Kiwi featherweight Shane Young gives interview in Māori after first UFC win

Headlines 25/06/2018

Kiwi featherweight Shane Young earned his first UFC win with a vicious TKO against Filipino Rolando Dy in Singapore on Saturday night.

Young then proceeded to address the crowd in Te Reo Māori, having earlier made his entrance to the Octagon proudly flying a hybrid Tino rangatiratanga and New Zealand flag behind him.

He went on to explain the relevance of his whaikōrero to the 12,000 in attendance at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and the massive global television audience.

I told everyone where I'm from, where my ancestors are from and why I'm standing here,

I said greetings to you all because we're an inclusive culture and I just want to promote people knowing who they are. 

From this day forth it's going to be my life, and I just want to represent my people.

The 24-year-old spoke earlier in the week about the impact his recent reconnection with his Māori ancestry and the renewed sense of strength he'd found in it.

Young now moves to a professional record of 12-4 with two fights remaining on his current UFC contract.