Jason Witt
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Battling Bryan Barberena
May 8, 2021
Witt will face Bryan Barberena in a welterweight fight July 31, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
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.
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Lasts 16 seconds in opener
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.
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
December 25, 2020
Witt will fight Matthew Semelsberger in a welterweight matchup scheduled for March 13, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
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
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.
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.
Opponent misses weight
October 30, 2020
Witt's opponent for Saturday's fight, Cole Williams, missed weight by 4.5 pounds, but the fight remains on, MMAFighting.com reports.
Witt will presumably be at some sort of disadvantage from the weight mismatch, but he'll receive 40 percent of Williams' purse as compensation. Both fighters will be fighting for the second time under the UFC banner, with both still searching for their first win with the promotion.
Booked for Halloween
September 28, 2020
Witt will take on Cole Williams in a welterweight matchup at the event scheduled for Oct. 31 in Las Vegas, MMAJunkie.com reports.
A former Bellator fighter, Witt took a UFC debut against Takashi Sato on short notice but was finished in the first minute of the fight. Those willing to step in on days' notice typically get another chance, and that will be the case here with the matchup against Williams, another fighter who is 0-1 with the UFC. Williams debuted over a year ago in August of 2019, losing by first-round submission while getting out-landed 2-to-32 in the striking department. Witt will give up height and reach advantages to Williams in this Halloween matchup.