American Kombat Alliance Set To Light Up The South Again With AKA 21
Not since the American Civil War has Lake Charles, Louisiana seen such a battle. On Friday, June 17, 2022, Bishop Fights Promotions and American Kombat Alliance to bring Aliases 21 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Undefeated Bellator veteran and Louisiana native jesse robert faces his most dangerous task yet. Through the cage will stand Craig Grove. With both fighters set for their debuts in the main event slot, this is an important battle headliner. fite.tv. The winner can easily find themselves at the heart of the title discussion. AKA will also crown a new AMMY bantamweight champion when Denzel Rosaroso and John Garza find themselves in the center of the AKA cage.
Main Event Light Showdown
Jesse Roberts (3-0) brings his perfect record into the AKA cage to headline. This will mark Roberts’ first main event. Ending his amateur career with a victory over the current UFC fighter AJ Fletcher, Roberts went straight into the big leagues, making his professional debut for Bellator. Making his Bellator 214 debut, Roberts would face the BJJ World Champion multiple times AJ Agazarm. After three rounds of action, Roberts walked away with the split decision victory. Since then, Roberts hasn’t let up the gas, picking up two more wins, this time in the AKA cage. To Aliases 15Roberts used his big counter strike to take the unanimous decision in May 2021. In his last outing, Roberts wasted no time proving he could finish on the big stage, securing a submission for the win at the first round at AKA 17 in August 2021.
Known for his dangerous strikes in the amateur ranks, Craig Grove (4-3) was just as deadly on the mat with three of his four wins by submission. Not one to leave that to the judges, his four wins came at the finish. 2-2 before his AKA debut as a professional, Grove won back-to-back contests by submitting to the AKA 13 and AKA 15. Neither win was a breeze. Grove beat a world-class BJJ ace Chris Croby aby AKA 13 and the long and dangerous jesse henry at AKA 15. Going into AKA 21 looking to avenge a loss at AKA 18, both fighters have a lot at stake. This lighthearted matchup could provide a potential title challenger.
A champion will be crowned
With the vacating of the amateur bantamweight title by Dimas Chapa a gap is now left in the division. Insert the undefeated Donzel Rosaroso (4-0) into the frame as a potential replacement. Defeat a very young and talented prospect in Braydn Lowery at Aliases 19 in January 2022, Rosaroso immediately made a name for himself with AKA brass. Prior to his AKA debut, Rosaroso had already scored three wins, two of them by finish. Representing the 4.0z Fight Club of Houston, Rosaroso would love nothing more than to bring the AKA belt back to the “Lone Star State”.
Also wanting the AKA title back to the “Lone Star State,” John Garza (3-2). Garza would prefer land title in the city of Dallas. Having an active year, this will mark Garza’s third appearance of the year and the first ever for AKA. After dropping out of his very first fight, Garza turned it around by quickly picking up knockout victories in his next two bouts. Earning a shot at the Empire Fighting Championship amateur bantamweight title, Garza dropped out of the contest to Gill Gill before bouncing back in April 2022 by taking a unanimous decision win By John Greer. No stranger to the championship stage, Garza will be looking to leverage that experience to help him emerge as the AKA champion.
Return to PE Training Center
PE Training Center (Performance Evolution) will be out in force for AKA 21 on its home turf in Lake Charles. PE has many of the most talented young stars in the state of Louisiana in its camp. The team is under the tutelage of the former Bellator veteran and karate fighting champion Josh Quayhagen. The Lake Charles area was devastated by hurricanes in August and October 2020. The PE Training Center facilities may have suffered severe damage, but the team inside was built to withstand any storm.
One of the shining diamonds of physical education, Austin Soileau, will certainly also be present. Soileau, the former GCMMA flyweight champion and AKA bantamweight champion in the amateur ranks, recently made the jump to the pro ranks. No doubt we’ll see Soileau shine on an AKA card in the future. A handful of teammates will participate on the Lake Charles map.
Currently, five PE members are set to show off their skills on their home turf at AKA 21 in Lake Charles. These consist of Nevan Driehuis (flyweight), Colin Richard (flyweight), Hunter Black-smith (welterweight), Kegan Williams (welterweight), and Jason Slaydon (heavy weights).
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