Ilkeston’s Dean Trueman produced a fine display to overcome Corrin Eaton at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday - and is now targeting a world title.
Featherweight Trueman, 28, has now won eight of his 12 professional fights after overcoming Londoner Eaton in front of the live BT Sport cameras on the Cage Warriors MMA bill.
He broke Eaton’s three-win streak in the process in what was an exciting and eventful three-round clash that saw Eaton give the Ilkeston fighter a tough encounter.
Trueman said: “He completely surprised me with the take down as I expected him to come out and strike with me, but he was strong, tough and made me work for everything.
“I beat him up a lot on the bottom, which isn’t the best place to beat someone up but it was working.
“I keep getting these triangles and armbars and can’t finish them – maybe I’m concentrating on the elbows too much – but I think I had the more dominant strikes. He landed a good knee to the body at the end of the first but other than that he didn’t really hurt me.
“It was just one of those fights where I was exhausted such was the constant working.”
“I lost the last fight due to stupid mistakes so this one was all about the win. I listened to my corner so as not to make mistakes again. I made it hard work for myself but did what I had to do to win.”
Trueman then reiterated his desire to secure a world title belt and has challenged Cage Warriors to line up a bout for him as soon as possible.
He said: “If Cage Warriors want to offer it to me I’d fight for that belt whenever they want, but then again they might not offer it to me.
“I put on a good fight every time, rather than just scoring a boring win, so why not put me forward for the shot. I’ll fight whoever they want.
“I can go three rounds, I’ve proven that, and I can knock people out quickly, I’ve proven that too.
“Quite a few fighters have gone into UFC and I’m not even sure who’s in the featherweight class at the moment but I’m happy to fight anyone.”