by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
(Photo courtesy Greg’s Photography Inc.)
While much of the attention directed at the 145-pound division is focused on World Extreme Cagefighting, it is not the only show featuring top talent in the weight class.
At Friday’s Throwdown ETC event in Utah, one of the featherweight division’s most underrated fighters will be making his return to action as current Sportfight champ Enoch “The Animal” Wilson takes on “Super” Steven Siler.
It’s a match-up that was supposed to happen earlier this year, but was delayed when Wilson suffered an injury.
“I was actually supposed to fight Steven in June, and I tore my PCL in my knee,” Wilson told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve made more than a 100-percent recovery, and I think I proved that with my knockout performance over Chad Nelson (in October).”
Injury free, Wilson is anticipating a tough fight from Siler, but ultimately “The Animal” expects to come out on top.
“The kid’s really tough, he’s a gamer, and I know he’s got a good submission game and stuff,” commented Wilson. “It’s nothing against him, I mean no disrespect, I’m going to treat him like the champ he is, but I don’t believe that he’s at any level I’m at in any facet of the game.
“I don’t want to discredit him, but I think this kid’s bit into a little more than he can chew, and I’m going to prove that in the first round of this fight. I’m going to take that W and that belt by any means necessary within the rules, baby!”
Should Wilson defeat Siler and close out the year on a high note, he hopes to take the next step up and begin challenging for bigger titles in 2010.
“It sounds like the WEC may be (where I’m headed),” said Wilson. “But it’s whatever my manager, Matt Lindland, says that goes.
“It sounds like he’s already talking with the WEC, so if that’s where the road takes me, that’s where the road takes me. I’ve got one primary function – and that’s to prove I’m the best in the world.”
As Wilson alludes to wanting to be the best, his focus is on fighting the best the division has to offer.
“I don’t really have any desire after this fight to fight anybody that’s not ranked in the Top 10,” he admitted. “If I have to crawl through the rankings with some up and comers, then that’s what I’ve got to do, but my focus is the Urijah Fabers, Mike Browns and Jose Aldos – those are the ones that I’m really looking for.”
Currently riding a four-fight winning streak, Wilson has really begun to make the sort of headway needed to prevent bigger promotions from keeping him on the outside looking in. With continued success it won’t be long before he gets the opportunity he’s been so hungry for.
“I just want to say that if you guys want to see the best fighter in the world that doesn’t get his dues, come to the Throwdown ETC,” closed out Wilson. “Come see ‘The Animal’ wreck shop and get a new belt.
“I’m going to take it one fight at a time, and Steven Siler’s first, but after that I’m going to wreck shop and run amok.”