Professional MMA returns to the Horseshoe Riverdome

AKA 8 - Friday Night - July 12 - Horseshoe Riverdome

  • Joel Rodgers

“Somebody better call Barksdale, cause these fighters will be dropping bombs this Friday night inside the Horseshoe Riverdome,” says popular ring announcer and world class MC Dynamite David Hardy.

AKA, also known as American Kombat Alliance is a local fight promotion started by Shreveport’s John and Amber Bishop. The local and popular promotion returns to the Horseshoe Riverdome Friday night July 12. Shreveport Bossier is getting ready for another night of MMA fights inside a cage, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s AKA 8!

The AKA 8 card is stacked with local regional and amateur and professional fighters. The doors open at 6pm and the fights start at 7.

Weigh-ins take place Thursday night at Beauxjax in Bossier. 6pm. Click here for details.

Here’s a sneak peak at the card:

Ghazi Khan vs Zeke Wilson

Rylan Melancon vs Gavin Leverich

Deslond Freeman vs Bryant Riles

Jordan Pate vs Blane Wallace

Matt Costello vs Darren McQueen

Justice Lamperez vs Darren Whitney

TBA vs Chris Williams

Robert Link vs Ro’ Derricks Walker

Jessie Marsalia vs Steven Battley

Jessie Clark vs Annette Nichols

Danny Pena vs Don “DJ” Doyle

Darnell Trotter vs Hunter Jones

Carlton Lofton vs Julian Orozco

Montrel James vs Steve Jones

Jesse Butler vs David Bosnick


Get your tickets at BishopPromotions.com or live stream the fights on Flocombat.com. Shreveport’s Matt “Danger” Schnell and Tyler “Not So Dangerous” Moody will be on the call.





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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com
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