After making headlines around the world with two rare submission wins in 2017, Sydney based featherweight Suman Mokhtarian has ended his undefeated fighting career in style, securing a first round baseball bat choke victory in front of his home crowd on Friday night.
Scored the victory tonight by again something unseen in MMA a baseball bat choke from side control. I kept my fight composed and took my time without giving my opponent any unnecessary damage, I dropped him with a right hand and felt I could’ve finished it at anytime but it ended like this. Happy ending to my career, now to focus on the bigger picture and in the next couple days I’ll be letting the world know more about what I plan to do outside the cage/ring. Thanks again to my sponsors Engage Bodyfit Fitness Centre – Auburn and Unibet Thanks to my team Australian Top Team and all my friends and family who came out to watch me fight. Love you all #australiantopteam #MMA #Baseballbatchoke #JiuJitsu
Posted by Suman Mokhtarian – MMA Fighter on Friday, August 25, 2017
Mokhtarian, the younger brother of UFC flyweight Ashkan Mokhtarian, first attracted international attention this year when he submitted Magana Kiewon with a rare teepee submission at Hex Fight Series 9 (video). He followed that performance up at Hex Fight Series 10 with a twister submission against Sam Chan (video).
Both Suman Mokhtarian – MMA Fighter and Israel Adesanya make this week’s episode of The MMA Hour for their performances on the weekend.
Posted by Fight News Australia on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
At just 25 years-old, the rising Aussie surprised many when prior to Friday night’s fight he announced his impending retirement from competition.
“So an announcement I’ve been playing off but thought hard about. I’ve decided to call an end to my fight career in search to do something more with myself and with my other career opportunities.
“I’d like to put more focus onto my academy, my promotion and my management company. Focusing on all these things while fighting is simply too much, not for me as I enjoy staying busy but fighting takes away from my other responsibilities that’s deserve 100% of my attention.”
Mokhtarian could lay claim to being one of the busiest people in Australian MMA in recent times, undertaking multiple projects in the sport including Urban Fight Night promoter, fighter manager and gym owner.
Friday night’s win, which came against late replacement Sunan Sangpet on local Sydney show J.N.I Promotions, closes out a career which saw the Aussie go unbeaten in eight professional fights with all but one of those victories ending in a stoppage and six coming by submission.