MMA fighter Patryk Czart said he was “happy” after he stunned oponent Ashley Griffiths in the first round at Bournemouth’s o2 Academy.
Czart defended a takedown attempt from Griffiths and forced him to tap out within two minutes of the opening round of the Supreme Cage Fighting Championships (SCFC).
The victory extends the Southampton-based fighter’s overall record to 14-0 including his amateur career.
Polish-born Czart, 28, said: “There is still a lot of work to be done to improve my future performances like the takedown defence, but overall I’m happy with the performance and my coach is happy too.”
The clash with Griffiths was Czart’s first professional fight, having won all 13 of his amateur bouts.
Bellator fighter Andy Manzolo, Czart’s trainer, said: “He had a great fight camp before his upcoming debut.
“We’ve been working a lot on ground game and striking, and he has unstoppable cardio. We decided to go to pro because he is ready mentally and physically.”
Following the win Czart issued a challenge to rival Dawid Jarowienko.
“I called out one guy but I’m not really bothered about him,” said. “I called him out to put him in his place as he is disrespecting the fight scene, and thinks he’s some kind of Conor McGregor.”
Czart also praised the o2 Academy as a venue.
“The o2 is sold out every time they put an MMA show,” he said, “and I’m glad this is the show I have started my professional MMA career in.”