Shawn Teed on CFFC 63: ‘I’m looking to finish this fight fast’

Shawn Teed shows off "Teed for Title" shirt at CFFC 61 on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016.
Shawn Teed shows off “Teed for Title” shirt at CFFC 61 on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Photo Credit: CFFC MMA/MDphotoandink.


Shawn Teed (3-0 MMA, 3-0 CFFC) finished all of his opponents on the ground.

With three impressive submissions, the 25-year-old earned a shot against Cage Fury Fighting Championships Heavyweight Champion Zu “Zulu” Anyanwu (12-4 MMA, 8-2 CFFC) in the CFFC 63 main event inside the Borgota Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey this Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

Throughout fight week, Anyanwu is making it clear he is dangerous on the ground as well. The champion is a brown belt under Sergio Penha, finishing two opponents by submission throughout this professional career.

To this day, no one submitted Anyanwu, which is one of the reasons he is ranked as the No.1 heavyweight fighting in New Jersey according to Tapology. Teed said he could be the first to make the champion tap.

“If the opportunity is there, then yes,” Teed said. “I’m looking to finish this fight fast.”

Although Anyanwu comes into the bout with 16 professional bouts, Teed is confident “Zulu” will be cautious when it comes to the ground.

Teed finds it difficult to compare his ground game to Anyanwu considering the champion’s only submission wins came in October 2010 and April 2011. Teed made his professional debut in December 2015, four years after Anyanwu tapped out his last opponent.

“What’s there to analyze?,” Teed said. “I haven’t seen him use it (Jiu-Jitsu) in any of his fights since I even started fighting a few years ago.”

Setting the ground game aside, Anyanwu finished six of his 12 victories by TKO/KO. In his most recent outing, the 35-year-old put away Joe Pinto with strikes in the fourth round at CFFC 61 Oct. 29, 2016.

With six total bouts at the amateur and professional level, Teed earned one decision victory. With his submission skill set, Teed said he never needed to use his striking.

“I feel confident I have the ability to win wherever the fight goes,” Teed said. “I’ve always had boxing, I’ve just never needed to use it. You’ll just have to see on Saturday how I match up on the feet.”

UFC President Dana White is coming to the fight, giving every fighter on the card a chance to impress him on his show “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight.” Teed senses Anyanwu is over looking him and putting more focus on the UFC, but the champion needs to finish him before he can sign a contract.

With talk leading up to the fight, Teed feels he has the advantage when it comes to the ground. The only way to know for sure is Saturday night.

“He’s too busy worrying about getting into the UFC, but he needs to understand he needs to beat me first,” Teed said. “And that’s not going to be as easy and it seems he thinks it is.”


Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.