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.