Robelis Despaigne, known as “The Bad Boy,” is a rising name in the UFC’s heavyweight division. With extensive experience in various taekwondo skills, Despaigne poses a potential surprise for many current heavyweights in the UFC.
The Cuban heavyweight fighter aims to leave his mark in the UFC with his impressive Taekwondo abilities, showcasing undefeated records in all his professional MMA matches between 2022 and 2023.
Who is Robelis Despaigne?
Standing at 6 feet 7 inches tall, Robelis Despaigne originates from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. He embarked on his Taekwondo journey at the age of nine, demonstrating dedication and hard work that earned him a spot on the national Taekwondo team within just seven years of practice.
Notably, Despaigne achieved significant success with bronze medals at two World Championships and the 2012 Olympics. As a formidable mixed martial artist, he stands out as one of the tallest heavyweights in the division, showcasing both endurance and formidable power-generating strength.
In his professional MMA debut, “The Big Boy” secured victory against Katuma Mulumba in the first round, concluding the bout in just 4 minutes and 54 seconds. Impressively, Despaigne’s fights consistently showcased swift finishes, serving as a formidable reminder to heavyweights globally.
Notably, he defeated Travis Gregoire within 12 seconds at Fury FC 80 and achieved a shocking victory in 3 seconds against Stevie Payne at Fury Challenger Series 7. His most recent triumph over 35-year-old Miles Banks in 4 seconds on December 3, 2023, earned him a coveted UFC contract, as reported by SI.
Robelis Despaigne to make his debut at UFC 299
Now Robelis Despaigne has also got his name announced to compete against Josh Parisian in a 3-round fight for the heavyweight division. At UFC 299, this match-up can also be a wake-up call for top contenders, as the 35-year-old took lots of time to polish his skills to explode at the matches that evidently finished very early in the last three matches.
UFC 299 has a lineup with numerous exciting matches, including the main event featuring Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon “Chito” Vera. The card is packed with fights across various divisions, offering almost two matchups in each category. After witnessing Robelis Despaigne, fans can opt to continue watching more bouts, including another heavyweight clash between Curtis Blaydes and Jailton Almeida.
Do you think Robelis Despaigne will be able to wrap up his UFC debut within seconds, or will the big stage be tough for a 35-year-old heavyweight?