A second year student of the Faculty of Economics of Voronezh State University, Vitaly Kochkin, became the winner of the international martial arts tournament among professional sportsmen Fight Nights Global. The event took place on 15 December in Omsk.
Vitaly Kochkin competed in this prestigious tournament with a 21 year old sportsman from Turkey, Furqan Gezachik. The fight was held in the 70.3 kg weight category and applied MMA rules. Our student concluded the fight by a technical knockout in the second round.
Vitaly Kochkin took up boxing when he was 15 and trained in settlement Gubaryevo in the Semiluksky region. Two years of training brought good results. Then he moved to the city and it gave him new opportunities in sport.
“I understood that this sport is perfect for me and continued to train to get good results,” said the sportsman.
It is worth mentioning, that currently Vitaly Kochkin is the three-fold champion of the Voronezh region in grappling (martial arts that combine techniques of all combat sports) and the champion of the Voronezh region in Mixed Martial Arts.
“A couple of weeks ago, I learnt that there was an opportunity to take part in the professional sport tournament Fight Nights Global 81. At that moment, I was preparing for the regional tournament “Land of our Fathers” (a regular stage of the Black Earth Region League) and was in a good physical condition. I discussed it with my coach and gave my agreement to take part in the competition in Omsk. The emotions I experienced during the event were absolutely incredible. The stands were crowded with cheering public who nerved me up and motivated during the fight. I could see a lot of martial arts stars who watched the tournament sitting in the first row. Among them were Batu Khasikov, Alexandre Shlemenko, and Andrei Koreshkov. This victory is the most significant one at this stage of my career. It opened more opportunities for me to take part in large competitions,” said Vitaly Kochkin.
Currently, the athlete is a member of the Voronezh fight club “Obereg”.