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Igor Vovchanchyn - Ice Cold

Igor Yaroslavovich “Ice Cold” Vovchanchyn was born on June 8th, 1973 in Zolochiv, Ukraine. Vovchanchyn tells a story that says much about his early aggressiveness and lean towards fighting. According to Igor, “people in my village would ring the town bell every time I was in a bad mood to warn everyone away from confronting me.”

Igor made his professional mixed martial arts debut at the International Absolute Fighting Council tournament in Moscow, Russia on September 25th, 1995. The tournament consisted of 32 men, with the eventual winner having to battle five times on the same night. Igor won his first three matches before losing to Mikhail Illoukhine due to an illegal “chin to eye” submission move. Igor continued to fight with the IAFC promotion before signing on with PRIDE in 1999. A TKO gave him his first PRIDE victory over Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge and that was followed up with an impressive win over Kazushi Sakuraba. At the 2000 PRIDE Grand Prix Igor fought hard and ended up taking second place in the tournament, going on to secure victories over fighters such as Mark Kerr, Valentijn Overeem and Gilbert Yvel.

Always known as one of the most gentle and respective MMA fighters in the world, Vovchanchyn continues to receive constant fan support despite not having fought since a well-remembered loss to Kazuhiro Nakamura by unanimous decision at the PRIDE Final Conflict Event.
 

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