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Houston's next move driven by championships after leaving Cage Warriors


By Andrew Henderson


Winning titles and proving he is the best welterweight in the world will be the main motivation behind Ross Houston's next move.

The 29-year-old mixed martial-artist announced this week that he has left Cage Warriors and vacated his world championship, but with talks with multiple promotions under way Houston now has a decision to make.

Championships are a strong motivating factor for Houston, which led to him accepting bouts against tricky opponents in his time at Cage Warriors.

Ross Houston, pictured after his Cage Warriors welterweight world championship defence against Nicolas Dalby last year, has his eyes on competing for more titles wherever he signs. Picture: Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors
Ross Houston, pictured after his Cage Warriors welterweight world championship defence against Nicolas Dalby last year, has his eyes on competing for more titles wherever he signs. Picture: Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors

It obviously paid off for the former champion, and he always backs himself to win regardless of the opponent.

"I want to get the belts," Houston insisted.

"Even through Cage Warriors, some names were getting offered to me and I was saying yes to any of them.

"Some people thought they were tough fights to take, but my mindset is the strongest part of my game.

"It doesn't matter who's getting put in front of me, my mindset is I'm going to beat them. I back myself to get the job done."

As Houston weighs up his next move, he has been training in Birmingham this week with top UFC welterweight Leon Edwards.

Edwards is number four in the UFC rankings, and is preparing to main event their London next month against number one contender Tyron Woodley.

The winner will likely be next in line for a title shot, so it has been a very valuable experience for Houston.

"I think it's the best gym in Europe in terms of talent," Houston explained.

"I got some work in with Leon, that was really good because he's been told by (UFC president) Dana White that a win against Woodley will get him a title shot.

"That's the level of guys I want to work with, literally they're a fight off being the best fighter in the planet in my weight class, so it's cool.

"We've picked up some good tips off Leon and everyone down here, Fabian Edwards trains here and Tom Breese does as well.

"They're high level guys, and they're looking sharp as ever. It's always a great experience for me, it's a case of listening twice and speaking once trying to absorb all the information."



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