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Kody Steele - Energetic BJJ & MMA Fighter

Kody Steele - Energetic BJJ & MMA Fighter

1. Kody Steele’s Details

Kody Steele’s Details
Name Kody Steele
Nickname N/A
Born Port Angeles, Washington
Date of Birth April 21, 1995
Weight Division Welter Weight
82.30kg/181.5lbs
Last Weight-in  169.6lbs
Height 5’9”
Disclosed Career Earnings N/A
Rank Black Belt
Pro MMA Record 5-0-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Last Fight September 24, 2023 in FFC
Favourite Position Guard Passing
Head Coach Rodrigo Cabral
University N/A
Lineage Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira >Rodrigo Cabral > Kody Steele
Fighting out of Austin, Texas
Team Association Checkmat/Brazilian Fight Factory
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2. Kody Steele's Biography

Kody Steele, born in Port Angeles, Washington, is a professional grappling athlete. He was awarded a black belt in 2020 in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rodrigo Cabral from Brazilian Fight Factory (affiliated with Checkmat). He is also a professional MMA fighter. Within two years, Steele became an outstanding athlete in BJJ. He advanced through the ranks and achieved first place in Third Coast Grappling and The EBI Combat competitions. After beating a two-time world champion, DJ Jackson, Steele became a well-known grappler. He also became a global icon when he won the Welterweight Combat Jiu-Jitsu World Championship in 2109 against Jean-Paul Bunyan.

2.1. Kody Steele's Early Life

On April 21, 1995, Kody Steele was born in Port Angeles, Washington, USA. Steele was involved in several sports, like football and baseball. When he was 13 years old, his interest in wrestling developed during middle school. He played wrestling in a club for many years; he challenged three main styles of the earliest combat form- Greco-Roman, freestyle, and folk style.

In 2013, Steele moved to Texas, where he realized that there was a lack of wrestling institutions in Texas, so he decided to set foot in Jiu-Jitsu. He found a coach at the Brazilian Fight Factory- Rodrigo Cabral, who guided him throughout his journey from white to black belt.

During one of Kody Steele's interviews, he talks about his passion for wrestling. He said:

"I'm not under any stress at all. Every day, all day, I train. I never drink my own Kool-Aid or any similar beverage. I gain my confidence from hard work and training. Having an enjoyable time makes me feel like a dangerous person."

2.2. Kody Steele's Top Achievements

Steele has become one of the most outstanding grapplers as he accords brilliant performances with the professionals in the grappling circuit. He has been awarded multiple medals in his career, including; Kasai Pro, Fight 2 win, Who's Number One, Polaris, and Submission Underground. Some of the well-known athletes he fought against are Mauricio Gomez, Andy Varela, David Garmo, Zach Greene, Edwin Najmi, PJ Barch, Ruben Coronado, Phillip Rowe, Roman Wheeler, Vagna Rocha, Jed Hue, Bryan Nuro, Dante Leon, and Tye Ruotolo. One of his top achievements was winning the Welterweight Combat Jiu-Jitsu World Championship in 2019 against Jean-Paul Bunyan.

2.3. Kody Steele's Best Fight of All Time

Kody Steele has mastered multiple wins within two years of his grappling career. He has won against some of the world's top BJJ athletes in tournaments, like David Garmo at Fight 2 Win 150, Edwin Najmi at Third Coast Grappling, and Alec Baulding at Who's Number One in 2020. One of their best fights of Steele was in the ADCC East Coast Trials in 2021, where he defeated five players, including Adrian Gonzalez and Jonathon Satavaand, who won the match. Still, unfortunately, he lost to William Tackett, his fellow teammate, in the semi-finals.

He had an intense match with PJ Barch where he was awarded a win by referee decision and a bronze medal.

2.4. Kody Steele's Professional Record

Kody Steele has become a top-class fighter since he acquired the black belt. He has a professional record of 17 wins and 12 losses since the beginning of his career. He has been a champion in superfights against elite athletes.

2.5. Kody Steele's MMA Career

A prior BJJ world champion, Kody Steele, has improved his MMA skills over the past few years. In 2021, he made his competent debut in MMA at Fury FC 56 against Jessee Gangler. Initially, he stuck to the amateur ranks for his fights, but after he won it conveniently, he eventually jumped to professional fights in 2022. Since then, he won all the fights at the Fury Challenger Series.

