BLAENAVON fighter Mason Jones has made the step up to the big leagues as the latest fighter to join the UFC.

The lightweight and welterweight champion (10-0) took to Instagram to share the news that earlier in the month he had put pen to paper on a four-fight deal with the UFC.

He said: “Friday October 9th I signed a 4 fight contract with UFC, the biggest and best MMA organization in the world.

“The moment when my dream became a reality.

“Big thanks to my coaching team and Graham Boylan for everything.”

Jones had to date fought all of his 10 career fights, bar one, under the banner of Cage Warriors.

He defeated Joe McColgan of Northern Ireland at Cage Warriors 113 back in March to secure the lightweight title which had remained vacant until that point.

He then became a two-division champion in September.

Jones added the also vacant welterweight title to his list of victories, beating Adam Proctor at Cage Warriors 116.

Both victories were sealed by first-round TKOs.

After his win against Proctor, Jones laid down a message to the UFC during his post-fight interview as he vowed to make an impact in the promotion’s lightweight division.

“I asked Graham (Boylan) and I asked Ian (Dean) to dig up the biggest monster they could find and, unfortunately, it’s not enough,” he said.

“So I’ve got a challenge for Dana White, for Sean Shelby, for anyone in the UFC looking.

“I’ll be ready to go in a week, in two weeks, in four.

“Find the biggest, deadliest lightweight monster you can find – because I’m a lightweight guy – and I’ll go out there and dismantle them.

“Dig me up the biggest monster you can find, and I’ll put them away in two.”

The UFC contract was sealed just 13 days later.

Now Jones will get the chance to back his words up with actions, as he joins the UFC’s lightweight division.

He also joins fellow Welsh fighters Jack Shore, Jack Marshman, John Phillips, and Cory McKenna.