5 fighters who could enter the UFC with wins in April


Record: 5:0
Age: 28
Weight class: Light
Height: 5’9″
Place of birth: Port Angeles, Washington.
Next fight: April 21 vs. Adam Smith (11-11) at Fury FC 89 in Houston (UFC Fight Pass)

background: Search Kody Steele on Google and you will see his outstanding qualifications. It all started there. Born in Washington, Steele spent over a decade in Austin, Texas, where he made a name for himself and demonstrated his black belt skills on the national and international stage. Grappling was fruitful, but was never intended to be an exclusive challenge. Since high school, Steele wanted to be an MMA fighter. After two fights as an amateur, Steele was undefeated but not entirely satisfied with his progress. The martial arts landscape in Austin, Texas was somewhat limited, so he took a break to travel around and get tips from different trainers. Steele eventually moved to Las Vegas, where he trains with Syndicate MMA and 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu and occasionally competes in the UFC Performance Institute. Steele turned professional in early 2022 and is 5-0 in all appearances under the Fury FC banner.

The thin one: Steele's grappling resume is pretty impressive and when you watch him on the ground in an MMA fight, he looks like a wizard. If not, Steele is one of the most touted prospects on the Texas regional scene The most highly praised. He will be a focal point for Fury FC no matter how long he stays in the promotion. While he'll be the first to tell you that there's still a lot of room for him to grow and improve, Steele is a guy who could probably beat several members of the UFC roster on an off night. It just depends on how much progress he feels he needs to make to boost his UFC tenure and push him as far as possible.

In his own words: “(The recent move to Las Vegas) was honestly one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I left my family, my friends, my job, my life – everything. I left everything at home. I haven't left it forever because it will always be there for me. But it was really difficult for me emotionally to make that decision. But I just thought that one day I'm going to fight in a cage and that I'm going to fight these guys that train MMA every day. Being in Texas and not training MMA at all or being able to train it properly, I just had to think about it. I think that if you want big things in life and pursue goals, achieving your goals also requires you to make sacrifices.

“…I’ve had seven MMA fights now. To be honest, I've done seven MMA fights but no real MMA training. I lived in Austin where there was no MMA training. I only did Jiu-Jitsu, only Muay Thai. I studied, hit the ball and tried to drill as much as I could along the way. It got me this far, but even then I didn't have an MMA coach. I didn't have much. So since I'm here in Vegas, I've been living out here for three months now. I have a trainer now. I have training partners. I do boxing, kickboxing, punching, MMA and so on. I have Jiu-Jitsu trainer for MMA.

“I have learned a lot and am now in a position to constantly learn more. I'm still growing, but I think I'll look completely different. I will look much lighter on my feet. I will combine takedowns with punches. I will have systems in place and I think it will make a big difference. That's why I'm so excited for this fight. I’m going to go there and test all my new tools and see where I go from there.”