Artem Vakhitov is renowned for being the last kickboxer to defeat the current UFC champion Alex Pereira within the GLORY Kickboxing realm. He has recently marked his entry into the mixed martial arts scene with a noteworthy victory.
In a compelling turnaround, Vakhitov rebounded from a dislocated elbow incident just 55 seconds into his MMA debut back in June. This setback did not deter him, as he made a successful return at a World Ertaymash Federation event in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He ended up securing a decisive technical knockout against his opponent Siyavush Salokhov, who held a record of 0-1.
Prior to his venture into mixed martial arts, Vakhitov enjoyed a successful amateur career. He ended up winning three world championships and then gold in the 2013 World Combat Games. Hailing from Prokopyevsk, Russia, he transitioned to the professional circuit in 2009. Vakhitov subsequently signed with GLORY Kickboxing four years later.
Vakhitov’s association with GLORY Kickboxing witnessed him claiming the light heavyweight world title on two separate occasions. Currently positioned as Combat Press’ No. 6 ranked pound-for-pound kickboxer globally, his achievements in the realm of kickboxing are nothing short of extraordinary.
The highlight of Vakhitov’s kickboxing career was undoubtedly his back-to-back encounters with Alex Pereira. In their first clash at GLORY 77 in Rotterdam, Vakhitov fell short in a closely contested split decision. Undeterred, they had a swift rematch. Vakhitov ended up securing a majority decision and reclaiming the light heavyweight crown.
Despite his success, Vakhitov’s journey with GLORY Kickboxing came to an unexpected halt. In June 2022 GLORY released him from their roster due to the protest against the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine as the reason for this decision.
Artem Vakhitov’s transition from a renowned kickboxer to a victorious mixed martial artist showcases his resilience and adaptability. His journey adds a new chapter to the evolving narrative of combat sports.