It has been a very fruitful year for middleweight prospect “Iron” Will Noland.
Following a loss in his last fight of 2013, Noland has gone undefeated so far in 2014, winning four straight fights, including his most recent on Nov. 13 against Nate Cook in King of the Cage.
“I was doing well the first round and definitely won it, but in the second round (Cook) caught me with a flying knee and rocked me pretty good,” said Noland. “But I was able to take him down and arm-triangle choke him.”
Noland told MMAWeekly.com that the year has gone as expected so far.
“So far it’s been a good year,” said Noland. “I feel like everything is coming together right now.”
Looking back on 2014, Noland also feels that this year has been essential to the growth of his game.
“I’ve worked a lot of footwork and striking with (TUF 9 cast member) Ritchie Whitson,” said Noland. “He has kind of an unorthodox style with a lot of movement, a lot of in-and-out, and southpaw stuff, so I fight both ways now.
“I’ve been working a lot with the Northern Idaho College wrestling team up here and I’ve my wrestling go through the roof.”
Though there’s only a month left in the year, Noland is looking to capitalize on his winning streak by fighting at least once more.
By adding another win to his already impressive year, Noland could very well find himself at the precipice of his overall goal in 2015.
“I might be fighting in California for KOTC in December,” said Noland.
“The main goal is to make it to the UFC. I’m 14-4 right now. I’ve won eight out of my last nine. My only loss came to a UFC vet (Shinsho Anzai) in Japan. I know I’m ready to be at that level. Hopefully something happens soon.”
(Photo courtesy of Will Noland)