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"Cannon" ready to burst onto pro MMA scene


There's a reason Channin Williams is known as "The Cannon."

"It comes from the explosion that I have," he explains. "You light the fuse when the cage closes. Then it's only a matter of time before I explode on the guy."

The Albany native will light that fuse as a professional mixed martial artist for the first time Saturday at Valdosta's Mathis Auditorium against Will Fauth.

"I looked forward to this for so long," Williams says. "And now it's here it's like a dream come true."

You read that right. Williams' dream is to be in a fight.

"It's not the getting hit part I like," he laughs. "It's getting to hit them back that I like."

Williams did most of the hitting during his amateur career. In 10 fights, he went 8-1-1. His only loss came by decision.

But he knows the competition is now changing.

Gone are the opponents who fight MMA as a hobby.

"He's a professional. I'm a professional. This is what we do," he says. "We're doing this for money. I don't get as much money if I lose. I need this"

Williams trains at Valdosta Combat Sports. His head trainer, Richard Cox, says "The Cannon" has always had a professional mindset, even as an amateur.

"Everyday, he's doing some sort of training," Cox says. "Whether it's supplemental training, MMA training. He's always working."

That isn't surprising if you talk to him. 

Williams wrestled in high school at Westover and Deerfield-Windsor. He initially planned to join the wrestling club team at Valdosta State, but it was never formed.

Looking for a new way to satisfy his competition craving, he turned to MMA.

"That first workout was one of the worst ever," he remembers. "It brought back all those memories of wrestling practices in high school."

Despite the humbling experience, Williams says he fell in love after that first workout. 

The work, intense training five or six days a week,  is what draws him to the gym.

"I love the grind. That's what makes most people quit," he says. "It's not something you can just wake up and be good at. You have to go through so much."

That grind is what he feels has prepared him for Saturday's debut. 

Though it will be his first pro fight, Williams isn't lacking in confidence.

"What's your prediction for Saturday night?" asks WALB's Jake Wallace.

"Late in the first round. Take him down. Pound him out. Vicious elbows from the top," he smiles.

Sounds like "The Cannon" is ready for battle.

Williams fights Faust at the Fear No Battle 3 event Saturday night at Valdosta's Mathis Auditorium. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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