‘The Spartan,’ Andreas Michailidis, becomes first Greek fighter to claim UFC victory

Andreas Michailidis

Middleweights KB Bhullar and Andreas Michailidis took centre stage on the UFC Vegas 25 prelims on Saturday.

Bhullar was looking to get his first win in the UFC after coming off his UFC debut back in 2020, a loss to Tom Breese. 

Andreas Michailidis, was also looking to get his first UFC victory after getting stopped by Modestas Bukauskas in his freshman outing in the promotion in 2020.

Michailidis opened up swinging big, looking to get the knockout early against Bhullar. Throwing massive winging shots, Michailidis hurt Bhullar halfway through the round. 

Bhullar ended up getting into the clinch and got a chance to breathe for a minute. However, he didn’t last long as Michailidis landed a huge head kick and flurry before getting a big takedown and getting Bhullar’s back. Michailidis landed some ground and pound before going for the choke. 

Unfortunately, time ran out in round one.

Bhullar landed a devastating strike early in round two. However, it was an illegal one, landing a hard groin strike right as the round began. After a brief rest, the two were right back at it. Michailidis went right back to pressuring him right after the break, however, looking to land more winging blows as he was swinging for the fences. 

Bhullar came out with the same strategy in round three, mixing up the body kicks and low kicks and occasionally landing a jab or two upstairs. Michailidis was a little bit more restrained early, but it wasn’t long before he swung for the fences once again. Bhullar made Michailidis leg a little red but wasn’t landing anything too hard-hitting. Still, by the third round, Michailidis wasn’t landing much of substance either. However, Bhullar landed another devastating groin strike in the third, his most brutal strike of the round. 

Andreas Michailidis def. KB Bhullar by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)

Michailidis is off Pontic Greek origins at the age of 8, after moving in Greece, he started training, in wrestling and kickboxing at Malios Team. Continued with MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training at Gracie Barra Greece where he got the brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.