'I'm ready right now to be in the UFC' – Dominque Wooding hoping for imminent UFC contract after 'unprecedented' 2021

ALL Dominique Wooding wants for Christmas this year is a UFC contract – and no one can blame him for asking Santa to put one in his stocking.

The Team GB standout, 25, is arguably the most in-form bantamweight prospect outside of mixed martial arts' premier promotion.



Three emphatic stoppage wins on the bounce – in which he claimed and defended the Cage Warriors 135lb belt – have put the Londoner on the cusp of being snapped up by the MMA leader.

And The Black Panther believes his body of work in the last six months is more than worthy of a call-up to the big leagues.

The Violent Money ambassador told SunSport: "That's all I want, man. That's all I want."

He added: "What I've done this year is unprecedented. And what I've done is deserving of a straight UFC contract.

"I don't wanna hear no talk of Dana White's Contenders Series. None of that rubbish, man.

"I'm ready right now to be in the UFC, I'm ready to compete against these high-level guys and I'm ready to trailblaze through some of these guys."

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Wooding's three 'slaughters', as he calls them, have gone viral in the MMA community and have seen his stock sky-rocket.

They've also come to the attention of veteran UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby.

Wooding revealed: "My management have spoken to Sean Shelby and Sean Shelby is saying he really likes me. So obviously they know about me."

Sadly for Wooding, the UFC's long-awaited return to London – which SunSport understands is tentatively slated to take place at The O2 Arena on March 19 – is full to the brim.

He admitted: "I was a bit bummed out to hear that. But if you really like me, you might as well just give me a contract whether or not you're gonna have me fight on UFC London. You might as well hand it over.

"There's no one else for me beat to beat in Cage Warriors right now. No one in the Cage Warriors [bantamweight] division can hang with me right now.

"So obviously, if I was to defend the belt again they're definitely gonna get someone from the outside again.

"There is no point in that, the UFC might as well sign me now and I'll get started fighting these international fighters.

"I've already done my business this year, so you might as well just sign me now and let me do it properly and get paid for it properly."

Although the promotion's return to London is full, Wooding – who lives 15 minutes away from the O2 – hasn't given up hope of landing a spot on the card.

He said: "It would be a dream come to true to fight there next year as I've seen how it's like and it's a great buzz to fight in there – in front of 20,000 people.

"And it's so close to home. Literally, I live about 15 or 20 minutes away from The O2 Arena. It's a big dream of mine."

Wooding's remarkable 2021 is in stark contrast to his two-fight stint in Bellator, in which he suffered back-to-back losses and was subsequently cut from the roster.

The slick southpaw attributes his remarkable turnaround and impressive KO streak to the power of self-belief and manifestation.

He said: "The self-belief, the hard work, keeping my head down and just grafting helped. Especially self-belief.

"At the time I was cut from Bellator, I was on two losses and you start to see a lot of people fade.

"You start to see the disbelief people have in you. Even in your close ones.

"Within myself, there obviously was a bit of self-doubt, but the self-doubt wasn't there for too long because I know my abilities – I know what I'm capable of doing.

"I just needed the right team behind me for me to be able to excel. And now I've got that and everyone is seeing the results.

"Obviously as human beings, we doubt. There's no such human being that doesn't doubt [themselves].

"But we have to create major actions for us to cancel out those doubts. And that's what I did."

Wooding is now stuck between a rock and hard place as agreeing to defend his 135lb strap one more time could scupper any plans the UFC have to hand him a deal.

The uncertainty of his immediate future aside, the current plan for Wooding is to stay ready for March 19.

He said: "After Christmas, my next camp is getting ready for UFC London.

"Whether there's a pull-out or they give me a contract, my next preparation is for UFC London."

Wooding spoke to SunSport following the official opening of the Violent Money Academy. Violent Money: They see violence, we see opportunity.

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