Yanal Ashmoz (photo: official website, UFC website)
Yanel Ashmoz made history on Saturday by becoming the first Israeli fighter to win by knockout at a UFC event held in London, and maintained a perfect record of seven wins and no losses.
The fighter of Circassian origin grew up in the village of Kama and won his world thanks to an unprecedented performance, when the victory he achieved during the first round against the local fighter and favorite Sam Patterson, who was taller than him by several significant centimeters and received a push from the home crowd.
"The Red Fox" came to the fight against Patterson as an underdog also in terms of betting.
So how did Ashmuz shock the world?
The Israeli fighter started the fight in a calm manner and examined his opponent, who at the beginning of the fight tried to take advantage of the height advantage.
As the seconds in the first round passed, Ashmoz gained more confidence inside the cage, began to reduce the distances between him and his British opponent and pressed him towards the fence.
Ashmoz came to the fight with full patience and waited for one moment of timing and precision on his part that would decide the fight.
The Israeli fighter was waiting to deliver his powerful punch from the ringing of the bell when he took advantage of a bad kick from Patterson, grabbed his leg and with a combination of two punches to the body and face of the British sent him to the boards.
Ashmose then attacked the British fighter with ground and pound and punches to the face, which eliminated Patterson for good and gave Ashmose his moment of glory.
Ashmuz's victory resonated throughout the fighting world and in Israel as well, but it did not come from nowhere.
Precisely during the time of the Corona "The Red Fox" moved to train in the United States and provided an impressive streak of victories that earned him the UFC signature, and last night's victory proved that his place is indeed in the cage of the world's most popular MMA organization.
In doing so, he opened the month of fights of the Israeli fighters in the UFC with an impressive victory.
Now we are waiting for Natan Levy's fight on April 29.