Robelis Despaigne: From Olympic bronze to UFC star with lightning KO
In a world of sports where careers are built over years, Robelis Despaigne has broken all the rules. The Cuban giant, a master in taekwondo and Olympic bronze medalist, has now made history with his lightning-fast entry into the UFC. At Fury FC 84, following a devastating knockout in just four seconds, UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard called with an immediate contract offer. Despaigne, standing an impressive 6 feet 7 inches tall, left his opponent Miles Banks on the mat and the Houston audience speechless.
It’s not just Despaigne’s size that impresses, but also his efficiency in the ring. With a 100 percent TKO rate and the last three fights finishing in a total of 19 seconds, he has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. His background in taekwondo, with a bronze medal from the 2012 Olympics and two World Championship bronzes, has clearly influenced his unique fighting style.
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After the fight, Despaigne expressed his surprise and joy at the rapid path to the UFC. “I knew I was ready for big things, but being called up by the UFC right after the match felt surreal. This is just the beginning,” he said.
No debut date or opponent has yet been announced for Despaigne’s first UFC appearance, but his arrival is already highly talked about. From being a master on the taekwondo mat to now stepping into the UFC octagon, Despaigne has shown that his talent and power are world-class. With such a start, we can only expect great feats from this dynamic fighter.
Robelis Despaigne knocks out Miles Bank in 5 seconds!!!!!!!
— Fury FC (@FuryFightingTX) December 3, 2023
Not sure I've seen this before. 10 minutes after this KO, it's announced that Despaigne has been signed to the UFC. Confirmed by Mick Maynard. pic.twitter.com/AvcikJkDjI
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 3, 2023