Less than a week after “Naptime” Nic Herron-Webb submitted David “Codename” Knight at AFC 74: Termination, AFC fighter Josh “The Ghost” Henry publicly challenged both Greatland champions, Nic who fights at welterweight and Steven “The Incredible Hulk” Waalkes at light-heavyweight, for their belts.
Josh made the challenge on his webpage a night before it was announced that Jon Fitch would be at the AFC fair booth on August 28th with Mike Swick on hand at AFC 75 to sign autographs and take pictures with fans September 15th.
“I want to fight Nic Herron-Webb in October for the 170 pound belt,” Josh proclaimed. “How many people want to see me smash this little punk into next week? I guarantee I will knock him out no later than the third round.”
AFC owner Sarah Johnston was initially hesitant about the idea saying he would need to secure one more victory before getting the shot. “I’ll have to work on a contendership fight for Josh,” she said. “I can’t have him fighting Nic after having fought only once this year.”
Josh responded by saying, “He won’t turn it down as long as it’s offered to him. From what I know he wants to fight the best and after I beat him I’m going for Stephen Waalkes at 205.”
When I brought up the subject of switching weight classes, Josh said he is capable of making weight in either division. “I’ve fought at 185, 170, 155, and a catchweight of 152. I am the former middleweight champion and I haven’t lost a fight in the AFC in over 3 years!”
Josh’s last fight was against another Greatland fighter, Cody Rice, at AFC 70 where he dominated all three rounds to win by decision. “I won my last two fights at 170. I beat Dave Mazany who was 7-0 and then I beat Cody Rice.”
He added, “You will see a new and improved Ghost next time I step in there. One thing that people always underestimate about me is that I’m a strategy guy. No two fights of mine are the same. They also look at me and think he can’t be that strong. Ask Cody Rice who hit him the hardest. He told me after the fight, I’ve never been hit that hard!”
As for which Greatland fighter would give him the most trouble, Josh answered, “Nic will be a tougher fight than Waalkes in my opinion.”
I interviewed the fighter who trains out of Anchorage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in greater detail the following day.
When did you decide you wanted to challenge Nic for the belt? I wanted to fight Nic ever since he beat Kevin Barber. Now that he has the belt I might as well kill two birds with one stone.
What were your thoughts on the Nic, David Knight fight? I was sitting ringside during the fight. At first thought, I could not understand how that submission worked. I’ve been doing jiu-jitsu for a long time and I’ve never seen that move work from that position. There is no way I would tap to that. There is no way Nic would ever be able to get me in that position.
What do you think of Nic as a champion? Since he just won the belt I don’t think anything about him as a champion. He’s only 20 years old. He needs his mom to escort him to weigh-ins because he isn’t old enough to get in by himself. I cant respect him as a champion because he hasn’t even proved himself as a fighter yet.
Why do you think you should get a shot over other welterweights? First, I need you to name another welterweight that has an above .500 record? Exactly. That’s why I deserve a shot. I fought Dave Mazany at welterweight when he was in his prime and you saw the results. I also fought Cody Rice at welterweight when he was considered a top contender in the AFC and you saw the results. Enough said!
Does your gym support you in this matter? My gym always shows me support when it comes to my MMA career, especially in the AFC. We are a family and as a family we support each other no matter what.
If you do get to fight him what do you expect to happen in the match? First round will be him thinking he can stand up with me, but shortly after the bell rings and I catch him with a right hand he will start shooting. He will not want to stand and bang with me. After about two or three failed attempts he will mentally break down and I will KO him within three rounds.
You also say you want to fight Steven Waalkes. What do you think of him as champ? I think Waalkes is a good guy. He has always been super nice and respectful. As a champ, I think he only got a shot because there is nobody else in that weight class.
Why do you think you can beat him? I think I can beat him because I’m better than him!
If you fight him how will the match differ from the Nic fight? Waalkes will try and stand with me because he thinks since he’s bigger he’s stronger. I’ll punch him just like I will with Nic and he’ll try to clinch. His ground game is a joke so his only way to win will be to try and knock me out. I’m yet to be knocked out and I don’t see him being the first one to do it to me.
If the Waalkes fight opens up before the Nic fight, will you take it? Oh Yeah! Whichever one wants some of me in October I’m here and waiting. Nic has no excuse for not being ready in October. He just came off of a 1:17 fight. He got hit once. He should be ready to go right now.
Is this a personal war against Greatland’s top two fighters? It’s a war against their gold! I don’t think they are established enough to be where they are. I think they have been lucky in the way the weight classes have played out. I don’t respect them as a gym. I look at them as a fraternity of wannabe college kids pretending to be an MMA gym. What are their accolades?
Sarah is reluctant to rush into the welterweight match because you have only fought once this year. What are your thoughts on that? I have only fought once this year because nobody will step up and face me. I dropped from middleweight to welterweight to lightweight looking for fighters to face me and everyone that has stepped up I beat. Once you wreck and embarrass guys over and over people have a tendency to duck you. That has been the case this past year.
Do you expect to hold two belts at once and what are your plans if you accomplish it? I will hold two belts at once and my plans are to continue winning and keep doing what I do. I haven’t lost in the AFC in 3 years and I don’t plan on losing anytime soon.
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