Daniil Vesnenoks of Riga, Latvia is still the reigning European featherweight mixed martial arts champion of the World Kickboxing Network. He was one of the winners at “LNK Fight Night 14.”
Featuring one MMA bout, one kickboxing contest and nine boxing matches, “LNK Fight Night 14” took at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia on February 8, 2020. In the only MMA match of the evening, Vesnenoks defended his WKN European Featherweight MMA Championship belt from Aleksander Kolontay, 23, of Odessa, Ukraine.
At the official weigh-in ceremony, the Latvian defending champion weighed in at 67.8 kg. The Ukrainian challenger was 67.6 kg.
During the fight night, Kolontay entered the ring as an undefeated MMA fighter. He also made his LNK Boxing debut.
Roland Mikalauskas served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges.
In the end, Mikalauskas raised the hand of Vesnenoks. The Latvian defending champion was declared the winner via split decision.
Winning at “LNK Fight Night 14” improved the professional MMA record of Vesnenoks to 10 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Kolontay now has 5 wins and 1 loss.
On October 12, 2019, Vesnenoks claimed the WKN European Featherweight MMA Championship belt by submission in the second round against Davide Di Deo of Italy at “LNK Fight Night 13.” It also took place at the Arena Riga.
On July 20, 2019, Vesnenoks competed at “LNK Fight Night 12” at Semarah Hotel in Jurmala, Latvia. He submitted Wilbert “Popa” Huaman of Peru also in the second round.
Both Vesnenoks and Kolontay made their professional MMA debut in 2017. The Ukrainian MMA fighter previously competed in World Warriors Fighting Championship, Professional Fighting Championship Ukraine and Cage Fighting Promotion MMA.
Kolontay earned his first five MMA wins in Odessa. Two of those five victories were via submission.