Interview with Shawn Teed above
Shawn Teed is not forgetting about his rematch with Chris Daukaus just yet.
Although Teed’s original opponent is out of their scheduled CFFC 82 headliner after getting the call up to the UFC, Teed expects their paths to cross again.
Teed will defend his heavyweight strap for the first time against Carl Seumanutafa at an empty 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA on Aug. 12. Meanwhile, Daukaus joins his brother Kyle Daukaus in the UFC, taking on Parker Porter at UFC 252, Aug 15.
If victorious on UFC Fight Pass this Wednesday, Teed anticipates meeting Daukaus again sooner, rather than later.
“Hey, congratulations to him [Daukaus], but it will be an easy callout when I make that jump, so that’s what I’m looking forward to,” Teed said.
“Anybody that’s like at my level or at his level, it’s just a waiting game till you get the phone call. It wasn’t really a huge thing, I wish it was a week later.”
The feud between the two stems from their first meeting in Teed’s professional debut. The New Jersey native submitted Daukaus in the second round at CFFC 53 in December 2015.
The two remained active in the promotion’s heavyweight division. Both lost title fights to former UFC and Bellator veteran, Zu Anyanwu. Teed was slated to defend his belt against Martinez BJJ product back on March 21, but the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teed is OK with having to wait a little longer.
“It’s been vocal, I’ve never been huge fans of them since my first fight. I fought a few guys out of Martinez, so they don’t really like me because I beat all of them,” Teed said. “We’ll see how he does. Some people get the last minute phone call, they rise to the occasion, some people don’t.”
The call up
Teed came close to a UFC contract of his own. He appeared on season two of “Dana White’s Contender Series,” losing via first-round TKO to Juan Adams in July 2018. Teed received a draw in his next bout against Marino Eatman at CFFC 77 a year ago.
He most recently won the CFFC strap by finishing Ben Reiter via third-round TKO at CFFC 79 this past November.
With all of his wins coming by finish, including four via submission, Teed meets a fellow ground ace in Bellator veteran Seumanutafa. Seumanutafa is 12-11 as a professional and is a black belt under former UFC welterweight title contender, Jake Shields.
Whether Teed makes it to the UFC or not, Seumanutafa is in the way.
“I’m not overlooking Wednesday,” Teed said. “I want to go in there and have a dominant performance. Then, you know, it’s like, ‘Alright, I’m ready for that shot,’ I got in there, I dominate somebody, I win, I’m 7-2. That’s not too shabby of a record.”
After a nine-month layoff, he is ready to get back inside the cage. Teed is getting what he wants, even if it’s not exactly who he wants.
At this point, Shawn Teed will fight just about anyone, but Daukaus is still near the top of his list
“It drug on for a while now, not knowing if we were going to fight, having potential dates, then those immediately getting scrapped off the table and stuff like that,” Teed said. “In my book, you’re not a true champion till you defend your belt, I would have really liked to do that against Chris…I submitted him the first time, he thinks I got lucky, then to go do it again, that’s what I wanted to do.”
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