Combat Jiu Jitsu Welterweight world champion Kody Steele is on the edge of glory as he prepares to make his professional MMA debut at Fury FC 56. Steele is a veteran grappler and able to compete at the highest levels of Jiu-Jitsu but has chosen to start transitioning to MMA instead, where there’s a fair chance he’ll be able to achieve a similar level of success at least. It’s only been a matter of months since Steele made his amateur debut in August at Fury FC 49 where he won in a rather surprising fashion by knocking out his opponent in the third round of their fight.
Kody Steele has taken no time off however, as he quickly returned to the Fury FC cage before the end of 2021 at Fury FC 54 in order to take one more amateur fight before making his professional debut. He decided to showcase his solid striking skills once again and even managed to do one better than his impressive debut when he knocked out his opponent in just thirteen seconds of the very first round this time around. This performance earned him the Fury FC amateur welterweight title and solidified for both Steele and his coaches that he was ready to take the leap to professional MMA.
His opponent will be Jesse Gengler, a veteran of the regional MMA circuit with sixteen professional fights to his name. Gengler’s current record is 6-9 (1) and hasn’t won any of his last five fights. While the statistics might play into Steele’s favor, it’s worth remembering that experience definitely counts for something and Gengler has plenty more of it than Steele currently has. It’ll no doubt be an exciting fight from start to finish, and Steele has a great opportunity to make a big impression on the larger MMA promotions with a decisive victory in his debut.
The full Fury FC 56 event, including the professional MMA debut of Kody Steele, will be available to watch live on February 6th on UFC FightPass, click here to subscribe and watch.