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Igor Vovchanchyn

Updated: 2008-11-03
Igor Vovchanchyn


Country Ukraine Age 44
Club Team Vovchanchyn Height 173 cm / 5'8"
Style Kickboxing Weight 93 kg / 205 lbs
Categories WGP

*PRIDE FC World Grand Prix 2000 runner-up *Russian Kick Boxing Champion Won World Kick Boxing/Martial Arts Championship *Mr. Strong Guy 1996 winner *Ukrainian Octagon winner (1996) *International Fighting Championship 1 winner *AROC 3 winner (1997) *Absolute Fighting Championship 3 winner (1997) *World ValeTudo Championship 5 winner (1998)

Results Total Win KOs Loss Draw
K1 Fights 1 0 0 1 0
Other Fights 55 45 24 9 1
Statistics 56 80% 43% 18% 1


Igor Vovchanchyn is one of the most feared mixed martial arts fighters in the history of the sport. He has fought the who's who of the mixed martial arts and kickboxing world. Known for his devistating knockout power, this fighter was dubbed "Ice Cold".


Vovchanchyn was born in Zolochiv, Ukraine in 1973. He was world renowned for his fierce fighting skills and Knockout power. Vovchanchyn has stated that during his teen years, he had an infamous temper among the people in his village that prompted them to ring a church bell every time he was in a bad mood so that others would be warned against being confronted by him.

Mixed martial arts career

Igor "Ice Cold" Vovchanchyn began fighting in MMA since the first Warrior's Honor tournament and then inaugral International Absolute Fighting Council tournament in Moscow on Spetember 25 , 1995 The event consisted of a grueling 32 man tournament in which the winner would have to fight five times in one night. Vovchanchyn won three fights. He won his first match in Pride Fighting Championships with a TKO win over Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge. After defeating Kazushi Sakuraba Igor came in 2nd place in the prestigious 2000 PRIDE Grand Prix. He holds victories over Mark Kerr,Valentijn Overeem, and Gilbert Yvel. He has faced the likes of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Quinton Jackson, Mark Coleman and Heath Herring.

Personal life

Vovchanchyn has been known to be very friendly and gentle towards other MMA fighters and Japanese fans. He has not fought and has been very low key since participating in the Pride Final Conflict 2005, where he lost by unanimous decision to Kazuhiro Nakamura in what is sometimes called the most passive performance of his career. Until his extended hiatus, he was one of the most beloved fighters among the MMA community and continues to be subject of praise among hardcore MMA fans.

He has one wife and a daughter.

Kickboxing and in The K-1

Igor Vovchancyhn, though he may have the Russian Kickboxing record of 60 Fights, 58 Wins, 2 Losses his K-1 record is not as glorious. He only had one fight in the K-1 against Ernesto Hoost in which he lost 3rd round via leg kicks.


Information partialy taken from Wikipedia

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Marko (3 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-10 at: 03:33
my favorite fighter... he is the best
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