So, you want to be a fighter…?
On Friday October 12, Predator Fight Series Featherweight Champion Amr ‘The Falcon’ Maher landed in the Philippines ready to compete on less than a week’s notice, having only recently recovered from a knee injury. His opponent was slated as Ruel Rio, an eight-fight Filipino veteran, against whom Amr vowed to approach the end of the year ‘on a high’.
Fate, however, had other plans…
Saturday morning, day of the fight, Predator FS President Ferdie Munsayac broke the news to Amr that Rio was out; in his place was an undefeated fighter by the name of Willie John Benedicto. Amr, being the warrior he is, naturally accepted the change, beginning preparations for this new adversary.
The Benedicto fight would also fail to materialise, with Predator FS left diligently seeking a third opponent. Genil Francisco, himself a twelve-fight veteran, was proposed as an opponent, albeit having primarily competed in a lower weight class than Maher. Perhaps understandably, then, the Francisco fight also fell by the wayside, leaving Amr frustrated by the string of fizzled bouts and near-misses.
Lesser men may have packed their bags in frustration and headed home. Amr Maher, though, came to fight.
Having accepted all three touted opponents, Ferdie Munsayac and team were able to locate yet another opponent – the much bigger, heavier veteran, Sulpiano Laurio, Jr.
Amr accepted, and at last the fight was set. The tumult behind him, head possibly spinning from a whirlwind of names, faces, styles, and records, Amr made the walk out and returned with the victory in less than a round. A guillotine submission put paid to Laurio, Jr, and Amr Maher extended his record to 7-2, (1 NC), marking his second successive victory in Predator FS in 2018.
In one day, following a rollercoaster of emotions, Amr Maher finally got the victory he travelled 2,385 km to gain. Showing incredible mental toughness under extreme pressure, ‘The Falcon’ bested another fighter in his home country – and cemented his reputation as one of the gamest mixed martial artists anywhere in the world.
Saracens MMA is delighted to welcome African and Arabian Muay Thai Champion Mahmoud ‘The Hawk’ Gamal to the team!
At just 20 years of age, Gamal boasts arguably the finest striking skills of any Egyptian martial artist, and looks forward to bringing his enviable talent and ability to mixed martial arts! Already a decorating fighter, ‘The Hawk’ states an admiration for the Saracens MMA team as a leading factor in his decision to add his name to the ranks.
“I am very happy to join Saracens, this team includes the best fighters in Egypt. I have been training with many of the Saracens MMA team, and they are very close to my heart,” Gamal told SaracensMMA.com. “I am thrilled to be here!”
“I am a professional kickboxing champion, and hold titles in Asia, Africa, and the Arab nations. I’ve also competed in MMA in China and Kuwait, and look forward to making my name known among the mixed martial arts fraternity.”
Speaking of the newest addition to the team, Saracens MMA captain Ahmed ‘The Prince’ Faress stated: “I have faced Mahmoud ‘The Hawk’ Gamal in competition before, so I know how talented an athlete he is. He may be young, but he holds a wealth of experience, and I am certain the team will benefit from this just as much as he will benefit from being part of the number one mixed martial arts team in the Middle East.”
Saracens MMA were represented strongly on Kumite 1 League’s debut show from Mumbai, India, with Mahmoud ‘The Octopus’ Fawaz taking on former European and World IMMAF contender Hardeep Rai, while Mohamed ‘The Executioner’ Gamal faced off against unbeaten local talent Govind Ale.
With both fighters competing on foreign soil for the first time, Fawaz and Gamal put on strong performances despite the external pressure placed on them by the partisan atmosphere, showing good striking and landing some solid shots in front of the biggest crowd of their burgeoning careers. Make sure to keep a look out for these exceptional international talents in the future, as the pair take all learnings from their respective bouts into future encounters.
Check out the full fights below:
But that wasn’t all.
Hassancito ‘Rush’ AboAli, Ahmed ‘The Silencer’ Thabet, and up-and-coming prospect Marwan Gamal all competed at AUFC 19 from Cairo, Egypt, with great performances all round.
With AboAli scoring a thirty second rear naked choke submission victory over opponent Mohammed Ali, Ahmed Thabet cruising to a lop-sided decision victory over Ahmed Shoukry courtesy of his multi-levelled kickboxing offence, and Marwan Gamal putting on a really strong showing in his professional debut against Sayed Mohamed, the Saracens MMA team showed their unrivalled dominance on the Egyptian prize fighting circuit.
We can’t wait to see what’s next for all five of these great warriors, and will be bringing some BIG news in the immediate future for the rest of the Saracens team…
Brave Combat Federation has announced that Ahmed Amir from Egypt will return to action at Brave 17 to face New Zealand’s John Brewin. Amir previously competed at Brave 11 in Brazil, when he lost to Cleiton “Predator”. Meanwhile, Brewin overpowered Hardeep Rai at Brave 12 hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia beating the former IMMAF medalist by TKO in the second round. Brewin has developed a victorious amateur career before transitioning to pro-MMA where he won all of his three bouts to date.
Amir will be returning to Brave Combat Federation after his first promotional loss which also snapped his seven-fight winning streak in the past five years. Currently with a professional record of 8-2-0, Amir will focus on bouncing back by training at the KHK MMA Fight Team. He is currently trained under KHK MMA Head Coach, Eldar Eldarov with teammates including Hamza Kooheji, Hussain Ayyad, Gamzat Magomedov and more.
“I have started training at KHK MMA Gym in Bahrain under coach and lightweight fighter Eldar Eldarov. Training has been amazing and there are significant changes in my wrestling and striking which I am waiting to showcase in the upcoming event. I am not focused on my opponent but to bring the best Ahmed Amir imaginable to the cage and to give a fight to remember and bring a win for KHK MMA Bahrain”, said Ahmed Amir.
Brave 17 will mark the first time a global MMA event lands in Pakistan. The fight night will be headlined by a welterweight bout between top contenders Rodrigo Cavalheiro and Abdoul Abdouraguimov, while the co-main event features the return of Jeremy Pacatiw, as he welcomes local hero Uloomi “Somchai” to the Brave cage in a bantamweight duel for the ages.
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!
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