MMA fans have been spoiled this year with K-OZ Entertainment bringing some of the world’s best fighters to Perth with the Bragging Rights series. Grady Stewart, Founder of K-OZ Entertainment said of what the company is aiming to achieve, “The Bragging Rights series is about promoting not only WA talent but Australian talent in the international arena. We are building our brand in a way that hasn’t been done before in WA, by matching quality fights, engaging and educating the fans and establishing a presence with international partners such as DogBoxer, FightLabs and WAR tape.”
“Bragging Rights 2: Battle in the Trenches” was a defining moment for Stewart and the company. In the first ever-televised MMA event out of WA, the rest of Australia got a preview of what WA is all about when fighters from Australia and New Zealand competed against the biggest talent out of the US. Entertainment on the night was just as diverse as the card with the first ever Aboriginal performed Welcome to Country by local Barry McGuire and family, the ever popular Haka, a rare performance of the Australian national anthem sung by Angelica Brown (daughter of Lucas “Big Daddy” Brown) and the increasingly popular SxyMMA ring girl auction.
Proof of what K-OZ Entertainment can do for local fighters, co-main event Steve “The Steamrolla” Kennedy (FFC) was hailed as the new K-OZ Entertainment Light Heavyweight (94kg) titleholder. Kennedy took on Sam Brown (Strikeforce NZ) in what was deemed “Fight of the Night” by fans. Kennedy will be a key highlight next Friday and said of the impending fight night, “It’s all about putting on a show and sending a message to all the other fighters. Whoever’s watching shouldn’t blink.”
The main event of the night will pit Kris Kemps (Eclipse MMA) against Joel Oliver (Strike Gym) for the K-OZ Entertainment Lightweight (70kg) Title Belt. Kemps is known as an all around threat with an 8-1 record. Oliver, not to be outdone has a 6-1 record, recently competed in the Australian jiu-jitsu nationals and is looking to showcase his skills.
Rob “The Powerdrill” Powdrill (FFC) will take on Dave “Machete” Johnson (Strike Gym) in the 84kg bout. Said Johnson of his upcoming battle, “I can’t wait to fight Powdrill, we’re both looking to finish each other, and it’s definitely going to be an exciting fight.”
Other key matchups on the night include Dean Roberts against debut fighter Peter Kennedy, Geordie McKenna vs. Sam Blythe, Chris Indich vs. Peter Carr, Luke Dowsett vs. Tien Ngyen, Joel Graham vs. Doug Baxter, Mitch O’Dowd vs. Sam Faiers, Steve Wong vs. Waylon, Harley Howe vs. Hatti Bazzy, Scott Norris vs. Steph Bon Temps and Josh Watson vs. Dylan te Waa.
When asked why fans should make their way to the WA Italian Club on Friday June 29th, Stewart said “The fighters know what’s on the line, apart from their pride and records, next week is the deciding factor between who will go on to compete in Bragging Rights 4 later in the year. It will separate the men from the boys and fans will start to see the emergence of WA’s elite fighters.”
Tickets are available online and range in price from $55 general admission to VIP Gold at $300 per person, which includes a gift bag, a 3-course meal and beverages. Doors open at 6pm and tickets are available online at
k-ozentertainment.com.au or by calling 0405 654 777.
The official weigh-in is scheduled for 6pm at The Paddington Ale House where fans have the opportunity to hear from fighters and meet some of the SxyMMA ring girls.
K-OZ Entertainment Pty Ltd
Grady Stewart, Managing director
0405 654 777