Mixed martial arts has gained tremendous popularity in the past few years, thanks to various promotions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Bellator, and ONE Championship.
The sport offers intense fights and exciting rivalries to its solid core of followers. Meanwhile, MMA stars earn not just the fans’ appreciation but also a decent paycheck at the end of every fight. This is why a lot of aspirants dream to make it to the cage.
It is no surprise to see men in different professions aims to jump in the sport. Yes, even rappers do!
Pawel Rak, more famous as Popek Monster, is a well-known rapper in Poland. He is known for his successful collaboration with Big Narstie, JME, Professor Green and Wiley. Aside from this, he also gained popularity because of his tattoos in his eyeballs.
But he continued to make waves in his country and this time, in the world of combat sports as he dipped his toes in mixed martial arts. While some thought that he is at a disadvantage for his inexperience, the rapper-turned-MMA fighter was able to pull off a huge upset against more experienced and more powerful opponents.
In the video below, Popek Monster came up with a stunning victory over a massive bodybuilder in an MMA fight last year.
Bouncing Back From a Loss
Popek Monster absorbed a sorry loss against Mariusz Pudzian in the previous night before taking another fight versus Robert Burneika. On what everyone thought as his second straight defeat turned into a surprise victory for the rapper.
He knocked out Burneika in the first round of their bout at the KSW 39 to bounce back from the defeat at the expense of Pudzian, a former world’s strongest man.
With Burneika’s size, many thought that Popek Monster did not stand any chance against him. He has developed a 63cm-biceps throughout his eight years of career in bodybuilding.
But the rapper did the unthinkable!
He gave a Burneika a vicious left hook in the opening salvo and followed it with a flurry of punches in his opponent’s head and torso. Moments after, the referee has to stop the fight as the bodybuilder could no longer pull himself off the canvas.
Watch the fight in the video below:
It was a sweet victory for the rapper!