The state of Arkansas is known for grooming high-profile MMA fighters, starting them as teenagers and then making it to the top of this industry: Bryce Mitchell, Luis Pena and Wade Johnson to name a few. Is Ashton Kirby next to follow in their footsteps?
Although just turning eighteen, Kirby finds himself with an undefeated record of 5-0 with all five wins coming by way of submission (4 stripe bjj blue belt). He began training in the sport when he was nine years old at his father’s academy, Rock City MMA (taught by BJJ black belt and pro MMA fighter Nathan Kirby), and then started competing in jiu-jitsu tournaments. From there he transitioned to MMA fights and the rest is history.
Kirby finds himself in the main event on January 19 against another undefeated fighter, Kevin Pease. Pease is a high-level wrestler from the mid-south, but Kirby probably has the advantage in jiu-jitsu and striking. When asked about this fight, here is what he had to say:
“I think Kevin is a good wrestler but you need more than wrestling to be a great fighter, so I’d like to stand and bang but if it goes to the ground he should watch out for my subs. I’m not doing anything new to prepare for Pease, except working more on my takedown defense. I have a better fight style and will never stop looking for the finish. That belt is mine!”
There is a new phenom coming out of Arkansas, and Ashton Kirby is his name! Get your tickets now and check him out in the main event on January 19!
WHAT: V3Fights 72
WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 6 pm doors open | 7 pm fights start
WHERE: Minglewood Hall | 1555 Madison Ave | Memphis, TN 38104
ADMISSION: $70 P1 | $50 P2 | $30 general admission
V3FIGHTS is a professional mixed martial arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. V3FIGHTS presents live events on a monthly basis around the United States; including Memphis, Nashville, Tunica and Biloxi. V3FIGHTS can be seen live all over the world on FloCombat’s website. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, V3FIGHTS is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world.