The reigning 185lb Cage Warriors champion James Webb took the time to speak with The Scrap just days out from his first title defense at Cage Warriors 106.
Unconcerned about his opponent, his strengths or weaknesses, Webb is intent on being his best self come fight night. He told us, “I’m just there to do a job, finish people, that’s it.” A 12-week camp has been geared towards getting the best out of himself and it’s almost time to put everything into practice on the biggest card in Cage Warriors history.
Nothing changes as champ.
James Webb (6-1) captured the Cage Warriors middleweight title last time out, defeating Thomas Robertson (7-2) via third-round submission to become a world champion in his seventh professional fight.
For the 29-year-old nothing has changed, as he quickly re-entered camp to help teammates and prepare for his next challenge.
“I had a week off after the Robertson fight then was back in because we thought my head coach was fighting in early May,” said Webb. So, we were back over training getting the rounds in for him.”
An Englishman from Colchester, Webb has found a fighting home in the Dublin based Team KF. “I like to get away. I found this formula that works for me,” he said. The results are showing and there is no let up from the newly crowned champ, which becomes clear as he talks us through his exhausting fight camp.
“I haven’t had time off. Non-stop training and conditioning,” said Webb. “The last 12 weeks of camp has been perfect. The last 10 weeks have been intense, a real good push. I can’t wait to have a beer.”
With fight camp pretty much wrapped up, it’s all about keeping loose through fight week and ensuring weight is on point. if you ask Webb, he’ll tell you, “it’s all about getting the weight down and not getting too rusty, keeping sharp.”
All opponents are dangerous.
With a tough fight camp behind him, Webb is just days away from defending his title. The beer that awaits in victory will be well earned should he emerge victorious against a tough challenger.
Nathias Frederick (7-2) has seven wins in a row after dropping his first two professional bouts, one to Thomas Robertson, the man Webb beat to claim the title. With six of his seven wins coming via KO/TKO he certainly presents a threat to the short reign of the champion.
Asked his opinion on his opponent, Webb said, “I don’t really know too much except he’s a good opponent. I don’t go into depth with all that.” For Webb, the opponent is irrelevant. The fight game is all about being the best version of himself and ensuring training is geared towards that.
“We always work on our own stuff. It’s always been about me in training camp, focused towards me and what I’m doing… It’s not about who’s in front of me, it’s all about me. I’m just here to do me.”
James Webb and his team treat every opponent the same, ensuring no stone is left unturned during fight camp, no matter who stands across from him. They realize everyone is dangerous and the moment you start thinking otherwise, is the moment you lose.
“He could have lost his last five in a row and I’d still class him as dangerous as a guy who had won 15 in a row,” said Webb. “You have to respect everyone. They all bring their own dangers.”
A unique outlook, that appears to be working as the 29-year-old is achieving great things in his short MMA career. With many more still to come.
Ready for the big time?
The longer the Cage Warriors middleweight title remains around his waist, the more people are going to speculate about James Webb making the jump to the UFC. With a win on Saturday night he may well become the 92nd Cage Warriors fighter to be signed by the promotion. A reality he is aware of, yet Webb appears relaxed about the prospect of a move to the UFC.
“Whatever lies on the horizon I’m happy to do, whether it be the UFC, or I have to stay and defend.”
Despite his relaxed demeanor his intentions are clear, and Webb is confident it will be sooner rather than later that he gets the call.
First things first, the not so small matter of Cage Warriors 106.
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The Scrap’s Jordan Ellis of Liverpool, UK is a lifelong fight fan and aspiring writer. Covering all things MMA and Boxing, you can follow him on Twitter (@JordanEllisUK) for daily fight news and content.