Zafir de­fends Nitro ti­tle

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MMA

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.

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