Thailand-based mixed martial arts promotion Full Metal Dojo has just crowned its new middleweight champion. Glenn “Teddy Bear” Sparv, 30, of Vaasa, Ostrobothnia, Finland earned the title by defeating Mehdi Bagheri, 30, of Shahr-e Kord, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, Iran.
Sparv and Bagheri competed for the FMD Middleweight Championship on November 3, 2018. They headlined “Full Metal Dojo: Big Trouble in Little Bangkok,” which took place at the Insanity Nightclub at Sukhumvit soi 11 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Bagheri is known for his impressive Jiu-Jitsu and Graeco-Roman wrestling skills. But this did not seem to matter to Sparv, who is a Muay Thai striker training at Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp in Phuket, Thailand.
None of the bouts at “Full Metal Dojo: Big Trouble in Little Bangkok” ended via unanimous or split decision. At 2:52 of Round 2 in the main event, Sparv knocked out Bagheri via head kick.
This made Sparv the first fighter to defeat Bagheri. After losing to the Finnish fighter, the Iranian contender who trains at Monarchy MMA Gym in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia now has 4 wins and 1 loss.
As the new FMD Middleweight Champion, Sparv earned a sword, which FMD crowns its champions with instead of a sword. He has been competing professionally since 2010 and this is his fifth career title.
Beating Bagheri improved Sparv’s professional MMA record to 19 wins and 5 losses. It was a redemptive win for the Vaasa native, who was coming out of a unanimous decision loss to Jun Yong Park, 27, of South Korea at “RFC Way of the Drafon 2: Taiwan Pro Combat Championship” at the Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium in Taipei City, Taiwan on July 7, 2018.
“Full Metal Dojo: Big Trouble in Little Bangkok” marked Sparv’s second bout in FMD, which was founded by Jon Nutt in 2014. When he made his promotional debut at “Full Metal Dojo 1” on June 7, 2014 at Seduction Discotheque Patong in Phuket, Thailand, he knocked out Michael “Bad Boy” Dubois, 25, of Haute Savoie, France.
Watch all the “Full Metal Dojo: Big Trouble in Little Bangkok” bouts here: