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Mason insists the pressure is on Foster


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IT’S been described as the biggest fight of his career so far, but Jack ‘The Stone’ Mason believes he’ll be under no pressure when he takes on former UFC star Brian Foster at Cage Warriors 44.

The pair clash in a 181lbs catchweight bout at the HMV Forum in London on October 1, co-headlining the event along with the Duffy v Musardo CWFC lightweight title fight. Mason (17-8-0) was originally scheduled to face Chris ‘The Killing Fields’, who was recently forced to withdraw due to injury. When Cage Warriors director Graham Boylan secured the services of Foster to fill the void, Mason didn’t hesitate to accept the challenge.

Foster (15-5-0) has been released by the UFC on medical grounds after a physical examination earlier this year revealed a brain haemorrhage. However, the 27-year-old from Oklahoma (3-2 in the UFC since September 2009) has received the clearance of a neurosurgeon to return to the cage and begins his journey back to the UFC against Mason in the English capital.

“I really appreciate this opportunity I’ve been given by Cage Warriors,” said Mason. “I’ll be the underdog for this fight but I don’t feel like that because I believe I can beat him. I think I have the ability to beat anyone on any given day but sometimes in the past my head hasn’t been where it should be.

“It’ll be a good match-up because I need to start taking a more aggressive approach into fights and I know he’ll try to take my head off. There’s no pressure on me here. Nobody has heard of me outside of the UK, whereas he’s trying to get back into the UFC. It’s a really important fight for him because if he doesn’t win it could cost him his job.”

In spite of his opponent’s calibre and level of experience, Mason says his build-up won’t change. The 29-year-old Chelmsford native explained: “I’ve been in camp already for quite a while preparing to fight Chris Fields so I’ll just keep preparing the way I have been. Foster is a different body-shape and a different style of fighter to Fields so it’ll be a change on that front but that’s fine with me.

“I’ll watch tapes of Foster – I’ve watched a few already – so I’ll study him as much as I need to. But the main thing for me is to focus on myself. That’s what I’ve always done and it’s not going to change now.”

The bout will see Mason return to Cage Warriors action for the first time since his defeat to Norman Paraisy in July. The Team Tsunami middleweight added: “Without a doubt, Cage Warriors is the best show in the UK. It’s a privilege to be on board with them and I can’t wait for October 1.”

Tickets for Cage Warriors 44 at the HMV Forum in Kentish Town, London on October 1 are available HERE.

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