Mark Khavinson stepped into the cage to fight for the first time in August on the CES MMA Philadelphia card. It was a fight that many will remember as he and John Naji opened the evening with three rounds of non-stop action on the feet as they took turns battering one another. Mark came out on the winning side of a split decision. The former wrestler was very comfortable with his striking and I could see from cage-side that he had very nice footwork and plenty of power as well as a hell of a chin.
Grappling Nation and Strike Therapy head trainer, Troy Whodabull is wasting no time in getting Khavinson right back to work as he takes on Patrick Brady at Art of War 8 scheduled for October 5 in Philadelphia’s famed 2300 Arena. I spoke to Mark on the phone (full interview below) and he tells me…
“For my first fight, I had to cut 25 lbs and this fight, I’m not cutting at all (220lbs). I feel stronger, but my end goal is to still drop more weight in the future and compete in a lighter weight class.”
With his punching power, he is a very exciting prospect and someone to keep an eye on. I will be calling the fight from cage-side and MyMMANews will have up to the minute results and a full recap.