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Iridium Prospect Showcase | Datrelle Kozeluh

LAS VEGAS — Datrelle "DKO" Kozeluh didn’t find MMA; it found him.

The son of a karate national champion and the nephew of a black belt, Datrelle says he inherited the fight game. Or perhaps it inherited him.

“I grew up wrestling and grappling. I’ve been around since the Tito Ortiz days; he used to be my favorite fighter,” Datrelle says on the eve of his highly anticipated professional MMA debut at Elite Fight Night 1 in Gary, IN Saturday.

Datrelle isn’t like some fighters, who insist they’d be dead or in jail had they not taken the MMA route. “I’m pretty confident in my intelligence,” the charming 22-year-old fighter says with a smile. Still, he’s doing everything he can to go as far as he can in MMA.

“Once you feel the high of winning an MMA fight, you’re set for life,” he says after a recent training session.

Datrelle has long approached MMA as a career, so nothing will change too drastically now that he’s a professional fighter. He’s taking it one fight at a time, but he’s not interested in wasting any time either.

“In a year, I want to be 3-0 or 4-0 as a professional, looking forward to bigger fights, bigger money, bigger shows — everything bigger.”


Iridium Sports Agency is a full-service professional management firm. Founded in 2009 by attorney Jason House, Iridium represents more than 80 fighters in the UFC, Bellator and ProFightLeague. Iridium's team of agents is devoted to assisting athletes in all aspects of their professional lives.



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