Rob Font Wins in UFC Debut; Earns Performance of the Night Bonus
Rob Font Victorious at UFC 175 in Las Vegas
Congratulations to Rob Font on his incredible UFC debut victory at UFC 175 this weekend. Rob, a fighter out of Sityodtong who has also spent recent months training with SBG’s very own Stephen Whittier, won his opening contest for the organization with a first round knockout of 135lb veteran George Roop. Prior to signing with the UFC in May, Rob had been making a name for himself with a string of impressive performances in smaller MMA organizations. Those performances have allowed him to put together a run that now stretches to ten wins in a row, in the process becoming CES featherweight champion. The step up to the UFC has clearly done nothing to slow his progress, and debut nerves were in no way a factor, as Font made very short work indeed of his veteran opponent. After a flurry of early exchanges, and taking a little time settling in, it wasn’t long before Font landed a big right hand that connected cleanly with Roop and sent him slumping to the mat. Font followed up with strikes to his felled opponent, to force the referee’s hand and put the matter beyond doubt.
Rob Font is part of Team Sityodtong Boston under Kru Mark DellaGrotte, and prior to his UFC debut at the Mandalay Bay this weekend, was the number one ranked 145lb fighter in New England. Through his training with Team Sityodtong he met senior Sityodtong trainer and SBG East Coast Chief Instructor, Stephen Whittier. Stephen helped Rob with his BJJ prior to his winning of the CES featherweight title, and has been working with him ever since, right up to the twenty-seven year old’s UFC debut this weekend. The SBG BJJ black belt coach said prior to this weekend’s fight that Rob is ‘a real hard-working professional, and he’s a very good person’ with ‘unique discipline and ability’. Stephen Whittier could tell early on that Rob Font would end up in the UFC soon enough.
Whittier was correct, and with the debut victory taking just two minutes and nineteen seconds, Font was impressive enough to earn himself a UFC Performance of the Night bonus. With just six years of mixed martial arts training, and ten professional wins to his name in just two years, Font clearly has no intention of slowing down just yet. In his first fight at bantamweight, Rob Font wasted little time dwelling on the victory. Dismissing the idea of any time off in the post fight interview, he instead stated his eagerness to get back into the Octagon as soon as possible, suggesting a meeting with Sergio Pettis would be a great match up for his next UFC fight.
Rob Font is one of five fighters competing in the UFC this month with a link to SBG, and one of three with UFC debuts. July 19th sees Connor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson co-main event, and Cathal Pendred and Paddy Holohan making UFC debuts, at UFC Fight Night Dublin. The four fighters will be part of one of the fastest selling UFC events of all time…