CEO Bakhshaliyev: Immortal Champions “Just Getting Started”

Immortal Champions CEO Hafiz Bakhshaliyev is pleased with last Sunday’s fight card.

The former world, European, and Azerbaijan kickboxing champion says Immortal Champions 5 delivered a knockout for attending fans,
and the worldwide viewing audience on Leapfrog Combat Sports.

“I am thrilled to reflect on what was an electrifying event this past weekend,” Bakhshaliyev said.

“Our fighters displayed heart, grit, and the kind of skill that makes for legendary viewing.”

Immortal Champions 5, held at London’s Porchester Hall, featured eight Muay Thai, MMA, and kickboxing matches. Malta’s Kevin Argelier was too slick for Tarkan Erokcu of Turkey in the main event, winning the British title by unanimous decision.

“Kevin Argelier’s main event performance was nothing short of a masterclass in martial arts. His inventive approach and command over the bout truly encapsulated what Immortal Champions stands for,” said Bakhshaliyev.

Kevin Argelier earned the British Title in the IC 5 main event.

“But it wasn’t just Kevin who had the fans talking; every fighter who stepped into the ring brought a unique flair to the event.”

“From Arjan Jaiyeola’s rapid victory to Jane Iske’s impressive display, the event was a celebration of the spirit of combat sports. And, of course, Lukasz Stankiewicz’s fight was a spectacle that had the crowd on their feet. His fan base’s energy was infectious.”

Mindaugas Mikaliak (left) throwing a jab against Lukasz Stankiewicz. Stankiewicz won from strikes in round two.

Jaiyeola scored an impressive first-round TKO against IC veteran Ching Mac. Iske outbattled tough Rita Gabryte to win on points under full Muay Thai rules. Stankiewicz wore down the courageous Mindaugas Mikaliak to win by TKO in the evening’s sole MMA bout.

Sunday’s event featured a first. Immortal Champions held its first Extreme Muay Thai bout. The fighters wore four-ounce MMA gloves and competed under full Thai rules, which allows elbows and sweeps. New Zealand’s Tyler Hogan defeated Abbas Khorami of Iran.

“The introduction of Extreme Muay Thai, witnessed in Tyler Hogan’s groundbreaking victory, marks a new chapter for us at Immortal Champions. This innovation within our sport is something we’re particularly proud of,” said Bakhshaliyev.

Tyler Hogan receives his winner’s medal at IC 5.

From the prelims to the main card, every fight was entertaining. Three of eight matches ended inside the distance. The fans watching in the arena or pay-per-view got their money’s worth.

Immortal Champions 5 was sanctioned by the prestigious International Sport Kickboxing Association.

Bakhshaliyev expressed gratitude to the fighters, fans, coaches, and sponsors.

“We’re grateful for the support from GuavaPay and every member of the Immortal Champions family – from the fighters to the fans. This event was a testament to our collective passion for martial arts, and we’re just getting started. Here’s to many more events that capture the thrill of the fight and the stories of those who battle.”

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