Cuban taekwondo practitioner Robelis Despaigne, hailing from Santiago de Cuba, made his MMA debut against Katuma Mulumba at Titan FC 77 on June 3, 2022, securing victory in the first round through a TKO stoppage. Recently, Despaigne signed a contract with the UFC.
Reports: Robelis Despaigne Joined UFC
In the 2012 Summer Olympics, he secured a bronze medal in the +80 kg event, with a victory against Chika Yagazie Chukwumerije in the first round, but facing a loss to Anthony Obame in sudden death during the quarterfinal.
Despaigne, an undefeated heavyweight with a 4-0 MMA record, has signed with the UFC, with the organisation still signing fighters this year despite the Dana White’s Contender Series being on hold until 2024.
Despaigne, a heavyweight fighter, has joined the UFC’s heavyweight roster after a remarkable four-second knockout victory over Miles Banks at Fury FC 84 in Houston last Sunday. His signing was promptly announced following the win.
A strong right hand from Despaigne was all it needed to knock down Banks, earning Despaigne his fourth win in four professional fights, all ending in first-round knockouts. Despaigne, aged 35, entered professional MMA in June 2022 after a successful career in Taekwondo.
The UFC heavyweight division boasts formidable fighters such as Jon Jones and Tom Aspinall. Despaigne’s inclusion is a positive addition to this stacked division.
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Now that Despaigne has secured a UFC contract, only time will reveal his performance in the UFC division against formidable opponents.