Bellator Prospect Watch: Kiefer Crosbie
By Dan McConnell
Next up on Bellator Prospect Watch is a man who is on an absolute tear through the Bellator welterweight division, from making his debut in December of 2018. Kiefer Crosbie is one of the most exciting fighters to come out of Ireland in recent years and I don’t think ‘Big Daddy Kiefer’ has been given the true credit he deserves.
Crosbie fights out of SBG Ireland and has been a stable with the camp for a very long time. Kiefer fights out of the Bellator welterweight division and has a very interesting nickname ‘BDK’. I recently interviewed the Irish sensation at Bellator’s Dublin media day and I asked him where his nickname originated from.
Kiefer said ‘before my daughter was born, I was training in a boxing gym and my mates kept calling me big daddy because I had a baby on the way. I was 100kilos back then so they kept calling me big daddy as a joke’.
‘When I was an amateur at a show with James Gallagher, the commentator asked did I have any fight names and I said no, nothing rhymes with Kiefer. Then James shouts ‘Its Big Daddy Kiefer!’ so ill just take that, because nothing rhymes with Kiefer’.
Kiefer has fought for well-known mixed martial arts promotions in Cage Warriors and Akuma Fighting Championship in his amateur days, and also the IMMAF World and European championships in 2015. The proud Dubliner decided to turn pro in 2016 and is currently on an unbeaten 6-0 win-streak.
While finding a home with the BAMMA organisation in 2016, Kiefer destroyed opponents at ease submitting Conor Riordan via triangle choke in the second round, Waldemar Cichy with his signature finishing elbows in the second round and then in his last fight with BAMMA defeating Josh Plant via punches. But throwing those excellent elbows to wear Plant down before the finish.
The Josh Plant fight at BAMMA 35 in May of 2018 was one that went viral and was fight of the night. Kiefer came out on top and stood in the middle of the cage after the victory covered in blood because of a gash, shouting at the camera and fans to make sure they know who BDK is now! I was there, and this was a moment Irish MMA fans finally realised the potential of this Celtic Warrior.
Crosbie made his Bellator debut in December of 2018 at Bellator 211 in Genoa, Italy inside the RDS Stadium. The SBG fighter won via decision over Orlando D’Ambrosio in enemy territory, showing the world that he can beat you via knockout, submission and also on decision. Big Daddy had arrived on the big stage.
At Bellator Dublin in February of this year, the Bellator cage returned to the emerald isle.
This was almost a home-coming event for James Gallagher, Peter Queally and Kiefer Crosbie who haven’t fought at home in all of their last previous fights. Kiefer took this opportunity and submitted Daniel Olejniczak via rear naked choke in the very first round, taking his professional record to an unbeaten 5-0 and to make another statement.
Make sure you keep a close eye on one of the most exciting Irish and European talents in the world right now!
What’s next for BDK I hear you ask? Kiefer has hinted on his social media that he will be back in the Bellator cage in July. This would be on the Julia Budd v Olga Rubin card for the Bellator women’s featherweight title in Thackerville, Oklahoma, opponent yet to be announced.