Las Vegas – Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter Korey Kuppe.
The fourth season of the hit show Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 7, featuring a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster.
The seventh episode of season four takes place on Tuesday, September 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the US.
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NAME: Korey Kuppe
WEIGHT CLASS: Welterweight
AGE: 31 years old – 1/23/89
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-5, 170
LEG REACH: –
BIRTHPLACE: Pontiac, MI
FIGHTING OUT OF: Macomb, MI
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English
STYLE: Sport Karate
TRAINER: Konnor Kuppe, Adlai Cleveland (10thplanet), Dave Kuppe
STRENGTHS: Striking, submissions, element of surprise
TRAINING: Wake up and train. Teach kids’ classes and kickboxing or MMA at my academy.
Train again with MMA team. Eat, STUDY, sleep, repeat.
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 8-3
Thoughts on opponent, Michael Lombardo? Very good, tough athlete with well-rounded skills. He fights similar to every MMA fighter with an MMA style, where I fight different than everyone else and break the rules of fighting.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started doing karate at age five. By nine, I was on a sponsored team with a private jet. About 11 years ago I started helping MMA fighters with striking and I was hooked from Day One.
What ranks and titles have you held? World Sport Karate Federation world champion. 2x WKC kickboxing world champion 2018. Multiple-time sport karate national champion.
Do you have any heroes? Donald Trump and Dana White
What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? My life’s work. My goal my entire adult life has been to get here and cause chaos in the sport while displaying world class skills and next level creativity.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I’ve got four degrees on my black belt.
What was your job before you started fighting? College baseball
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Lights Out 165lb champion.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: 4th-degree black belt Tang soo do. Blue belt 10th planet BJJ
Favorite grappling technique: Calf slicer
Favorite Striking technique: Axe kick
Twitter account name: @Koreykuppe
Facebook account: Korey Kuppe
Instagram account: @Koreykuppe
OTHER KEY POINTS:
- Pro since 2013
- One win by KO, seven by submission (2 RNC, 3 guillotine, triangle, armbar)
- Four first-round finishes
- On two-fight winning streak. Defeated recent DWCS winner Kenneth Cross in February 2019