Weaver wins 3rd MMA Championship
By Dennis Marshall
Justin Weaver did not let fighting on short notice stop him from becoming the new Walkout Fighting Championship (WFC) Flyweight Champion Saturday, August 12 at the Joplin Memorial Hall in Joplin, Missouri.
Weaver was originally scheduled to take on Douglas Hurst (4-0) at the Batesville Community Center in Batesville, Arkansas, but a week before the fight Hurst backed out due to an illness.
Weaver said he never stressed about having to prepare for a new opponent on such short notice.
"It didn't matter who I was fighting," Weaver said. "I go out there and impose my will. We are going to fight my fight. The stressful thing was when I didn't think I was going to have a fight."
Weaver defeated Hector Friely (4-2) in the first round with a rear naked choke for the vacant WFC Flyweight Championship.
"He fought wild," Weaver said. "I expected him to be a little more calm and kind of think about what he was doing before he actually acted, but that wasn't the case. The bell rang and he just came and was ready to throw punches."
Weaver said for a moment he got caught up in trading punches.
"I was like okay he came out wild, this will be exciting if I fight just about the same way," he said. "But then I grabbed him and felt how weak he was.
"Once I took his back, he gave up really quickly," Weaver continued. "I put my arm around his neck and he tapped before I even started squeezing the choke. I was actually kind of disappointed because I wanted to go a little longer and give the crowd a better show, but it is what it is."
Weaver already holds the Sugar Creek Showdown Flyweight and Bantamweight Championship.
He had planned to turn professional after this fight, but he decided to wait until early next year to turn pro because he is currently in welding school and is expecting the birth of his first child in December.
"My manager and I decided while I'm in school, being that I am welding from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., I'm not getting to train as much as I would like to, to be at the pro level," Weaver said. "We are going to wait until January or February."
Weaver has two more amateur fights scheduled this year.
He is schedule to fight Victor "Del Fuego" Gonzalez (1-0) on October 21 in Shawnee, Oklahoma at the Grand Casino for the Freestyle Cage Fighting (FCF) Flyweight Championship.
"This guy is supposed to be pretty good," Weaver said. "We decided to not take any fights in September just so I could have a full eight-week camp to prepare. There is no excuse for me to not be in the best shape possible for his fight."
He is also scheduled to defend his Sugar Creek Showdown Flyweight Championship against Justus "Fruit Ninja" Minardi (7-1-1) on November 11 at the Sugar Creek Casino in Hinton, Oklahoma.