In 2013, UFC veteran Walel “Gazelle” Watson had lost two fights in a row and was a fighter on the outside looking in.
Determined to get things back on track, Watson went undefeated last year and got back on track, possibly on the cusp of big things.
“I have to say it was a pretty good year for me,” said Watson of his 2014. “I fought two really tough opponents who had a lot of noise around their game, and I came out with my hand raised.
“I think my performances were strong and gave me a lot of momentum going into 2015. Right now this train is feeling unstoppable.”
“At the end of the day, I have my own mission and my own goal,” Watson told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m not worried about being a name fighter for anybody or a stepping stone for anybody – they’re a stepping stone for me.”
Watson feels as long as he sticks to his guns, he should be able to pick up his third victory in a row.
“I just have to go out there and be myself,” Watson said. “I’m looking to land my hands on (Johns) and my kicks and knees and elbows. When he hits the ground I’m looking to choke him out or take a limb home with me.
“If anybody looks at my record they’ll see I’m a finisher – I finish fights – that’s what I do.”
Now that he’s regained momentum, Watson sees himself one step closer to proving himself in the 135-pound division with a win on March 20.
“A win against Brett would be a big feather in my hat,” said Watson. “Me beating him will put me in the spotlight and put me in front of that ladder and one step closer to being No. 1 in the world.”