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Shuffield Takes It Pro With Saturday Night’s MMA Fight

Codie Shuffield (right) will compete in his first professional Mixed Martian Arts (MMA) fight Saturday night at the DeSoto Civic Center. Codie and his brother, Tanner Shuffield (left) have trained with their father, Steve Shuffield for over a decade. Both Codie and Tanner have competed in numerous amatuer MMA and kickboxing matches. Steve is a former nationally ranked kick boxing champion. – Photo by Jack Gurner

By David Howell

SOUTHAVEN – Codie Shuffield has been training since he was eight years old. He has fought 14 fights as amateur in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights and has only lost one. He has competed twice in the IKF World Classic Championship Tournament,  the first time when he was 15 and again last year. Both times he came away from the tournament ranked second in the world.

    On Saturday night all of that will be a distant memory.

    Codie will fight his first professional match, an MMA fight in the MID-SOUTH MMA Championships at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven.

    “He signed a contract a couple of weeks ago,” his father, Steve Shuffield told the Herald.

    After training for almost five months for this fight, Shuffield, age 21,  will enter the ring with 25 year-old Bobby Logue of Memphis. This also marks Logue’s first professional  fight and more than bragging rights are on the line. They will compete in the middle weight division – 185 pounds to 205 pounds.

    “If you win, you move up,” Codie explains. “You get better fights, bigger sponsors.”

    Codie will weigh in at 185, his natural fighting weight. Logue will weigh in closer to the top range in the class.

    “He is a great ground fighter, a tall guy,” Codie said about Logue, who is 6’5”.

    “I have beat guys that have beat him,” Codie adds.

Not Alone

    Both Steve and Codie are quick to point out that the community support has made this possible. Codie has gathered a number of sponsors to offset the expenses. Hours and hours of training each day, an act he balances while enrolled at Northwest Community College as a full-time student. He trains at home with his dad. He also trains at several gyms in Memphis.

    “Nobody trains me better that dad,” Codie noted. Steve is no stranger to full contact sports and was nationally ranked in kickboxing before retiring from the sports in his mid-30s.

    Codie anticipates 200 to 300 fans who will make the trip to see him in his first professional fight.

    “The people of Water Valley and Oxford have been great,” Codie adds, referring to dedicated fans and sponsors.

    The doors open at 7 p.m., the fights start at 8 p.m. and Shuffield’s match is expected to be the eighth of the night. Codie has tickets for sale at a cost of $25 for risers and $35 for floor seats. Tickets will also be available at the door.

    Codie also has t-shirts for sale. He can be reached at 473-7448.

    Codie would like to thank his sponsors that include: Canon Motors, Rooster Blues House, A & D Turf Company, Oxford Tatoo, Mechanics Bank, George’s Garage, Valley Tool, Inc., Fischer Properties, Valley Lumber, Deal’s Auto Repair and Glass Company, O-Tuck Supply, Halors Day Spa, White Star Kitchen, Valley Sheet Metal, The Other Place and Dr. Fowlkes Medical Center. He also thanks other businesses and individuals that are too numerous to list.

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