Undefeated 6’7″ Olympic Heavyweight Finisher to Debut at UFC 299

Robelis Despaigne, a former bronze-medalist in Olympic Taekwondo, will debut at UFC 299 in Miami against MMA veteran Josh Parisian. The fight was officially announced by Despaigne’s manager in a post on January 9.


Despaigne has been a prolific finisher so far in his four-fight career. The Cuban giant has finished all of his fights by first-round knockout, with his last three coming in a combined time of 19 seconds. “The Big Boy’s” last three fights were 12 seconds, three seconds, and four seconds respectively.

Despaigne knocked out Stevie Payne in three seconds, via Fury Challenger Series 7

Despite being low-caliber for the UFC, Parisian is a major step up in competition for Despaigne. The combined record of Despaigne’s last four opponents is 1-0-0, whereas Parisian brings a record of 15-7-0 which is 15x as many wins and an undeterminate amount of losses comparatively. If Despaigne can pass Parisian with flying colors, it’s easy to see him fast-tracked into more fan-pleasing matchups within the UFC.

Robelis Despaigne Already Sets a New UFC Record

Despaigne will own the longest reach in UFC history, with a reported arm span of 87″. This is longer than the arm span of 7′ Stefan Struve and longer than the previous record holder Jon Jones (84.5″). This is a likely factor in Despaigne’s unconventional knockouts, not only is he a mountainous fighter with a good striking pedigree, but he also possesses an otherworldly reach.


Fans will be watching closely as a new breed of heavyweight talent is poised to debut in Miami on March 9.

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