[PHOTOS] Malaysia vs Greece: Mohammed Mahmoud, Stergos Mikkios fight at ‘ONE: Destiny of Champions’

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Malaysia, Greece and the United States were among the 16 countries represented at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” on December 7, 2018. The fight card featured seven mixed martial arts matches and four Muay Thai contests.

ONE Championship held “ONE: Destiny of Champions” at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the fourth bout of the evening, Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Mahmoud, 22, of Malaysia faced Stergos “Greek Dynamite” Mikkios, 28, of Greece and the United States.

Blue Corner

“ONE: Destiny of Champions” marked Mikkios’s third ONE Super Series contest. Training out of Phuket Top Team, the Greek-American martial artist is a prominent fixture in ONE Super Series.

Originally from Greece, Mikkios was raised by his grandparents in Connecticut, United States. In the U.S., he won numerous Muay Thai titles including Triumph Kombat, AKBF and Friday Night Fights championships.

Although Mikkios started training in Muay Thai only six years ago, it soon became his passion and purpose in life. He even quit his job, sold most of his possessions and moved to Thailand to train and compete full time.

Red Corner

Mahmoud made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Destiny of Champions.” He went undefeated as an amateur before turning professional.

Along the way, Mahmoud won multiple titles. Among them were the PLG Tournament Championship and the MuayFight Championship.

The Malaysian fighter is training out of Sampuri Muay Thai Gym Ampang. Finding his way to the bright lights of ONE Championship, he wants to make a name for himself among the world’s best strikers.

Fight Result

Mahmoud and Mikkios competed in a Muay Thai bout in the bantamweight division. Atsushi Onari served as the referee.

Onari put a stop to the Muay Thai bantamweight contest between Mahmoud and Mikkios after 2 minutes and 20 seconds in the first round. The Malaysian fighter knocked out his Greek-American opponent.

Making a successful ONE Super Series debut, Mahmoud improved his professional Muay Thai record to 31 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Mikkios now has 19 wins, 11 losses and 2 draws.

“ONE: Destiny of Champions” Main Events

In the co-main event of the evening, Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 23, of Malaysia and Kiamrian Abbasov, 25, of Kyrgyzstan competed in an MMA match in the welterweight division. The Kyrgyzstani contender submitted his Malaysian opponent via rear-naked choke in the first round.

In the main event, Yodsanklai “The Hero” IWE Fairtex, 32, of Thailand took on Luis “Macaco” Regis, 33, of Australia in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest. The Thai contender knocked out is Australian opponent in the first round.

Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Destiny of Champions.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.

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ONE Super Series fighter Stergos Mikkios shares bullying experience

Stergos Mikkios, Ognjen Topic
Stergos Mikkios, Ognjen Topic

Years before becoming a professional martial artist, ONE Super Series fighter Stergos “The Greek Dynamite” Mikkios, 28, was a kid bullied because of his scars. When he was a little boy, an accident involving boiling hot soup left him scalded and scarred.

“I was bullied a lot growing up,” Mikkios shared. “I had to learn to stand up for myself. I was made fun of through my entire school years with those scars.”

It was those scars that provided mean-spirited children the ammunition that they needed to torment Mikkios growing up. For him, it was that oppression that ultimately taught him how to fend for himself.

“I had to sort of carry myself with some dignity and fight for my respect,” Mikkios said. “A lot of kids made fun of me. I had visual scars that led to kids bullying me.”

“I grew up with bullies,” the Greek-American martial artist recalled. “I grew up by fighting for myself just to get some respect. That is what made me a fighter.”

Mikkios is no stranger to adversity. Long before he first laced a pair of Muay Thai gloves, he was already battling the odds.

At the age of six, Mikkios was sent to an orphanage in Greece after his parents split up. At 11 years old, he was forced to move back to his birthplace of the United States and live with his grandparents after the orphanage he was living in closed down.

While the struggle began at an early age for Mikkios, it was not until 2012 that he found his way into martial arts. By that time, he was a 22-year-old man.

After seeing mixed martial arts on the television, Mikkios found the motivation to visit Thornton Martial Arts in East Hartford, Connecticut. Immediately, he fell in love with martial arts, especially Muay Thai.

On May 12, 2018, Mikkios made his debut in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series. He lost to his Serbian opponent Ognjen Topic, 32, in a Muay Thai contest at “ONE: Grit and Glory.”

On September 8, 2018, Mikkios will compete in ONE Super Series in a Muay Thai contest again. He will face Han Zi Zao, 23, of China at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China.

Here is a clip featuring Mikkios:

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