By Tom Gillespie @TomGillespie1

KOMODO dragons rear up on their hind legs during an early morning fight on Rinca island, Indonesia

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The massive lizards spat at each other before battle commenced

One of the enormous reptiles was resting under a tree, when the other approached spoiling for a fight.

The two males then started spitting at each other before trying to whip each other's tails.

One of the Komodo dragons appears to 'clothes line' the other

The pugnacious lizards then launched into a wrestling match and competed for dominance. 

Komodo dragons are the largest lizard species in the world, and usually fight during mating season.

The enormous reptiles traded in blows in two short rounds

For that reason wildlife photographer Andrey Gudkov was even more astounded by what he saw. 

The 43-year-old had waited a long time to get a perfect photograph of the animals fighting, when the opportunity arose in December last year.

Takedown: One of the lizards appears to be heading for the turf

The Russian photographer said: "I decided to start early in the morning and walk around the entire island.

"When we mounted a hill, we saw a large male dragon laying under the tree, and another male was approaching.

The Komodo dragons rear up on their hind legs as they do combat

"I didn't think the chances of a fight were high because it’s not mating season.

"But we stayed and waited. 

"They started to spit on each other and kick each other by the tails.

The lizards started fighting after one of them was interrupted while napping under a tree

"A couple of minutes later the dragons were already fighting, and they demonstrated to us two splendid rounds, with each lasting a few seconds."

Rinca is one of three islands that make-up Indonesia's Komodo National Park.

Photographer Andrey Gudkov waited a long time to get the shot he always dreamed of

Andrey had previously visited the island 12 times taking photos of brawling males. 

One of his images from this fight helped him received a nomination for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015.