Damien Anderson is one of B-Team‘s top professional grappling competitors and now he’s transitioned to MMA with just as much success, winning by knockout in impressive fashion. Anderson was scheduled to make his amateur debut on Fury FC 73 on January 29th, 2023 and he took on a pretty tough challenge for his first fight. He was set to fight against Cody Ortiz, a veteran of the amateur MMA circuit who had managed to have eight fights dating back as far as 2016.
In the end though he made incredibly short work of his opponent Cody Ortiz, lighting him up on the feet before displaying his phenomenal grappling and finishing him with brutal ground and pound. Anderson wasn’t alone on the card though, as he was actually competing just a few fights earlier than fellow Combat Jiu-Jitsu veteran Kody Steele. Steele has been one of his training partners during the lead up to Anderson’s first fight, helping him sharpen his striking and develop the tools necessary to use his grappling talent to the greatest effect in an MMA fight.
Kody Steele is quite a bit further along in his MMA career than Anderson is at present, having had his first amateur fight in August 2021. Steele actually started just as impressively as Anderson back then, winning both of his amateur fights by knockout in the first round before eventually turning professional. Since making the move to the professional circuit, Steele won his first two fights there as well. He was coming into his fight at Fury FC 73 at 2-0 and he left with his unbeaten record intact, defeating Sam Kilmer by decision and moving to 3-0.
The future is bright for both men after they won their respective fights, and the level of striking that Damien Anderson displayed on the way to landing the knockout blow in his MMA debut was very promising. He’s moving ahead quickly in his career too, as he’s announced his intention to compete in a Muay Thai tournament in the coming months before becoming a professional MMA fighter. After seeing how well he performed in his amateur debut, it’s easy to see why he’s making the move so quickly as he’s likely in search of tougher challenges.
The footage of B-Team’s Damien Anderson winning his MMA debut by landing brutal knockout blows was uploaded to his official Instagram account: