Following a start to his career where he fought as much as twice in one night, having an extended layoff has now become the norm for former PFC lightweight champion Brian “Bandit” Cobb.
While Cobb’s layoffs haven’t been by design, he’s been using the time off to his benefit.
“If anything, with technology the way it is nowadays, people can watch all my fights online. So with the longer layoff between fights, I can do things to change up from what I did in my previous fights,” said Cobb. “I can really pose different problems for the next fight than what they saw in my previous fight.
“As I get a little bit older, the layoffs are better because my body can fully recover. It is what it is and I’m just trying to make the best of it.”
Having fought last in November in a split-decision win over Ronys Torres at the World Series of Fighting 1 show, Cobb is eager to return to the promotion as he feels they’ve done nothing but right by him so far.
“After the win, (WSOF president) Rey Sefo congratulated me personally,” said Cobb. “It’s great to have a promoter or matchmaker be upfront and direct and honest with you.
“I think they’re doing the right thing and I think they’re going in the right direction. They’re doing good thing by fighters and I’m happy to be with them.”
On paper, the bout looks like it could be a grinder between two wrestlers, but Cobb told MMAWeekly.com that the fight more than likely will come down to other things to determine the winner.
“I don’t feel the fight’s going to be a wrestling match,” said Cobb. “I think if (Gaethje) and I go in there and scrap, it’s going to be a very close night and I think the fight is going to be won in other aspects of the fight.
“Whoever’s gotten more in the waning minutes is going to get the nod from the judges or whoever gets lucky and catches something is going to win this fight.”
With the signing of lightweights like Lyle Beerbohm, Jacob Volkman, John Gunderson, and Dan Lauzon, in addition to Gatheje and Cobb himself, he feels like June 14 could very well set up who competes for the promotion’s 155-pound championship in the near future.
“I know the WSOF put out they’re going to have a four-man bracket for the middleweight title and I’m pretty sure they’re going to do the same thing for the lightweights,” said Cobb.
“With there being three fights on this card at lightweight, all of us are in the position to determine whether we’re going to be a contender or an undercard guy. I definitely want to put myself in the position and cement myself to be in the running to be the first lightweight champ of the WSOF.”