If you take a look at Tom Watson’s official, MMA record, then (hopefully) it won’t take you long to determine that the British middleweight has gone 2-3 in the UFC to date. Since he joined the promotion in 2013, Watson has scored wins over Stanislav Nedkov and most recently Sam Alvey, but was defeated by Brad Tavares, Thales Leites and Nick Catone. 2-3 right? Well, according to “Kong”, not exactly.
The 32 year-old Watson is scheduled to fight Rafael Natal this Saturday at UFC 183, and recently he spoke with UFC.com about the upcoming fight. During the interview, however, here is what the talented striker had to say about his UFC run to date.
“I don’t see any fights I’ve had in the UFC as a loss,” he said. “That sounds strange when I say it to people, but for me personally, what is a fight? It’s combat to a finish. If you go back in the day or take the rules of the contest out, yes, it’s a sport for television and for acceptance, but it’s a fight. Just because somebody’s winning on the judges’ scorecards or they’re taking me down, technically for me, I’m 1-0 in the UFC. I finished (Stanislav) Nedkov. The other fights were on the scoring system. Of course you need to play by those rules, but that’s not a finish, and I think (UFC President) Dana (White) and a lot of the guys in the UFC get stick because they expect a finish. A lot of people say at the top level it’s not easy, but that’s what it’s about. A finish is a conclusive result and that’s what you need. So for me, I’m 1-0 in the UFC, and I don’t really regard wins and losses the same as everybody else.”
That’s an interesting way of looking at it huh? Yes, all three of Watson’s losses came via decision, while only his win over Nedkov came via stoppage. 1-0.
Now, regardless of how Watson determine’s records, this bout could be a must win for the rugged vet. While he decisioned Alvey in his last outing, a loss would drop his UFC record to 2-4.
Natal, meanwhile, is coming off a split decision win over Chris Camozzi in September, after dropped consecutive bouts to Ed Herman and Tim Kennedy. The noted grappler has gone 6-4-1 thus far in the UFC.
UFC 183 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the main event, former middleweight champ Anderson Silva will throw down with Nick Diaz. In the co-headliner, Tyron Woodley will battle fellow welterweight contender Kelvin Gastelum.