When it comes to being an inspiration, few MMA fighters can lay claim to the title like Cage Warriors middleweight champion Nathias Frederick (9-2-1).
Frederick, 38, suffers from a severe stutter, has dsylexia, and is autistic.
However, “Notorious” hasn’t let any of that stop him on his quest for MMA glory, capturing and defending the Cage Warriors title and accruing a 9-0-1 record since 2019.
The hard-hitting Frederick endured a rough childhood, admitting to Birmingham Live in 2020, “I had a crap life at school and stuff.”
“People didn’t have time for me, I had no help. I had it rough. Teachers never put me on a good path,” Frederick said, though he added, “I can’t change what happened, I can only go forward. I’ve had to climb some very high hurdles. Don’t look back, always look forward.”
Frederick applied that mantra to his MMA career early on.
The UTC Birmingham product suffered back-to-back defeats to begin his professional career, both losses of which came by way of stoppage. Since, Frederick is unbeaten in ten fights, nine of which he won by knockout.
Knockouts have been the theme for Frederick throughout his career; he hasn’t won a fight by any other method. His last punchout, a title-defending third-round shot against James Richardson (9-7) in December 2020, was called a “left hook from hell” by USA Today’s MMAJunkie.
The win over Richardson was a breakout one for Frederick, who has been competing on the U.K. scene since 2015.
“I showed the world what I’m made of,” Frederick said post-fight. “I want a chance at UFC.”
Now, Frederick will once more find himself in the main event of a blockbuster Cage Warriors card as he defends his title against Liverpool’s Matthew Bonner (9-6-1), who has won three straight fights.
Bonner, 30, is a veteran of Cage Warriors’ in-house developmental league, Cage Warriors Academy, and a pro since 2017.
An active fighter, Bonner has fought and won three times since his last loss — a unanimous decision against the aforementioned Richardson in December 2020.
Frederick will look to turn back Bonner for his second title defense in the main event of Cage Warriors 123, the first of three consecutive events for the U.K. MMA leader.
Regardless of the result, Nathias Frederick has proven to be an inspiration for many. Speaking after his win over Richardson, the 38-year-old urged unity, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of significant obstacles.
“I’m going to say, that everyone can chase their dream,” said Frederick. “We need to come together in this world. It don’t matter the background; if you’re disabled. Give them a chance out there. Don’t turn them down [out] the front door. Give them a chance. It will work.”