Scotland’s own Robert Whiteford has made history already in his Mixed Martial Arts career as the first Scottish fighter to be signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the first Scottish fighter to walk out, on his home soil, into the SSE Hydro to fight for a major organisation.
On October the 1st he will look to make history once more as the first Scottish fighter ever to headline an event for a major MMA promotion when he tops the card for Russian promotion Absolute Championship Berkut at ‘ACB 47: Braveheart’.
ACB are in the top five MMA promotions on the planet and after establishing themselves as a major player in the world of MMA by growing quickly across Russia, Asia and in some parts of Europe they have decided now is the time to branch out to the UK and what better place to have their first event than Glasgow.
Scottish fans have shown themselves to be some of the most passionate and knowledgeable fans around the world and Whiteford will no doubt be carrying every single one of them into the cage with him as he makes his entrance to ‘Flower of Scottland’. For his return to the cage, Whiteford could have taken an easy route and an easy fight to guarantee victory but that’s not Whiteford’s style. Instead, he has chosen to put it all on the line in a catchweight bout at 140lbs against the highly decorated young French fighter – Kevin ‘The Machine Gun’ Petshi.
Petshi is the two times french grappling champion, the European grappling champion, the two times Sanda (Sanshou) french champion and the European Sanda (Sanshou) champion. In MMA he holds an impressive record of 9 wins with only 2 losses and his exciting-all-action style has seen only 2 of his professional 11 fights make it to the third round.
Petshi is an awkward opponent who’s striking and elite grappling have proved a puzzle too hard to solve for many of the fighters that have faced him but Whiteford is a handful himself. He has a strong background in Judo and Muay Thai and with his ability to mix hard, effective strikes with excellent clinch work it makes him a dangerous and complete fighter with an all-action style that has made him a favourite with fans around the World and especially in his homeland of Scotland.
Whiteford has promised his Scottish faithful that he will do them proud with an exciting and victorious return to the cage. This promise will not be easily kept as the French star Petshi will be looking to spoil the party and start his own French revolution in ACB’s Featherweight division.
There is one guaranteed winner with this match-up and that will be the fans in attendance at the SSE Hydro on October the 1st as this fight has fireworks written all over it.
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