Saracens MMA is disappointed to report that star athlete Ahmed ‘The Prince’ Faress has been forced out of his bout at Phoenix: Abu Dhabi with Chabane Chaibeddra after suffering an arm injury while training in Phuket, Thailand.
Ahmed made the following statement via his Instagram account (@prince_faress):
“I want to apologise to Phoenix Fighting Championship, all Phoenix fans, my fans, and everyone who was looking forward to watching my fight. I was very ready and focused on representing my team, Saracens MMA, with a great show and performance. Sometimes, however, bad things happen.”
“Alhamdollah, and I will be back soon, Inshallah.”
Whilst understandably very disappointed, Ahmed was in good spirits when discussing the injury with SaracensMMA.com as he prepared to fly back to his native Egypt.
Ahmed, we wish you a speedy recovery, and can’t wait to see you back in the cage!
That Saracens MMA includes the very best fighters from the Middle East is beyond question – such accolades do not stop at mixed martial arts, either. This past weekend, Saracens MMA dominated the competition at the Egypt BJJ and Grappling Open 2018 from Cairo!
With Mohamed ‘The Executioner’ Gamal, Ahmed ‘The Silencer’ Thabet, and Eslam ‘IRONMAN’ Syaha all putting in stellar performances en route to gold medal glory, fighters from as far afield as Russia were turned away empty handed.
Check out the videos below that outline just some of the reasons we state that ‘To Be a Champion, You Have To Train With Champions’ – Saracens MMA athletes are a testament to the fact that iron sharpens iron, and our athlete’s collective dominance is something the team are looking to instil in the next generation of Egyptian martial artists!
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Ahmed Faress Ready for Chaibeddra!
As previously reported at SaracensMMA, Phoenix 6: Abu Dhabi will see the Phoenix FC debut of Brave CF veteran and top-ranked Middle Eastern bantamweight, Ahmed ‘The Prince’ Faress (14-2). This is a huge fight for Faress, and one SaracensMMA.com cannot wait for.
His opponent, Chabane ‘Flyings’ Chaibeddra, a French-born Algerian, comes in with a 10-4 record at featherweight – a weight class higher than Faress’ most recent bouts in Brave CF and Desert Force. Faress, however, is never afraid of a challenge, and true to his word late last year, ‘The Prince’ remains prepared to fight anyone – even at 145 lbs!
No slouch himself, Chaibeddra forced highly-rated Swedish contender Rami Aziz to tap out in just 75 seconds at Desert Force 16, before a bout with German Lomi-Ali Eskijew was prematurely curtailed and a No Contest registered in his last outing in late 2015. Against Faress, Chaibeddra will be looking to bounce back in style – but that will be easier said than done against SaracensMMA.com’s premier fighter.
With 14 finishes from 14 wins, Faress is an extremely accomplished grappler with no fewer than TEN first round submission stoppages to his credit – including India’s UFC star, Bharat ‘Daring’ Khandare. He will be highly confident of adding Chaibeddra to his résumé, though as can be seen in the video below taken from Cairo, Faress isn’t taking his opponent lightly…
Indeed Faress has stepped his preparations up ahead of his Phoenix debut, heading out to Phuket Top Team in Thailand to further sharpen his skills (and gain a cauliflower ear – (above)) – as the old cliché goes, iron sharpens iron!
‘The Most Marketable Man in the Middle East’ Mahmoud ‘The Hitman’ Tahoun has enjoyed being included in some pretty exclusive circles of late, as the opportunity to share the mats with an elite BJJ black belt was swiftly followed by a personal invitation to Phoenix 5: Bangkok.
With a BJJ black belt lineage tracing back to the legendary Mitsuyo Maeda, MacDonald received his own black belt from veteran MMA favourite Marlon Sandro, on behalf of Leonardo Santos and Wagnney Fabiano of Nova Uniao. His tutelage and expertise were invaluable, as Tahoun stated: “He taught us many good techniques. He is a great grappler, and it was a fantastic learning experience!”
If that wasn’t enough, Tahoun was seen rubbing shoulders with the likes of the Founder, Owner and President of Phoenix Fighting Championship, Chahe Yerevanian (below), as he soaked in the sights and sounds of the world famous Rajadamnern stadium from Bangkok, Thailand. The spiritual home of Muay Thai, Phoenix FC had the honour of being only the second ever foreign promotion to hold an event within it’s hallowed walls.
At the event, Tahoun consorted with some of the very best fighters Muay Thai has to offer, including main event winner and Phoenix FC and WBC World Champion Panpayak Sitchefbuntham, the outstanding Muhammad Suhan, Superbank Rattanabandit, and more. Check out these awesome pictures taken from the event below:
One of Saracens MMA’s most valuable athletes, it’s no surprise to see Mahmoud Tahoun enjoying the high life in the martial arts world. Expect much, much more from this uniquely talented individual!
WATCH! Saracens MMA is proud to announce Islam ‘The Egyptian Zombie’ Reda’s victory at Evolution Championship Grappling II. Scoring an armbar submission win over Ahmed Mahmoud, Reda’s dominant performance reinforced his standing as one of the finest grapplers in Egypt – a not-so-well hidden secret among his compatriots!