Bellator Dublin: Kiefer Crosbie’s night to shine
Dubliner Kiefer Crosbie (7-1) will make his fifth appearance under the Bellator banner in his hometown this Saturday night in front of a familiar 3Arena crowd. Crosbie is set to square off against Iamik Furtado (6-2) of Guinea-Bissau in a bout which could very well steal the show.
Crosbie, who turned professional in 2016, will look to maintain the momentum he has garnered over the course of his last eight bouts with his action packed style that he tends to showcase each and every time he enters a cage.
“BDK” or otherwise known as “Big Daddy Kiefer” can bring the fight almost anywhere it goes. If it’s a technical battle, Crosbie tends to shine through. When it comes to a traditional “knock”, Crosbie has the grit to not only withstand it but get his arm raised.
If it’s Crosbie’s ground game that you want answers to, then make sure to watch his performance against Conor Riordan back in 2017. This is where you can see Crosbie mix in his wrestling and ground and pound capped off with a tidy triangle choke with some added elbows for the finish.
Crosbie’s opponent, Iamik Furtado, who goes by the nickname “Leão Africano” meaning “African Lion,” fights out of Fortaleza, Brazil. He, just like Crosbie, will make his ninth professional bout on Saturday when he walks into a raucous 3 Arena for his Bellator debut.
“Leão Africano” has the ability to play the role of the villain on the night if he can manage to shut out the reception he will face once he steps in against one of Dublin’s top mixed martial artists.
Furtado often tends to start slow to try and get a read on his opponent, and he likes to use his kicks to gauge distance, but he can throw with force when needed. The Guinea-Bissau fighter can be quite technical with his strikes but he also likes to swing with reckless abandonment when he gets excited.
I expect Crosbie to be on the top of his game come fight night and I see this being a very exciting contest. “BDK” is four years younger than his opponent and I just see him being too quick and powerful for Furtado on the night.
The only blemish for Kiefer Crosbie is his loss to Mike Jackson due to an illegal knee back at Bellator 224 in July of 2019. Other than that, he’s been pretty consistent in terms of getting his hand raised and I expect that to continue on Saturday.