The Ferocious Secures a UFC Contract with an explosive first minute TKO in Dana White’s Contender Series!

The Cypriot Charalampos Grigoriou

I’m gonna go in there, I’m gonna take his head off” 

UFC Apex in Las Vegas bore witness to an intense bantamweight clash during DWCS 58, pitting Grigoriou (8-3) against Cameron Smotherman (8-4). The stakes were high, with a potential ticket into the UFC at play. Grigoriou left an indelible mark, proving his readiness for the big leagues with a swift and emphatic victory over Smotherman, all within a mere 60 seconds.

Grigoriou’s entrance into the fight was a burst of energy, launching a rapid combination that climaxed with a crisp and accurate right-hand blow, flooring Smotherman instantly. What ensued was a relentless pursuit for the finish, with Grigoriou showing no signs of relenting. The referee (Herb Dean) stepped in as the action became too much for Smotherman to handle, resulting in a TKO stoppage at precisely the 1-minute mark of the very first round.

Witness the remarkable finish in the video snippet as shared on Twitter

As a teammate of none other than the reigning UFC bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling, Grigoriou’s triumph marks his fourth consecutive win. Notably, all four victories have been secured through his impactful striking abilities, showcasing the damage he can inflict upon his opponents.

Grigoriou’s victory held a significance that extended beyond his individual achievement. It marked a significant step forward for the MMA scene in Cyprus, potentially opening the doors for more fighters from the Mediterranean island to make their mark on the global stage. The sight of a Cypriot fighter making his presence felt at the highest level of mixed martial arts was nothing short of inspiring, showcasing the sport’s global reach and the growth of talent from unexpected corners of the world.

The DWCS 58 event brought about a notable victory for Charalampos Grigoriou:

Charalampos Grigoriou secured victory over Cameron Smotherman via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:00

Securing his contract with the UFC and representation for Cyprus on the global stage.

“I said it in my interview, I’m going to go in and finish him in the first round, and this is what I did”- The Ferocious

“Explosive, incredibly fast finish. One of the things I often say, I’m not looking for 31 year old contenders. But what I love about this kid is he’s already a champ in an organization, he’s 31, he’s got experience now, he can walk into the UFC and fight anybody” – Dana White