The UFC have officially signed Robelis Despaigne, a 6’7 Olympic taekwondo medalist. Despaigne has taken the MMA world by storm, racking up a perfect 4-0 record with all knockouts. The Cuban heavyweight earned his contract after his viral four second knockout of Miles Banks at Fury FC 84. After his fight concluded it was revealed later in the show that Despaigne officially signed a contract to join the UFC’s heavyweight division.
Robelis Despaigne is a Spectacle
While his career is just blooming, his fight stats so far are beyond mind blowing. Despaigne has yet to enter the second round. The Cuban’s MMA debut has so far been his longest fight, officially clocked at four minutes and 54 seconds. His next three fights all ended by quick devastating knockouts. In three fights, Despaigne’s average fight time sits just under seven seconds.
Despaigne as aforementioned is world renown in taekwondo. Most notably he competed in the 2012 summer Olympics in London, England. Despaigne competed in the 80+kg weight class and went on to win a bronze medal.
Welcome to the Big Show
Despaigne will enter the UFC at 35 years of age, and enter the talent rich heavyweight division. While his MMA career is still very young, if Despaigne is able to strike while the iron is hot and bring those same finishes to the Octagon, the UFC is looking at another star. Comparisons have been drawn to the likes of Alex Pereira, who had a similar run to get to the UFC after being so dominant in another form of combat sports. Regardless of the speculation, it is clear the UFC officials saw something special in the Cuban and wasted no time bringing him into the premier mixed martial arts organization.
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