Anton Zafir takes out Nitro Welterweight Title
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
WHITSUNDAY Martial Arts (WMA) owner and coach Anton Zafir has claimed the Nitro Welterweight Title after defeating Corey Nelson by unanimous decision at the Logan Entertainment Centre last weekend.
As one of Australia's rising welterweight stars, Zafir made his professional debut in June 2012 and currently has a professional record of six wins and one loss.
His latest victory, which was declared a unanimous decision after three rounds by all judges, has boosted him into the MMA spotlight.
Zafir said Nelson had a big reputation and went in with a plan of applying pressure to take him out of his comfort zone.
"I've seen him fight a couple of times but he hasn't lost since 2012 so I knew it was going to be a challenge," he said.
WMA coach Dan Zealand was in Zafir's corner on the night, saying "he was remarkably calm for a big pressure fight."
"Anton executed the game plan of pressuring the pace and for the whole three rounds he never diverted from that plan and kept Corey on the back foot," he said.
"It was clear that Anton had won the fight. He was dominant in all three rounds and there never looked a time where Corey was going to get on top of him."
Zealand described Nelson as a well-respected fighter in Australian MMA and said the fight was "definitely Anton's biggest risk but his biggest achievement to date".
Nelson currently has a professional record of 15-5-1 (win-loss-draw) and currently holds two welterweight titles and the crown from Golden Lion Promotion.
Zafir will be taking on a coaching role for the next Airlie Fight Night on May 24, while Zealand will be fighting in the main event.