Zafir defends Nitro title
IT WAS sweeter the second time around, according to Whitsunday Martial Arts coach Anton Zafir who successfully defended his Nitro welterweight title at the weekend.
Zafir travelled to Brisbane for Nitro 13 on Saturday night, fighting against Ryan Heketa in the welterweight division.
While last year’s win was memorable, Zafir said a title defence was a different euphoria.
“It meant a lot more than winning. You’re not really a champion until you defend your title,” he said.
“I got to cement my place which nice and I’ll be defending it again later this year in Brisbane.”
The fight itself was shortlived, as Zafir clinically accounted for his Gold Coast opponent inside four minutes.
“It was a quick, explosive fight. We traded for a little bit then I ended up taking him down and finishing with a ground and pound,” he said.
“It was good to get a fast finish, especially in my first fight back after a year off.”
Traditionally Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) bouts last three rounds, however Zafir overpowered Heketa for a remarkably swift result.
“It definitely helps boost confidence in my training and shows me I’m still at a decent level despite being so long between fights,” he said.
DEFENDING CHAMP: WMA coach Anton Zafir defended his Nitro welterweight title at the weekend in Brisbane.