March 9, 2015 1 Comment
The number 9 welterweight this year is CFFC welterweight champion, Jonavin Webb. Webb is a very promising prospect who has a solid 8-0 career record. In Kendall Grove fashion, he is know by the moniker “Spyder”. Webb is in an interesting situation. He is a guy who is expected to face Lyman Good in the coming months. However, I believe that he would be a good contender for the 22nd season of the Ultimate Fighter, which will cast later this month. Webb even has a career win over UFC veteran Dan Stittgen. The Daniel Gracie trained fighter has potential to imporve and become a elite fighter.
When you look at Webb’s skills you will see that he has a well rounded skill set. Four of his eight wins have come by way of submission. Webb has competed alongside some high level BJJ practitioners. Webb is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelt. The mat is where Webb excels the most and is the most dangerous. He is always a submission threat. I believe he can be competitive at a very high level on the ground. The one issues may be his ability at higher levels to get the fight to the ground. Webb does have some wrestling background in high school. He does not have bad takeedowns, but I believe he could struggle against bigger, stronger welterweights. I like it when he becomes more relentless in his pursuit of takedowns. His top game is very good, but sometimes he lets guys up too easily. With that said, Jonavin is one of the better grapplers on our welterweight list. Webb was featured in a earlier MMAJunkie feature on Fight Path.
Webb’s striking has improved throughout his career. He is getting more confident with his hands and strikes. I do not believe he will ever be a striker, but I believe he can become solid. His weakness is his striking. The danger comes when he is out classed on his feet and cannot get a fight to the ground. One of the things I did notice about Webb is that he has gotten more comfortable with his knees, especially in the clinch. I am a bit nervous for his next fight, it it is against Lyman Good. That fight would be re-match. In their first fight, Webb struggled, but following an eye poke (controversial), the fight was ruled a no contest.
Webb can hang with most UFC fighters on the ground. If you combine that with his improving striking he can become a real threat in the UFC. As stated above, I believe Webb could be a good candidate for the welterweight cast of the Ultimate Fighter 22.