A fighter from Ilkeston has secured a contract with Europe’s biggest mixed martial arts organisation.
Dean Trueman, 25, has been handed an 18-month, five-fight deal with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship (CWFC) which could see him compete both in the UK and internationally during 2014 and 2015.
Trueman, who trains in Nottingham and took up mixed martial arts at the age of 17, is now hoping to make his mark on the CWFC scene, with the potential for a further contract in the future should things go well.
He said: “It’s a huge organisation with bouts happening all over Europe and even in America, and with some really big fighters on the roster.
“It’s also been the case that the world-renowned Ultimate Fighting Championship has picked up fighters from the CWFC in the past too so that would be the ultimate achievement further down the line.
“The better I do, the better my contract will be and there is also the chance they’ll keep me on for longer so I’m hoping to impress from the off.
“I’m not sure when my first fight will be as yet but I’m keen to start around October so my manager is trying to fix something up.”
Trueman, who fights in the featherweight category, joins the likes of Jim Wallhead, Che Mills and, in his own category, Chris Fishgold as a member of the CWFC. He has taken part in six professional fights so far, winning four of them.
He added: “I’ve got some good support locally and I’m hoping I’ll be able to fight in Birmingham or Nottingham at some point which will mean more from this area will be able to come and watch.”