Welterweight prospect Jonavin Webb is quick to point out that one of the biggest contributing factors to his success as a fighter was finding a promotion early that believed in him and provided opportunities for him to grow.
Looking back on his first seven fights, all wins, Webb told MMAWeekly.com, “Cage Fury (Fighting Championships) has kind of groomed me into the fighter I am today.
“By taking the right fights, tough fights, smart fights, I owe a lot to CFFC as an organization as a whole.”
Webb repaid the CFFC’s belief in him recently when he won the promotion’s 170-pound title against one-time UFC fighter Dan Stittgen via third-round TKO this past August.
“I wanted to finish (Stittgen) a little bit faster, but overall I was happy with my performance,” said Webb. “Being a UFC vet and a name, it was a good win for me and a big step. It was definitely a fight I needed.
“He was a tough guy who talked a lot of trash and got into my head a little bit, and I think I needed somebody to bug me a little bit. I needed that for myself and for everybody to show that I’m ready for that level of competition.”
While he’s the CFFC champion, Webb doesn’t like to feel he’s won anything because he feels it stagnates fighters who rely too much on past achievements.
“I don’t even like to hold my belt or even the medals or trophies I’ve won in my life,” said Webb. “I think if you think about it too much and look at what you’ve already accomplished, you start forgetting what you goals are in front of you.
“For a week or so after, I was happy I had the belt, but now it feels like I’m fighting for a new belt, like I don’t even have it.”
This Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J., Webb (7-0) will be defending his title for the first time when he takes on former Bellator champion Lyman Good (16-3) at the CFFC’s first ever pay-per-view event.
“All of (Good’s) losses have come to wrestlers, and I’m a wrestler who has jiu-jitsu, so I think that’s what is going to win me the fight,” said Webb.
“I’m not going to take him down and just hold him there – I’m going to take him down and try to finish him – with submissions or strikes, whatever way, when I get it to the ground I’m going to try to finish the fight. I’m very confident about this match-up.”
Webb understands the significance of being the lead attraction on the Nov. 1 CFFC PPV and what it can do for him as he continues to grow with the promotion as a fighter.
“It’s the first PPV for CFFC and we’re the headliners and are getting a lot of press for this one, so I think it’s going to put my name out there and get me big fights in CFFC or wherever,” he said. “I think this will show people who I am and how I fight and will grow my fan base.”
(Photo courtesy of CFFC)