Danaa “Storm” Batgerel (Данаа Батгэрэл), 30, of Erdenetsagaan, Mongolia was one of the winners at “UFC 248.” It was the Mongolian mixed martial artist’s first win in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 11 MMA matches, including two title bouts, the UFC held “UFC 248” at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on March 7, 2020. In the first bout of the evening, Batgerel competed against Guido “Ninja” Cannetti, 40, of Buenos Aires, Argentina in the bantamweight division.
Chris Tognoni served as the referee. Early on, both Batgerel and Cannetti landed strikes.
However, it was a left hook from Batgerel that ended the game. Tognoni put a stop to the bantamweight contest at 3 minutes and 1 second of the first round when the Mongolian contender knocked out Cannetti.
Losing to Batgerel downgraded the professional MMA record of Cannetti to 8 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, the Mongolian MMA fighter now has 8 wins and 2 losses.
“I’m very proud that I was on such a big card and I’m happy to finally fight in the U.S.,” Batgerel said in a “UFC 248” post-fight interview. “I would love to fight more often and show the world who I am. I love this sport and training so hopefully you will see me soon again.”
Batgerel has been competing professionally since 2011. Before joining the UFC, he competed in Legend Fighting Championship, Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation, Baikal Fighting Championship and Mongol Fighting Championship, among others.
When Batgerel made his UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 157” on August 31, 2019 at the Shenzhen Unversiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, he lost via unanimous decision to Heili Alateng, 28, of Beijing, China. “UFC 248” marked the Mongolian fighter’s second outing in the promotion.
Including Argentina and Mongolia, a total of 12 countries were represented at “UFC 248.” The others were Brazil, China, Cuba, Denmark, Georgia, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Russia and the United States.
Cannetti was the only representative of Argentina. Batgerel also solely represented Mongolia.