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Kody Steele is an American athlete and a professional grappling competitor as well as a jiu-jitsu black belt under Rodrigo Cabral (Brucutu), who represents the Texas-based team — Brazilian Fight Factory (affiliated with Checkmat). A former wrestling standout, Steele became a well-recognized figure in BJJs pro circuit as a brown belt (2018-2019), a time when he conquered the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI) Combat Tournament, also beating former 2x black belt world champion DJ Jackson that year at Third Coast Grappling, among other important medals on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) amateur league.

Kody Steele Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Kody Steele

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira >Rodrigo Cabral > Kody Steele

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place Marianas Open (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place EBI Combat Jiu-Jitsu (2019)
  • 1st Place TMS Team Grand Prix (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin Open (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin Open No-Gi (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Open No-Gi (2017 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2017 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2018 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Guard Passing

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat / Brazilian Fight Factory

Kody Steele Biography

Kody Steele was born on April 21, 1995, in Port Angeles, Washington, USA, growing up in Port Angeles and Sequim (also in Washington).

A very active child from a young age, Kody played a number of sports such as baseball and football, which he competed in extensively prior to finding his calling in wrestling during middle school, as a 13-year-old. Playing club wrestling for a number of years, Steele competed in all 3 main styles of the ancient combat form — Greco-Roman, freestyle and folk-style.

Jiu-Jitsu entered Kody’s life due to a lack of wrestling schools in Texas, where Steele moved to in 2013. Resigned to not having a room to practice the sport he loved, he decided to give jiu-jitsu a try, immediately finding coach Rodrigo Cabral at the Brazilian Fight Factory Academy, where the connection with BJJ proved to form just as quickly and strongly as he had previously felt with wrestling.

One could say Steele hit the ground running with his jiu-jitsu, as in less than 2 years Kody started grappling on a full-time schedule, making his mark in the sport. The Washington native’s brilliant performances in the colored belt divisions — particularly in the no-gi circuit, ramped up Kody’s name to compete in important professional events such as EBI Combat, Kasai, Fight 2 Win to name a few, with his record earning Steele his black belt on January 2020, from the hands of Rodrigo Cabral, the coach who guided him from white to black belt.

Kody Steele Grappling Record

17 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (24%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (24%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (41%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (6%)

4 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
50
2
#86e620
Outside heel hook
25
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (8%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (54%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (8%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
50
2
#86e620
Inside heel hook
25
1
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Kody Steele Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
23172John CombsJohn CombsLRNCJitzKing82KGSPF2020
23793Mason FowlerMason FowlerLEBI/OTSUG 15ABSSF2020
23806Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPoints3CG Kumite III81KG4F2020
24081Dante LeonDante LeonLReferee DecisionWNO 477KGSPF2020
24324John CombsJohn CombsLReferee DecisionSubversiv 481KGSF2020
24331A. MurasakiLReferee DecisionSubversiv 481KGF2020
24854Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloLInside heel hookWNO 5SPF77KG2020
28377Jed HueLReferee DecisionPolaris 1780KGSPF2021
28870William TackettWilliam TackettLReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials77KGSF2021
29683Gregory RodriguesD---UFC Inv.ABSRR2021
31413Chris WojcikLReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KGR12022
43719Nicky RyanNicky RyanLOutside heel hookADCC ECTrials77KG4F2023
45656Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLRNCWNO 2184KGSPF2023
47368Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLReferee DecisionUFC FP677KGSPF2024
23195Camron CouchWPts: 8x4Kasai Pro 780KGSPF2020
23748Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionWNO81KGSPF2020
23762Mauricio GomezWPointsJitz King82KGSPF2020
23790Andy VarelaAndy VarelaWEBI/OTSUG 15ABS4F2020
23883David GarmoDavid GarmoWReferee DecisionF2W 15086KGSPF2020
24086Bryan NuroWOutside heel hookSUG 18N/ASPF2020
24301Zach GreeneWReferee DecisionSubversiv 481KGR12020
24993Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWReferee DecisionThird Coast82KGSPF2020
26609Phillip RoweWReferee DecisionWNO 1083KGSPF2021
28826Ruben CoronadoWPts: 6x0ADCC EC Trials77KGR22021
28839Roman WheelerWRNCADCC EC Trials77KGR32021
28852Adrian GonzalezWPts: 5x0ADCC EC Trials77KGR42021
28860Placido SantosWReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials77KGR52021
28867Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC EC Trials77KG4F2021
28872PJ BarchPJ BarchWReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials77KG3RD2021
29674Jason HighD---UFC Inv.ABSRR2021
43667John AbneyWRNCADCC ECTrials77KGR12023
43685Dakota LeonardisWArmbarADCC ECTrials77KGR22023
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