It takes a lot for a 3-0 fighter to capture the attention of the masses, but Jordan Zawahri (3-0) isn’t just any amateur fighter.
Zawahri has produced all three of his wins via TKO, with the last two taking just 1:09 combined. But when he steps into the cage this weekend at Premier MMA Championship 6 against Jeffrey Wipfel (3-2), he’ll take on his toughest opponent yet.
“It’s just another day in the office,” Zawahri told BluegrassMMA. “I train with the best boxers and MMA fighters that Ohio has to offer. I can guarantee that Jeff isn’t training with the magnitude of fighters that I am. He doesn’t compare to me in any aspect of fighting. A sloppy overhand will only take you so far.”
Wipfel’s biggest win to date came via a one-punch six-second knockout against Zawahri’s Vision MMA teammate Perry Stargel at Hardrock MMA 89 last year, but he’s lost his last two heading into the bout. Still, he’ll be the first fighter that Zawahri has faced who has previous wins heading into the bout.
But Zawahri’s lack of wins over quality competition isn’t for lack of trying. He’s called out multiple potential opponents on social media, and even already has his sights set on Premier MMA champion Dylan Farris (8-2) next.
Still just 21 years old, Zawahri has shown a knack for promoting himself, and a party erupted after his 10-second TKO over Aaron Vincent in his last outing at Hardrock MMA 95 in December.
“I am studying Sports Management and Business, I know what works and what doesn’t,” Zawahri said. “I’ve always found a way to get people to tune in. Whether people tune in because they can’t stand me and want to see me lose, or if they get behind me and want to see me succeed, I get peoples attention and they remember the name Jordan Zawahri. I don’t look up to any fighter in terms of marketing. I do what I know is right and just roll with it.”
Many of those fans are chanting the name Zawahri, from his fan base at Xavier University in Cincinnati to his family and friends back home in the Rubber City.
“Having such a big support group motivates me like no other,” Zawahri said. “Walking around campus and having people come up to me and talk to me about fighting just gives me more fuel to keep getting better. I’m not only representing my school, I’m representing everybody up in Akron, I’m representing my family, friends, teammates, coaches, etc. I do not like to let people down, and I will continue to make them proud by winning. Walking out to that cage knowing that there are thousands of people watching out for me, waiting for the good news gives me no other choice but to fight to my absolute best potential, and get that W.”
Asked for a prediction for the fight, Zawahhri also didn’t shy away from coming out strong.
“Jeffrey will try to throw some bull crap flying, wild flinging thing and I will capitalize and finish him,” Zawahri said. “He won’t make it out of the first.”
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