On Saturday, Feb. 18, W5 kickboxing returned to Moscow, Russia for W5 Grand Prix Kitek XXXIX.

In the evening’s main event, one of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters returned. Italy’s Giorgio Petrosyan took on W5 71-kilogram grand prix champion Artem Pashporin. Petrosyan is known as one of the best kickboxers in the world. The multiple-time K-1 MAX champion and GLORY Slam tournament winner once went on a historic 42-fight unbeaten stretch from 2007 until his knockout defeat at the hands of Andy Ristie at GLORY 12. Petrosyan has won seven fights since including wins over former top-10 opponents Enriko Kehl and Josh Jauncey. Pashporin qualified for the 2016 Kunlun Fight MAX tournament with two wins in one night, but fell out of the final 16 due to injury.

The event aired live at 12 p.m. ET on W5KickTV.

Giorgio Petrosyan def. Artem Pashporin by unanimous decision
Alexander Stetsurenko def. Valdimir Idranyi by unanimous decision
Timur Nadrov def. Sergio Wielzen by knockout. Round 2
Turpal Tokaev def. Coulibaly Abderhmane by knockout.
Vlad Tuinov def. Ali Cakir by knockout (rolling thunder kick). Round 1
Stanislav Kazancev def. Marko Adamovic by decision
Max Spodarenko def. Rashid Salikhov by decision
Ivan Semiglyadov def. Ruslan Ataev by decision

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Zach Aittama became a fan of martial arts at an early age. Hooked on the sport after one experience, Zach started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai as a teenager. Watching the sport only increased his interest, building a fascination for combat sports around the globe. Years of training and amateur bouts later, Zach continues to train while working and attending school full-time. Zach started writing for Fight Sport Asia in 2014 and joined the Combat Press staff in July of 2015.

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