On August 10, 2018, Evolve Fight Team announced that Armenian-Italian kickboxer Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, 32, is its newest member. This bolstered the deep roster of talented athletes of the Singapore-based training facility Evolve MMA’s official competition unit, which is regarded as one of the top professional martial arts squads in Asia.
Petrosyan is now teammates with the best and the brightest combat sports personalities in Evolve Fight Team. Among them are Ben Askren, Angela Lee, Shinya Aoki, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Roger Gracie, Michelle Nicolini, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and Rafael dos Anjos.
Fighting out of Gorizia, Italy, Petrosyan has been lacing up the gloves since he was 16 years old. He is known for his supreme technical skills, ring generalship and defensive prowess, which has seen him defeat some of the best strikers in the world while taking little-to-no damage.
Over the course of a stellar kickboxing career, Petrosyan has amassed a phenomenal record of 88 wins, 2 losses, 2 draws and 2 No Contest and is famed for his six-year 42-bout winning streak. From 2009 to 2013, he established himself as the world’s top middleweight with two consecutive K-1 World MAX World Championship tournament titles.
Following It’s Showtime and K-1’s demise, Petrosyan then joined Glory in 2012. He further cemented his place as the best 154-pound kickboxer by winning the Glory 2012 Lightweight Slam tourney.
On April 20, 2018, Petrosyan made his much awaited ONE Championship debut as part of the promotion’s new league called ONE Super Series. The league was created with the purpose of showcasing the purest forms of striking arts such as Muay Thai and kickboxing on the biggest and most prestigious platform of competition.
In Petrosyan’s maiden assignment under the ONE Championship banner, he outworked former Lion Fight World Champion “Smokin’” Jo Nattawut of Thailand in three rounds to score a unanimous decision victory. On July 14, 2018, the Armenian-Italian kickboxer became the inaugural Bellator Kickboxing Lightweight Champion.
Before 2019, Petrosyan will make his ONE Super Series return. Watch his first bout in the ONE Championship ring here: