Cage Warriors: Ross Houston ready to put eight years of hard work into action when he fights Stefano Paterno for welterweight title
ROSS HOUSTON is ready to put eight years of hard work into action this weekend when he fights for the Cage Warriors welterweight title.
The undefeated 28-year-old takes on current champion Stefano Paterno in Birmingham on Saturday night.
Bellator fighter Fabian Edwards and Ross Houston trained together in BirminghamRoss Houston
And he is ready to show the world of European MMA why he believes he’s the best welterweight on the continent.
Speaking exclusively to SunSport Online, Inverness-based Houston said: “I’m massively confident in my chances of winning this belt.
“This is my whole life. Eight years of hard work has went into winning this belt on Saturday night.
“The main thing that separates me from the other fighters is my self-belief and my mental strength.
"There's no one in this division that tests me. This is my division." @HitmanHouston90 steps up at #CW98 this weekend to back up the talk. pic.twitter.com/W2fSn66N2J
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) October 16, 2018
“When I get in the cage, I perform well under the lights. The bigger the occasion, the better I perform.
“I don’t put any pressure on myself as I know in my head that I’m going to fight well. It’s going to be a good night.”
Being Europe’s foremost MMA promotion, it’s no surprise that many fighters on Cage Warriors’ roster, most notably Conor McGregor, have used the platform to move on to the UFC.
And with a professional record of seven wins and no losses, Houston is honest about where his ambitions in the sport ultimately lie.
He added: “UFC has been the dream for me ever since I started watching it years back.
“Cage Warriors has the proven track record as the number one place to be in Europe and it can help you get to the UFC.
“So getting that belt placed round my waist on Saturday will help me get to the places I want to go.”
7-0 Good scrap at the weekend Still got much more to offer ! Time to pick up a @CageWarriors belt pic.twitter.com/TYTmbPjXDF
— Ross Houston (@HitmanHouston90) July 23, 2018
Ahead of this weekend’s fight with Paterno, Houston spent some time in Birmingham training with UFC fighters Leon Edwards and Tom Breese.
He also sparred with Edwards’ brother, newly-signed Bellator fighter Fabian.
It made sense for him to return to the city where not only could he find great places to train, but where he spent a large part of his childhood.
Having Scottish parents and a wider Scottish family has ensured that Houston has always felt Scottish at heart however.
And on Saturday, he’ll be fighting for them, as well as his own ambitions, as he aims to complete a near decade-long dream.
He admitted: “It would really mean a lot to be the champion. It would be the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
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Houston isn’t the only Scottish fighter in action at Cage Warriors 98 in Birmingham on Saturday.
Aberdeen’s Paul McBain takes on Aiden Lee in the semi-final of the promotion’s featherweight title tournament.
While Dundee fighter Scott Malone takes on Adam Amarasinghe in a bantamweight bout.
Live TV coverage of Cage Warriors 98’s main card begins at 9pm Saturday on BT Sport 2 and will also be streamed on UFC Fight Pass.
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