Despite having a reputation in BJJ, Steele considers himself a well-rounded fighter. He says:

"I prefer to attack with a strong gas tank and continuous pressure, almost as if I'm forcing someone to fight. I either exhaust them and take them out on the feet, or I take them down and hit them until they submit to me. I accept whatever they give me right now."

As a result of winning all fights, Steele has been promoted to UFC, but in an interview, he says that participating in Dana White's Contender Series will be ideal for him.

"Contender's good publicity and everything, It's a better way to get a great test, too. If I win some other fights, I'm looking forward to the Contender Series. There are a lot of tough guys in the Contender Series. It will be an excellent way for me to break into rugged competition and get an aggressive fight in front of Dana. It would be a fine test."

3. Kody Steele’s Top Historic Fights

3.1. Kody Steele vs PJ Barch

In 2021 ADCC North American East Coast trials, Kody Steele fought against PJ Barch in the semi-finals. The fight lasted 6 minutes, during which Kody Steele first tried his guillotine technique to take Barch down and then for submission. Both the players played immensely none of them won any points, but Steele won by referee decision and stands for a bronze medal on the podium.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2021 ADCC East Coast Trials PJ Barch Win Decision 3RD 77 KG

3.2. Kody Steele vs Phillip Rowe

In 2021, Who’s Number One 10, a grappling fight was held between Phillip Rowe and Kody Steele. It was a 15-minute match, both athletes tried hard to be submissive. The fight starts with a standing guard, but Steele uses a guillotine to choke his opponent. Attempting his dangerous moves, hooks Rowe and wins the match by referee decision.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2021 Who’s Number One 10 Phillip Rowe Win Decision SPF 83 KG

3.3. Kody Steele vs. Mica Galvao

In 2023 Who’s Number One 21, an exciting match occurred between Kody Steele and Mica Galvao. The match goes on aggressively for 15 minutes, Galvao uses a guillotine choke and locks Steele’s leg. Steele tries RNC, but Galvao mounts him again and wins the match.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2023 Who’s Number One 21 Mica Galvao Loss RNC SPF 84 KG

4. Kody Steele’s National and International Achievements

Year Event Medal/ Position Weight/ Division
2017 IBJJF Dallas Open No-Gi Gold Gold Medal Icon 77KG
2017 IBJJF Dallas Open Gold Gold Medal Icon 77KG
2017 IBJJF Austin Open Gold Gold Medal Icon 77KG
2017 IBJJF Austin Open No-Gi Gold Gold Medal Icon 77KG
2017 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Silver Silver Medal Icon N/A
2018 Marianas Open Gold Gold Medal Icon 88 KG
2018 IBJJF American Nationals Bronze Bronze Medal Icon 88KG
2019 EBI Combat Jiu-Jitsu Gold Gold Medal Icon N/A
2019 TMS Team Grand Prix Gold Gold Medal Icon Absolute Division
2019 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Silver Silver Medal Icon N/A

4.1. Kody Steele’s Main Achievements (Black Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2020 Kasai Pro Superfight Black 1st place
2020 WNO Superfight Black 1st place
2020 Jitz King Superfight Black 1st place
2020 Fight 2 Win 150 Superfight Black 1st place
2020 Submission Underground 18 Superfight Black 1st place
2020 Third Coast Grappling Superfight Black 1st place
2020 WNO 10 Superfight Black 1st place
2021 Polaris 17 Superfight Black 1st place
2021 ADCC East Coast Trials Black 3rd place

4.2. Kody Steele’s Main Achievements (Colored Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2017 IBJJF NoGi World Championship Purple 2nd  place
2017 IBJJF Dallas Open NoGi Champion Purple 1st place
2017 IBJJF Dallas Open Champion Purple 1st place
2017 IBJJF Austin Open NoGi Champion Purple 1st place
2017 IBJJF Austin Open Champion Purple 1st place
2018 IBJJF American Nationals Brown 3rd place
2018 Marianas Open Champion Brown 1st place
2019 TMS Team Grand Prix Brown 1st place
2019 EBI Combat Jiu Jitsu Champion Brown 1st place
2019 London Warriors Cup Champion Brown 1st place
2019 Combat Jiu Jitsu Welterweight World Champion Brown 1st place
2021 IBJJF NoGi World Championship Brown 2nd place

