Before transitioning to heavyweight boxing, Dillian Whyte competed in both kickboxing and MMA as a teenager.
The Brixton ‘Body Snatcher’ is now a top contender in the division set to challenge Tyson Fury for his WBC heavyweight world title on Saturday night, live on talkSPORT.
However, in 2008, before his amateur boxing career got going, Whyte turned to MMA for one night only.
He’d previously had kickboxing bouts with mixed success and even returned to that sport in 2009 for a KO of Will Riva.
For his MMA debut, he was matched against 43-year-old Mark Stroud.
The 24-year age gap became apparent very quickly in the bout and it was over in a flash.
Within the first fiery exchange, Whyte smashed Stroud with a right hand which saw him fall to the canvas.
Whyte then followed up with another huge right to finish the contest while Stroud was down.
At this point the referee jumped in to separate the fighters.
The time of the stoppage was just 12 seconds.
In 2009 though, Whyte made his amateur boxing debut against fellow novice Anthony Joshua.
AJ was 2-0 at this point, but suffered his first loss as he was floored by Whyte.
This sparked the rivalry which led to their pro rematch and still exists today.
talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of the huge heavyweight world title fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday night, with our coverage starting from 7.30pm and featuring expert ringside analysis from Ben Davison
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