On September 29, 2018, Kumite 1 League will debut from NSCI Dome, Mumbai, India. Among the star-studded line up, set to be launched by boxing legend ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ Mike Tyson, will be Saracens MMA’s own flyweight standout Moha ‘The Executioner’ Gamal (5-0) and lightweight ace Mahmoud ‘The Octopus’ Fawaz (8-2).
Undoubtedly two of the top prospects in Egyptian MMA history, Gamal and Fawaz boast a combined nine submission finishes from a total thirteen career wins, with ‘The Executioner’ also sporting an unblemished professional record. With the pair both ranked by Tapology as the number one fighters from Egypt in their respective weight classes, it was no surprise to see K1L’s Team UAE recruit the pair as they prepare to lock horns with Team India, who will no doubt look to make the most of their home field advantage.
Expect fireworks when Kumite 1 League debuts – and expect Gamal and Fawaz to try to steal the show as they face off against Govind Ale (5-1) and Hardeep Rai (2-1) respectively. Ale, a dangerous striker with three TKO stoppages to his credit, will look to stop Gamal making the most of a potential advantage in the grappling stakes – though that will be easier said than done against one of Saracens MMA’s most proficient and well-rounded mixed martial artists. Brave CF veteran and IMMAF bronze medallist Rai, meanwhile, will look to bounce back from a first professional defeat against Australian John Brewin, while ‘The Octopus’ will look to inflict a second successive stoppage defeat upon the man from London, England.
Get ready for these, and more, exciting fight announcements going forward as the Season of the Saracens gets into full swing!
September 29, 2018 will be a momentous day for Saracens MMA.
At World Warriors Fighting Championship 12, from Kiev Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine, Egypt’s number one-ranked bantamweight and Saracens MMA captain Ahmed ‘The Prince’ Faress will face Kharkiv’s own, Denis Bondar at 135 lbs.
The fight will mark the European debut of the Saracens MMA team, and will see Faress cornered by Brave CF’s highly-touted lightweight exponent, Ahmed ‘The Butcher’ Amir. It will also mark the beginning of a crucial partnership with Swedish-based, Arabic-language sportswear brand Askari (askarifighter.com).
“This fight, together with this sponsorship deal with Askari Fight Wear, marks a historic moment for Saracens MMA,” manager Jonathan Butterfield told SaracensMMA.com. “Competing in major promotions outside of the Middle East has been a long-held goal for the team, so we are naturally delighted that WWFC have presented Ahmed Faress with this opportunity. World Warriors Fighting Championship is a stellar promotion that has been able to attract top talent from all over Europe, and beyond. We are very proud to be able to play our part at WWFC 12, and look forward to introducing Ukrainian fight fans to the very best that the Middle Eastern MMA scene has to offer.”
“We are also extremely grateful to the fantastic, hard-working people at Askari Fight Wear, not least Mr Youssef Issa, himself a true and seasoned warrior. Askari Fight Wear have agreed to sponsor Ahmed and the team going forward, and we look forward to making this a long-lasting and successful venture. I believe I speak for Ahmed and the whole team when we say it will be an honour to represent the Askari name, already a major brand in both Europe and North Africa.”
Askari Fight Wear has been the choice of champions since it’s inception, and has strong roots in North African martial arts. As well as the company founder, Mr Issa, being a Lebanese national, the term ‘Askari’ stems from the Arabic عسكري (ʿaskarī), meaning “soldier”. The Arabic word is a derivation from عسكر (ʿaskar) meaning “army”. Askari Fight Wear produce martial arts attire of the highest quality.
Uplifting and inspiring, the story of Predator Fight Series Featherweight Champion Amr ‘The Falcon’ Maher overcoming ill health, depression, and three full years spent in a hospital bed losing trust in his body is one that transcends mixed martial arts.
In this incredible interview with Asia’s foremost MMA radio host, John Hyon Ko of Kumite Radio, Amr opens up and tells his unique and emotional story with a truly admirable honesty.
If you’re a fan of martial arts, or even success against all odds in any field, you do NOT want to miss this one!
