Do not let the last name fool you. Nathan Coy does nothing to hide his intentions.
The former Oregon State University wrestling standout will look to capture Maximum Fighting Championship gold when he faces “The Ultimate Fighter” alum Ryan McGillivray for the promotion’s welterweight title at MFC 33 “Collision Course” on May 4 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Coy feels his time has come.
“I’m in this business to win and win only,” he said in a release.
Coy (10-4) has dotted his resume with fights against high-level opponents, but many of the marquee names he has faced were just starting their ascent in the sport when he met them.
“I’m the guy who beat those fighters before they had legitimate names,” he said. “It was a lot of tough matches for no money -- just for respect.”
Coy holds victories over current UFC welterweights Mike Pierce and Rick Story, and he has fought and lost to Octagon veterans Paul Bradley and Brian Foster. On a two-fight winning streak, he knows only victories can draw the attention he desires.
“It’s just a matter of making it happen,” he said.
The collision course between Coy and McGillivray was set in January, when both men notched wins at MFC 32. Coy took a unanimous decision over the highly touted Dhiego Lima, while McGillivray walked away with a come-from-behind submission victory over Diego Bautista.
Coy acknowledges the fact that McGillivray poses unique challenges as an opponent. The Pro Camp fighter has experienced the rigors of the Ultimate Fighting Championship spotlight, gets to fight for the belt in his own backyard and has delivered 10 of his 12 career victories by submission. However, Coy believes his work with the Team Quest and American Top Team camps has provided him with capable training partners with which to train and prepare. He does not think McGillivray’s home-field advantage will come into play.
“The crowd has nothing to do with it,” Coy said.
If all goes according to plan, Coy expects to put McGillivray in positions with which he is uncomfortable. Not short on confidence, he draws a parallel between himself and a member of the animal kingdom.
“I impose my will. That’s the goal when I’m out there,” Coy said. “A gorilla grabs you, it hurts you. It does what it wants.”