5. Kody Steele’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

31 matches 17 wins 12 losses
By points 4 1
By advantages 0 0
By submission 4 4
By decision 7 6
By penalties 1 0
By EBI/OT 1 1
Draws 2

5.1. Methods of Submission W/L

Methods Wins Losses
RNC 2 2
Arm bar 1 0
Outside heel hook 1 1
Inside heel hook 0 1

6. Kody Steele’s MMA Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
Nico Echeverry W KO/TKO Fury Challenger Series 7 Welterweight
77.1KG
R2 2023
Nicholas Whitehead W Punches Fury FC 81 Catch weight
72.6KG
R1 2023
Sam Kilmer W Decision Fury FC 73 Catch weight
72.6KG
N/A 2023
Brakenden Freeman W Rear Naked Choke Fury Challenger Series 1 Lightweight
70.3KG
R2 2022
Jessee Gengler W Decision Fury FC 56 Welterweight
77.1KG
N/A 2022

6.1. Submission Methods W/L

Methods Wins Losses
Punches 1 0
Rear naked choke 1 0
KO/TKO 1 0

7. Kody Steele’s BJJ Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
John Combs L RNC Jitz King 82KG SPF 2020
Camron Couch W Pts: 8x4 Kasai Pro 7 80KG SPF 2020
Alec Baulding W Referee Decision WNO 81KG SPF 2020
Mauricio Gomez W Points Jitz King 82KG SPF 2020
Andy Varela W EBI/OT SUG 15 ABS 4F 2020
Mason Fowler L EBI/OT SUG 15 ABS SF 2020
Vagner Rocha L Points 3CG Kumite III 81KG 4F 2020
David Garmo W Referee Decision F2W 150 86KG SPF 2020
Dante Leon L Referee Decision WNO 4 77KG SPF 2020
Bryan Nuro W Outside heel hook SUG 18 N/A SPF 2020
Zach Greene W Referee Decision Subversiv 4 81KG R1 2020
John Combs L Referee Decision Subversiv 4 81KG SF 2020
A. Murasaki L Referee Decision Subversiv 4 81KG F 2020
Tye Ruotolo L Inside heel hook WNO 5 SPF 77KG 2020
Edwin Najmi W Referee Decision Third Coast 82KG SPF 2020
Phillip Rowe W Referee Decision WNO 10 83KG SPF 2021
Jed Hue L Referee Decision Polaris 17 80KG SPF 2021
Ruben Coronado W Pts: 6x0 ADCC EC Trials 77KG R2 2021
Roman Wheeler W RNC ADCC EC Trials 77KG R3 2021
Adrian Gonzalez W Pts: 5x0 ADCC EC Trials 77KG R4 2021
Placido Santos W Referee Decision ADCC EC Trials 77KG R5 2021
Jonathan Satava W Pts: 0x0, Pen ADCC EC Trials 77KG 4F 2021
William Tackett L Referee Decision ADCC EC Trials 77KG SF 2021
PJ Barch W Referee Decision ADCC EC Trials 77KG 3RD 2021
Jason High D --- UFC Inv. ABS RR 2021
Gregory Rodrigues D --- UFC Inv. ABS RR 2021
Chris Wojcik L Referee Decision ADCC WC Trials 77KG R1 2022
John Abney W RNC ADCC ECTrials 77KG R1 2023
Dakota Leonardis W Armbar ADCC ECTrials 77KG R2 2023
Nicky Ryan L Outside heel hook ADCC ECTrials 77KG 4F 2023
Mica Galvao L RNC WNO 21 84KG SPF 2023

8. Kody Steele’s Top Fights

Fury 49 Kody Steele vs Kane Lewis

Kody Steele vs Andy Varela

Alec Baulding vs Kody Steele - Who's Number One 2020

Full Match: Dante Leon vs. Kody Steele | Who's Number One

Photo Credit: @kody_steelebjj

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