Trey Williams (5-3) will face Elijah Harris in the light heavyweight division on September 23rd. “The King” will be making his Cage Warriors debut after fighting across the regional scene since his pro debut in 2014.
The Career of Trey Williams
Williams started his professional career in December 2014, winning his first two bouts with two finishes. However, he would take his first professional defeat against debuting Anthony “Fluffy” Hernandez. Williams would bounce back with back-to-back anaconda choke R1 victories. His second loss would come against TUF 29 veteran Aaron Phillips. After many years of inconsistent fighting, Williams has fought twice in the year 2022, with a 1-1 record so far. “The King” is now looking to fight on a more consistent basis at this point in his career.
I had the pleasure of speaking to Trey Williams ahead of his Cage Warriors debut:
Trey Williams Interview
You will be fighting for Cage Warriors on the biggest stage you’ve ever fought on, what does it mean to you to fight on such a global stage?
“It’s honestly quite an amazing feeling to be moving in the right direction. I started fighting 11-12 years ago so to be on a stage like this is honestly just the next step in the plan and I can’t wait to get in there and show the world what I am capable of!”
Your opponent is 41-year-old Elijah Harris. What qualities do you believe you possess that will give you the advantage in this fight? Does fighting someone with that level of experience concern you at all?
“Not in the least bit, I’ve trained with much better fighters over the years, and especially with everyone on the team fighting in the next couple of months I’ve been able to get in a lot of time on the mats and make adjustments since my last fight!”
Since making your pro debut in 2014, you have only fought 8 times. With this fight being your 4th in the last year, will you be fighting on a more consistent basis from now on?
“Oh absolutely, I am finally in a place in my life where I am surrounded with like minded teammates, coaches and management that actually believe in what I am trying to do. I had to eliminate a lot of things out of my life including past gyms and coaches for the sake of my career. MMAGold has helped me improve my game not just in my physical abilities but my mentality as well.”
You have fought 3 fights in the past 12 months. How would you evaluate/rate your year so far?
“It’s been a frustrating year, my last two losses I feel were pretty bad calls from the judges. I feel I have improved since last November but I am no longer interested in allowing people who don’t even study MMA to the level that we do decide my fate anymore.”
Goals and Fight Style
What are your short-term, and long-term goals in the sport?
“Before the end of next year I will be in the UFC and within the next five I want to be a top contender.”
How would you describe your fight style to those who don’t know and have never seen you fight? Is there anybody at the top of the sport you would compare your style to?
“No one, in particular, comes to mind as far as a specific style but I’ve always liked Jon jones, A. Silva, Tyson, And Ali. I like to implement a wide range of things in my game that I’ve studied from them (not going to get too specific), especially in this new age of MMA. If anything I typically say I’m more of a boxer/grappler!
Get to Know Trey Williams
How did you get into the sport? Did you start with boxing?
“I actually started wrestling my senior year of high school and one of my coaches fought and it piqued my interest so I started playing the UFC game when I tried college out for a year. Once I moved into the college scene I was introduced to a local gym and I started practicing there and in the basement dorms, people heard I was fighting so I would spar in the basements and try to get as many fights as I could. College didn’t really work out so that lead me into the military where I was able to keep training and fighting in their combative program. I won the local army tournament six times and that’s when I was introduced to Marc Stevens who competed on the ultimate fighter and had a gym near the base.”
Outside of fighting, what do you like to do? Do you have any interesting hobbies you do when not training?
“Not really lol I love spending time with my sons, and I work full time as a DUI officer so I don’t really have time for anything else.”
And finally, how do you predict the fight going?
“I intend on finishing it in the first round. No judges. TKO/KO”
Awesome brother thank you for taking the time to talk to me I really appreciate it, is there anyone that you would like to shout out?
“Absolutely! No problem! And yes my sponsors! Reno Detail, Priority One Lifestyle Management, Nevada Firearms Academy (I guess you could add guns to the hobby list lol.), Komainu Apparel, Yemaso Bjj, and of course MMAGold!”
Featured image credits to Cage Warriors