Having cut up his earlier two bouts in 2020, welterweight Jason Witt was trying to shut out his yr in sturdy style when he confronted Cole Williams at UFC Battle Night time in October. Fortunately for Witt, he was in a position to ship.
Half manner by means of spherical two, Witt submitted Williams, going above .500 for the yr and choosing up his first UFC win within the course of.
“We heard by means of the grapevine that (Williams) didn’t have quite a lot of coaching companions to place quite a lot of work in, and missed weight clearly,” Witt instructed MMAWeekly.com. “We modified the sport plan when he missed weight.
“We modified the sport plan to shoot in actual fast. I really feel like I executed the sport plan fairly nicely contemplating I shot two takedowns and bought them each, bought him on the bottom and minimize him up and submitted him within the second spherical. I just about pitched a shutout and it feels good to get a win within the UFC.”
For Witt, getting his first UFC win was each a aid and one thing with which he’s utilizing to push himself.
“It’s nice to get that win out of the way in which and to have that feeling of the accomplishment of one thing you’ve labored for, for therefore lengthy,” mentioned Witt. “It undoubtedly feels implausible, nevertheless it’s additionally a motivator for me.
“I got here out of that battle and wished to return and work on getting higher. I do know the competitors is just going to get more durable, so there’s quite a bit I actually need to work on and degree up so the subsequent time I’m prepared.”
This Saturday in Las Vegas, Witt (18-6) will look to choose up his second straight win when he faces Matthew Semelsberger (7-2) in a preliminary welterweight bout at UFC Vegas 21: Edwards vs. Muhammad.
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“Matt’s a great fighter,” Witt mentioned. “He’s tall. He’s bought that Thai fashion, that stand-up fashion, so we haven’t seen quite a lot of wrestling out of him. Occasionally he makes use of Jiu-Jitsu, so it’s exhausting to get a way of what he can do in that facet.
“I believe it’s going to be a tricky battle, however I believe I’m going to return by means of. I can (envision) grappling him, carrying him down, taking away a few of his energy and athleticism, then TKOing him within the second spherical.”
Whereas he was in a position to get in three fights in 2020, Witt wish to both match or exceed that quantity in 2021.
“I undoubtedly get pleasure from setting targets,” mentioned Witt. “I at all times set a pair targets for the yr. Final yr, I set three and I completed all of these. So in 2021, I need to battle three or 4 instances within the UFC.
“I at all times set targets: profession targets, private targets, relationship targets. There’s at all times accomplishments I need to do.”