Ukrainian import Nikita Krylov notched his first win under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner by knocking out Walt Harris at the UFC on FOX: "Henderson vs. Thomson" event last Saturday night (Jan. 25, 2014) inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
And he did it as a heavyweight.
Ordinarily that wouldn't be news, but Krylov (16-3) checked in at a slim and trim 218 pounds, a far cry from the 265-pound limit allowed in heavyweight contests. By comparison, Harris (5-3) was 241 (see the full weigh in results here).
That's a fact not lost on "Al Capone," who told MMA Fighting (through his interpreter) he's ready to see how well his body responds to a weight cut in pursuit of the light heavyweight division.
"He gonna change the weight next time to a lower weight class. He usually loses three to four kilograms when he starts to really work out. He has to try once to see how it would work. After first fight in lower weight, he will know [about its advantages]."
Krylov is just 21 years old.
His signing was one of many from that part of the world, as the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion befs up its international roster for a debut in Moscow later this year. While the finer details have yet to be ironed out, expect to see Krylov front and center.
At 205 pounds.
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