Alex Poatan's last kickboxing tormentor points out the Brazilian's weak point and aims for a trilogy in the UFC

Poatan's opponent on two kickboxing occasions, Artem Vakhitov made the transition to MMA in 2023

Responsible for the last defeat of Alex Poatán in kickboxing, Artem Vakhitov intends to meet the Brazilian again, this time in the octagon and guarantees to know the weak points of the current UFC light heavyweight champion (up to 93 kg).

In an interview with 'MMA Fighting', the Russian, who faced Alex Poatán On two occasions at Glory Kickboxing, with one victory and one defeat, he confirmed his desire to face his rival for the third time and questioned the label given to the Brazilian as 'best striker in the world'.


“MMA has always been interesting to me, but obviously I'm very motivated by the idea of ​​getting that trilogy with Pereira. He's a superstar and I'm happy for him, but when I hear people saying he's the best striker in the world...well, I think it's time for MMA fans to learn about me and my team, so to speak,” Vakhitov said.

Artem Vakhitov and Alex Poatán they faced each other twice in GLORY. In the first, the Brazilian won a split decision from the judges and won the light heavyweight belt, becoming the organization's first two-division champion. In the rematch, eight months later, the Russian took revenge and won with a majority decision from the judges.


“His main weakness is that he is all attack and has no defense. Due to his lack of defense, he is open to receiving many punches to the head when facing a skilled striker. You saw that in the second fight with Adesanya. He was caught because he leaves many openings for those who know what he is doing”, analyzed the Russian.

In Vakhitov's opinion, with the exception of Israel adesanya, the athletes faced by Alex Poatán in their career in the UFC, they do not have a sufficient level of striking or even the confidence to deal with the Brazilian.


“The other guys didn't do well against Alex because their striking doesn't have the necessary level. They have no confidence against him and think he is invincible, so in their hearts they are already defeated before the fight begins. But I've already defeated him in pure striking competitions and I'm sure I'll do it again if I achieve the trilogy in the UFC”, he concluded.

Artem Vakhitov is 33 years old and made his professional MMA debut in 2023. The Russian lost his first professional fight due to an injury suffered in the first round, but recovered with two knockout victories in January and February of this year.

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