CHAITANYA GAVALI MAKES HISTORY WITH HIS ULTIMATE BEATDOWN WIN.
Chaitanya Gavali made history last Saturday night by becoming the first Indian to ever win an MMA title with a foreign organisation.
The 26 year old scored a KO win over Ireland’s Keith Alden at Ultimate Beatdown 17 in Johor Bahru to become the organisation’s inaugural 145 lbs champion.
Alden came into this fight on the back of three straight wins while Gavali had won his last two but despite having what looked to have a significant size advantage the Irishman was unable to complete any of his takedown attempts in the early exchanges.
Gavali comes from a grappling background but he looked the sharper in the early striking exchanges, repeatedly tagging Alden with sharp combinations including a left hook-straight right which landed on the button.
As the round progressed Gavali seemed to gain in confidence but the ending when it came was as sudden as it was expected. The Indian threw a jab followed by a right hook which connected behind the ear and as Alden dived for a takedown he was caught with another short right which knocked him out instantly.
There was still time for Gavali to get one more shot in before the referee was able to intervene but Alden was clearly out cold and it was several minutes before the Irishman regained consciousness, to be greeted by the sight of his opponent celebrating triumphantly with an Indian flag.
The historic win takes Gavali’s record to 4-1 and marks him out as arguably the most successful MMA fighter to ever emerge from India. Alden drops to 3-1-1 after suffering the first defeat of his professional career.
In the co-main event two Malaysian flyweights went head to head with FS Cheng (3-2) returning from a three year absence to face the highly active Mohd Fouzein (7-8). It proved to be an unsuccessful comeback with the latter fighter claiming victory courtesy of a second round TKO.
In the welterweight division rising English star Sabastian Cole (4-1) claimed the fourth rear naked choke win of his career at the expense of Malaysia’s Mohamed Ashraf (0-2) who coincidentally was coming off a decision loss to Alden.