Sapphire Academy of Sport fighter Ben Holdsworth achieved two knock-outs and a stadium belt during his recent trip to Thailand.
The two-time British Mixed Martial Art (MMA) Champion, who has been training out of SAS for over two years, went to Thailand for six weeks at the end of last year.
Training twice a day whilst abroad, Holdsworth competed in two fights at Bangla Stadium in Patong Beach Thailand.
The first three-round bout was against a Thai fighter, and with a home advantage, he was confident finding use in using his elbows.
Holdsworth copped an elbow which split open his eyebrow, later requiring a few stitches, but the SAS fighter was un-rattled.
"When I found my boxing range, I stuck to boxing that's kind of what won me the fight. I dropped him with a cross in the third round and the ref just waved it off," he said.
In the lead-up to the second fight, Holdsworth's opponent pulled out along with one of the main event fighters.
Fight card organisers decided to switch Holdsworth in the main event slot, up against a much larger, undefeated Russian opponent.
SAS manager Darren Finn was in Australia watching the Bangla Stadium fight night closely on social media.
"It came up that Ben was now fighting this Russian guy. He was tall and intimidating. I was scared but Ben looked so composed throughout the whole fight," Finn said.
Fighting for the Bangla Stadium Belt, Holdsworth started slow taking a more reserved approach to not "show anything early on".
In the second round, he started catching his Russian opponent with a few shots which gave him the confidence he needed.
"I was in southpaw throwing inside leg and body kicks, I was trying to set up a head kick which kind of came in the third round. Just before the head kick I went for a body kick
"I threw a series of punches, backed him into a corner and then I landed a punch with a kick behind it. He leaned into it a lot and it knocked him out," Holdsworth said.
The referee called off the bout and his opponent ended up with 18 stitches as a result of the powerful kick.
Holdsworth will next represent SAS in April as he competes in a bout for Australian Fighting Championship (AFC) on Fight Pass.
AFC is recognised by all MMA athletes around Australia as the biggest feeder into the UFC.
"Because it'll be on UFC Fight Pass the locals around here will be able to watch him on TV," Finn said.
Holdsworth said one of the best things about training at SAS was how much room there is for creativity and diversity.
"When we're speaking game plans, concepts, psychology, physiology we're mixing it up, getting creative and adding different styles in."
Finn agreed adding there was no structured way of fighting at SAS.
"We add practical moves by learning off each other. We can focus on a Muay Thai style adding a more western style of kick boxing. We evolve each day by learning and we approach each fighter very different.
"Ben is so methodical in what he does and I think he will be a dual champion very soon," Finn said.