Radu Mihaita, 31, was supposed to compete for a championship belt when the new coronavirus (COVID-19) paralyzed the sports industry in the entire world. The professional mixed martial artist is fighting out of Bucharest, Romania.
Born on January 22, 1989, Mihaita made his professional MMA debut in 2016. From 2016 to 2020, he competed in International Fighting Championship (Austria), Austrian Fight Challenge, Eagles Fighting Championship, Magnum Fighting Championship, Strength and Honor Championship, Hit Fighting Championship, Real Xtreme Fighting, BRAVE Combat Federation and Hombres de Honor.
Mihaita was scheduled to make his Staredown Fighting Championship debut at “SFC 15” at the Deurne Expo Hall in Deurne, Antwerp, Belgium but the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was set to challenge reigning Staredown FC Featherweight Champion Sameer “The Afghan Warrior” Alekozai, 27, of Antwerp.
Alekozai’s original challenger was Damiel Peltier, 25, of France, who had to pull out from the card due to injury and was replaced by Mihaita. Here is a recent interview I had with the Romanian MMA fighter:
CONAN ALTATIS: Where are you spending the quarantine period and who are you spending it with?
RADU MIHAITA: I spend the quarantine period in my house in Bucharest, Romania with my dog Kira.
CA: How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect your career?
RM: My fight in Staredown FC wash postponed because the COVID-19 pandemic. I was supposed to fight for the belt in the featherweight division on the 21st of March 2020 (against reigning champion) Sameer Alekozai.
CA: How do you assess how your country is handling the pandemic?
RM: My country does all good about the pandemic. All paramedics works a lot. Police, firefighters, everyone works a lot for our safety. I hope all this will pass soon and we can go (back) to our lives soon. (I) hope (to) go back into the cage soon.