American Kombat Alliance (AKA) is set for AKA 15 to take place Friday, May 28, 2021. The Hub City Music Hall located in Monroe, Louisiana, will be the site for the event. The event is currently stacked with 11 bouts, seven in the professional ranks. AKA is taking to the roads of Louisiana to allow the amazing fighters from around the state and area to showcase their talents. A worldwide platform is being provided for these fighters on UFC Fight Pass. The main event will feature AKA featherweight champion, Cody Freeman. He will be seeking double champ status as he battles a dangerous fighter in Jonathan Eiland.
Also featured on the card is Jesse Roberts. He is making his second professional MMA appearance after earning a victory in his debut under the Bellator banner. His opponent is Chris “King Millie” Miller, who is always a threat of stealing the show. The prelims are set to take place at 5:30pmCST on the “AKA Fights” Facebook page along with the seven-fight main card taking place at 7:00pmCST on UFC Fight Pass.
AKA 15 Main Event – Cody Freeman vs Jonathan Eiland-Bantamweight Title
Hoping to trample his way to another AKA championship, “The Bison” Cody Freeman will make the cut to the bantamweight division in hopes of becoming AKA’s lone professional “double champ.” After a near 18 month lay-off between his last two bouts, Freeman was more than ready to headline AKA 13 back in February of this year to break that 18-month spell. Freeman entered the contest against champion Collin Wright and looked to have not a drop of “ring rust” earning the title with a first-round submission victory. Freeman represents Fitness Fight Factory, led by UFC, veteran, Bellator veteran, and former BKFC champion, Johnny Bedford. Now, Freeman makes the return in a smaller weight class against arguably a stronger fighter in Jonathan Eiland.
Eiland is as dangerous a fighter you can face at the bantamweight ranks. With tremendous power and a dynamic ground game, Eiland can dominate the bout in the stand-up or ground department. Coming off of a contest with former UFC fighter, Brandon Davis, Eiland has made the necessary changes to go on a dominant run. Earning a victory over a champion like Freeman on the AKA stage on UFC Fight Pass would be huge for Eiland to make his shot to the big leagues. With four professional wins already in his young professional career, three have come by the rear-naked choke. His lone-decision victory came to Bellator veteran, Brandon McMahan. Will Eiland be able to utilize his great power and attributes to earn the AKA gold? A big win in his organizational debut will only propel Eiland’s stardom.
Jesse Roberts Set For AKA Debut
With wins over some of the state’s best fighters while in the amateur ranks, Jesse Roberts made his professional debut at Bellator 214 in January 2019 earning the split-decision-victory over jiu-jitsu ace AJ Agazarm. Roberts, a Louisiana native, will make his long-awaited return to action. He is set to take on Chris “King Millie” Miller of WAR Training Center in Texas. Prior to the professional debut win, Roberts concluded his amateur defeating top-ranked professional welterweight, AJ Fletcher, in May 2018. Roberts has to be careful in his matchup with Miller, who can finish the fight from anywhere. All in all, this fight has all the potential of being the night’s Fight of the Night. Both of these warriors will battle hard for every second.
Others To Watch
Jamahl Tatum vs Jervon Beverly
After a successful professional debut by knockout, Jamahl Tatum will don the AKA gloves for the first time as he battles fellow heavyweight slugger Jervon Beverly. Tatum closed out his amateur career defeating Jakori Savage, who has looked great in AKA since his debut loss to Tatum. Comparatively, Beverly has proven to be a heavy striker as well. All five of his amateur victories by the finish, four by KO/TKO. Of those four KO wins, three have come within the first 25 seconds of the contest. Both of these heavy-hitters will be looking for the dominant win to try and earn a future date with AKA’s heavyweight champion, Matt Costello, who won the title at AKA 14.
Jessie Henry vs Craig Grove
Jessie Henry is the perfect example of where hard work in the MMA world can get you. After starting his amateur career 1-4, Henry was able to turn things around and currently sits at 2-1 as a professional. His last two bouts were both victories in the AKA cage. With his daunting 77″ reach, Henry has learned to utilize this dangerous tool to his advantage. Across the cage will stand a dangerous man in his own right, Craig Grove. With a two-year break in the action for Grove, he made his AKA debut in February at AKA 13. He showcased a high level of ground skill, securing a mounted guillotine choke on BJJ black belt Chris Crosby. Not only does Grove have high-level submissions under his belt but he also has several knockout victories making himself Henry’s toughest task to date.
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