Nate Andrews is another Contender Series fighter who won in dominant fashion, yet didn’t receive a UFC contract. Now, he looks forward to his PFL debut against the returning lightweight, Chris Wade.
Training out of Rhode Island, Andrews is the reining CES lightweight champion and has an impressive record of 15-1. At the age of 35, he’s a proud father who has refocused his sights, looking to become a millionaire and world champion with the PFL this season.
Andrews dominated in CES since making his professional MMA debut in 2012. Although open to a CES return later down the line, Andrews will likely have to vacate his lightweight championship. He now looks to make a statement with a finish at PFL 2 and continue his domination with a new promotion.
Even with the ESPN deal, Andrews feels no pressure fighting under brighter lights. He is more excited to have a MMA veteran and tough opponent for his promotional debut. “I feel he hasn’t fought anyone that fights the way I fight, the skill-level I have,” said Andrews. “My style is going to give him a problem.”
“The Snake” believes his opposition will eventually fall into a submission late in the first round or early in the second. Nate will be the first to tell you that Wade has a, ”handful to deal with,” come Thursday night.
MMA has politics too.
Like most fighters, UFC was the goal for Nate. However, after witnessing the politics of MMA, his attention is fully focused on his opportunity with the PFL.
Andrews put it bluntly, “Not getting the opportunity sucks.” But he’s looking forward to his season with the PFL, plans to win it all, and then resign with the promotion.
“Once you wrap around someone, you’re like a snake.”
Growing up a professional wrestling fan, Andrews got his nickname from one of his favorite wrestlers: Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
But let it be known, that is not the only reason for his name. Nate is also infatuated with snakes and after training jiu-jitsu, he mastered different types of chokes. So needless to say, don’t let him wrap around you.
You’re going to tap.
Nate stopped watching wrestling growing up. However, he does try to stay informed becaused his son loves it. Andrews tries to catch up with the new generation of WWE so when he’s at the closest WalMart, he’s able to bring home a new action figure.
Age is nothing but a number.
The MMA community and even those in the industry tend to put emphasis on a fighter’s age. If you ask Nate, although there will come a time that age is a factor, at 35 years old, his conditioning and skill set is at an all-time high.
He’s not a 35 year old with 16 wars. He’s taken minimal damage in his MMA career and feels he is in his prime.
Regardless of age, Nate looks to remind people that he’s one of the best lightweights in the world when he makes his PFL debut on May 23.
Make sure to catch Nate “The Snake” Andrews on the second PFL season.