#Respect #Amr #SaracensMMA
In the wake of newly-crowned Predator Fight Series featherweight champion Amr ‘The Falcon’ Maher’s success last week, Muhammad ‘Smash’ Nour and Islam ‘The Egyptian Zombie’ Reda maintained momentum for the Saracens MMA team as they bested their opposition in scintillating fashion across both the AUFC and Evolution FC.
Nour (above), who became Saracens MMA’s second featherweight champion in seven days, outscored tough young contender Hassan Mahmoud on the scorecards, taking the victory (and the belt!) via split decision. A result greeted by jubilation by virtually the whole Saracens MMA team at cageside, Nour underlined his position as not only one of the very best coaches in Middle Eastern MMA, but also one of the most complete fighters.
Meanwhile, ‘The Egyptian Zombie’ continued his run of dominance with yet another first round submission victory over Egyptian national wrestling team member Azouz Anwar. As outlined by Amr Maher in his post-fight analysis, Reda transitioned through no fewer than eight successive submission attempts, before landing the fight-ending armbar and forcing the tap!
In a display of outstanding, highly technical grappling, Reda builds on wins at Phoenix FC: Road to Egypt, as well as a recent Evolution Grappling event. Check out the footage below (as well as the ‘Zombie’s awesome new highlight reel)!
On the eve of Saturday July 28, ‘The Egyptian Zombie’ prepares to feast once again on sweet, sweet victory!
Islam Reda, who last graced the Evolution Fighting Championship BJJ circle with a dominant first round submission victory over Ahmed Mahmoud, posted yet another victory in an even more recent outing under the Phoenix: Road to Egypt banner. He will now look to add to those near-flawless victories tomorrow night at EFC: Clash of Heroes when he faces Azouz Anwar, a member of the Egyptian national wrestling team!
Having already dispatched two-time North African and Arabian Wrestling Champion Mohamed Ghalab at short notice (and at a higher weight class), Reda will be full of confidence heading into this bout with Azouz.
Still undefeated and with a perfect martial arts record across numerous disciplines, SaracensMMA.com would like to wish ‘The Zombie’ the very best of luck as he seeks to enhance his ever-growing reputation for quick finishes, dominant grappling, and an ability to shut out even the most decorated of opponents.
Good luck, Islam!
SaracensMMA.com is delighted to announce that Team Quest Thailand-based featherweight Amr ‘The Falcon’ Maher was able to secure victory in his Predator Fight Series debut in the Philippines, clinching the Predator FS Featherweight title in the process.
Opponent Juvanie Bacus, a native Filipino fighter, had the support of fight fans within the Galleria, Home of Rock Marikina, but found himself overwhelmed by Maher, who fought superbly from the front foot en route to a first round rear naked choke submission victory. Subsequently Amr was awarded his first Championship belt on Asian soil – and it’s one we believe will be the first of many!
Now fully acclimatised to competing in foreign climes, the Egyptian ace will look to piece together a fearsome winning streak as he seeks to gain yet further momentum. A fighter who deserves to be on the radar of every major promotion on the continent, ‘The Falcon’ not only represented head coach Dylan Fussell superbly, but his homeland and his team, Saracens MMA.
Congratulations Amr! Go get ’em, champ!
SaracensMMA.com is delighted to share a great moment for elite MMA and Muay Thai fighter Hassancito Abo Ali, who recently competed at the first ever African Professional Muay Thai Championship and finished in third place.
Abo Ali collected his bronze medal and certificate at the AUFC Academy in Cairo, Egypt, and Saracens captain Ahmed ‘The Prince’ Faress was there to congratulate him after the ceremony.
Faress, who cornered Abo Ali on the night of the fights (below), underlined his admiration for Abo Ali: “Hassancito fought superbly – it’s my opinion that Abo Ali did enough on the night to progress beyond the semi finals, but it wasn’t to be.”
The judges instead scored the fight in favour of his opponent from Cote d’Ivoire, Mohamed Doumbia, a result Hassancito accepted with good grace. Next time, SaracensMMA.com is confident Hassancito will bring back nothing but the gold medal!