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MMA fighter Cobb strives for professional status
by Maurice Dixon
July 02, 2014 03:29 PM | 1210 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Maurice Dixon<br>Jonathan Cobb trains at Independent MMA and Fitness and plans to compete in the Atlanta International Open in August.
Staff / Maurice Dixon
Jonathan Cobb trains at Independent MMA and Fitness and plans to compete in the Atlanta International Open in August.
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At Independent Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness, Jonathan Cobb is training to become one of the most versatile fighters in the state.

“I’m focusing on Brazilian jiu-jitsu this year,” said Cobb, who is 24 years old and from Metter. “Last year, I focused mainly on muay Thai. Now, I plan on combining the two to make me a much more well-rounded fighter in the future.”

To move towards this goal, Cobb gets daily instruction from Chris Ruiz, who owns Independent MMA and Fitness and is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor as well.

“I’ve come a long way just through training and staying consistent with Chris,” Cobb said. “He’s a great coach. If it wasn’t for him being such a great coach, I probably would have quit or moved on.”

As a result of Cobb sticking with the sport, the 155-pound fighter has compiled a 7-4 record and won a title.

“One of my goals when I came here was to get a belt and I got it,” Cobb said.

But after experiencing a decline in motivation, Cobb realized there was much more to gain.

“For a second, I lost focus on what I wanted but friends, instructors and Chris got me back on track,” Cobb said. “I’ve regained my passion for fighting.

“I accomplished what I wanted to do and then I was like what can I do now? But I didn’t really accomplish anything. I’m an amateur fighter with a belt. There are hundreds of amateur fighters with belts. Why not be a pro fighter with a belt eventually?”

Five years ago while in college, Cobb saw a fight and decided he wanted people to watch him compete.

“I don’t know what in my mind flipped and told me I could fight and get punched in my face, but I said I could do this and here we are five years later,” Cobb said.

“He’s pretty much been beside me the entire time,” Ruiz said. “A great friend, great student, great competitor and amazing MMA fighter. I’m looking forward to watching his journey as well.”

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