Jake Hadley lost on his debut at UFC Vegas 54, but current Cage Warriors bantamweight champion Dominique Wooding thinks Hadley will claim a UFC belt.
Hadley lost to Allan Nascimento by unanimous decision on the opening fight of the main card, despite being the betting favourite.
The 25-year-old has had other issues starting his career in the promotion, missing weight in his contender series bout where he submitted Mitch Raposo to earn a contract.
Despite this Wooding has faith “White Kong” will make it to the top.
“I will say one thing about Jake, give him about two years and he’ll be UFC champion.
I don’t say this about many fighters, but after training with him and seeing how he works first-hand, he’s one of the hardest, if not the hardest worker that I’ve come across, he puts in the work, and he will be an unbelievable UFC champion sometime very soon.”
Hadley had an 8-0 record before the loss and was a former Cage Warriors flyweight champion and is arguably one of the top young prospects coming out of the UK currently.
Wooding also credits Hadley for the recent streak he’s been on to claim the Cage Warriors bantamweight title.
“Hanging around and training with the with Jake (Hadley) up in Birmingham just to showed me a new level of focus that I needed to have to be able to make the shift.
“Jake is one of the guys that helped me shift my mindset and just shift a lot of things within my training.
“He helped me out a lot to be honest, and this is why I’m on this run right now.”