Do you know who John Hathaway is? He’s the unassuming guy standing in the corner minding his own business, while others continue to overlook his immaculate 14-0 resume. The Brit doesn’t mind his wallflower status, as he wasn’t expecting to get an Evite to join the UFC after just three-and-a-half years into his pro mixed martial arts career.
“I was little bit surprised,” Hathaway told 5thRound.com of his abrupt call to the majors. “I thought I was going to get into the UFC slightly later than when I did, but obviously I train real hard in between fights and I try to improve as much as I can, so I can come out each time and be a different and better fighter with new kinds of skills.
“The improvement is all in the training, I believe.”
Hathaway’s dedication in the trenches, parlayed with his exceptional performances inside the cage quickly garnered the attention of UFC brass. While he believes his promotion was a tad premature with only 10 fights under his belt, when MMA’s monopoly comes calling, there’s really only one answer.
“I believe probably just a year after [they offered me a contract],” he said of his proposed timeline to make the big show. “I was kind of expecting a year after if I carried on going the way I was, but I was more than happy to kind of jump at the chance to be in the best organization in the world. It’s definitely an opportunity where you don’t let pass.”
Hathaway quickly seized the chance of a lifetime and has since rattled off a perfect 4-0 mark under the UFC’s bright lights. He was last seen handing habitual division hopper Diego Sanchez a lopsided unanimous decision loss at UFC 114.
“The Hitman” puts his pristine record on the line this Saturday against Mike Pyle at UFC 120. While he’s a significant 6-to-1 favorite heading into the O2 Arena in London, England, it hasn’t changed his mindset in the least. At the tender age of 23, he thoroughly understands the importance of not having his Octagon invitation revoked, particularly since it’s extremely difficult to regain access.
“I know how dangerous Mike is. He’s finished a lot of fights by submissions and he’s very experienced,” Hathaway expressed. “He’s fought some of the best people in the game, so I’m not taking him lightly by no means. I’m training very hard to give him my all on that night.”