The Made4TheCage management man is one of the best talents the UK MMA scene has produced, having also fought three times in the biggest organisation of all, the UFC.
However, he faces a tough test in front of an expectant home crowd but is excited about returning closer to home to take on Scotland’s Stevie Ray, the reigning Lonsdale lightweight belt holder.
Warburton said: “I am really looking forward to the fight and with it being local is good too because I have been quite far away for my last two fights and my friends and family couldn’t really afford to come down. I have sold a lot of tickets so it will be good to have everyone there.
“It does add a little extra pressure but it is a good pressure I believe and it is a bit of pressure knowing there will be a lot of people in the crowd but there are two things you can do, crack, or thrive which I hope to do.”
The 11-3 star, who is on a four-fight win streak, was originally scheduled to face Rob Sinclair for the World lightweight title before an injury forced him to withdraw, leading Warburton to the bout with Ray.
“I had been training for a few months for Sinclair before the change but I have had a few weeks to adjust and my tactics have had to change a little but at the end of the day, I am an MMA fighter and I have to be ready in every department,” explained Warburton.
“Everything has gone fine in training too for me and I am just at the stressful bit of the camp now, getting tickets and banners organised as well as the weight cut too.”
Despite being a more than skilled veteran of the fight game, the man who holds a notable win over Sunderland’s own Ultimate Fighter winner, Ross Pearson, is more than wary of the threat that the current champion will pose.
“I have watched a few of Stevie’s fights and he is a young, really hungry fighter and as I always say, he is the champion for a reason,” ‘The War’ said. “I know he is a good wrestler and went to Tristar for a month to train and is going to be confident with a lot to gain.”
Although Warburton does not like to make predictions on his fights, he says he is expecting a tough contest, but is confident as ever in stepping in with ‘Braveheart’ on Saturday night.
He stated: “I don’t know how the fight will go, I just judge him on his last fight and I know he has good wrestling and I am expecting the same from him come Saturday and I think he will try and take me down but he could mix it up this time though.
“He will have worked a lot on wrestling with top guys at Tristar and I am expecting a tough battle,” he continued. “I am confident going into any fight and I’m not one for shooting my mouth. When I go in there and we put on those 4oz gloves, I am going to have as much chance as him of winning.
“There will be pressure on us both but I am confident and I wouldn’t fight if I wasn’t.”