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Jake Butler Hopes Drop to Middleweight Helps Secure Long-Awaited Title Shot

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Jake Butler

Jake Butler has spent his entire professional career competing inside the ONE Championship cage. He’s had eight fights so far, winning seven of them, and is coming off back-to-back victories over high caliber opponents.

Butler began competing in the light heavyweight division, but has dropped down to middleweight and faces Marcin Prachnio on Saturday night (local time) in Jakarta. He hopes a win at ONE: Titles & Titans will be enough to secure an immediate title shot and already has one eye on reigning champion Vitaly Bigdash.

“There is only one potential match I am interested in. The guy who is hiding in Russia with the belt that he doesn’t deserve. He’s not the true champion at the 93-kilogram limit in ONE Championship, not until he fights me. I have been here since the beginning of ONE, and I have yet to be beaten at 93 kilograms. He took that belt while I was preoccupied welcoming my first son to the world. It’s still my division.”

The new ONE Championship regulations have helped Butler make a home in the middleweight division. Previously, he was competing at 205 pounds without cutting any weight, so the American has been able to move down without making any sort of major adjustments.

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“If I am staying busy with training and eating healthy, 205 is close to my natural weight, so (making middleweight) is not difficult at all.”

In the past, ONE Championship’s middleweights would only have been required to weigh in at 185 pounds or less the day prior to the ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly