By Dean Parr
November 26th of last year saw one of Manchester's brightest young talents, George 'G Force' Williams (6-0) of Hyde MMA capture the NSAC-rules Amateur Flyweight title on Controlled Aggression. The 19-year old was delighted with this win.
"I was really happy," enthused Williams. "I've achieved what I wanted to achieve. I put a lot into it; trained 7 days a week to get it. It was a big ambition from the beginning to become a Champion at my weight."
In the run up to the bout, opponent, Jordan Noon of Team Warriors Elite, was full of outward confidence, but this did nothing but motivate the current-Champ. He admitted,
"I expected him to be quite arrogant, considering it was in his back yard and I could see he had a lot of confidence going into the fight. He made some comments on the pre fight interview, which I heard when I was waiting to come out.
"This just made me want it more, and more determined to make him submit. I took my time with the triangle as I knew I had it, and wanted to make it as uncomfortable as possible. When I had him trapped, I chucked in a couple of punches as well."
Despite this being the biggest fight of his career to date, George isn't of the opinion this was his toughest test.
"It wasn't my hardest fight yet," stated 'G Force.' "That was against Matt Greenwood who is a good Jiu Jitsu guy and 27 years old. I've never had an easy one. My fight leading up to the title fight was against a lad from Denniston Sutherland's camp, who had a lot of heart, skills and a dangerous clinch.
"Jordan Love gave me another hard fight. He had a massive background in Kickboxing, travelling all around the world. The first kick he caught me with was in the liver. To be honest, I wanted to stop the pain was that bad, but I just grit my teeth and got through it."
George's father is Alan Williams, the head coach and founder of Hyde MMA, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The rising star was asked if he felt any extra pressure given this connection. He sounded,
"I never felt pushed into MMA; it was always off my own back, after I finished Gymnastics, which I did for seven years. My dad never does me any favours, infact he probably pushes me harder than anyone else in the gym. This shows the other lads that there are no favourites; I get bollocked just the same as everyone else and a little more. I'm the whipping boy.
"It's just over the two year mark that I've been actively involved in MMA. People seem to be under the impression I've been training for years because my dad owns Hyde MMA, but I've not because I had no one anywhere near my weight to train with until the last 18 months."
Williams now intends to channel his efforts into his life outside the cage, in particular looking to achieve in his working life.
"I'm taking some time off to focus on the last year of my apprenticeship with Greater Manchester Police," revealed George. "I've been competing in sports for years now, and I'd just like some time to be a normal teenager and enjoy myself for a bit."
To conclude the interview, the unbeaten 125-pounder had some final words he wished to add.
"The main thank you I'd like to make is to my dad, Alan Williams for the back up, the training, the bollockings and discipline. There's been a lot of talk over the years about the gym, and my dad never needed to defend himself to it; all the lads in the gym know what he can do, and I have never seen any of them come close to beating him in any area. People don't rate our ground game, but many of our wins have come via submission and it's all down to my dad's teaching; his Jiu Jitsu knowledge is very underestimated.
"I'd also to thank Dave Latus, Leigh Cohoon, Craig Chesters, Ben Royle, Mike Castell, Mark Morris and all of the rest of the lads at Hyde MMA. Onwards and upwards. And to our sponsors CNP Professional and Danny Birch at Heart For Art."
George's last fight can be watched here.