The “Infamous” Marshal Kemp (2-0) is the latest prospect out of Glory MMA to take center stage on the radar of many in the mixed martial arts fanbase.
The 2-0 prospect has had a busy 2021, and he is looking to continue displaying his submission prowess this Friday evening.
“I wanted to be even more active,” Kemp told MMA-Prospects. “I did a grappling tournament and messed up my arm a little bit. We are trying to bust out five fights a year if possible. It is important to get the name out there, activity is key, make them remember your face. Performances to remember; active as possible.”
Kemp has found a home in Fighting Alliance Championship (FAC), competing under the banner for all of his professional bouts. FAC is a hometown favorite for Kemp, but he is keeping his options open if a promotion like top developmental organization Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) was to come calling.
“FAC is the biggest around,” Kemp stated on regional promotions in Missouri. “I am staying active, they are putting on shows, so just cage time is most important for myself. LFA would be cool, but FAC is very respected and is on [streaming platform UFC] Fight Pass so I am super happy with them,” Kemp continued.
“I’ll take fights with any promotion if it makes sense.”
As Kemp walks into his third professional fight, undefeated and with finishes in the previous battles, he thanks his amateur career for the growth in his young career to date. Kemp believes all fighters should have a lengthy amateur career before going to the highest level.
“I’ve learned so much from the Ammy career,” Kemp explained. “My coach and I had a plan, and it really worked. As a pro, you take an early loss, that is a setback and it matters on your record. Learn in the amateur career, have losses, five-round fights. Those are growth points you need before a professional battle.”
The “Infamous” one is learning under the watchful staff at Glory MMA. Although not immediately under James Krause, Kemp does travel to headquarters on the weekend with his team to grow under the UFC contender and coaching standout, one of the best coaches in the sport today.
“We have 5 Glory MMA, I pop up to HQ on the weekends,” Kemp said. “James Krause is a mastermind; the team is doing amazing. I met James in 2013. My coach Michael Morgan invited him for a seminar, and he choked all of our guys out. We became a Glory gym, my coach got his black belt under James Krause this year, and I got my brown belt.”
When asked about a prediction against Oscar Ahuatzi (1-0), whom he’ll face at FAC 9, Kemp is excited for a finish.
“I’m excited to see this opponent,” Kemp began. “I want a big finish. He won’t go for a takedown, and I like that. Even though most of my finishes have been on the ground, I’m excited to showcase more this one.”