For his first bout of 2018 where he was matched up with Ivey Nixon at DCS 41 in April, welterweight Kassius Kayne was able to extend one of MMA’s more impressive streaks, as he picked up his 12th finish in 12 wins.
Not only was the continuation of his streak a big thing for Kayne, but the opportunity to do so in front of a supportive crowd made it equally enjoyable.
“It felt really good to come out with a knockout,” Kayne told MMAWeekly.com. “It was fun to fight in Lincoln and fight around my hometown (of Omaha in Nebraska).
“We stayed on the horse after that fight and stayed in training camp. We were offered the (upcoming) LFA fight, and I was healthy, so we took.”
The win over Nixon was Kayne’s second in a row after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Yuri Villefort at Victory FC 56 in April of last year.
“After the Yuri fight, I just went back to the gym with a vengeance,” said Kayne. “That loss still bugs me, but you’ve got to let it go and move on. If a chance for a rematch comes, I’ll take it. Just stay on the ball and on to the next one.
“The last couple years have been a rollercoaster, up and down, winning a couple then losing one, then knock out like three wins in a row. I’m just taking it as a positive and am fixing every little aspect of my game.”
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On Friday in Branson, Mo., Kayne (12-4) will look to extend his finish streak when he faces Derrick Krantz (21-10) in the LFA 42 main event at 170 pounds.
“Derrick actually fought one of my old teammates, James Nakashima, before, so I’ve seen him fight,” Kayne said. “It’s going to be a brawl. I’m ready either way wherever it goes. If it goes to the ground or stays on the feet, I’m looking to get the win.”
While Kayne would like to finally make the move up to the next level in 2018, he’s doing his best to stay focused on each opportunity as it comes his way, and the rest will take care of itself.
“The ultimate goal is to get to the UFC or Bellator or something like that and get a long term contract with them,” said Kayne. “But right now it’s one fight at a time; getting some wins lined up; and hopefully getting that call.”