KOP 56 Returns to Grand Rapids, MI

Knockout Promotions is once again invading Grand Rapids, MI on June 16, and the card is full with great MMA match-ups at the Deltaplex.

Headlining KOP 56 is a fight between Michigan’s No. 2 Flyweight (6-2) Jesse Bazzi from MTT as he takes on Shawn Rosencrans (3-2).

Bazzi was originally supposed to fight Shawn Mack, but Mack was unfortunately injured and needed surgery. Mack isn’t able to compete. Bazzi is coming off a hard fought loss for LFA in April, but he will look to bring his aggressive style and high output to this fight and get back on track with a win.

Rosencrans brings a strong wrestling background, and a heart that cannot be measured. He is coming off what many were calling Fight-of-the-Night at KOP 55, and his ground game was a reason why. If Rosencrans can take this fight, this will be a huge feather in his cap, and will set him up for more great opportunities in his career.

The co-main event was originally supposed to be a title fight. Unfortunately someone wont be able to make the 170-pound weight limit. But don’t worry.  The fight will now be a Catchweight fight as Devin Smyth (4-1) takes on Ben Brewer (11-6).

If you want to look for an inspirational story in Michigan MMA look no further than Smyth. Smyth had a substance abuse problem that overtook his life, and resulted in jail time. Since then, Smyth has made positive changes in his life, and has continuing on going recovery. In that recovery, he has also put together a four fight win streak with three finishes in this streak.

When you watch a Devin Smyth fight you are going to see a very well rounded fighter. He possesses some of the best kicks throughout the state, and you can be sure he is going to to make Brewer pay for taking away his first taste at professional gold. Brewer is coming off three straight losses and has been finished in all three of those fights. Can he come in and try to steal a win in hostel territory?

The two other fights that could headline any other show throughout the state are Ryse Brink (3-1) vs Alexander Trevino (7-7) and Ken Cross (3-1) vs Moe Shatri (4-2).

In his last fight, Brink created a highlight reel that will last forever as he knocked out his last opponent, and had his opponent fighting the referee because he was so out of it. Brink will look to keep this momentum going and pick up another highlight reel knockout, and live up to his nickname “Showtime”. Trevino will be looking to rebound after two losses to Troy Lamson. Can he turn back the hands of time and stop the rise of one of the young up-and-coming Lightweights in the state?

Cross vs Shatri is a fight that is almost a year in the making. Cross is coming off the first loss ever in his combat career. How will he rebound? We already know that Cross is arguably the most explosive athlete in Michigan’s Lightweight division. How did that loss make him grow as a fighter?

Shatri brings a high pressure fighting style and knockout power to this fight as well. He looked to have improved his wrestling in his last fight, but is it enough to overtake Cross’ wrestling ability? Can Cross deal with the power of Shatri? We’ll find out the way things were meant to be settled; in the cage.

Other notable fights on this card is an Ammy Flyweight title fight and rematch from KOP 55 as Dakota Esch (6-0) takes on Munib Alsalmani (5-2). Juju Auclair (1-1) takes on Alyssa Lawrence (2-3) later on in the night as well.