Indiana’s Cody Schieve and Jonathan Griffin to compete at KOTC World Amateur Championships
A pair of fighters from Indiana, as well as one from Ohio are set to compete in next month’s King of the Cage: World Amateur Championships 4 in Reno, Nevada.
Schieve will compete in the bantamweight division against an opponent to be named. The 22-year-old most recently competed in July, when he won the bantamweight title at Tru-Form Entertainment: Primal in his home state. He made his MMA debut in 2013 and has earned five of his six wins via submission.
“I’m excited, I’ve never flown or been out west,” Schieve told BleugrassMMA. “I’m going out there to put on a show and hopefully win a nice professional contract! Win, lose, or draw I’m going to give it 110%. I’ve never been this ready for a fight, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I’m on fight weight already (135 lbs). Lightning will be striking in Reno December 9th on MAVTV!”
Griffin will compete in the lightweight division against Nevada’s Justin Gragg (8-5). The 27-year-old has won his last two bouts, including winning the TFE title earlier this year, and then successfully defending it in July against Mick Merkel. All eight of his wins have come via stoppage.
Also in action will be Ohio’s Crawford, who will compete in the featherweight division against Kaisar Saulebayev (3-0). Crawford last competed at Honor Fighting Championship 1 last month, a bout he won via submission over Jose Burgos.
2017 King of the Cage World Amateur Championships Format:
20 Fights, 40 fighters from all over the globe will compete.
Competing for five (5) Professional contracts totaling $250,000.
Five (5) competitors will be voted into a contractual opportunity which will give them contracts (1st Place $100,000) (2nd & 3rd Place $50, 000) and (4th & 5th Place totaling $25,000) to pursue their dream as the next big star in the MMA world.
Determining the opportunities will be based equally on these criteria:
Level of excitement at which they fight
Winners for the event will be determined based on formula which combines:
Online voting from TV viewing audience
Online voting from live event audience