American Kombat Alliance (AKA) and Bishop Promotions are excited to present American Kombat Alliance (AKA) 18. This event is set to take place Friday, October 29, 2021, inside the Bossier Civic Center.
Event doors open will open at 5 pm and fights start at 5:30 pm. The prelims will stream LIVE on Facebook and Youtube while the main card will stream LIVE on UFC Fight Pass. Before the main card starts the promotion will have their first AKA Amateur Series featuring a stacked amateur MMA lineup. The Amateur series will stream LIVE on Facebook and YouTube while the main card will stream LIVE on UFC Fight Pass. If you’re into sports betting and based out of Louisiana, then online sports betting is officially launching later this week. With Caesars Sportsbook being the first operator to get it’s foot in the door among the online sportsbooks in Louisiana.
In the main event, Middleweight champion and UFC veteran Derrick Krantz fighting out of Marshall, Texas, makes his first title defense against Bellator veteran Chauncey Foxworth fighting out of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Krantz made his UFC debut back in May 2019 and faced tough opponents but didn’t go his way in both outings. Now, Krantz did win the vacant middleweight title by first-round TKO over Nolan Norwood back in April 2021 at AKA 14. He’s known for his knockout ability but also has some impressive submission wins under his belt. Foxworth has not lost a fight since 2019. “The Machine” took a unanimous decision win over contender series veteran Jhonoven Pati. Winner of four straight bouts, two of those wins were inside the AKA cage which lead to Foxworth getting the middleweight title shot.
Two welterweights who can potentially steal the show in the co-main event will be Craig Grove fighting out of Texas and Don Doyle also fighting out of Texas. Grove has earned both of his AKA victories by submission, his first victory was against Chris Crosby via Mounted Guillotine Choke at AKA 13 and the other was against Jessie Henry via Rear Naked Choke at AKA 15. Grove would love nothing more than a win to take home in the state of Texas. Doyle of Fitness Fight Factory, steps into the cage with his toughest task to date in a game opponent in Grove. He will step into the AKA cage with a perfect 3-0 record with two TKO victories. Doyle will be looking to neutralize the submission game of Grove and use his own ground game. Both fighters have a combined six wins with all six ending with a finish.
Also on the night’s card, we will see one of the most dangerous and exciting strikers in the South as Sedriques Dumas (2-0) fighting out of Pensacola, Florida, returns to the AKA cage looking for another finish after his first-round TKO stoppage back at AKA 17 against Lance Thompson. The majority of Dumas’ victories have come by finish, he’s known for his dangerous striking but he also has submission victories under his belt. Dumas will be facing Mario Mancillas fighting out of Texas. He earned his professional debut victory at AKA 16 against Earnest Singleton also fighting out of Texas. Mancillas represents Soi Combat Club out of Houston, Texas, and he will be looking to bring his pressuring fighting style to pull out the victory and give Dumas his first loss in his professional career. Mancillas key to victory is keeping the pressure on Dumas.
Another bout the fans will love to see is Law School MMA’s own Danny Barlow who will be making his professional debut in a welterweight clash against Cris Mims of Port City Kickboxing Academy. Danny is stepping into the AKA cage to prove that he is a dangerous finisher with all but one of his amateur victories coming by the KO/TKO. In his most recent fight, Barlow earned a second-round TKO defending his amateur welterweight title against Dontail Henson. Muay Thai professional Cris Mims is hoping to derail Barlow’s hype train.
This event could not be possible without their sponsors: Vintage Furniture, SIN Ultra Premium Vodka, Vital Brew Coffee, Brandgineers, BeauxJax Crafthouse, City Wrapz, Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, and Hemingway West.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.