The UFC Has Just Signed A 6’7″ Olympic Knockout Artist
— Updated on 19 February 2024

The UFC Has Just Signed A 6’7″ Olympic Knockout Artist

— Updated on 19 February 2024
Garry Lu
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There must be something in the waters of Cuba. At least where they keep their stable of Olympians. Because whatever program produced Yoel Romero has also produced yet another freak specimen (and fresh UFC signee) in Robelis Despaigne.

Aside from finishing each of his last three fights within 12 seconds (the last two within six seconds), this up-and-coming professional brawler — who bronze-medalled in taekwondo at the 2012 Summer Olympics; and twice at the World Championships (2013, 2015) — presents some terrifying physical dimensions.

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260 pounds (118 kilos). Six feet, seven inches (2.01 metres). Plus a staggering 87-inch reach: the biggest in UFC history — three inches bigger than the seven-foot Stefan Struve and reigning GOAT Jon Jones.

What makes this entire story even more Hollywood? His UFC signing was confirmed immediately after his latest bout, the six-second affair against Miles Banks at Houston’s Fury FC 84, by the ring announcer…

“Ladies and gentlemen, breaking news. I just received word that the UFC just signed Robelis Despaigne. Confirmed by [promotion matchmaker] Mick Maynard. Robelis Despaigne signed to the UFC.”

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Yes, we’re well aware he’s been competing in a lower-tier promotion. Yes, we’re well aware that at the age of 35, he’s entering MMA’s big leagues later than what’s considered ideal a la compatriot Yoel Romero, the iconic Anderson Silva, as well as light-heavyweight king Alex Pereira.

But that doesn’t change the fact that Robelis Despaigne is currently 4-0 with a 100% KO/TKO rate, what looks to be pure dynamite in his hands, and so far, not a single opponent who has survived an entire round with him inside the cage.

Watch this space.

Garry Lu
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After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]

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