He said: “I’m still undefeated going into this one and that is the way it has to stay. I have big plans for 2013, meaning that I am going into this fight the same as always with passion and determination.
“I have been in second place before and it is not nice at all. Winning this belt would be great and I need it because it will help on my journey this year.”
Both the former vehicle recovery businessman’s last two battles have ended quickly with first round finishes but he is adamant that as long as he puts another ‘W’ on his record and the gold around his waist, it does not matter how his latest challenge ends.
“My last two fights were first round wins and quite quick to be fair but the opportunity was there for the win and I had to take them,” continued the man whose last appearance was at Made4TheCage 7: Vengeance when he claimed a two-minute armbar win. “With this fight, I am easy if its 15 minutes and three rounds that’s great but if I get out of there any sooner, I am happy as well.
“The main thing is my hand has to be raised.”
Straughan also admits that while he is excited about fighting on this packed card, he does not know a great deal about opponent Trueman (2-2) but does not feel the need to.
“I am looking forward to fighting on this great show and it is a good one to fight on for me because a lot of my training partners are on the card and I am looking forward to seeing a lot of the hard work pay off for them as well,” he said. “I don’t know too much about the guy [I’m facing] but I feel like there is no need to.
“I am here to take on anyone who gets put in front of me and I will find out a lot about him on the 16th of February.”
The South Shields Fight Factory man has been training all over the North East for this one and not just in his base gym under Scott Ramsay but also at Sunderland’s Fight Pit and Marine House under Stu Ballie as well as in Bishop Auckland with Davey Grant and Curt Warburton and says that “my training has definitely gone to plan and I am preparing with some excellent guys right now.”