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Interview with Jason Witt Ahead of His UFC Vegas 21 Fight

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Jason “The Vanilla Gorilla” Witt is looking to kickstart a big year for himself by securing a win this weekend. In this Jason Witt interview, we discuss his upcoming match-up, having James Krause in his corner, reaching his full potential, and more.

The 34-year-old welterweight answered the bell in his last outing versus Cole Williams by locking up an arm triangle in the second round. Witt feels like he’s added many new levels to his game between then and now that he’s eager to showcase at UFC Vegas 21.

Jason Witt Interview

“It was good man – it was longer than usual,” Witt responded. “Besides the last fight I’ve never gotten a couple months to actually train, so it was different, but a lot of training and a lot of good partners. There’s a lot of levels to my game that I’ve added to.”

“The Vanilla Gorilla” and Matthew Semelsberger will kick off the UFC Vegas 21 prelims this weekend. Witt notes his opponent’s toughness, but he feels as though he’s prepared to dominant once again.

“Yeah Semelsberger is definitely a tougher opponent,” he replied. “He’s a bigger guy, stronger, a good striker, but he’s more of a basic one-two-three type striker. So honestly I predict it going kind of the same way – putting him up against the cage, wearing him down a little bit, breaking his cardio down, and then round two doing the exact same thing. Everybody keeps asking me – ‘are you gonna do your signature move?’ – I’m like ‘what’s my signature move?’ – and they go – ‘pick him up and carry him across the cage’. I’m like – ‘yeah if that happens I’m definitely in’. Yeah I predict a TKO in the second round.”

The renowned Glory MMA and Fitness in Lee’s Summit, Missouri is where “The Vanilla Gorilla” spends his time training. Under the guidance of James Krause and Jason High, Witt has some of the very best minds in MMA cornering him at UFC Vegas 21.

“The amount of experience, the amount of knowledge that goes into it, and the confidence it puts in you knowing that you belong where you are – and then you have those guys in your corner is incredible,” Witt explained. “James Krause is always like – ‘look if you don’t believe in yourself believe in me cause I’m gonna f***ing win’. Him and Jason High show that in the gym and I believe in myself so it’s great.”

In this Jason Witt interview ahead of UFC Vegas 21, the welterweight elaborated on an Instagram post he shared that stated “2020 was a year of opening doors and capitalizing on opportunities, 2021 will be a year of pushing forward and optimizing my potential.”

“Yeah so 2020 was about optimizing and opening doors,” he said, “Like taking the fight I took on 48 hours notice was optimizing an opportunity. Optimizing my potential is just doing what I do best and continuing to show that I’m one of the best fighters in the world. I’d love to fight three of four times this year and win a couple bonuses.”

Witt is a mixed martial artist who lives to compete and he can’t wait to get in there and show the world his talents at UFC Vegas 21.

“I look forward to just showing a win man,” he affirmed, “Just showing an exciting performance that ends in a dominant win. I’d like to get that $50,000 bonus too. And knowing that last fight they only got to really see my grappling, but I’m a great fighter who can mix things up and blend things together really well, and I plan on showing all of that. I can beat Semelsberger grappling and everywhere in between.”

Jason Witt Interview Conclusion

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: (L-R) Jason Witt secures an arm triangle choke against Cole Williams in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Like all smart athletes, Witt has a plan for what he’ll do once he hangs up the gloves for good.

“Yeah I actually opened my own studio up in Overland Park, Kansas in 2020,” he told me. “A couple years back I really didn’t have a retirement plan – I was just trying to make it into the UFC and that was my only goal. Now having a wife and trying to have kids on the way it’s made me rethink some things and knowing I need a retirement plan – I knew opening the gym was the answer.”

If you enjoyed this Jason Witt interview make sure you stay tuned for more exclusive interviews with world-class athletes. Additionally, Witt takes on Semelsberger in the first fight on the night this weekend at UFC Vegas 21. You never want to miss a fight that includes “The Vanilla Gorilla”!


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