Darina Mazdyuk destroys 500-pound Grigory Chistyakov in MMA fight
In one of the sport’s most bizarre moments, female MMA star Darina Mazdyuk has defeated 530-pound YouTuber Grigory Chistyakov in a fight in Russia.
Mazdyuk is a 135-pound professional fighter who boasts three wins in four matches, while blogger Chistyakov has nearly 120,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel.
The fight lasted 90 seconds, with Chistyakov immediately going on the attack and running the 28-year-old around the cage.
But Mazdyuk proved her class, dropping her rival with a series of strikes to the head.
Chistyakov had recently spent time in the hospital for an operation, and explained that a friend’s death had motivated him to improve his health.
“I’m starting to train, and I will try to lead a more healthy lifestyle,” Chistyakov said after the fight.
“I’ll tell you, a man died today — my friend, a blogger. He weighed (420 pounds). Please Lord, all people, take care of yourself.”
Recounting the fight, Chistyakov said: “I lay on her back, but she did not fall, and then I didn’t know what to do.”
Footage of the bout went viral on social media, and former UFC fighter Julie Kedzie congratulated Mazdyuk for her bravery.
“It takes a certain kind of bravery to fight that last bout, and I sincerely hope it gets funneled into a career that makes her bravery universally applauded,” Kedzie said.
But not everyone was impressed by the spectacle, with UFC referee Marc Goddard labeling it a “sickening” ordeal.
“This is what we are dealing with — in 2020,” Goddard said.
“This is what we are fighting against as the parallels and negative connotations are continually drawn. To outsiders and detractors, this is MMA. Shameful. Sickening. Abysmal.”