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Igor Vovchanchyn vs. Francisco Bueno

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Igor Vovchanchyn defeats Francisco Bueno via KO/TKO at 1:23 of Round 1

Igor "Ice Cold" Vovchanchyn
Francisco "Chico" Bueno

Round 1

Igor Vovchanchyn Francisco Bueno

"Ice Cold" "Chico"

37-2-1   Pro Record At Fight   2-0-0
Climbed to 38-2-1   Record After Fight   Fell to 2-1
Ukraine   Nationality   Brazil
Kharkov, Ukraine   Fighting out of   Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
26 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, 1 day   Age at Fight   26 years, 10 months, 4 weeks, 1 day
235.0 lbs (106.6 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   222.0 lbs (100.7 kgs)
5'8" (173cm)   Height   6'1" (186cm)
Team Vovchanchyn   Gym  
Pride 8
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Pride 8
  • Date: Sunday 11.21.1999
  • Referee: Yuji Shimada
  • Venue: Ariake Coliseum
  • Enclosure: Ring
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 6 of 8)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight:
  • TV Commentary: Stephen Quadros, Bas Rutten
  • Broadcast: N/A
  • Post-Fight Interviewer:
  • Vovchanchyn Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Bueno Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Event Links:


Vovchanchyn vs. Bueno Wiki

Ukrainian kickboxer Igor Vovchanchyn was one of the most powerful knockout artists in the history of the sport, and an early star of Pride Fighting Championships. In one of the most infamous performances of his career, he knocked out inexperienced fighter Francisco Bueno at Pride 8 in 1999.

Heading into the fight, Bueno was largely unknown, having only competed a handful of times prior to stepping up to face Vovchanchyn. Vovchanchyn, by contrast, was one of the most experienced competitors in the world, having participated in 35 professional mixed martial arts fights by the time he stepped into the ring at Pride 8.

Little was known of Bueno’s game plan heading into the fight. For Vovchanchyn, however, fans knew what to expect. Just as he had done in previous outings against the likes of Gary Goodridge and Mark Kerr, the Ukrainian striker would look to sprawl and brawl. He packed excellent power and was equally comfortable with either hand.

A slow start to the fight ended suddenly, and in spectacular fashion. Vovchanchyn stalked Bueno around the ring for over a minute, but refused to expose himself. Bueno, seemingly reluctant to engage, continued to sidestep and backpedal away from the encroaching European. Eventually, Vovchanchyn backed Bueno into a corner in the ring. This prompted Bueno to move in to attack, which left him open for a brutal right hook by Vovchanchyn that shut Bueno’s lights off while he remained on his feet. Bueno, unconscious as soon as the crushing right hand landed, fell face first like a test car dummy, and was hit several times more on the way down.

The knockout victory over Bueno was Vovchanchyn’s single greatest highlight reel moment, and is still replayed to this day. Bueno was also the easiest mark Vovchanchyn would be fortunate enough to face, as he drew only the best of the best for the remainder of his career in Pride, before retiring from active competition in 2005.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:39 PM ET
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