Later this month, Kody Steele will be looking to make waves in the combat sports community when he has the first fight of his MMA career at Fury FC 49. Naturally, the Brazilian Fight Factory product has a phenomenal amount of competitive Jiu-Jitsu experience and will likely be leagues ahead of any opponent he might face on the ground during the early days of his career. Not just this, but Steele is also the Combat Jiu Jitsu Welterweight world champion for 2019, showing that his elite grappling skills definitely hold up in the face of strikes on the ground.
That being said, open-handed strikes are very different to the heavy punches and slicing elbows that Kody Steele is likely to encounter as he makes his way through the ranks of MMA. Given that he’s a grappler first and foremost, not much is known about what level of striking ability Steele possesses, but we’re only a matter of weeks away from finding out. He’s scheduled to compete in an amateur bout at the upcoming Fury FC 49 event, where he will take on Kane Lewis.
It remains to be seen whether Steele will eventually turn professional and try to fight his way to the UFC, but his grappling skill alone should be enough to see him to comfortable victories on the amateur circuit. He’s likely to turn up for one of the upcoming ADCC trials events to try and earn his way to the eventual world championships in 2022, but it’s hard to predict where he goes after that and if he can build up a solid amateur MMA resume in the next year, a professional career might be just over the horizon.
The full Fury FC 49 event will be available to watch live on August 29th on UFC FightPass, click here to subscribe and watch.