Thursday, March 29, 2007

Cobb joins ranks of professional fighters; wins bout in Effingham

Mt. Carmel’s Josh Cobb, on right, who has entered the sport of combat fighting, met with Dan Severn recently. Severn is the 8th-ranked heavyweight in the world and is a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Hall of Fame member.

Josh Cobb, 24, of Mt. Carmel has become a professional fighter, of the type seen on television. He won, recently, in Effingham over an opponent that was previously undefeated.

“He was ranked 33rd as an amateur,” said Cobb. “I wasn’t supposed to win; no one gave me a chance to win. I won in 1:30 by submission.”

Cobb said the sanctioning organization was the ISCF, the International Sports Combat Fighting organization

“I got involved about a year-and-a-half ago. I started training at a mixed martial arts school. It closed down, and I am now training at Rising Phoenix, right off Morgan in Evansville,” Cobb added.

Cobb trains in Thai boxing and jiu jtisu.

“There are weight classes,” he added. “I’m a welterweight, at 170. I dropped over 30 pounds to make weight. I did it through lots of conditioning and training.”

“It’s something I love to do. I love to compete. I’m a very-competitive, self-driven person.”

His next match is April 14 at Marion at the Williamson County Pavilion which seats over 2,500. Cobb predicts a packed house. Tickets are available through Cobb, and those who want them should call him at 618-262-8534.


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