Artem Vakhitov won his first mixed martial arts match after defeating Alex Pereira, current UFC champion, under the GLORY Kickboxing banner.
Vakhitov, who suffered a dislocated left elbow in his MMA debut 55 seconds in, returned to the ring at a World Ertaymash Federation (WEF) event in Bishkek on Saturday and won a technical knockout against his 0-1 opposition, Siyavush Salaokhov.
After a successful amateur career where he won three world championships as well as taking gold in 2013 at the World Combat Games, the Prokopyevsk, Russia native turned pro in 2009 and signed with GLORY Kickboxing four years later.
He claimed the GLORY light heavyweight world title on two separate occasions and currently sits as Combat Press’ No. The world’s No. 6 kickboxer ranked by pound for pound.
Vakhitov fought Alex Pereira back to back, and the fights were…