MMA Success Story: In-Depth with Nate Williams

Nate Wins

What is your dedication, determination and commitment to your lifestyle?

Nasty Nate Williams - Fight StatsYou might have already seen him on X3 TV, taken his Kickboxing class at West Midtown or seen him in the Octagon on Fight Night; his name is Nathan “Nasty Nate” Williams. He is currently ranked #14 on the Georgia Pro Lightweights and determined to reach his dream of becoming the best pound for pound fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). Last November, we interviewed Nate when he turned pro. Since then he’s had two fights, with a record of 1-1-0, and his upcoming July 22nd fight at NFC 85 will mark his three year anniversary on the X3 Sports Fight Team.

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Nathan Williams

I discovered X3 Sports off of an internet browser while searching for “mma gyms”. It was one of the first results that came up and was relatively close to my house. I called and said, “Hey man, I want to be a fighter”, and the guy laughed a little since he probably gets 100 calls like that a day. He told me what to do and what being an MMA fighter entails, that it’s a compilation of different martial arts tied into one. I came in and took a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class and signed up the same day!

X3 has changed my life completely! Besides giving me two cauliflower ears, LOL, X3 has made me the professional fighter I am today! I’ve earned a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as red belt in Muay Thai! I’ve also won several Jiu Jitsu competitions, as well as amateur fights and it would not be possible without X3 Sports.

My daily routine at X3 begins with an hour of Muay Thai, then an hour of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, followed by an hour of Fight Team training.  Our training together is the key to all our success! We are able to help push and motivate each other. We also help each other cut weight. Even when we aren’t fighting, we are still there each other in the saunas and definitely at the fights. It’s a brotherhood we have now, and I wouldn’t change my team for the world!

I have been training in MMA for three years now. I love that MMA has a wrestling aspect to it, because I wrestled all my life, so I have that competitive aspect going for me. I never had plans on doing this, but being a competitive guy, MMA challenges me because I just want to be known as one of the best fighters, pound for pound. My life encompasses MMA, if I’m not training, I’m watching it. If I’m not watching it, I’m reading news and talking about it. MMA is my life. I love it. I wouldn’t be anywhere else.

Go Team X3! Greatest gym in America! SEE MORE OF NATE’S STORY ON OUR BLOG.*