Aberdeen mixed martial artist Paull McBain is looking to move one fight away from a world title tonight.
The 29-year-old is taking on Aidan Lee at 16,000-capacity Genting Arena in an eliminator to fight for the Cage Warriors Featherweight title, with the fight also being screened live on BT Sport.
If Paull can come through tonight’s test he will move on to Cardiff later this year to fight for the prize.
The Cage Warriors Featherweight belt was one that was held by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar Conor McGregor.
Paull’s dad Norrie says this is the biggest fight of his career and that if he could win the title then the next step would be to follow the trail blazed by McGregor and move up into the UFC.
Norrie said: “This is the biggest fight of Paull’s career to date.
“If he gets by this one then he has another big one on the way for the featherweight title in Cardiff.
“His preparation has been going well, he works offshore, but he still trains really hard.
“If Paull could win and fight for the title it would mean everything.
“Although it is still a hobby to him it would mean a lot to him to be able to succeed in the sport.
“I think it would mean a lot to the whole of Aberdeen as well to have a champion in the sport.
“The belt was one that Conor McGregor held earlier in his career.
“If Paull does end up winning this belt then his next step up is the UFC, which would be quite a big step up.”
Paull, who trains at the Aberdeen Combat Centre and works offshore, only took up the sport aged 20.
But he has yet to taste defeat in the amateur or professional ranks.
Norrie added: “This will be his sixth professional fight undefeated and before that he was undefeated in eight amateur fights.
“So he does have a good record going into this, but fights only get tougher when you get to this stage of his career.
“Since taking up the sport he’s never looked back really.”
Paull will have a sizeable support down from the Granite City in Birmingham this evening.
As well as Norrie, wife Natasha and sons Paull Junior and Parker will be in attendance along with more than 40 friends.
Norrie hopes his son can deliver a great night for his supporters.
He said: “I’m going down with the rest of the family and there are about 40 of Paull’s friends going down as well.
“It’s great for him to have that kind of support.
“There will be other Scottish fans going down to support the other Scottish fighters on the bill, Ross Houston and Scott Malone.”