MMA — MMA Academy

Artsiom and Valery are representing Belarus. They are pretty sure that their team is top because they are from MMA ACADEMY, the best one in Minsk.

Fighters

Artsiom Swan Lebedzeu

Artem Swan Lebedev

Country: Belarus

Age: 27 years old

Height: 176 sm

Weight: 73 kg

Base style: MMA

Artsiom has recently come into sports at the age of 23. He started with Thai boxing and then moved to MMA. He consciously chose his academy in Minsk for practices because he believes it is the forge of champions.

Soon, classes in the general group brought results, and the fighter entered the club’s team.

The busy schedule of daily training was difficult to combine with work. Artsiom worked at the plant as a machine operator, immediately after the shifts he went to the gym. He had to make a choice in favor of sports. Now he works in the gym and sees growth in professional terms. He took third place in pankration at the championship of the Republic of Belarus and had a couple of semi-professional MMA fights.

He thinks that his strong sides are footwork and kicking techniques, and the weak side is a mental attitude before fights.

His goal is to take his maximum from sports and to become a good coach for kids to bring many champions up.

Three best sportsmen in MMA history are: Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira, Brandon Moreno.

A must-have song in the locker room before the fight: Pomni imya svoyo ‘Severity’ and Myagi “Сartridge”

The best fight of MMA history: Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler.

Valery Might Dashkevich

Valery Dashkevich

Country: Belarus

Age: 26 years old

Height: 170 sm

Weight: 73 kg

Base style: MMA

Valery always knew that he would take up martial arts. But he couldn’t decide on the specific discipline. Accidentally he was invited to an MMA hitting session and realized that he belongs in there. Followed daily trainings, participation in amateur tournaments, then, in 2018, he began his professional path. His win-loss record is 8-5. He took part in RCC Boxing Promotion, Eagle Fighting Championship, Belarusian Fighting Championship tournaments.

Willpower and desire to succeed are his strengths. His weak side: self-doubt.

Three athletes in the history of MMA that I consider cool: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Jon Jones, Conor McGregor.

Best fight in history – Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor.

The rule that he would like to change or add: to add the number of weight categories.

Phygital sport is a new interesting format of competitions that attracts the public and the athletes.

A must-have song in the locker room before the fight: Fall Out Boy Centuries.

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