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Brian Cobb Wants to Build on 2011 with MFC Title

Posted on by Mick Hammond

Last year was a solid step forward for MFC lightweight title contender Brian “The Bandit” Cobb.

“I didn’t lose in 2011, so I can’t be upset about that,” he said. “I had a couple big wins against three good opponents, and I just hope to keep that train rolling.

“I think I made some strides to beat good people, but there have been other years in comparison where the success has been there, but not against the name opponents. Winning the PFC belt and defending it a couple times and things like that, but this is hands down the best (in terms of) opponents and good organizations.”

For his first fight of 2012, Cobb is facing perhaps his most difficult opposition yet, as he takes on Antonio McKee for the 155-pound title at MFC 32 on Jan. 27 in Edmonton, Ontario, Canada.

“It’s nice to start off the year with a good fight, especially coming off such a solid 2011,” said Cobb. “I’m so happy to be fighting in a promotion like the MFC, which does it right. McKee is a great opponent, and to do it for a belt is a special way to start off the New Year.”

While some people are saying the match-up could end up lacking sizzle thanks to each fighter’s style, Cobb told MMAWeekly.com that he doesn’t see it that way.

“I don’t think it will be much of a stalemate,” said Cobb. “I know some people maybe downplay our abilities because we’re wrestlers, who tend to do that first, but I think we’re both going to go for broke and try to finish the fight.

“We each want to prove that we belong as the champ of that organization and get opportunities to fight the best in the world.”

With both fighters sharing such similar styles, Cobb feels the fight could sway on something as simple as being able to shift from one area to the next quicker than your opponent.

“I think we’re both well-versed enough and have enough history of fighting between the two of us that there could be fireworks anywhere,” he said. “McKee isn’t afraid to throw heavy leather or go to the ground or look for submissions. That’s what I’m preparing for and am excited about.

“I don’t think it’s going to come down to one particular thing, but how we transition between all of them.”

After having a strong year to build upon in 2011, Cobb could set the table for an even bigger year with a win at MFC 32 on Friday night.

“Every year I want to end the year better than I started it,” he said. “That’s not necessarily my record, but I want to know the person I am on Dec. 31, 2012, could beat the person I was on Jan. 1, 2012.

“I’m definitely looking to set the tone for the New Year and the places I plan to go and winding up; big things hopefully.”


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