cage door is shut and it’s just you and your opponent?
“It’s a feeling that can’t be described and could only understand if you have been through it. It’s a mixture of emotions all rolled into one”.
What is your favourite martial art to train?
“I love it all! I don’t have a favourite and there isn’t one I train more than the other”.
What is the best thing about fighting and what motivates you to fight?
“Winning is the best thing about fighting, (laughs), and wanting to test myself is what motivates me”.
How far do you want to go in MMA?
“I’d like to get as far as i can go with it but I want the experience so that I can teach and pass on the knowledge to my students. So if I never become a champion or get in the UFC, I’d like to help up and coming, younger lads to reach there dream”.
That’s all the questions I have for you and thanks again for taking the time to do this. Is there anybody you’d like to thank?
“I’d like to thank my training Partners at Manchester Preds, my boys at UK Alpha Males, my partner in crime: Smooth Sam Spencer (the future Ufc champ), m y coach Gav Boardman, Mm kids for being understanding why Daddy ain’t always around! My mother and Dad for always supporting me and my sister who has always believed in me even when I didn’t. Who I know would follow me to hell to cheer me on while I fought the devil. I love you and miss you so much, can’t wait till your back for good.
R.I.P Elliot Hobson, also R.I.P Roy Allison and Chris Forkin a year as past But not forgotten!”