Vic Darchinyan is looking to Russia for his next fight after blasting through Thai challenger Morakote Patankan at Metro City in Perth on Friday night.
Darchinyan (43-9-1) was never troubled on his way to a knockout win late in the first round of the main event at Thunderdome XIX at Metro City.
It didn’t take long for the former super flyweight world champion to impose himself on his younger opponent, stalking him around the ring and throwing the heavier shots.
In the moments before the bell he uncorked a looping uppercut which dropped Hammarach (14-15) to the canvas and ended the fight.
The gulf in experience was significant and it showed.
His win over Patankan came eight months after he was knocked out by Sergio Frias in the US.
Darchinyan told thewest.com.au last month that Friday’s bout would be his last on Australian soil.
He said a convincing win in Perth would encourage him to take one last big fight.
The 41-year-old even had a match-up in mind – former IBF featherweight world champion Evegeny Gradovich (22-2) in Russia in May.
Gradovich, 30, would be a far stiffer test for “The Raging Bull”.
In the co-main event at Thunderdome XIX, Sherwyn Watkins (4-1) ended his rivalry with Belgian fighter Thibault Carez (0-2) and retained his metropolitan middleweight title.
Watkins and Carez first met late last year, in a fight which Dragon Fire Boxing promoter Tony Tolj deemed the best of 2016.
Watkins won their first clash by decision but the rematch was more decisive, ending in a third round TKO.
“They pretty much picked up where they left off,” Tolj said.
Another highlight on the card was the nitro cruiserweight title fight between champion Jeremy Allan (12-12-4) and Meauli Blacks Fakaua (2-4).
The back-and-forth battle went the distance and Allan got the nod by split decision.
His next title defence will come against Perth’s Glen Austin who has a record of 4-0 in boxing and 4-1 in MMA.
There were about 1600 people in the crowd at Thunderdome XIX, including Danny Green, Lucas Browne and Andrew Embley.
Thunderdome XX is scheduled for May 5.
Thunderdome XIX at Metro City – results
Vic Darchinyan def Morakote Patankan via KO R1
Sherwyn Watkins def. Thibault Carez via TKO R3 (metropolitan middleweight title)
Jeremy Allan def. Meauli Blacks Fakaua via split decision (nitro cruiserweight title)
Matthew Dimitrovski def. Kan Hamongkol via TKO R4
Shannon Brooks def. Paul Gould via TKO R3
Jacob McBride def. Somprasong Chuenchana via TKO R3
Kylie Hutt drew with Alice Becklake (women’s lightweight title)
Darren Allison def. Sam Ballantyne via TKO R3
Mitchell Collins def. Ryan Williams via TKO
Blake Cutting def. Hayden Wright via TKO R2
Thomas Fowler drew with Jonathan Binet
Nick Midgelly def. Justin Manueli via unanimous decision
Dale, BJJ the winners
Top Australian black belt Kit Dale was crowned the winner of the inaugural Roar’s Rampage Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament in Perth on Saturday.
Dale was a firm favourite heading into the 18-man no-gi tournament at Roar Fitness 247 in Cockburn.
The Melbourne grappler won the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup at blue belt then purple belt before receiving his black belt in just four years.
More than 150,000 people watched on Facebook on Saturday as he progressed through the rounds and met his teammate Lachlan Giles in the final.
The event was a resounding success for Roar’s Rampage promoter Adam Jacques who admitted he was stunned by the size of the online audience.
The final was one of only two matches which went into “golden point” overtime, with Dale passing into half guard to earn the $2500 winner’s prize.
“It was super even the whole way,” Jacques said.
“It was a bit of a battle for the takedown and Kit got a pretty nice takedown.
“There were some submission attempts but ultimately it went into overtime. “
Dale and Giles proved too good for the rest of the field but it wasn’t all one-way traffic for the Melbourne contingent.
Local grapplers Pablo Torrealba and Brodie Sprlyan provided some healthy resistance.
Torrealba notched up a win against their Absolute MMA teammate Mikael Yahayya, an IBJJF world championship medallist.
“Pablo was really good,” Jacques said.
“He beat another high-level guy from Melbourne but he lost to Lachlan.
“Brodie was a late inclusion. He’s a brown belt from Submission Factory and he did very well against Kit Dale at one stage having him in an omoplata shoulder lock.
“Kit was able to shake him off and go on to win the match.”
Jacques said the next Roar’s Rampage would likely be a gi tournament.