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Gambia’s Junior Karanta Fatty on Fastest MMA KO: “I Feel Alive Again!”

Swedish-born Gambian, Junior Karanta Fatty was ‘over the moon’ after pulling off one of the fastest Mixed Martial Arts knockout blows. The 25-year-old left opponent Adel Ghaddou on his backside in a brutal nine-second campaign in the UFC event at the 02 in London.

On the get-set-go, Fatty didn’t look back, launching an aggressive attack on Adel, barely allowing him space to think. Fatty first dispatched a right-hand jab before packing body shots prompting the arbiter to end the fight amidst a euphoric crowd of cheers.

It was the Gothenburg-born first professional fight in as many years and feels relieved at finally making his return to the cage following successive injuries.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“It was a good feeling. I felt alive again. It’s where I need to be (on top). After so many years (away) it felt like I lost a gift. This gave me a true confirmation and boost that I can accomplish whatever I want to accomplish regardless of all the discouragements,”[/perfectpullquote]

Fatty said with enthusiasm.

Quizzed about his expectations ahead of the fight, the former Sweden 2005 national MMA championship said, “I don’t have any expectations when I go to battle because anything can happen in a fight.”

The Adel fight would have been his second this year but the proposed combat couldn’t see the light of day following English fighter Sam Stockdale’s inexplicable decision to withdraw from the arrangement.

An announcement of the fight’s cancellation few days before the D-day left a bitter taste but Karanta has moved on. The towering athlete is not in the habit of picking who to face in the cage and views himself more as his own opponent.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“I don’t look for opponents to fight. I fight myself. I see myself as my biggest opponent and try to always to perform better each time. No matter who they put in front of me I still strive for continuous improvement,”[/perfectpullquote]

he told Ducor Sports from Sweden.



Featured Photo: Cage Warriors / Dolly Clew



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