Jason Witt

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Bout set for Feb. 5
WelterweightUFC
October 7, 2021
Witt will take on Philip Rowe in a welterweight bout at the UFC event Feb. 5, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Witt is coming off a majority decision victory over Bryan Barberena back in late July. Prior to that he had lost two of his first three bouts with the UFC. Witt will look to improve to over .500 with the promotion in a few months.
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Leans on takedown to score big win
WelterweightUFC
July 31, 2021
Witt defeated Bryan Barberena via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-27) at UFC on ESPN 28 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This one didn't come easy, but Witt deserves full marks for a solid rebound effort on the heels of his 16-second knockout loss to Matthew Semelsberger this past March. Recognizing the massive hole in Barberena's wrestling game, Witt fired off repeated takedown attempts. Eight of them landed, leading to 5:38 worth of control time. Witt still had to survive some hairy moments on the feet, especially in a back-and-forth Round 3 in which he ate repeated shots but still kept coming forward. After arguably the round of the year, it's no surprise to see both men walk away with $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses. Witt, a +220 underdog here, has now alternated losses and wins in his first four UFC bouts. Working with James Krause at Glory MMA & Fitness seems to be paying off, as he looked like a much-improved fighter here.
Battling Bryan Barberena
WelterweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Witt will face Bryan Barberena in a welterweight fight July 31, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Witt owns a 1-2 record with the UFC, with none of this fights making it to the third round. His second-round submission victory over Cole Williams in October was sandwiched between a pair of knockout losses which lasted a combined 64 seconds. Barberena has won just three of his last seven matches but is coming off a unanimous decision victory against Anthony Ivy in his latest fight.
Lasts 16 seconds in opener
WelterweightUFC
March 13, 2021
Witt lost to Matthew Semelsberger via KO (punch) at 0:16 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Witt has now been knocked out in 48 seconds or fewer in two of his first three UFC bouts. He scored a submission win over Cole Williams in between those two defeats, but his glass chin remains an ongoing concern. Witt has been stopped via strikes in 20 percent (5 of 25) of his pro fights. That's an astonishingly high number and one that will almost certainly limit the future success of the 34-year-old Missouri native.
Set for fight in March
WelterweightUFC
December 25, 2020
Witt will fight Matthew Semelsberger in a welterweight matchup scheduled for March 13, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Witt defeated Cole Williams on October 31 and is now set for his third UFC matchup. In his debut in UFC, Witt was knocked out by Takashi Soto after taking the fight on short notice.
Dominates in Vegas
WelterweightUFC
October 31, 2020
Witt defeated Cole Williams via submission (arm-triangle) at 2:09 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
No fighter on Saturday's card will have a better evening than Witt. For starters, he picked up 40 percent of Williams' purse after the latter missed weight by a whopping 4.5 pounds Friday. Once the bell rang, Witt scored with easy takedowns before controlling and dominating his opponent on the mat. It was a true mauling. The obvious disclaimer here is the competition level Witt was facing. After all, this is a fighter who was knocked out in 48 seconds by Takashi Sato in his company debut in June. Still, it was a brilliant performance and one that could potentially help Witt get back on track at 170 pounds.