Burien Native Brent Knopp Set for Title Match for ‘CageSport’ Feb. 16
A Burien native named Brent “Mankill” Knopp will be competing in a middleweight title match for CageSport at the Emerald Queen Casino on Feb. 16.
Knopp (3-0), will fight in a rematch against Darrio Mobley (2-2) for the title.
An electrical engineering graduate from the University of Washington, Knopp was also a backup defensive lineman with the Huskies during the 96’-01’ seasons, which included the year they went to the Rose Bowl in 2000.
In the ring, fans refer to him as Brent “Mankill” Knopp due to his fierce style of fighting and intimidating nature. He’s backed up his moniker with an undefeated start to his professional MMA career by going 3-0 and finishing all of his opponents before time has run out. So far he has been able to stop all of his opponents in the 2nd round with either a KO or TKO. Due to the match being a title fight, the rounds will be increased from the usual 3 rounds to 5 rounds, a first for Knopp.
“The lack of a professional track record can be very deceiving,” reads an announcement. “Knopp had been fine tuning his ability in the amateur ranks for quite a while and racked up an amateur record of 24-2. Many pro MMA fighters only get a handful of amateur fights before they turn pro.”
The experience that Knopp brings to the cage is a big reason why it’s been somewhat difficult for Knopp to find an opponent to get in the cage with him. He was scheduled to fight on CageSport’s last show in December for a title, but his original opponent fell out and no one else would step up to take the fight. Knopp was invited into the ring during the show’s intermission and invited every fighter in the area to take him on. Darrio Mobley was the only one to step up.
Knopp trains at the AMC Pankration gym located in Kirkland. This facility is headed by world-renowned trainer Matt Hume, who trains numerous UFC and DREAM fighters. Such fighters include: Josh Barnett, Chris Leben, Hayato Sakurai, Matt Brown, Rich Franklin and Demetrious Johnson. Johnson fought on UFC’s latest promotion, UFC on FOX: 6 in the main event to defend his flyweight championship for the 1st time and came out victorious in an action packed battle with John Dodson.
In Knopp’s last fight, he took on Team Quest’s Brandon Pitts at CageSport XXI which was televised on the regional sports network, ROOT SPORTS. Knopp was also able to finish Pitts with a 2nd round ref stoppage due to Pitts not being able to defend the ground and pound.
This is much more than title fight for Mobley. It’s his opportunity to avenge his loss to Knopp at CageSport XX. In the 1st round of that fight, Mobley came out strong and was able to cut Knopp above his left eye and control the round. The momentum completely changed in the 2nd round when Knopp was able to get Mobley on the ground and throw a relentless attack of fists that caused the ref to stop the fight. Mobley will look to sustain momentum while Knopp will look to finish the fight even faster.
Drew Brokenshire (6-2), who also trains out of AMC Pankration and the Academy of Brian Johnson in Lacey will also be on the card to defend his featherweight title for the 1st time against MMA veteran, Enoch Wilson (14-8-2). 8 other action packed bouts are scheduled throughout the night including a female fight between Thea Wolfe and Sarah Lagerstrom, who are both making their professional debuts. For more information on CageSport XXIII and all other Halquist Production events please visit www.halquistproductions.com
Tickets for CageSport XXIII, scheduled for February 16th, are still available and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the Emerald Queen Casino box office.