UNDEFEATED Cage Warriors lightweight champion Mason Jones will get the opportunity to add another belt to his name next month, when he fights for the vacant Welterweight crown against Adam Procter at Cage Warriors 116, writes Jason Batty.

Only Connor McGregor has claimed the “Champ Champ” feat for the promotion before, when he collected the Lightweight and Featherweight Crowns and gained legendary status on the European circuit.

Now Celtic Pride Mixed Martial Artist Jones, from Blaenavon, looks to emulate the same success and secure his ticket to the UFC by doing so.

He said: “I wanted a big challenge; I have always told Cage Warriors that I am ready.”

“This will cement my legacy, this is a legacy fight for me, this will cement my place in the Welsh annuals and the Cage Warriors history books. It’s going to close my chapter in Cage Warriors.”

“When I pull this off, it is going to catapult me into the UFC and I can start teaming up their ranks. They can give me whatever they want, I will tear them all apart.”

The last Cage Warriors event saw Jones headline and collect the lightweight title, when he knocked out Joe McColgan in the first round.

Celebrations were muted due to lockdown, but Jones looks forward to feeling the experience again.

“The main thing that struck me after collecting the first belt was how happy my family and coaches were. To me, it was inevitable. I always knew I was going to win that belt.”

“I cant wait to headline again and leave with those two belts over my shoulders.”

Before the invitation to the big league or cementing his name in the history books, Jones needs to get past 12-1 Procter who is currently riding a seven fight win streak. Overcoming the SBG South Shields fighter however is something that Jones is confident in doing and doesn’t feel moving up in weight will hamper him.

“I don’t see the going up in weight a massive thing. I see Adam as big lightweight; I don’t really see the big difference in weight. I spar with big boys, I am used to fighting bigger boys.”

“What that means for me is that I’ll be fit, light. I will still be hitting hard. I think I can out strike him. I am more technical, and I have a better array of techniques than him. I think I am going to tear him apart.”

“My wrestling is legit, my striking is legit. I am a better striker than Adam and a better wrestler. I just don’t see how he can beat me.”

“I am ready to put in a career best performance.”